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.

Project 365 {week 5}

This week was more of winter and us trying to make the best of all the winter.

January 26: Two weirdos expect a snow day in the morning.

January 26: Two weirdos expect a snow day in the morning.

January 27: Snow day means making cookies.

January 27: Snow day means making cookies.

 

January 28: Another snow day. Sigh.

January 28: Another snow day. Sigh.

January 29: Everyone has their preference for to spend the 30 minutes before bed.

January 29: Everyone has their preference for to spend the 30 minutes before bed.

 

January 30: Seriously OVER winter.

January 30: Seriously OVER winter.

January 31: Happy Chinese New Year!

January 31: Happy Chinese New Year!

 

February 1: After a long day, I open the mail to see that Eddie has been accepted for school of choice for Kindergarten in the fall. I am happy and terrified.

February 1: After a long day, I open the mail to see that Eddie has been accepted for school of choice for Kindergarten in the fall. I am happy and terrified.

You know how everyone is over winter?

We have hit that point just beyond “over it” and into questioning if we are going to make it.

Eddie and I have started chanting SUM-MER, SUM-MER together when we are in the car.

Winter, man.

It’s the pits.

Project 365 {week 4}

This week probably would have been relatively mundane if not for…

THE POLAR VORTEX.

As I type this we have about three feet of snow on our back deck.

This week Thursday, while driving the boys home from daycare, Eddie started crying when his pants got all wet from his boots:

“I HATE SNOW! AND I HATE WINTER! IT’S BORING AND I WANT IT TO BE WARM SO I CAN PUT MY PIGGIES IN THE GRASS AND RIDE MY BIKE! WAAAAAA!!!!”

I feel ya, bud. Me too.

January 19: Pizza night...err...pick yer nose night?

January 19: Pizza night…err…pick yer nose night?

January 20: Our very first parent/teacher conference for Eddie. Look! He drew a picture of me! He even included my belly button and my brain. Because duh.

January 20: Our very first parent/teacher conference for Eddie. Look! He drew a picture of me! He even included my belly button and my brain. Because duh.

 

January 21: We struggle to keep clothes on this one. Even when it's sub-zero outside. Kids are weird.

January 21: We struggle to keep clothes on this one. Even when it’s sub-zero outside. Kids are weird.

January 22: The snow starts (and at the time I am writing this, it has not stopped yet) We got a foot of snow that night.

January 22: The snow starts (and at the time I am writing this, it has not stopped yet) We got a foot of snow that night.

 

January 23: I made it too school, but barely. Our subdivision was only two-tracks and it was like a skating rink until I got away from the lake shore and closer to work.

January 23: I made it too school, but barely. Our subdivision was only two-tracks and it was like a skating rink until I got away from the lake shore and closer to work.

January 24: The wind started up and the drifts were already forming when I picked up the boys. We hunkered down for the weekend.

January 24: The wind started up and the drifts were already forming when I picked up the boys. We hunkered down for the weekend.

 

January 25: Eddie and Cort brave the snow piles, the wind, and the cold. Charlie is jealous. I am not. (taken with my DSLR)

January 25: Eddie and Cort brave the snow piles, the wind, and the cold. Charlie is jealous. I am not.
(taken with my DSLR)

I want to stop talking about the snow.

But more than that I want the snow to go away.

I know, I know. It’s January in Michigan.

I’ll just have to deal.

But I don’t have to like dealing.

Hurmumph.

Project 365 {week 3}

This week was “back to normal.”

As in a full week of school, work, and daycare.

Thank goodness.

January 12: watchin' a little football.

January 12: watchin’ a little football.

January 13: It's the last week of the semester, so it's time to line up what still needs to be graded.

January 13: It’s the last week of the semester, so it’s time to line up what still needs to be graded.

 

January 14: Fresh out of the bath...no time for clothes when there are clean dishes to help with!

January 14: Fresh out of the bath…no time for clothes when there are clean dishes to help with!

January 15: "Hey mom, I am just going to work on my letters for a bit." I can't argue with that!

January 15: “Hey mom, I am just going to work on my letters for a bit.” I can’t argue with that!

 

January 16: Breakfast for dinner...Charlie learns from the best!

January 16: Breakfast for dinner…Charlie learns from the best!

January 17: I am so over exams and grading.

January 17: I am so over exams and grading.

 

January 18: This guy. Those pants. I die.

January 18: This guy. Those pants. I die.

Even though I had sort of a weird week at work with student half days and staff meetings, it still felt good to get back into our normal groove.

Pssst. My post about Common Core math is over at BlogHer and it’s creating quite a conversation! I’d love if you would check it out!

