#truestory

This school year I purchased a pre-made journal/planner. What I love about it is that at the beginning of the month there is a place to establish goals. There is also a journaling page at the start and end of each month. Not only do I use the journal for planning, but I also use it for reflecting.

And, I’ve been using my journal to capture what my readers are saying. Writing and blogging certainly makes me a better listener, for you never know if something you say is going to turn into a blog post! When I capture what they’re saying, I jot it down in my journal and just for fun I hashtag it, #truestory, although I never tweet these captured moments. Here are some of the #truestory moments from this year:

“You make me excited about books like never before!” ~a.b.

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“Your classroom just makes me want to just sit down and read.” ~o.t.

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“I read for 60 minutes last night and it left me at a cliff hanger! I wanted to keep on reading!” ~k.s.

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“My mom said that it was time to go shopping and I said, ‘Mom, I can’t! I want to read!’ So I took my book in the car with me.” ~m.w.

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Me: “I’m starting Wish today, Marlee.”

Marlee: “Hurry up and read it fast so we can talk about it!”

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“Last night I needed to keep on reading my book! I turned on my little clip light and read under the covers.” ~z.z.

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“Is today a reading day? I hope so. It’s the best part of the day!” ~b.a.

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Student #1: “This room is really, really cool! What do you need to do to be able to come here?

Student #2: “You pretty much have to suck at reading.”

#truestory…#sigh

“I love this book Wish and I love this class. This is my favorite part of the day!” ~k.s.

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I’m going to be honest here. There are days when I wonder if my readers are making enough progress. Progress is limited and sometimes stalled. On those days I revisit these #truestories and I know that #kidsarereading and that #kidslovebooks. What more could I ask for? This #truestory and that #truestory reminds me to keep chugging along.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” ~a.w.

#truestory

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the simple beautiful things

hugs

brownies

dinner dates

fresh cut flowers

colorful macaroons

crystal clear night sky

warm sand beneath your toes

snuggling under cozy blankets

fireflies lighting up the night sky

brilliant sunshine after a snowfall

a field of sunflowers smiling at the sun

simple

beautiful

things

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Join in on the Fun!

 

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At the beginning of the challenge, Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life invited us to a party. She invited us to bring five of our favorite things. It’s also a fun way to get to know each other. You can read the full invitation here. This is what I will bring and share with you!

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Some warm brownies fresh from the oven!

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Let’s have a smoothie bar!

I’ll bring the ingredients and I will whip up some healthy treats.

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Ingredients

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Mix up those ingredients

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Enjoy!

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You can never have too many fresh flowers!

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Let’s gather around, relax, and color. I’ll bring the coloring books and pencils.

I may sneak in a fur baby too!

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And, of course, York Peppermint Patties for everyone!

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There’s still time to join the fun!

I hope to see you!

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Are You Kidding Me?

The dentist called to confirm my appointment. They requested that I arrive 10 minutes early so they can update my records in their new computer system. I arrived as requested and they took me 20 minutes later.

Are you kidding me?

We were out of rabbit food for the buns. I stopped at the only pet store that carries their food. The shelf was empty. Temporarily out of stock the sign read!

Are you kidding me?

My hubby did the income tax return. We owe again this year!

Are you kidding me?

The winter weather has been balmy lately, if you can use the word balmy in the winter. Matt and I decided to head outside and work on taming the weeds by the wetlands. He broke out his chainsaw and I took out the electric trimmers. We wrestled with those weeds. We thought we won. He got poison on his arms. I got poison on my legs.

Are you kidding me?

I woke up early to publish my blog post and to read and comment on some other blogs. When I opened up my computer the I received this message, “internet connection unavailable”.

Are you kidding me?

The foyer window has been leaking for some time. We paid bookoo bucks to have it repaired. The rain arrived. The window leaked!

Are you kidding me?

I arrived home and went to pull in the driveway. It appears that the neighborhood geese had a poop party in my driveway. Driving up the driveway was like maneuvering through a minefield, minefield of poop!

Are you kidding me?

I borrowed an ebook from the public library. I didn’t finish reading it. The due date arrived. The book could not be renewed!

Are you kidding me?

