Project 365 {week 16}

This week was the beginning of that long haul to the end of the school year.

Upon starting school on Monday, we had seven full weeks of school left.

As I type this we now have six weeks, and my seniors only have four weeks.

It feels like crunch time.

April 13: Goodbye Chicago! Thanks for a fun weekend!

April 13: Goodbye Chicago! Thanks for a fun weekend!

April 14: Book Club day in my classroom.

April 14: Book Club day in my classroom.

April 15: These two are weirdos.

April 15: These two are weirdos.

April 16: I'm trying to urge spring to stick around by wearing springy colors.

April 16: I’m trying to urge spring to stick around by wearing springy colors.

April 17: Finding our favorite quotes during book club.

April 17: Finding our favorite quotes during book club.

April 18: Charlie and his lady friends.

April 18: Charlie and his lady friends. Why yes, they ARE blonde twins.

April 19: Grandma and Grandpa give the boys peeps. Eddie doesn't like them at all...oh wait.

April 19: Grandma and Grandpa give the boys peeps. Eddie doesn’t like them at all…oh wait.

I looked ahead at our calendar from now until school is out at the end of May.

It gave me hives just a little bit.

Six weeks.

We can do it.

Project 365 {week 15}

Ah, spring break.

You were so needed.

Also SPRING…you were needed as well.

April 6: Big kid in a polo for church.

April 6: Big kid in a polo for church.

April 7: Spring showed up so we went outside to meet it.

April 7: Spring showed up so we went outside to meet it.

April 8: My day to myself. I went shopping with some birthday money after showering and getting dressed...in REAL clothes (not yoga pants)

April 8: My day to myself. I went shopping with some birthday money after showering and getting dressed…in REAL clothes (not yoga pants)

April 9: Eddie and I spend an hour just chalking and talking during Charlie's nap.

April 9: Eddie and I spend an hour just chalking and talking during Charlie’s nap.

 

April 10: More time outside. Outside is the best.

April 10: More time outside. Outside is the best.

April 11: Cort, me, and Eddie take an adventure to Chicago. First stop is Lincoln Park Zoo. He didn't want to pause for a picture, can you tell?

April 11: Cort, me, and Eddie take an adventure to Chicago. First stop is Lincoln Park Zoo. He didn’t want to pause for a picture, can you tell?

April 12: Day 2 of our adventure. On our way to Shedd Aquarium...a quick pick of my two heroes.

April 12: Day 2 of our adventure. On our way to Shedd Aquarium…a quick pick of my two heroes.

 I started this week feeling like dump.

But then spring showed up.

And when we got to Chicago, the weather was so lovely it made me giddy.

I giggled at how ridiculously awesome it felt.

And tonight we sleep with the sound of the rain.

Project 365 {week 14}

Yeah, so this was supposed to go up yesterday.

I wasn’t feeling it.

Or anything other than sticking close to home and sleeping.

GI bugs are no joke.

Anyway…

March 30: We took Sunday naps because we win.

March 30: We took Sunday naps because we win.

March 31: I get a new pretty!

March 31: I get a new pretty!

April 1: The small one opts to read...in the way of the TV watchers. Typical.

April 1: The small one opts to read…in the way of the TV watchers. Typical.

April 2: I hand out the books for Book Club and my students can't NOT read!  WOO HOO!

April 2: I hand out the books for Book Club and my students can’t NOT read! WOO HOO!

April 3: I am sick. Again. I miss the last day of school before spring break which is the first day of Book Club. I am sad. But look...these dumb flowers think it's warm enough to sprout. They are wrong.

April 3: I am sick. Again. I miss the last day of school before spring break which is the first day of Book Club. I am sad. But look…these dumb flowers think it’s warm enough to sprout. They are wrong.

April 4: First day of spring break and it rains all day. So we wear jammies all day.

April 4: First day of spring break and it rains all day. So we wear jammies all day.

