July Recap

Okay, I know it is August 6th and I am a bit late on this recap.  I didn’t think that this would be a good month as it is county fair time.  Two county fairs, one that my daughter competes in for 4-H and I am the co-chair of the Creative Arts open adult class so a busy two weeks and then I work at another county fair selling tickets so that is 5 days there.  Basically, that left one week free and the fairs seem to zap the energy right out of me.

So how did I do?

Goal # 1 Reading.  I only read 6 books this month, but the good news is that I have already read 6 books for August.  Hopefully, things will be getting back to normal.

  1. Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney in Shadow
  2. Ranger in Time: Escape from the Great Earthquake
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale
  4. Hidden City: Lost in the Shadows
  5. Disrupting Thinking
  6. The Blessing

I read Disrupting Thinking for the Penny Kittle Book Love Book Club.  Wow, lots to think about with this book.  The online discussion was deep and full of ideas. I can’t wait to try some of them in my classroom.

The Handmaid’s Tale was for another online book club.  I really enjoyed this book, but it had a different feel to it.  I know that this was a book club for teachers, but I am not sure if I would be willing to teach all of this book in a high school class.  My daughter saw me reading the book and informed me that she to read this for one of her classes in college.  It was fun to be able to talk about a book with her.

The author of The Blessing sent me a copy of her book to review.  You can find my review below this post on the blog.

Goal # 2 Crafting Time

Managed to get a little bit done here, but not much since I was at the fair so much.  Surprisingly this tends to pick up more once fall comes.  There are many Saturdays when I am the only one home.  I will go into my craft room and play all day, one of my cats likes to join me during this time.

Goal # 3 Decluttering

The weather decided to help that goal along a bit.  A couple of weeks ago we received somewhere between 3-7 inches which of course meant water in the basement.  Thanks to this, we had to go through and get rid of things.  We were able to salvage some things, but much of the basement has been cleaned out, items washed and either donated to Goodwill/Salvation Army, thrown away, or cleaned up and taken to the storage unit.  Just a small section in the basement to go.  I hope to start redoing the basement and turning it into a family room sometime during the next school year.

Goal # 4 Filing

I did get a bunch of stuff filed and the pile was almost nonexistent until the flood, then I found 4 boxes of things that I needed to go through.  Much was trash (why do we save some of the things that we save)? but I also found the bill from the hospital when I was born and then the bill from when my oldest daughter was born almost 24 years ago.  Those were fun to compare.  Now I have some more stuff to file.

Goal # 5  to write more

Nothing happened at all on this goal sad to say.  Someday I will be able to participate more with the Teacher’s Write.

Goal # 6 School Prep

Once again not as much as I would have liked.  Actually, I knew there wouldn’t be much in July, had hoped to get more done in June.  I did do a little bit with the Interactive Notebook and spent one day this month in my classroom trying to organize and update my classroom library.  Since we go back in a week and a half, I will probably get more done in this area for the month of August.

Overall about what I predicted for the month of July.  June is usually the month that I am most able to get things accomplished.  Once fair season hits, then there doesn’t seem to be much time or energy for anything else.  We still have one more fair to hit.  I will take Kristen out to the Iowa State Fair early tomorrow morning.  She is on the State Youth Council for 4-H and will be at the fair grounds for 2 weeks.  She gets to spend the first few days cleaning out the 4-H building and getting everything set up.  Then she will spend the rest of the time either assisting with animal shows (she is excited that she gets to help with the pig release, please don’t let her bring one home) and with many of the communications events in the 4-H building.  The last two days of the fair she will give her Educational Presentation and then her Extemporaneous speech.  Sarah and I will make a trip out to Des Moines in a week for a couple of days.  Looking forward to this time with Sarah as it has been a long time since she was able to attend the State Fair. We will pop in and check on Kristen during that time, maybe even get a picture or two of her working.  Then I will be going back out on Friday after PD so that I can be there for her two communications events and of course to bring her back home for the start of the school year.