I volunteer at the SPCA on Saturday mornings. When I was there I found the perfect female rabbit to bring home. I said, “I’ll take her.” They said, “Great!” We made arrangements for me to come back and pick her up. About an hour before I was to arrive to pick her up  I received a text, “We adopted your rabbit to another person, but we have another bunny you we think you will love.”

Wait for it…

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Are you kidding me?

All I can say is thank goodness I have some “sanity savers” that allow me to look back at these situations and laugh, just laugh!

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Oh, Happy Day!

Oh, happy day!

Oh, happy National Oreo Cookie Day that is!

Yes, believe it or not, today is National Oreo Cookie Day. I mean, who knew that there was a special day to celebrate this yummy little cookie?

Have you ever wondered about this amazing cookie that is made up of two chocolate disks and contains a sweet cream filling? Well, here are some fun facts that will leave wanting to celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day every year when March 6th rolls around.

  • The Oreo cookie was first produced in 1912.
    • That’s 105 years ago!
  • The National Biscuit Company, Nabisco, is the company that makes the BEST-SELLING cookie in the United States.
    • Move over chocolate chip cookies. The Oreo has you beat!
  • When the Oreo cookie was first sold, it sold for 25 cents a pound. Today you can purchase 14.3 oz. on sale for $3.49 or at regular price for $4.49.
    • I teach reading, so I’ll let you do the price comparison on this one.

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  • The DOUBLE STUF Oreo cookie was introduced in 1974.
    • This is my favorite Oreo cookie. In fact, I turn my nose up to the classic Oreo.

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  • It wasn’t until February of 2013 that the MEGA STUF hit the cookie market.
    • I’ve never tried the MEGA STUF Oreo cookie. It sounds super-yummy!

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  • There are many different varieties of Oreos to meet your cookie craving needs. There’s Mini Oreos, Football Oreos, and Oreo Thins. Here are some that I stumbled upon when I was checking Oreo availability at my local Target:
  • Then there are the limited edition Oreos. My research stated that there are SpongeBob SquarePants Oreos, Pumpkin Spice Oreos, and even Key Lime Pie Oreos. I managed to locate Birthday Cake Oreos and Peeps Oreos. Yes, Peeps Oreos!
  • Last but not least, Oreos are best enjoyed with a glass of cold milk. So go grab a glass and an Oreo, or two, and enjoy!
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#NationalOreoCookieDay

Happy National Oreo Cookie Day!

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Sanity Savers

I follow a lot of blogs, more than I have time to read. That’s okay though because when I do sit down to read them, they inspire me and surround me with positive vibes. I would estimate that 90% are related to the world of education and many of them are fellow slicers just like you.

Just recently I did, however, stumble upon a blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy and while she’s not an educator, she is a book lover and I find parts of her blog inspirational. At the end of January she encouraged her readers to think about what is saving your life right now. Often times it is so, so easy to articulate what is killing us right now when someone inquires how we are. But what if we stopped; we stopped right now and thought about what is giving us life? What is saving us right now?

The problem is that many times the things that are saving our life right now are the small things, the simple things, the silly things. In fact, they may feel so silly because they seem so small. It doesn’t matter, acknowledge them anyway. Get your journal out and write them down. If we don’t take the time to write them down, undoubtably our mind drifts. It drifts to worry, hurry, anger, or feelings of being overwhelmed.

So, I broke out my journal and over the course of a week I looked for what is giving me life. And while I won’t share all of them right here, I will share (in no particular order) several of my sanity savers – no matter how small or silly they may seem to you or to me.

  • watching the fur kids frolic in the morning
  • hearing the wind chime outside in the early morning breeze
  • the magic of tidying up my house
  • my IG account and feed
  • watching The Heart of a Champion early Sunday mornings
  • Matt making dinner effortlessly again and again
  • journals and reflection time
  • silly Snapchatting with Maddie, family, and friends
  • enjoying a Wendy’s chocolate frosty
  • watching This Is Us on Tuesday evenings
  • cozy Cabin socks on a chilly day
  • Papermate Flair felt tip markers
  • workout buddies
  • perennials starting to bloom
  • scented candles and essential oils
  • feeling the warmth of the sun shining through the foyer window

There you have it. My sanity savers.  Just a sprinkling of the magic that is saving my life right now. Truthfully, though, the real magic is in noticing of these small, simple, or silly gifts day in and day out. For the more I notice them, the more I realize all that is good, right here, right now.

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