Saturday, March 25, 2017

{break} 25/31 #sol17



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Dearest Reader,

Today is the day. Spring break begins. A time to get away from the ordinary daily scheduled life and make new memories as family.

I've debated my next move. I've thought a lot about what I should do. This year is going to be different. It's hard to write these words, but this is the first spring break vacation that is not a stay-cation at home or a visit to my parents' home. Our days away will be full and busy and exhausting and fun.

Living life is more important to me right now. Time with family and friends is more important to me right now. Snapping photos and capturing memories in my notebook are more important to me right now.

So, I have decided, as my friend recently did, to press pause right now.

I have wondered how I would even manage it, squeezing it in the full days planned, and spending the time crafting something worth sharing ... I don't want to write something just to post it daily. 

This is my seventh year of the March SOLSC. Over the past six years, I wrote all thirty-one days in March. That's a celebration. I enjoyed it and I had the time to dedicate to writing and commenting in those seasons of my life.

I will not apologize for letting go of this challenge this year at this time. It's what I need to do for myself. I have enjoyed the journey so far, but I'm getting off at today's stop: Spring Break and I'm taking a break from the challenge.

I wave goodbye for now with tears in my eyes. Sad to know I will miss YOUR stories and YOUR words. But I am happy to know I can live freely in each new moment to come without worry.

I'll catch up with you on Tuesdays. Hugs to you all.

Sincerely,
Michelle

P.S. My amazing Mom and fellow slicer has graciously accepted to complete my month-long task on the Welcome Wagon. Thank you so much, Mom! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

{lucky for me} 24/31 #sol17


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Lucky for me, my plan was to take the girls to see the musical Madagascar.

Lucky for me, I found out their classes were planning to go too.

Lucky for me, I found out before I purchased tickets.

Lucky for me, chaperones were needed. 

Lucky for me, I was selected to chaperone.

Lucky for me, it was scheduled for the day before spring break.

Lucky for me, I was approved to go.

Lucky for me, I got to be a mom today, not the teacher.

Lucky for me, it was an amazing musical production.

Lucky for me. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

{not now} 23/31 #sol17


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Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh). 

Come on in (even though you were never invited).
To be honest, now is not a good time (and really, it never is).

Finishing the last days before spring break (counting down).
Feeling a little stressed as I'm trying to pack (and repack).

There is too much going on for you to stay (please not too long).
A day or two, but then really you should move along (for good).

Just know sunshine & warmer temps will push you gone (goodbye).
And you will be left behind (for good).

I hate this spring cold that sprung a day ago (days before vacation).
I wish I could say not now, but you are here (not for long).

Yes ... of course you are here (deep sigh again).

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Author's note: This little slice format was borrowed from my friend Chris, who writes at Reading Amid the Chaos.





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

{counting the days} 22/31 #sol17



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Counting down the days
Excited about the trip to come
Less than a week to go ...

Squeezing in the usual daily tasks
Life at school and at home
Along with sorting, piling, packing ...

Six days to go ... laundry and more laundry
Five days to go ... pulling out possibilities
Four days to go ... packing, packing, packing
Three days to go ... unpacking and repacking
Two days to go ... double checking the packing
One day to go ... waiting with anticipation

Along with sorting, piling, packing
Life at school and at home
Squeezing in the usual daily tasks ...

Less than a week to go
Excited about the trip to come
Counting down the days ...





Tuesday, March 21, 2017

{happy together} 21/31 #sol17


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I have learned about relationships and marriage from my parents.

First of all, they have some experience ... 47 years today.

That's 564 months; 17,155 days, plus a few extra for Leap Years; and 411,720 hours. Commitment.

That's a lot of time together unified by God enjoying life. Marriage.

Committed to loving each other during the good, the bad, the happy, and the difficult seasons of life. Dedication.

Plenty of hugs and kisses, hand holding, loving touches that show how much they love and care for each other. Affection.

Discussions, conversations, quiet time to think and listen, disagreements and even arguments. Communication.

