Project 365 {week 34}

How is it back to school time already?

24 weeks off from work went by SO FAST.

And yet, here we are.

The week I return to my {new} classroom.

August 19: The beginning of our fence…can you tell why we want it? Hint: Our lawn is to the LEFT.

August 20: This photo pretty much sums up our enter summer.

August 21: First graham cracker.

August 22: John Ball Zoo with Jen {Buried with Children) and her kids


August 23: Pig Pile!!!

August 24: My classroom slowly comes together.


August 25: Just a stop at my classroom…but oh…where did that BOY come from?

There it is.  Our last week of summer break.

Tuesday I will be officially back at school.

Wednesday Cort will officially start back to class for the semester

Sept 4, students will walk through my classroom door.

And we will begin a new season.

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 saw ‘week 34’ and thought, wow if that was a pregnancy, that’d be almost full term!

    Where the heck did this year go???

    • Right? 2009 seemed to fly by too…the year Eddie was born. I wonder if that has something to do with it? Babies grow so fast and the year they are born goes ZOOOOOOM! Sigh.

  2. This might be a completely random question but…… your students know about your blog? And if so, how do you handle it with them?

    • Most figure it out. I mean, if you google my name, I take up the entire front page of google. Most grow bored with it quickly because it’s “mom stuff”. I don’t post anything here that I wouldn’t be ok with students, their parents, my administrators, etc knowing about me. And I never use language I wouldn’t use in the classroom or with parents. I don’t bring up my blog, but many know it’s there. In the five years I’ve had it, it’s pretty much been a nonissue, actually.

      Some read it because they also suffer from depression or anxiety and they get hope from my posts. That makes me happy.

  3. I cannot wrap my brain around the fact that tomorrow I go back to work and start my grad classes. I’m just sitting here drinking my coffee like nothing is about to happen. Denial.

    • I am also drinking coffee in my jammies at 11:30 on a Sunday morning. What? Nothing is changing, right? RIGHT????

      Also? Next weekend I see you! YAY!

  4. I love that even Lamby is in the pig pile. haha :]

    and it’s weird to see your new classroom.

    • Right? Eddie even said, “Look, Mommy! Lamby is pig piling me!”

      And you need to visit my new classroom. It is the most ginormous thing ever.

      • Awe, what a cute.

        What? You mean you can actually walk between the desks and everything? haha

        • Dude. EVERYONE who walks in is like, “HOLY CRAP! This room is HUGE!” Bwhahahaha! I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I will take it!

  5. TheNextMartha says

    But what a fantastic 24 weeks it was. Here’s to a great year.

  6. I love this type of fence and wish we could put one up… but we are not allowed to use that type! HOA rules!!! Good luck for the new school year! My kids were supposed to start tomorrow but we are dealing with a little issue right now… Tropical Storm Isaac! So they have Monday off and depending on how things go maybe Tuesday as well.

    • We aren’t in an association, so we can put up what we want. Although, sometimes I wish we were because, well, you see the kind of neighbors we have. Ugg. And yeah, I heard there were all kinds of delays because of Isaac. Man, I hope no one suffers too horrible of damage. Sheesh.

  7. august 19: can’t they get fined for having all that crap in their backyard? we had a fence put up the first year we moved into our house, it was pricey but SUCH a great investment, you really cannot put a price on not having to walk the dogs a gagillion times a day (especially with a newborn and a husband who travels for work) and also knowing that your kids will be safe back there.

    • Oh goodness no. He could have so much more crap before anyone would have legal leverage. We live in suburban west michigan, which would be considered rural anywhere else. No home owners association or anything and we don’t live in the city limits, so the crap can pile up. Hence the fence. If I can’t see it, I don’t give a shit that it’s there! Ha!

      • yeah, i know, you live in holland and i live in grand haven, i know people here who have been cited for having to much shit in their yard, but that was in city limits, maybe that’s the difference.

        • That’s right. I knew that. Yeah, I think it’s a city limit thing. Also, that shiz used to be in a craptacular shed that was falling down. He tore down the shed and has a new one that needs to be assembled. That has been in the box for two months. While his shiz sits out in the weather. O_O

          such a weirdo.

  8. LOVE his backback! Good luck this week 🙂

  9. Cute photos! I would want a fence too!!

  10. Love this pictorial of your summer…and yes, that time flies! You have some incredible things ahead of you in your new room, new school, and at home.

    Drink it all in, my friend. Feel the craziness of it all while you are in the thick of it…you are an amazing teacher, mom, and wife. Look at all that has changed in a year since we hugged in person!


  11. This year needs to slow the hell down!!

    Did you get the text message I sent you the other day telling you to have a good school year? I hope you did and do. 🙂