Sunday, March 31, 2013

solsc: finale 31/31

March Slice of Life Story Challenge 
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It's been a long month.  A busy month.  A fulfilling month.

This month I --
watched students try their best
read hundreds of slices
wrote as many comments
tried to see any signs of spring
enjoyed a date night
transitioned the girls to big beds
started potty training
and wrote -- a lot about the girls.

This last week was a long spring break week.  A busy week.  A fulfilling week.

This week we --
played and giggled
spent time with Grammy and Grampy
practiced potty training
went to the library
finally played outside
celebrated my birthday
ate lots of cake
and wrote -- a lot.

This day will be a long day.  A busy day.  A fulfilling day.

Today I --
am celebrating the
the glorious risen Son
and following Jesus' example,
obeying his command by
publicly professing my faith
through baptism and
telling my story
that I wrote.

A fitting finale for this month, this week, this day that now becomes my new beginning.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

solsc: celebration 30/31

March Slice of Life Story Challenge 
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On this birthday day

Calm morning
Pedicure pamper
Chatting with family
quiet and   s  l  o w

Windows down driving
Shopping alone
Sunshine stroll
quiet and   s  l  o w

Family together
Dinner out
Talking and laughing
LOUD and fast

Cake and candles
Singing joyously
Cards and special gifts
LOUD and fast

Everyone leaving
Two by two
All is quiet again
exhausted and   t  i  r  e  d . . .

On this birthday day

Friday, March 29, 2013

solsc: thirty-seven 29/31

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Today is my birthday.  A special day, but just another day too.

The last two years I wrote birthday lists, so I'm carrying on that little tradition.  I did not peek back (2011 and 2012) until I completed this year's list.  Amazing to see what stays on the list and what's new that makes the list!

Here are thirty-seven things I am ever-so thankful for today and in the coming year:
  1. My faithful God
  2. Upcoming baptism on Sunday
  3. My loving hubby
  4. My sweet, funny girls
  5. My supportive Mom and Dad
  6. My caring brother and almost-sister-in-law
  7. A quiet evening home while the girls are at #6's home (first sleepover!)
  8. My always-there-for-me friends
  9. This supportive writing community 
  10. Comments matter! (Thank you!)
  11. The four seasons - with spring arriving (soon)!
  12. Sunshine and almost 50 degrees fresh air
  13. Birthday flowers (Thanks Mom and Dad!)
  14. A cake baked by my girls (with Grandma's help) 
  15. My 10 year wedding anniversary in July
  16. Books, books, books that can take me away
  17. Sharing those books, books, books
  18. The camera on my iPhone 5 (always snapping pictures of the girls)
  19. Earrings, glorious earrings (they always fit!)
  20. Beautiful bracelets 
  21. Chocolate
  22. A much-needed vacation (anywhere!!)
  23. Fireworks on the fourth
  24. A finished basement (project only started this week)
  25. Diaper money (when the girls are 100% potty trained)
  26. Losing a chunk of weight
  27. Swimming at the pool with the girls (if #26 happens!)
  28. My brother's wedding in the fall
  29. Pinterest (When will I ever make all those recipes and crafts and do those exercises?)
  30. Teaching and learning and growing with my students
  31. My 10 year journal (days of little stories)
  32. My writing notebook (trying to remember details of those stories)
  33. Highlights (blonde again) and a refreshing haircut
  34. Did I mention chocolate yet? (Not helpful for #26, I know.)
  35. My health
  36. Laughing more
  37. Living more
So much to be thankful for this year and 
another year to enjoy my life that is full of stories!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

solsc: gifts 28/31

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My spring break has been great so far.  Not much relaxation time or book reading.  This is only a "break from school" for me.  I'm usually a full-time mom and teacher.  Balancing my time is difficult, but I find ways to manage.  (Basically, I prioritize and I have learned to let some things go.)

However, during a long break, such as this week, I'm a full time mom.  All. Day. Long.  There are no breaks when you have two active three year olds who are currently working on potty training (with some success!) and decide not to nap at home.

So, having the extra help around the house has been a gift. Thank you to Grammy and Grumpy Grampy - new names the girls have adopted for Grandma and Grandpa.  They love to get a reaction, so they like to use the new names!  (Side note: Grandpa is not always grumpy.)

For the second time this week, Grandma was able to get the girls to nap. (Hallelujah!)

What to do with this precious time?  (My mind races with ideas.)

I hopped online.  Read a few slices.  Checked Pinterest.  Scanned my email.

I felt like I haven't read a book throughout March, so I grabbed a small stack of books I just picked up from the library.  I snuggled onto the couch under a blanket, and picked up this new adorable friendship favorite:

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Betsy shared Someday and used it as a mentor text for a slice.  I picked up this book and Spinelli's newest picture book - another perfect mentor text for writing:

Someday by Eileen Spinelli
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When No One is Watching by Eileen Spinelli

Elsie mentioned spending some money on books at Amazon, including this gem. Truly a must read - the story is full of story accompanied by the beautiful illustrations:

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And waiting in the wings, at Christy's recommendation, was

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I was able to quickly devour the three picture books, but then I decided to take advantage of the peace and quiet.

I set the books aside, snuggled further under the blanket, and closed my eyes.

It was the perfect nap.

Thank you Grammy for allowing all three of your girls to take it easy and rest while you were busy in the kitchen, go-go-doing, baking, cleaning on your vacation!

It was a day full of gifts:  help with the girls and around the house, books, and a nap.

Still waiting to be read?  Those words I left in the dust.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

solsc: relax 27/31

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I walked in, dropped my purse, and plopped down into the chair.

I took a deep breath and reminded myself to just r-e-l-a-x and enjoy.

My hair was tugged, clipped up high on my head, pointing in many directions.

The mixture was wiped, foils were wrapped, and the layers grew.

Time to sit, chat, and laugh.  Relax, do nothing, worry less.

Rinse, wash, and repeat.  I closed my eyes.  Scrub, massage, rinse.

I moved to another chair.  Comb, part down the middle, clip here, clip there.

Look down.  Snip, snip, snip.  Snip.  Sit up.  Snip, snip, snip.  Snip.

Refreshing, lighter, a new 'do.  And my job was to relax.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

solsc: always read 26/31

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I was in need of some inspiration.  One of the benefits of a writing community is there are hundreds of writing ideas to borrow, use, and basically steal!

Deb's advice for bloggers with writer's block came just at the right time last night.  She provided me with many sparks for writing ideas; however, I thought about just trying to create a list of advice.

And then I thought, "Who am I to give advice to anyone?"

I walked away from my laptop to warm up some water for hot chocolate and fold a load of laundry.  Two mindless activities that allowed my brain to continue thinking.

"Who could I write advice to?  What would I possibly say?  What am I passionate about?  Reading.  Reading with my girls.  That's it.  How have I encouraged my two daughters to become readers today?"

Ten ways to encourage reading in your home:

1. Always read with your children from a very early age with them on your lap.

2. Always have stacks of books available to read in the bedroom, the kitchen, the playroom, the bathroom, the car, the diaper bag, etc.

3. Always read with enthusiasm and use different voices for drama and effect (or at least for a little laughter from your kids).

4. Always visit your local library and let your children select their own books (even though this can be difficult at times).

5. Always teach your children never to judge a book by its cover.

6. Always visit bookstores and give books as gifts.

7. Always read in front of your children and share your reading life.

8. Always read it one more time when they ask to read it one more time (even if it's the 100th time!).

9. Always talk about the books so children learn that we read for meaning.

10. Always read every day with your children.