Time, opportunity, and support for each other to pursue personal interests and passions in life. Encouragement.

Creating balance in the home, working together: cooking, cleaning, outside, inside. Teamwork.

After 47 years, and many more to come, you make a great team!

Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement! 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! 
Love always.





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My Mom is also writing this month and celebrated her marriage with a slice today too!






Monday, March 20, 2017

{a slice of Monday} 20/31 #sol17

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Author's Note: Tonight I had to dig into my Writing Inspiration Pinterest Board.
I found this journaling format that helped me capture my day.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

{this is us} 19/31 #sol17

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Ok. We are late to the party. Life is busy and we really don't watch much TV. Some HGTV or a Blackhawks hockey game. 

"Oh, did you watch This Is Us last night?" My friend questioned.

"You don't watch This Is Us? Oh, you need to!" My neighbor said.

"I can't believe you don't watch it. You really should." My colleague suggested.

So many conversations about this show. Even Loralee mentioned it in a slice this week.

This prompted me to ask my husband last night, after the girls were in bed, if he wanted to watch it.

He was game. We started with one episode. We were hooked. What an ending! We had to watch another episode. 

We have never binge watched TV before. Jon even stayed awake past his usual nap time at 8 o'clock. 

After two episodes, it was late. I was getting sleepy. But we made it through another episode. Three episodes.

Thank you all for the suggestion to start watching. Here we are again tonight watching episode number four. 

{Update after finishing episode four. My husband quickly says: "Please tell me one more. This show is just too good." We just started episode five ... }

We'll get caught up soon enough to chat more about ... This Is Us.




Saturday, March 18, 2017

{a perfect day} 18/31 #sol17

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It was the perfect day.

After a full night's sleep, I woke up rested, stretched, ready for the new day. Time for just me in the quiet before the girls rise: prayers, exercise, reading, and writing.

The morning routine was in action with quiet, loving reminders. Smooth transitions from making breakfast, lunches-to-go, and catching the bus with only kind and helpful words.

"Love you Mom! Thanks for lunch! Have a great day! Happy reading with your kids!

A calm drive to school, walking in with only one bag, a smile, and a diet Coke. Greeting teachers and students in the hallway, sharing thoughts about the books read last night and swapping high fives and books too.

Meeting with small groups of students, celebrating little goals as we continue to progress as readers, writers, and thinkers. All day long book talking, thinking, laughing, and quiet time as we are surrounded by books.

Closing the day with time to refect, connecting with my teammate, and preparing for another amazing day tomorrow.

With plenty of daylight left, I leave to pick up the girls, meet Daddy at home, and head out for a walk to the neighborhood park. Enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

We return home to make dinner together while squeezing in moments to dance and be silly together. Enjoy a delicious dinner sharing our highs and lows from the day. Time to relax and just be.

Daily chores of life begin: homework, dishes, little pile of laundry, papers, and cleaning up. Of course, the perfect ending to a perfect day: bedtime stories, snuggles, kisses goodnight.

Final hours of the day spent side-by-side with Jon. Talking, laughing, catching up, planning the future together. Maybe another book and a scribble in my notebook.

Prayers said. Thankful heart. Deep breaths. And eyes closed. 

Until tomorrow's perfect day.

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Author's note: Nothing is perfect in this world. I participated on my district's principal interview team. One of the questions I had the pleasure to ask candidates was "Describe your perfect day." Oh, the looks and laughs I received: "That is a great question."

So, I decided to answer that question myself. Pieces of this day happen daily with and without the imperfections.



Friday, March 17, 2017

{too many tabs open} 17/31 #sol17


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It's been one of those weeks.

My brain is full. 
I'm feeling overwhelmed. 
I'm tired. And a little crabby too.

I'm running around. 
In every different direction.
 Feeling rushed to get here and there.

Thinking about this. 
Oh, need to finish that. 
Forgot about this. Oops, got to do that.

It's been one of those weeks 
and I'm ready to order 
a new t-shirt for my woes ...

Or at least, my excuse for this week.