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{the lake} #sol16

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We moved into our new home six weeks ago.  It still feels like we are on vacation.  The extra space and bathrooms and newness of it all.  Our main living space is free of boxes and everything has a place. Of course, the "Honey Project To Do List" will grow as we settle in.  But for now, we enjoy it, not worrying about the flowery wall paper or hanging brass chandelier.   As our "forever home," we'll have time to make changes and update.
For now, we enjoy the newness of the neighborhood.  We moved a couple blocks away from a neighborhood lake.  When we agreed to purchase this home, I promised the girls that our goal was to walk at least one time around the lake every day this summer.  It was initially proposed to enjoy this new landscape and stop by the park half-way around the lake.  Now it's essential to head out ev…

{my so-called life} #sol16

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I've been away for too long. I have missed this community.  This group of writers. This close-knit supporters who are always here through the highs and lows of life.

I stepped away from blogging for a brief, but all-too-quick month to collect beautiful moments like...

1.  Celebrate the girls' sixth birthday.
2.  Pack up our house and move to the next town over to "our new" house.
3.  Unpack box by box creating some order of living.
4.  Transition the girls into a new school for the last month of school.
5.  Pray for many friends going through big transitions.
6.  Prepare for our #cyberPDannouncement. (Please join us!)
7.  Host a party with eleven of the girls' friends.
8.  Continue unpacking boxes, reorganizing, moving things around.
9.  Host my mom as she played "Grandma School" with the girls.
10. Finish up o…

Announcing the 2016 #cyberPD Book Choice!

Cathy Mere,Laura Komos, and I are so excited to announce the PD book title for the 6th annual #cyberPD event!!!

It was not an easy decision ... every year seems to get more difficult! We scoured the PD book stacks. We researched. We read. We discussed.  We pondered. We questioned.  Back-and-forth Voxer messages. Trying to select this year's title that meets our criteria and high standards of PD.

This July we will spend time each week reading, reflecting, sharing, writing, responding, learning, and stretching our teaching brains and muscles to be the best we can be in the classroom.  The best part about it?  We are NOT alone!

It all started six summers ago ... sharing PD book titles that were to be read over the summer.

A small group of educators decided to read a book together, share some thoughts with a blog post, and respond with a comment.  It was an amazing learning experience because we all know reading and learning is social!  What better way to read and learn than with co…