Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saturday Snapshots: I'm Back!

Wow, I don't know where the weeks have gone!  I feel like I'm finally crawling out from my cave, or maybe it's out from underneath the 34 fifth graders that reside in my classroom.  Anyway, I'm coming up for air, at least for a moment.  What better thing to do than link up with Miss Nelson's Saturday Snapshots?

I have to start with a picture that WASN'T from this past week, but the week before.  Both Tucker and Gus competed in the Pups and Pubs Toss and Fetch competition.  Tucker rocked the novice division taking first place and Gus....well Gus is a bit of a momma's boy and felt the need to come check in with me after each toss.  That had a bit of an impact on his score, but he seemed to enjoy his first competition.

The Champion!

See those lucky raffle tickets?  I won the 50/50 raffle at the end of the competition.  I ended the day with a big smile and over $180 in my pocket.

These past few weekends have been busy, but lovely!  Over Labor Day weekend, my younger son came for a visit.  He was in the states for some training and was able to jet over to California for the weekend.  I get to visit with him once or twice a year if I'm lucky, so I'll take a long weekend!  Last Friday, my oldest and his wife flew in for the weekend.  They live stateside now so I get to see them more often.

We spent Saturday in Napa valley.  Whenever company comes out, that's usually where we head.  You'd think I'd tire of it living so close, but I never do.  The traffic is usually a nightmare on the weekends, but it just gives you more time to soak in the beautiful scenery.

What's not to love about this view?

Castello di Amorosa

Who's Who:  Moi, my son, his wife, and my daughter

On Sunday we spent the afternoon at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival.  Had I known they allowed dogs, I might have taken one of the Wild Ones with us.

A peek at the crowd!

Free photo booth...why not?
Any time spent with my kids is wonderful.  This past weekend was no exception!  

Don't forget to run over to Miss Nelson's and check out the other Saturday Snapshots!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another Peek at My Week

I'm linking up again wih Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for her fun Peek at My Week linky.  It's a great linky!  It gives you a peek into what everyone has planned for this week.  I've already gotten a few great ideas from other bloggers.

Here's my week in a teeny, tiny nutshell because company just left and I'm exhausted:

First I have to admit something, I stole borrowed these cute little days of the week from Diane over at Fifth in the Middle. Adorable right?

This week is going to be a crazy blur.  To start with, it's only a four day work week.  Then take one more day out for common core training and we're down to three days.  One of those three is an early release day so it's almost like having a 2.5 day week.  

Monday is going to be a bittersweet day for me.  I've been lucky enough to have my son (the one living in Italy) visiting for the weekend.  We've had a very busy, fun-filled couple of days, but tomorrow I have to put him back on a plane.  I probably won't see him again until next summer which makes the goodbyes a tad more difficult.  After I drop him off at the airport, I'll be rushing over to my stepdaughter's house for a memorial for my mother-in-law who passed away on August 12th.  It's more a celebration of her life than a sad get together because that's the way she would have wanted it.  

Back to school after the three day weekend.  We've just finished up our addition and subtraction of decimals so it's time for an assessment.  I'm looking forward to seeing the results as I've noticed such growth over the past week.  With no prep periods on Tuesday, I'm hoping to get started on our pen pal letters.

Wednesdays are early release days for us.  Throw in a morning P.E. prep and I have very little time with my kids.  We'll be starting our unit on multiplying whole numbers and decimals.  This should be great fun as I've got so many students who are not fluent with their multiplication facts.  

Thursday will find me out of the classroom for common core training.  When we have district mandated training, our subs come prepared with district created lessons.  It's nice because we don't have to have lesson plans written for the day, but sometimes I wonder about the value of the lessons they bring.  I know, I have to let go of that.  It's just hard leaving the classroom this early in the year.  

Back in the classroom on Friday.  We didn't get to do our Save Fred activity last week, so that's on the schedule for Friday.  My daughter did it in her room last week and her kids loved it.  I can't wait!

I have NO plans for Saturday.  Right now I just picture myself relaxing, reading, and playing with the Wild Ones.  Maybe I'll have time to catch my breath and write a real post!  

Whoa, it's nearly midnight here on the left coast.  I'd tell you to head over to Mrs. Laffin's page to see what everyone else is up to, but if I were you, I'd wait until morning!