April 5: I need to get stuff from my classroom, so this guy helps me out. Then I got back to feeling awful.

April 5: I need to get stuff from my classroom, so this guy helps me out. Then I got back to feeling awful.

Ok so yeah, clearly there are peeks of lovely even with all the sick.

But today I am grouchy and haven’t had any caffeine.

So I’m just going to be crabby for a bit.

I promise to get over it.

Happy Monday.

Project 365 {week 13}

My birthday was this week!

There was also vomit this week.

March 23: These two. Peas in a pod.

March 23: These two. Peas in a pod.

March 24: I have the hippest recycle box in the school, yo.

March 24: I have the hippest recycle box in the school, yo.

March 25: After the tummy bug hit 24-hours earlier, this is all I can eat. It got Cortney too.

March 25: After the tummy bug hit 24-hours earlier, this is all I can eat. It got Cortney too.

March 26: Eddie dressed up as the green dot from the Leo Leonni book for dress as a book character day at school. Cutest green dot ever.

March 26: Eddie dressed up as the green dot from the Leo Leonni book for dress as a book character day at school. Cutest green dot ever.

March 27: My birthday. This is what partying on your 36th birthday looks like.

March 27: My birthday. This is what partying on your 36th birthday looks like.

March 28: These actually were sent to school on Wednesday, but I forgot to take a picture today. Cort took me out on a date though, so this picture is related.

March 28: These actually were sent to school on Wednesday, but I forgot to take a picture today. Cort took me out on a date though, so this picture is related.

March 29: This one throws up, but it doesn't seem to faze him. Also, book explosion from a very wonderful internet friend.

March 29: This one throws up, but it doesn’t seem to faze him. Also, book explosion from a very wonderful internet friend. Here’s hoping whatever this Barf Bug is misses Eddie.

I’d rate this week as 97% good with a 3% vomit factor.

Because vomit doesn’t get to count as “good”.

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Another GOOD thing is that Three Minus One is available on Amazon! I’m a contributing author. I’m published! In print!

Project 365 {week 12}

This week was allegedly the official start of Spring.

Apparently Spring is a bit of a slacker because she’s not really working to show up ’round these parts.

March 16: Who is this KID in my house? I thought I had a baby?

March 16: Who is this KID in my house? I thought I had a baby?

March 17: CHEESE! no, literally. This kid always wants cheese

March 17: CHEESE! no, literally. This kid always wants cheese

March 18: This is our typical after school/daycare routine. Boys on the couch while I make dinner. Every day.

March 18: This is our typical after school/daycare routine. Boys on the couch while I make dinner. Every day.

March 19: After bath I realize...the curls are not totally gone.

March 19: After bath I realize…the curls are not totally gone.

March 20: He likes to cuddle before bed. I do not mind.

March 20: He likes to cuddle before bed. I do not mind.

March 21: Because I haven't taken a #teacherstyle photo in a while. This is what wishing for spring looks like. Shortish sleeves with boots and a scarf.

March 21: Because I haven’t taken a #teacherstyle photo in a while. This is what wishing for spring looks like. Shortish sleeves with boots and a scarf.

March 22: We use Charlie's Barnes & Noble coupon for a free birthday cupcake. We also pick a new book or two. I mean, it's only fair we EACH get one.

March 22: We use Charlie’s Barnes & Noble coupon for a free birthday cupcake. We also pick a new book or two. I mean, it’s only fair we EACH get one.

I wish I could say that like magic the temperatures soared into the 50′s and 60′s this week,

but that is not the truth.

We are still fighting with winter coats and hats here in the Mitten State.

We still pull on boots and expect to see snow in the forecast.

But when the wind blows just right, we can smell the earth.

That means it won’t be winter forever.

Project 365 {week 11}

This week was Charlie’s birthday week,

and on Friday I actually smelled spring coming.

Yes…good things are coming.