June Recap

Well, June didn’t go quite as well as I wanted it to go.  Looking back at my post to begin the summer, I said that my number one goal was to get over the cold.  I ended up spending most of June not feeling well and fighting a cold/respiratory illness and some gastronomical problems. I will spare you the gory details.  Needless to say, I didn’t feel like getting much done.  I did manage to make two trips to Madrid Iowa and the 4-H camping center, one trip to Des Moines to drop off a child and then a 5 day trip to Houston with my husband.

The first goal on my list was to read.  I did manage to read 7 books this month.  Would have preferred more, but hard to read when you don’t feel well.

  1. Become the Inspiration by Kurt Kreiter
  2. Patterned After Death by Elizabeth Lynn CaseyTakin
  3. Taking on Twins by Mollie Campbell
  4. Promises of Love by Juliette Duncan
  5. Haley’s Hangdog Holiday by Tamie Dearen
  6. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 
  7. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

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The Bold book was for one of the book clubs I signed up for.  I am really enjoying the information and discussion from this book club.  This is for the Book Love book club hosted by Penny Kittle’s Book Love Foundation. I haven’t added too much to the discussion yet, as I just got home from Houston a couple of days ago and didn’t have internet access while we were there.  Trying to get caught up with everything.

My second goal was crafting time.  Once again not much accomplished with this one, when you don’t feel well and are running to the bathroom every few minutes, well need I say anything else?   Managed to get a few scrapbook pages done, but not much.

Goal three was to declutter.  That never happened, nor did goal four filing.  The pile is still sitting on my file cabinets and desk that need to be filed.

My 5th goal for the summer really is for this month and that is to write more.  I have signed up for Teacher’s Write camp and that begins June 10th.  Hopefully, I will find the time to work on that one this month even with the fairs.

The 6th and final goal was/is school related.  I did manage to get one of my classes completely ready to go on Canvas and also created a vocabulary list for each unit on Quizlet.  I have also gotten some stuff done on my Interactive Notebook for Language Arts 10 but still have lots to do for this one.

Let’s hope that July is a more productive month, even though there are two fairs during this month.  During county fair time, NOTHING else gets done.  I am happy to barely survive during those weeks.

C stands for Courage

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I fell behind by a couple of days.  I had the topic for each day chosen, but then never got around to writing for that day.  Going to try and play catch up tonight.

Tuesday, April 4th was the day for letter C.  I had decided that C stands for Courage this week and wanted to write about my daughters.

Both of them have shown courage in the past few years.  Sarah left home to attend college even though she didn’t want to and was worried about being away from home.  While she had a rough start, she didn’t give up, ending up finding her own way in college and is graduating in just a month and a half.  Once she finishes her internship this summer she will be looking for a job and moving on to the next stage of her life.  Yes, she showed courage to deal with life changes and move on to the next step.  I know from conversations that we have had, that she is more than ready to move on again.  Courage helped her grow into the wonderful young women that she is today.

Kristen has been demonstrating courage this week.  High school life is full of drama and sadly life isn’t always full of good times and things, but sometimes the bad seems to come and at times the kids feel like the bad will never go away.  Kristen has continued doing what she needs to do and has not asked to stay home, she is still struggling with a few personal situations and it breaks my heart to see her facing these problems, handling them well and knowing that sometimes you have to go through the fire to become a better more refined person.  Courage is helping her grow to the fine young lady she is on her way to becoming.

 

Ames #AtoZChallenge

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Decided to change my theme up and go with NO theme.  Instead of quotes for each letter of the alphabet, I am going to write about something from the day that has to do with the letter. Today’s theme is Ames.  As in Ames, Iowa.  Kristen had an interview today for State 4-H Council.  We decided to all go out and enjoy a night away.  So while Kristen was on the Campus interviewing, Kurt, Sarah, and I spent some time wandering around among several unique shops on Main Street.  We really weren’t looking for anything in particular except for a chance to escape and have some down time with family.  The best part of the trip (we were only gone for about 28 hours) was just getting away from everything, relaxing, and spending time together.  We had planned on eating supper at Hickory Park so headed over there after checking into the hotel.  Ended up seeing many different people from Clinton and DeWitt while we were there.

