Sunday, May 31, 2015

School's Out For Summer!

Summer vacation is here! Feels like it's been a long time coming, that's for sure. This is the first year in 6 years I've had the day off on my birthday. I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of excited about that! For as much grief I gave Coach for taking his birthday off this past week, my personal philosophy is that no one should work on their birthday. I'm excited about not working on mine this year. Birthdays aren't really a big deal to me; we never celebrated really big when I was a kid. I've tried to make my kid's birthdays into a big deal, but it never seems to work out as I plan. My goal is to make them feel extra special. I may still owe J a birthday pie... Strawberries and rhubarb just aren't plentiful in the winter...

So there's the annual summer vacation To Do List. This list makes me hyperventilate a bit. You haven't seen my closets. I have a ton of work to do around here and at school. Plus finish my class and take a licensing exam. And plant my garden. As much as I want to take a break from school I'm going to have to spend some hours in my room cleaning, organizing and planning for next year. It is what it is. I'll take July off and spend on the beach & in the gym. It will be ok.  I'm just happy to have time to do things at my pace. I love drinking coffee on the porch with the dog, the outside sounds, and my thoughts. It's perfection. 

What special projects do you take on during vacation? 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Attitude of Grattitude

I could complain about my raspy voice, sore throat and tender ears. It's been a week. I could definitely gripe about it today. But, I realized didn't notice any discomfort until about an hour ago.

I could complain that half of my class skipped school today to avoid the project we were to begin today, but those who showed up today were rewarded and we had fun and awesomely fantastic day!

I could complain about missing my little guy's choir concert, but I've been able to peek in twice this week during rehearsals and heard several of the songs. The best part was when he saw me in the hall, smiled, waved and called out, "Hi, Mom!" He melts my heart, my little man.

I could complain about having to go back to class tonight for summer session, but I would rather be in the classroom than the online version we did last semester. I saw friends, took some notes, and reveled in the fact I only have 5 weeks left of this little adventure. I'd never dreamed a year ago I'd be doing this! In a matter of weeks I'll be applying for this addition to my professional educator's license.

I could complain about the 2 hours I spent on the road tonight going to and from said class, but that was time I was able to catch up on my favorite podcast. It reminded me of the need to make time for that at least once each week. I miss that time to think and grow. That time to be still is critical for me. I made a time in my schedule to listen each week when I got home.

There are so many things I could complain about, but there are so many more things to be grateful for the complaints seem inconsequential. I can't help but sit in awe of the wonderful things that occur around me, to me, with me each day. I think it's pretty cool I don't have to go far to see beauty.