March 9: After church, pre-nap apple. Also his last day with is shaggy baby curls

March 9: After church, pre-nap apple. Also his last day with is shaggy baby curls

March 10: No more baby in this house.  At least no more baby HAIR.

March 10: No more baby in this house. At least no more baby HAIR.

 

March 11: The temperatures soared to 50 degrees! Ballet flats instead of boots!  WOOT!

March 11: The temperatures soared to 50 degrees! Ballet flats instead of boots! WOOT!

March 12: Eddie is really knocking out his March is Reading Month Challenge with Hudsonville Ice Cream!

March 12: Eddie is really knocking out his March is Reading Month Challenge with Hudsonville Ice Cream!

March 13: Happy Second birthday, Charlie!

March 13: Happy Second birthday, Charlie!

March 14: New frames!

March 14: New frames!

March 15: Beware the Ides of March!  Also known as Charlie's birthday party day! Pizza!

March 15: Beware the Ides of March! Also known as Charlie’s birthday party day! Pizza!

The week was good.

Charlie’s birthday was…um…well, I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.

And today the sun is shining.

Spring: it’s on it’s way.

Project 365 {week 10}

This week was brutal.

I blame the state testing that I had to proctor at work.

It threw the whole “normal” of the day off.

And it made me super tired. It’s the same kind of fatigue you get from driving for HOURS.

Anyway…this is what the week looked like…

March 2: Shrove Sunday = pancake brunch at church. YUM!

March 2: Shrove Sunday = pancake brunch at church. YUM!

March 3: A student MADE this for me. I love my job, yo.

March 3: A student MADE this for me. I love my job, yo.

 

March 4: I proctored the ACT and was exhausted. This guy wanted to read books. We read books.

March 4: I proctored the ACT and was exhausted. This guy wanted to read books. We read books.

March 5: Another day of testing means I'm too exhausted to care that I am wearing head to toe pink.

March 5: Another day of testing means I’m too exhausted to care that I am wearing head to toe pink.

 

March 6: Last day of testing at school. And two boys doing puzzles together. Those things are not related.

March 6: Last day of testing at school. And two boys doing puzzles together. Those things are not related.

March 7: Full work day, hair appointment, and dinner with a friend means I got home to this thoughtful guy after the boys were in bed.

March 7: Full work day, hair appointment, and dinner with a friend means I got home to this thoughtful guy after the boys were in bed.

March 8: Coffee with a friend. Best way to end a week.

March 8: Coffee with a friend. Best way to end a week.

It didn’t look busy, but somehow it was.

I almost died of exhaustion.

Almost.

But we didn’t forget about March is Reading Month!!

And as promised, a run down of what we have been reading around here.

What Eddie read (or had read to him):
Yertle the Turtle By Dr. Seuss
Oh Say Can You Say by Dr. Seuss
Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. Seuss
On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss
You’re Only Old Once by Dr. Seuss
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss

He picked them all! He might have a thing for Seuss.

What Charlie read (or had read to him):
Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr.
Hippos Go Berzerk! By Sandra Boyton (ad naseam, I might add)
The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Werner Watson

What Katie read:
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (still reading)

What are you and your kids reading?

Project 365 {week 9}

Can I get an “amen” for February being over?

If for no other reason than I don’t have to TYPE “February” anymore.

Stupid weirdly spelled month of cold and awfulness.

February 23: Starting my next "academic" book for an online class.

February 23: Starting my next “academic” book for an online class.

February 24: Mondays are "puzzling"

February 24: Mondays are “puzzling”

February 25: Remember the little fella someone drew on my board? He now has a purple friend. Teaching is weird.

February 25: Remember the little fella someone drew on my board? He now has a purple friend. Teaching is weird.

February 26: The love of reading is strong in this house.

February 26: The love of reading is strong in this house.