And now we are home, rested, well fed and ready for another week.

So much to do.

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The night before leaving, all the creatures in the house (2 legged) were frantically packing and getting ready to leave.  With all of the commotion, you would think that we are going on a three-week vacation, instead of just traveling west for a couple of hours so that our youngest can interview for state 4-H council Saturday morning.  In all fairness, my husband has had track meets, church/choir practice, and a soccer match every night this week.  Thankfully they canceled the JV match due to the weather and he was able to come home early.  Youngest DD helped her dad at the track meets so came home late and then last night she had a choir concert. While we are going to be gone for only one night, there is so much to do and make sure things get packed.

  1. Kristen’s business Casual outfit (needed for the interview)
  2. Camera to take a picture of her wearing the outfit.  She plans on using this as her $15.00 challenge outfit also.
  3. Black heeled shoes for outfit
  4. Interview information and map to building on campus.
  5. Clothing for dad and mom
  6. a computer so that I can finish my final SOL tomorrow night.
  7. Chargers for all electronics
  8. Swimming suit, so I can go sit in the whirlpool. Can’t wait to do this.
  9. Most importantly a couple of books for me to read during the 3-hour cruise, I mean drive. And of course, while waiting for the interviewee to finish up.
  10. Ok, maybe I should also take a credit card for the hotel, cash so we can eat, and other essentials.

And then, of course, we need to make sure that the 4 legged family members are taken care of.  Having a friend come spend time with them, feed and water then, and give the one lots of attention. The other one will basically ignore the family friend.

 

So much work just so that we can be gone for a little over 24 hours.  And of course, everything needs to be ready and packed before we leave for school tomorrow.  We will leave from school as soon as I am done.

So looking forward to this night and the chance to get away as a family for such a short time span.

Worth the $

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Keeping my house clean while working full time, with a husband and two girls that were active has always been a struggle for me.  So a couple of years ago I jumped on the bandwagon of paying someone to come clean my house twice a month for me.  While my house is still not perfect yet, let me tell you there is nothing better than coming home and walking into a clean house.  Unless of course, I was smart enough to put supper in the crockpot.  Then I come home to a clean house and supper almost done.  Coming home to a clean house every couple of weeks, helps to motivate me to get it organized.  Sadly, however, that is taking longer than I would like.  But I will get my house put together and in the meantime, Thanks so much to the person who comes in and cleans my house.

De-stressing today

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What I have been waiting for and longing for, for over a month now has finally come and gone.  I love it when I have a free Saturday.  It is so nice to be able to stay at home, sleep in (I wish) and take it easy in the morning. Then able to do whatever I want with the rest of the day.  Today, was the day.  Husband and DD 1 left for Iowa City and a conference (and of course DD 1 to head back to her apartment).  DD 2 and I had the day at home with nothing pressing.  We straightened up a few things and then watched my favorite TV show ( Pioneer Women, I haven’t seen this show for over a month) Finally heading to my craft room for some peace and quiet.  I was able to go through a few things, sorting and purging.  My goal is to get my space organized, cleaned up and less cluttered this year.  It was so nice to have that time to relax, listen to music, sort, create and generally de-stress.  I honestly think that there should be one day every week dedicated to days like today.  Sadly as much as I try, it doesn’t always happen.  Many times I am lucky to get one day a month like this.   My DD 2 and I enjoyed a nice lunch at Pizza Ranch (no cooking, no dishes, and we love their chicken).  Now she is baking cookies for a County Council meeting/pizza party tomorrow night and then some homemade hot fudge on Ice Cream to top off the day.

Yes, we all need more days like this.