Friday, August 4, 2017

"Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments - often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we're too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we're so afraid of the dark we don't dare let ourselves enjoy the light. A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable. I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith."
-Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

This TGIF post is inspired by BigTime Literacy.


On this Friday, I am putting out there that I hope to be a person people can trust as I move into my new role this fall.  Trust is critical to relationships, and I am about to make a lot of new relationships with people across my district.  I'm looking forward to new collaboration.  We are #bettertogether.


I am grateful for moments with family this summer.  While it has been a busy summer, I am so grateful for every moment I have had with my husband and kids, as well as my mom and sister and extended family.  Family matters.  That's a TV show, and a true statement.


I am currently inspired by many authors.  I've done some summer reading, and the work of Linda Sue Park (A Long Walk to Water), Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), Peter Brown (The Wild Robot), and Mo Willems (Diva and Flea) are fresh in my mind this week.  Some of those books helped me notice author's craft, and some helped me see the world in a new way.  Both lenses are inspirational to me.


I have faith that the school year that is fast approaching is where we need to be.  I am hopeful that my students get the teachers that they need, and that I am the teacher that students need in the fall.  

Fudge Judge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

     I was going to write this post, asking you not to judge me because I have eaten fudge for breakfast the last two day.  One was chocolate fudge, and one was cherry fudge.  Tomorrow will be peanut butter fudge.  Yep, there will be a third day of fudge consumption for breakfast.  I mean, going to Door County to fudge shop is a relatively rare experience, so I don't feel all that guilty about my choices.  I have also woken up for work before my kids, so they don't see me either.  That's a positive. 

     And then I realized that fudge and judge rhyme...  

     The post title became Fudge Judge, even though that doesn't even make much sense.   It's ok if you judge me for that.  :)

Door County

Monday, July 17, 2017

We went to Door County to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th anniversary this weekend.  

...watched cars at the Hinsdale Oasis while eating pancakes from McDonalds
...played with giraffes and seals at the Milwaukee Zoo
...pretended to be Packers Fan (for a few minutes) in Green Bay
...ate pizza in Sister Bay at 10pm with 3 kids (bad moms)
...had cherry stuffed french toast at The White Gull Inn
...bought fudge and souvenirs in Fish Creek
...celebrated 50 years with the extended family
...rushed to see a sunset in Ellison Bay and caught a sliver of it
...had dinner (again too late) by the fire at our hotel
...had yet another breakfast, this time scoring some cherry jam
...threw rocks into the lake at Ellison Bay Beach after sliding on some slides
...went cherry picking with no actual intention to bake (but froze them anyway)
...bought a necklace in honor of our own 15th anniversary at O'Meara's
...stopped at Fun Park and go-karted around a bit
...made a stop at the Mars Cheese Castle for some world famous cheese curds
...took 94 into the city to see Chicago at night on our way home
...fell asleep

It's pretty awesome that 50 years ago, my aunt and uncle got married, and that resulted in the memories my family had this weekend.  

Love is amazing.

Be Present

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

     I was at the eye doctor with my son, and I found myself looking at this sign on the wall.  I have to admit, I stared at it longer than I would have thought I would have to to read it.  About midway through the stare, I almost convinced myself that I need glasses myself.  But then, I was able to decipher the message.  


(I promise, it's a lot harder to read when the letters get smaller and they are weathered on wood. 
Or my 40 year old eyes might actually need glasses now, too.)

     My #oneword for last year was Present, so this sign struck a chord with me.  It's so true.  It's amazing the things that we miss that are right in front of us.  Our life gets busy, our stress tells us to focus on other things, our eyes don't focus on the things that our right in front of our face.  It's up to us to refocus on what matters.

    Thank you, eye doctor, for the reminder.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

     Two weeks ago, we were in Legoland, making s'mores by the pool.  Yesterday, I was in the Dunkin Donuts line getting my 99 cent iced coffee.  The promo for the new s'mores donut brought me right back to the deck of that pool.  My daughter was toasting a marshmallow for me, as I readied the graham crackers and chocolate.  I was there again, chocolate fingers and all.  

      I added a donut to my order, even though it was late in the afternoon and I knew it wouldn't be oven fresh.  I just had to.

     Guess what?  This donut was terrible.  My vacation, on the other hand, was not terrible.  :)  

     Oh well.

The Beach

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The beach at noon.

Her treasure.

The beach at 8:15.

His treasure.

Thanks, Florida.

Fiscal Responsibility

Friday, July 7, 2017

       With all the talks of the Illinois budget on the news, and just returning from a fun filled yet magically expensive trip to visit Mickey Mouse, I decided to be more fiscally responsible moving forward.  The day I came home from the trip I headed to the Super Target to get groceries, and that's what I bought.  Groceries.  And one top.  But that's it.  Unless you count those cheap sandals as a non-grocery item.  But I digress...

     Now that vacation is over, I don't need to buy items for the trip.  I can stick to groceries and only the necessities.  I have a plan.  (This was Monday.)

     Today was Thursday.


     Do you think Mo Willems plushies count as a necessity of life?  I may need a new plan.  I don't need any more plushies, though, because Pigeon, Piggie, Gerald, Duckling and Knuffle Bunny joined the family today.  :)

This post is part of Big Time Blogging Challenge with Big Time Literacy. #BTBC17