February 27: We get this in the mail. And then I catch Cortney staring at the smooshy baby CONSTANTLY. #cute

February 27: We get this in the mail. And then I catch Cortney staring at the smooshy baby CONSTANTLY. #cute

 

February 28: Last day of stupid February and my car doesn't understand negative numbers. Stupid February.

February 28: Last day of stupid February and my car doesn’t understand negative numbers. Stupid February.

March 1: Saturday during Charlie's nap = coloring a looooong picture.

March 1: Saturday during Charlie’s nap = coloring a looooong picture.

Eddie informed me today he wanted some fresh air.

Warm fresh air.

I so agree.

Happy March.

Let’s hope the end of this month is like 50 degrees warmer than the beginning.

Project 365 {week 8}

You would think a short month would FEEL short.

You would also think a short week would feel short.

Not so much.

I blame February.

February 16: Eddie and I run for post-church/Sunday School Starbucks. It's exciting.

February 16: Eddie and I run for post-church/Sunday School Starbucks. It’s exciting.

February 17: no school due to mid-winter break. shoulda been a great day. Instead a dude pulled out in front of me on slippery roads cause me to ramp a snow bank. No damage to me OR my car, thankfully!

February 17: no school due to mid-winter break. shoulda been a great day. Instead a dude pulled out in front of me on slippery roads cause me to ramp a snow bank. No damage to me OR my car, thankfully!

 

February 18: another day of mid-winter break. I can't remember the issue, but his response to me was, "FINE. I WILL JUST BE LIKE A SANDWICH THEN." Having kids is weird sometimes.

February 18: another day of mid-winter break. I can’t remember the issue, but his response to me was, “FINE. I WILL JUST BE LIKE A SANDWICH THEN.” Having kids is weird sometimes.

February 19: Back to school. Also parent/teacher conferences. 13-hour days are no joke, yo.

February 19: Back to school. Also parent/teacher conferences. 13-hour days are no joke, yo.

 

February 20: Another 13-hour day. It's starting to affect my sanity.

February 20: Another 13-hour day. It’s starting to affect my sanity.

February 21: We celebrate Friday by raising the roof...er...toddler.

February 21: We celebrate Friday by raising the roof…er…toddler.

 

February 22: Blew threw The Fault in Our Stars and started this one. Trying to read all five of the titles I chose for my seniors Book Club project coming up in this spring.

February 22: Blew threw The Fault in Our Stars and started this one. Trying to read all five of the titles I chose for my seniors Book Club project coming up in this spring.

I currently have a bunch of essays to look at, deadlines to meet, laundry to do, and homework to complete.

And I am sick of typing “February”.

The awesome thing is that as I type this the sun is shining and I can see March on the calendar.

There is light, people.

Project 365 {week 7}

February 10: Nephew Ezra K gets baptized.

February 9: Nephew Ezra K gets baptized.

February 10: Cortney plays cards on Monday nights, so we play with the airport.

February 10: Cortney plays cards on Monday nights, so we play with the airport.

 

February 11: I told him he was all registered for Kindergarten. He showed me how he could pull his bottom lip up to his nose.

February 11: I told him he was all registered for Kindergarten. He showed me how he could pull his bottom lip up to his nose.

February 12: Sometimes the little things that I find while straightening up my classroom make me smile.

February 12: Sometimes the little things that I find while straightening up my classroom make me smile.

 

February 13: Valentines Day came a few hours early--Cortney brought home some flowers for me.

February 13: Valentines Day came a few hours early–Cortney brought home some flowers for me.

February 14: Red jello for a special Valentine's Day dessert. Charlie's first time with Jello. he giggled the entire time.

February 14: Red jello for a special Valentine’s Day dessert. Charlie’s first time with Jello. he giggled the entire time.

 

February 15: decorating cookies to take along to a fun night with some of our favorite friends!

February 15: decorating cookies to take along to a fun night with some of our favorite friends!

This week was all about love in Sluiter Nation.

It’s what kept me going this week…love.

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