Project 365 {week 2)

Ok, so typed the title of this and then thought,

“that can’t be right. This was week 3, right?”

Nope. It was just the LONGEST first full week of the year EVER.

January 5: On our way home from Traverse City. The polar vortex hit Michigan at the same time. O_o

January 5: On our way home from Traverse City. The polar vortex hit Michigan at the same time. O_o

January 6: snow day means coloring LARGE pictures

January 6: snow day means coloring LARGE pictures

 

January 7:  ANOTHER snow day. We are all going a little crazy at this point.

January 7: ANOTHER snow day. We are all going a little crazy at this point.

January 8: I didn't want to tell the boys, but I was SOOO glad that we all went back to our normal schedule today.

January 8: I didn’t want to tell the boys, but I was SOOO glad that we all went back to our normal schedule today.

 

January 9: I get stink eye from Charlie when I suggest it might be time for bed. I have some nerve.

January 9: I get stink eye from Charlie when I suggest it might be time for bed. I have some nerve.

January 10: I took the day off to take care of a million appointments. I settled at the end of the day with these socks that were a gift from a student. I love my job.

January 10: I took the day off to take care of a million appointments. I settled at the end of the day with these socks that were a gift from a student. I love my job.

 

January 11: A good, productive, somewhat boring Saturday. We liked it.

January 11: A good, productive, somewhat boring Saturday. We liked it.

The week was good, just long.

Lots of great stuff going on in our lives right now and I’m having a hard time getting focused so I can blog about it.

I’m currently addicted to Stephen King’s 11/22/63 .

I find I choose it instead of blogging, writing, doing homework, or grading.

That is sort of a problem because it’s a long LONG book.

What are you totally into right now?

Project 365 {week 1}

And we are back at ONE again.

Of course, this is that silly week that is sort of 52.5 and .5 at the same time, right?

I mean, it’s not a full week in either 2013 or 2014.

2013 ended with snowy, cold weather and 2014 started with snowy-er, colder weather.

I ended the year loving this time off work.

I am starting the new year ready to go back.

Long breaks that keep us trapped in the house due to weather are not my thing, yo.

December 29: We spent the whole day doing nothing because Cort felt like garbage and it was cold out.

December 29: We spent the whole day doing nothing because Cort felt like garbage and it was cold out.

December 30: All is calm. Christmas has been put away, homes have been found for the toys (most of them), and we have our house back.

December 30: All is calm. Christmas has been put away, homes have been found for the toys (most of them), and we have our house back.

 

December 31: With no plans to go out, Cort and I battle over the world until we go to bed before midnight.

December 31: With no plans to go out, Cort and I battle over world domination until we go to bed before midnight.

January 1: We start the year by not getting out of our pajamas and by making cookies. WIN.

January 1: We start the year by not getting out of our pajamas and by making cookies. WIN.

 

January 2: A boy and his Truck

January 2: A boy and his Truck

 

January 3: Our last afternoon together of Christmas break. We are cuddled up watching the Little Mermaid for the zillionth time.

January 3: Our last afternoon together of Christmas break. We are cuddled up watching the Little Mermaid for the zillionth time.

January 4: We gather with the Sluiter side for a reunion/retreat for the weekend.

January 4: We gather with the Sluiter side for a reunion/retreat for the weekend.

We started Christmas break a day early due to a snow day,

and if my fears are correct, we may have it extended because of one too (winter storm warning AND wind chill warnings).

Sigh.

I’m ready to go back.

Ready for our “normal” routine again.

Ready to get this year started already instead of just watching snow blow outside my window.

Project 365 {week 19}

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

(also my baby is 2 months old today…WHAT?)

This week has been AWESOME!

*all photos taken with my DSLR except at the parade on May 9 (that was my point and shoot)

May 6: Eddie went out and got the paper. Eddie: 0, Paper: 1

May 7: tummy time is teaching him to suck his fists. This is not the point of tummy time, Charlie.

May 8: Junk Food Tuesday for the win. We hit up the Tulip Time food booths for dinner.

May 9: Tulip Time Dutch Dancing and Parade. (Jack and Eddie)

May 10: Bath night...guess who got new bath letters?

May 11: someone has been learning that he has hands

May 12: Momma gets a new ride, yo.

 See what I mean by AWESOME!

And today is Mother’s Day.

Please, oh PLEASE head over the Postpartum Progress and support the Mother’s Day Rally.

Each year Katherine asks survivors of postpartum mental illnesses to write letters to new moms.

My letter goes “live” at 4pm est.

But you should read them all because they are beautiful and inspiring.

And just for you.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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) gmail.com

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.