Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Smokey from next door likes to visit from time to time. Mili seems to sense when he is out there and barks and barks. Smokey doesn't care.
There are times when Smokey sits on the stone wall just to taunt the dog. Poor Mili is way out of her league with this kitty.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The girls played in the inflatable pool while I worked in the yard all day. It was a perfect day full of sunshine, water, and ice cream!
After baths, the girls wanted to say good night to the flowers. Julia spotted the lady bug who was missing half a wing resting on a leaf. After many questions, I made up a story of adventure and peril but they didn't believe me. I may or may not have gone a little overboard at the mention of Lilly Ladybug teaming up with Spiderman.
Friday, May 23, 2014
All the teachers came out to wave and cheer as the students loaded the school buses for the last time this school year. I'm not sure who was more excited -- the students or the teachers. I'm betting on the teachers.
Another school year bites the dust. It was an awesome one!
I've got a couple more weeks of work and then the summer officially starts for me, too. I am excited!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Behind that camera is one tired me. If only I could drag my toe in the sand of this merry-go-round of life to slow it down a bit.
Today was especially hectic.
I had to pull three videos from buses.
Which resulted in 10 (TEN!) bus discipline referrals.
Which meant I had to talk with all the students involved.
And then call their parents.
I also had 8 (EIGHT!) parent conferences about promotion.
All but one showed up.
And I called that one on the phone.
Throughout the day, I had 3 other discipline referrals.
I only got 4 minutes to eat lunch.
I wish I were kidding.
When I left work, I went by my mothers, went by the bank, went by the store and dropped off something at the doctors. I came home to finish packing for the girls and I loaded the car so that I can deliver all their stuff to their mother tomorrow.
And then I cooked supper and got the girls bathed.
Because Jeff is working tonight.
I'm not sure my sentences are coherent.
And I don't really care.
Tomorrow, after work, the man and I leave for Jacksonville to spend the night. We have a ridiculously early flight on Saturday to NYC.
Then we hop on the train to New Haven.
Because my boy -- who turned 22 today -- is graduating on Monday.
I am shattered, excited and heading to bed in a few minutes. If tomorrow is anything like today, I'll need my strength.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
May 12 ~ “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Steve Maraboli
And so it begins -- the end of the school year grind. Meetings with parents to give them the news of their child not making enough progress is just not my idea of fun. In fact, it downright sucks. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news -- and we educators never want a child to be retained.
Unfortunately, not all kids bloom at the same time.
For the parents who were emotional, I understand. Really, I do. For the ones who were understanding, I envy your certainty.
Over the years, I've learned to keep tissues on hand. I've learned to listen. I've learned to not take comments made in moments of upset as a personal attack.
But most of all, I've learned that summer vacation seems to heal the sting of disappointment.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Came home and sat in the yard with the man. The dog yapped at the birds while destuffing one of her toys. I think she meant to look intimidating.
The girls pretended to "cook" food for us (grasses, leaves and sticks) until they got hungry for real food. We decided to order pizza.
Unwinding. As Jane Austen said, "There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort."
Thursday, May 8, 2014
After school, the girls got to visit with their mom. And I got a real break.
It has been a long, long time since I've gotten the chance to be alone for more than a run. After going for that run (I need the therapy it provides) and then running some errands, I just drove around and savored the peace. Nobody needed me. Nobody said my name. It was just quiet.
In the silence, I stopped to take a closer look at the wildflowers are popping up all over the highway. The tranquility is so healing. I'll bring the girls back here another day but today the universe put those flowers there for me.
Thank you, universe.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
I'm a book-a-holic! I love reading almost as much as breathing.
In the bedroom, I am reading The Collected Stories by Grace Paley. The book underneath is what will happen next. On my iPad, I'm reading The Beggar King by Oliver Potzsch and Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly. I listen to books when I run so the audiobook I've got going currently is The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
I can't wait for summer when I will have more time to read!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
My eyes are tired and happy. It was a successful day with the girls, their mother AND their father (who drove 6 hours for the chance to spend some time with them). The girls love their parents and it is so healing to see them reunite.
Soon, the girls will move back to their mother. Getting to foster and be a part of the reunification has been an absolute privilege (albeit an emotional privilege). I will miss those girls but I am happy that their little family is mending hurts and defying odds.
Now on to laundry and mopping and maybe a batch of cookies... anything to keep my mind from thinking too much.