Project 365: January 23-28, 2012

Another busy week in Sluiter Nation.

I had the end of the semester to deal with.

We had coughing and snotty noses.

There were appointments and classes and bowling league.

And there was life.

It looked like this…

January 22: it's the little things like a wind-up humpty dumpty that make us smile.

January 23: Why does my house always look like this?

January 24: Poop and Pee on the toilet. A big deal that is celebrated with M&Ms and dancing.


January 25: Grades are due in the morning. Gulp.

January 26: Got all my grades in and so now I shall enjoy a book and a pick with my #1 son.

January 27: Cort and I have a date to choose carpet for Eddie's Big Boy room...and stuff ourselves at On The Boarder

January 28: Team Banana Muffin

And that was the week that was.

On a side note, I am collecting books (or giftcards to barnes and noble to purchase books) to donate to our school’s FREE BOOK shelf in the media center.  It has gotten embarrassingly bare and with the transient nature of our student body and the fact that our kids sometimes need “risk free book trying” the free book shelf is very popular since they don’t have to return them if they don’t want to.

If you are at all interested in donating, contact me at sluiternation (at)

I work in a high school and the reading level is all the way from Young Adult Literature up through college level (but still appropriate for high school age).  The Hunger Games are HUGE right now, by the way.  They have gotten stolen from the library and from our RIF program due to high demand.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I LOVE your Project 365 posts and if it makes you feel any better your house is no where near as messy as mine!

  2. there is nothing quite like a good, comfy pick. here’s to next week!

  3. I have grades due tomorrow. I got all my grading done by Friday, since it was mostly workdays/end of semester wrap ups, and tomorrow is teacher workday, so entering them will commence bright and early. My desk is a disaster, but it’s at school and not home. Monday shall be interesting since I’m teaching a new class starting on Tuesday, and I’ve only in theory been thinking about it, and not doing anything. That being said, I dig your project. It’s fun to see these photos through the lens of a working teacher momma. You know. Also, since I moved to middle school, a bunch of my books for my classroom library aren’t appropriate for the kids I teach. I’ll take a look around and see if I have some I’d be willing to let you. But you know, hoarding books is what I do….I mean we are English teachers after all. I’ll shoot you an email sometime this week. 🙂

  4. Oh goodness. I have so many books. SO MANY. But I live far away in the land of “put your jacket on it’s 60 degrees outside!”

    I wish there were a way to get these books to you. But I supposed I should/could look into donating them around here. Sharing books is sharing books.

    And it is good. Right?
    Maybe even as good as banana muffins…

  5. your house looks vaguely familiar… oh yeah, because that’s exactly what my house looks like every day except WORSE. nice pictures 🙂

  6. I need that apron.
    And aren’t kids the cutest when they wear their towel hoodies? Swoon. I still make Chunk wear his even though he’s mostly outgrown them.
    He’s all “Mommmm…it can’t cover my butt!”
    Ps. Thieves suck.

  7. Cute apron!

  8. Looks like another great week at the Sluiter household!

  9. I love the nose picking shot . . . and your “messy home” pic is what mine looks like on an especially tidy day.