Thursday 3. January 2019

Back to school today. Boy, I’d been dreading getting back into the morning routine, but it wasn’t too bad. The day went rather well, much better than the last two weeks before Christmas break…so good to see the kiddos again! Only a few times of butting heads with my main three kiddos…sometimes they seem to forget to treat the sides with as much respect as the teachers, that they can blow us off like a maid. Thankfully we have some great teachers who take matters into their own hands when they hear kids we are supposed to be helping talk to us in a disrespectful manner.

Favorite parts of the day are during lunchtime duty with the 6th through 8th grades…we have some really great kids who like the extra attention they can get from the teachers aides, they will seek us out just to say hello.

After school for the 30 minutes with the late bus preschool through 5th graders is almost always the best way to end the day! One little guy who always likes to tell me he’s FBI and taking me to jail, told me today that tomorrow is his birthday…I asked if he was going to be 40…he said no, 39. Such a dolly that kid! He finally said he was going to be 8…later he said 7…so, he’s going to be somewhere between 7 and 39 tomorrow!

The same little guy asked for a huggie a couple weeks ago, while hugging me I could feel him wiping his hand on my leg…sure enough he’d wiped his muddy paws on my cream colored leggings. They washed. No biggie. When asked why I let the kids do such things I say they are just kids and clothes are washable, let them be kids while they can. Helps when they are too cute and sweet for their own good!

Peace Out!

melmpf

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Monday 31. December 2018

Last day of the year! Wasn’t such a bad year, so no feeling of being thrilled to see the year come to an end…no big thrill in the starting of a new year. Another day, another year…just keep moving.

We had us quite the frigid day today. Ruby Pearl, Bubba and I ran over to my folks to drop Ruby off while Bubba and I ran to the city…Gramma likes to babysit Ruby (chihuahua)…or so she says. Only had a few things to get in the city but figured that since Bubba has been running here, there and everywhere over break that he could spend a little time with his mom…yes, he was NOT so thrilled but humored me…he knows who gives him gas money more than once a week.

Dad enlightened us with the fact that although it was biting cold today that last year on this day we didn’t even make it to 0…so six degrees F. wasn’t so bad. Looking at the glass half-full isn’t always such a bad thing.

As per usual, Old Boy and I are staying home this New Years…such a dangerous night to be out on the roads. Bubba went to a friend’s and is spending the night…he was directed to be off the road early. Good night to stay off the roads.

Looking forward to the changes I plan to work on in the new year…hoping to make some positive changes over time…not resolutions, but small changes in daily life to hopefully become more of the person I’d like to see myself be and learn how to be more focused and accomplished in everyday life.

Happy New Year!

Peace Out!

melmpf

Sunday 30. December 2018

Another day down in the books~about time to get ready to call it a night. Trying to get myself back into writing before heading back to school in a few days. Trying to form some type of after school until bedtime routine that can help me be more focused when not at work and feel accomplished on the homefront.

We had us a beautiful late December day today~the sun came out and we made it above the freezing mark! Continued washing the mountain of bedding and clothing Bubba finally brought out of his room~picked up and vacuumed the living room~snuggled with the Chihuahuas while watching baking shows on Netflix AND Ruby Pearl and I made a trip to Gramma’s with some baked treats. A non-busy/busy Sunday.

Looking forward to the going on for the week~thankful it’s going to be a slow start getting back into the full swing of things.

Two more days off! Wednesday we have teacher in-service~not quite a full day. Not really wanting to go and many aides have opted out of going but I want to go and take in what I can learn to do my job better~to be able to help my kiddos better. So~only two full days with the kiddos to get back into the swing of things before the weekend.

Time to start moving and try to get some sleep!

Peace Out!

melmpf

Saturday 29. December 2018

A week into Christmas break from school~three days yet to go and am absolutely loving the time off! Starting to miss some of my work friends~and the kiddos…a bit. Not missing having to punch the old time clock~so to speak. I enjoy being a free spirit~going the way the wind blows and not being pinned down.

Christmas went fairly well at the homestead this year~the girl and the boyfriend were able to get home from NebraskaLand for a few days which was the topping on the cake! Old Boy’s folks stayed in Florida this year and his sister and her family went down~so it was just my family this year.

