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

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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

Saturday 20. October 2018

Finally feeling as though I’m getting enough of the hang of working outside the house that I may be able to get back to writing and reading some blogs again.  Still working on getting my inner clock changed around, guessing after over 20 years of being a night owl that it’s going to take more than a couple months to become not so much of a night owl. 

Have really taken to doing this whole teachers aide thing.  I work mainly with three sixth graders, but help out with the entire class as needed.  Also have lunch duty with sixth through eighth grades, study hall with about a dozen sixth graders and after school recess with preschool through fifth grade…thankfully there are three of us doing the after school recess, those littles are dolls but take a lot of energy. 

Learning a lot in the sixth grade, things that I either no longer remember learning or things that are new to me…guessing a little of both.  Social Studies and PE are pry my favorite at the moment, something I definitely wouldn’t have said in sixth grade.  In Social Studies we are learning about different cultures, next week the kids start a project where they learn about the cultures in which they came from…sounds fun but with my three boys, the thought makes my head start to throb…hard headed them and hard headed me…we have our moments where we butt heads so to speak.  The trobbing head comes from knowing the project has to be done on Google Slides and the last project I helped with having to use Google Slides, yeah….I can’t do Google Slides, give me a piece of paper or poster board! 

A few days ago the kiddos had to run the mile in PE.  Want to confuse sixth graders?  Call PE, Phys Ed…they will argue until you explain it’s short for physical education and thus PE…  Watching these kids stress for days about the upcoming mile run reminded me of the same stress knowing that damn run was coming up.  These kids had it easy though, Mr. S let them walk a bit as needed, we weren’t allowed to stop jogging or we started over.  Times have changed.  Also Mr. S ran with them, Mr. C never ran with us.  That had to have been a good feeling for the kids to have the teacher join them.  I walked a half mile during their run and tried to help encourage them to keep it up.

Lunch may be my favorite time of day…have made some great friends amongst the teachers and aides and enjoy 30 minutes of laughter and swapping stories with other adults.  It’s still kind of odd to be working with people who went to school with our oldest, two graduated with and a few only in the few years before she graduated.  Some days it makes me feel a bit old but the kids have assured me that I am somewhere between the age of 1 and 99…so guessing I can be whatever age I choose. 

The house has taken a toll since I’ve begun working at the school.  Spent most of the day today cleaning and washing bedding and dishes…swear the dishes are never done.  Starting to feel like some progress is being made.  Bubba and I went out a few days ago to finish picking all the gourds and pumpkins, today Old Boy took the tractor and mower and knocked everything down.  Had hoped to get the flower garden done this weekend but we’ve been hit by a cold front accompanied by an ugly wind…hopefully we’ll be able to get it done before winter hits.  We’ve already had snow…the earliest I’ve ever seen, so who knows when winter will hit. 

Anyhow…hoping to finally be back to it.  Hope all is well with all! 

melmpf