St Patrick’s Day


Top of The Morning!

Today marks one of the crazier days in school. Holiday parties, last day of school, spirit week–and St Patrick’s Day.

I am ready. Planned something green to wear, and we are writing limericks. Limericks are not such an easy task at first, but with some perseverance the kiddos write some pretty cute limericks.

There will also be the students that swear they saw a leprechaun on the way to school. They will bother the students who will argue that they didn’t. There will be the ones that also think they saw one outside our classroom windows on the playground. Everyone will rush to the windows to look.

Some students will have green eyeshadow-

Some will have sprayed their hair green-

Some will have picked out every green piece of clothing in their closet to wear today-


Yes, today will be crazy, but it’s one of those days. My brother is an engineer and my sister is an accountant. I am sure their day will not be as crazy as mine, but I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Waiting For the Weather


Every morning I get up, have coffee, feed Kleeko, sit down in front of the computer and turn on the tv.  I am waiting for one thing. The Weather.

I am waiting for warmth.

I am waiting for sunshine.

I am waiting for the snow to melt.

I am waiting…for the weatherman….to tell me…that for the fourth day of the work week that my students will NOT have indoor recess.

We all have CABIN FEVER……

They must get outside!!

Meeting a Former Student


Not long ago I was sitting at the Apple Store in line for an appointment at the genius bar for my phone. I was catching up on emails when I heard a voice ask if I was Mrs. A.

Before I lifted my head, I knew it had to be a former student. The only time I am addressed by Mrs. A is by parents or students. I looked up and saw a young man smiling at me and telling me I was his fourth grade teacher several years ago. I could recognize him and his smile, but I couldn’t place him. It was over ten years ago, in another district, before first and last names were on class composites. He told me his name and asked if I remembered him. I did, but it was fuzzy. He had to remind me of the classroom, (did we look out the playground or front of the school) and who were some other students in our class. He also told me he had a crush on me that year. We both laughed.

The memories began to come back. It was a tough district that I worked in at the time. The classes were large, in an economically disadvantaged area, and I didn’t get much parent support. We also had severe budget cuts and we did not have preps. Gym, music and art had been slashed. We had a thirty minute lunch and went from 9:00am-2:00pm. I was concerned what would happen in their future. I worked there my first eleven years of teaching.

We chatted until it was my turn at the genius bar. My last question was, “What are you doing now?”

He looked at me and replied, “I did good. I’m in nursing school. I’m in college.”

I smiled and replied, “Great, I’m so happy for you.”


The Bachelor


I am going to admit it. I love to watch The Bachelor and the The Bachelorette. I love to lay on the couch, and watch a show  I call a “no brainer.” I can just sit and watch, and laugh at some of the things the girls and guys say and do. I can forget the craziness of the day and be entertained. To me, it’s an easy way to end a Monday.

I find Chris the host, funny. I think it’s funny how he tries to get the audience excited by saying “it’s the most exciting,” or “the first time ever in Bachelor history.” I enjoy seeing the pretty evening clothes, or the fancy dates that take them to exotic places, or to see a popular band.

Most times I am too tired to watch the entire episode, so I record and watch the rest of it the next day, along with the  Jimmy Kimmel show on Mondays to hear his view on it.  I even have my husband watching it with me as laughs at the silliness of the whole thing.

Some of my friends don’t watch it. They make it very clear that they don’t approve of it and sometimes make me feel that I am wasting my time with watching it. It’s beneath them. At first I was taken back, but now I secretly laugh inside. As I said earlier, it’s a “no brainer.”



Spring Break


I would like to settle down and relax for the rest of the evening and enjoy the extra sunlight, but I can’t relax until my son texts me that he has arrived safe and sound back at college. He is on the road now and he have about a two hour drive.

This particular spring break all of his best buddies from high had the same spring break week. They drove to my mother -in -law’s lake house and spent a few evenings there playing  xbox and hanging out. I worried about that drive too, its about a three hour trip with a car full off 20 year old boys. All went well and they had a great time.

We had some great family time too. We saw Wolverine at the movies and had dinners together. When he felt like just relaxing we brought dinner in. He shot skeet and trap with my husband and came in second place at a fun shoot.   I could tell he spent some quality time with Kleeko (our pug) by the amount of fur on his sweats.

In just a few short weeks he will have completed his sophomore year at college. I can’t get over how fast time moves. I cherish each day.

Friday and into Saturday


I tend to wake up on Fridays feeling ready to complete the week with my students  and begin looking forward to Saturday and the weekend. My good friend and colleague brings  Starbucks for us (I bring it on Mondays.), we  order out our lunch, and we end the day with Fun Friday-all three fourth grades merge our kids together. One of us takes them outside, one of us hosts a game room, and the other hosts a study hall for students who need to complete unfinished work from the week. I only linger in my classroom long enough to make sure it’s organized for Monday, say good-bye to my colleagues, and head home.  Then I look forward to Saturday–Here are some of the things that go into a perfect Saturday for me.

  • My husband and I spending the morning planning our evening with a perfect cup of coffee in our matching mugs.
  • A long walk with Kleeko  my Pug.
  • Picking up my mom and heading to mall to have a girls lunch at Nordstrom with my mom, mother-in-law, sister, niece and my two great nieces.
  • Buying something little like a new top or lipstick color.
  • Getting a manicure or pedicure or both.
  • Going to an early movie with my son who is home on spring break and my husband. (-And getting popcorn with butter on it!)
  • Going to a nice dinner with my son and husband after the movie.
  • Settling in on the couch with my husband, son and Kleeko while falling asleep watching the Hangover for the 100th time as we look forward to our spring break vacation in Vegas.

Enjoy your weekend!