With Christmas falling as it did~the girl was able to come home Friday night and didn’t have to leave until just afternoon on Tuesday. We shopped, went out to eat and had a joint birthday party for her and her boyfriend whom both have December birthdays. The kids even humored me and helped decorate at the cemetery and didn’t complain about taking pictures after.

Christmas Eve, the family and I met my brother at our church for our yearly gathering. We took our annual pictures of the kids in front of the Christmas Tree at the church. Afterwards it was off to the parents for our annual after church Futjens. Always such a nice evening.

Christmas Day was hectic~as per usual. It was the first time in years all the grandchildren were together~they didn’t even argue about taking pictures together. Didn’t even get into words with my niece I tend to get into ugly arguments with. Was really a nice day and a great prolonged weekend holiday!

Hated seeing the girl back off to NebraskaLand after having her home for days~however it was so nice just having her home. The longer she’s gone and the less she comes home I feel less and less like I have a daughter. Changing seasons aren’t always the best for all parties involved. She’s making a great life for herself out west and it’s a good thing, miss her though.

Now I’ve been working on the wartorn looking house we call a home. Have yet to get a good routine going with working outside the house~hate having to use most of my vacation having to deep clean the house, but we do what we have to do! A couple days ago I discovered we had a dining room table, kitchen counters and a floor in the dining room. Who would have known? Bubba rediscovered his bathroom and bedroom floors today…now if he could discover the rest of the bathroom I would de-germ that room. Boys!

Peace Out!

melmpf

The Night Before Thanksgiving 2018

Tis the season! Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family, an every other year occurance and an occasion always looked forward to. We’ll be missing our girl, but time with cousins is always cherished…especially the older we get. Thankfully the weather has turned over the past two days and we’ll be having some warmer temperatures to be out and about. Thanksgiving has been my most favorite holiday for a great many years now, less stress than Christmas, more time to sit and visit and just be with the ones we love.

Have been attempting to get back into writing, however I’m shot at the end of most days and the thought of getting out the computer seems like way too much work. Tomorrow begins four days off, planning on talking myself into sitting down and making plans for a routine to be able to get more accomplished at the end of the school day. Things are getting easier though, the weekdays don’t seem to feel as long although the weekends seem to feel shorter. It’s be days since I’ve come home and had a bit of a sip to top off a stressful day, has to be a plus!

Feeling as though my boys and I have been making progress lately. I have three boys whom are my main priority at school, aide to one and helper to the other two…have taken to calling them my boys. Of course I help all the teachers of whom I’m in class with and have really bonded with most of the kids. Had one boy with a broken heart today, he came to me and I was really touched…he wasn’t one of my boys. Have to say I smile most of each day. Have made some great friends with the other aides and some of the teachers. Living in such a small community and being in a small school district is really a blessing in so many ways.

Last week has a great break through with one of my boys. K really struggles with reading, the beginning of the year I’d have to tell him almost every word when we’d be reading together, last week he read an entire page in his lit circle book with only having to be helped with one word! He was so proud and I was so proud for him! This week C has been more willing to get to work when he doesn’t want to, actually putting in a bit more effort than usual. E and I still have our daily struggles, he likes to try and find a way to get a person’s goat…he’s a good kid though…just likes to be a stinker. All three are getting better at writing smaller and neater! Small steps, yes!?

Was really touched today…put together a small treat for each of the boys for Thanksgiving…nothing big, some small candy bars, gum and pencils…the smile on their faces just melted my heart. I’d had the opportunity to take the boys from study hall to a classroom with only a couple kids and an aide working on some late work, the boys dumped their little boxes out to dig through the handful of things, swapped with one another what they liked most and the cherry on top was when they bombarded me with hugs! Those boys! These boys aren’t the hugging kind either.

The absolute best part of the day…lining up with the little kids to dismiss at the end of the day. One of the boys gave me a note that his grandma was picking him and his little brother up at the dismissal gate…I recognized the last name and asked if R was their grandpa..yes, R is their grandpa and then the little kindergarten aged boy said…is Bart your dad? I stiffled a laugh and said no, he’s my brother, Terry is my dad…the older brother said, I know him! Absolutely made my day! Mom laughed and laughed, Brother Bear wasn’t quite as amussed and said he’d be giving their dad a hard time in return! Love small town life!

Hope all is well with all!

melmpf