Sleepovers, Service, Suess, & Spa…all on a Saturday

What do these thing have in common?  Well, they’re my schedule for this weekend.  Last night Alisha finally had a sleepover for her 13th birthday (which was Jan. 10th…parent of the year candidate, right here.)  She had 4 girls over, and 3 of them are still here (update- 2 more left during the writing of this post.)   They’re currently singing “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story II with the Disney Sing It wii game.  There’s some really high notes in that song!  I think fun was had.  I hung in until 11pm and then fell asleep on the couch reading.  Take out from Olive Garden and Pizza Hut last night, and pancakes and bacon for breakfast means I actually didn’t mind since there wasn’t much to do.  Easy stuff.

The service isn’t actually me serving, but Marissa and Rebekah.  I haven’t really ever talked about how much I admire the character my girls have, but I do.  And for the record, it has nothing to do with us or our parenting skills!! It’s only by God’s grace any of us turn out ok.   Every year my two oldest daughters take part in the 30 hour famine.  Funny thing is we’ve never attended a church that participates.  One of their friend’s churches does, so they go there.  It’s a good church, but pretty far away from our house.  Basically the kids fast from food and technology for 30 hours and spend that time in individual and small group study of the Bible, and doing community service projects.  I’m so proud of them for wanting to be part of something like this.  The fast ends with a huge spaghetti dinner tonight.

In the meantime while I wait for them to need to be picked up, I’ll be helping a friend host a birthday party for her 10 year old daughter.  It’s a glam/spa party theme and I am the manicurist.  Yep. That should be interesting.  I volunteered since I somehow have to justify the fact that I’m an OPI snob who rarely ever does her nails!  My latest color is Mermaids Tears which my family declared “ugly” but I thought was fun and kicky.  I even put a silver stripe on them.  Hopefully these 10 year olds aren’t expecting much.  I can do stripes and maybe dots as far as nail art goes.  It’ll be fun!  Not as much fun as if I were going to a spa by myself, but one can always dream.

Dr. Suess’ birthday is this week!  His name is actually Theadore Suess Geisel and he’s most famous for authoring children’s books, his most famous being The Cat in the Hat.  It’s always funny to me that my students think the Cat is the author.  Every year I have to go through teaching them about Dr. Geisel.  His birthday usually sneaks up on me and we don’t have time to properly celebrate with activities in PreK…like eating green eggs and ham for snack!  This year I remembered in time!  My lesson plans will take longer, but we’ll have a lot more fun this week 🙂 It’s also going to be the Jewish holiday of Purim next week, so I’ll be teaching one of my favorite Bible stories, Queen Esther.  This week is looking to be a good one!

What does your weekend look like?  Do you tend to pack a ton of stuff in your weekend or stay home and relax?


Tiny Talk Tuesday

Well folks you’re in for a treat.  It’s taken over half the school year, but my students are finally getting funny.  Maybe it’s just that for the first half of the year I didn’t have a sense of humor, but I think it’s more likely that my little crew of Pre-Kindergarteners are finally growing up a bit.  This particular group is different from any other class I’ve had in all the years I’ve been teaching.  They are definitely more challenging, and I find it hard to hear the humor in the things they say.  Of course one of them speaks very little English, and another doesn’t speak any.  They could be saying hilarious things in Vietnamese and I just don’t know it.

As of late they’ve come up with a few funny sayings and like other years I have sticky notes with the scribbled funny sayings in a folder.  Thanks to my scheduled endoscopy tomorrow, I find myself with the time to write, and on a Tuesday night (since I don’t have to get up at dark thirty!)   So, without further ado, enjoy this edition of Tiny Talk Tuesday.

  • One day during seat work time (around Christmas time) one of the boys was singing to himself while he colored. “Frosting the snowman was a very jolly man.  Frosting the snowman was a very jolly man…”  He sang that one line over and over again.  I guess that’s the only line he knew.
  •  Sometimes I’ll put shaving cream on a tray for them to practice writing in.  One little girls was playing in the shaving cream and said, “It’s squishy like mushrooms!” 
  • Sometimes the Kindergarteners visit my room for centers, and one such morning a previous student of mine said, “Mrs. Mongold, my brain is funny if I wear it on top of my head.” 
  • When a student has a birthday it’s always a big deal, and there is much conversation about their upcoming parties.  D told me, “There’s gonna be a CLOWN at my party!! You know what kind of face he’s gonna paint me?!? A bat!!”  I love that they talk backwards…and that I totally understand what they’re saying since I speak the same way.
  • We had been learning about telling sentences and how they end in a period.  During library time one day a little guy brought his story book to me and asked, “What’s an upside down i mean?”  (an exclamation point) Another student told me during reading circle it was called an “explanation point.” 
  • We’ve also been discussing question marks in class, and when I asked the class if they knew what the curvy mark at the end of the sentence was called, one boy answered, “A mystery.”  Another day a little girl brought me her book during library time and pointed to a question mark and said, “Look, it’s an answer!”
  • When the children bring back their completed homework, they get one smartie from my candy jar.  After Valentine’s Day I mixed the extra conversation hearts in the jar.  One little boy got his candy for bringing his homework back and as he was walking away from my desk he said, “Why won’t this candy bite?”  I did laugh out loud at that one.  I guess the hearts are much harder to chew.

Apparently I had way more sticky notes than I thought!  I have enough for another Tiny Talk Tuesday, so I’ll save them for next time.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Holding Pattern

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m waiting for something.  I mean, I’m always waiting for something…actually someone…to get done with something (school, rehearsal, meetings, etc.)   You can usually find me waiting in my minivan with a book and some coffee.  The waiting is not as painful that way.  But this new feeling of waiting is strange because I don’t know what it is I’m waiting for.  Change maybe. I’m not sure…just something.  I don’t even know what change would be on the horizon.  The surprise kind I suppose, and sometimes those can be scary.

I’m in a holding pattern.  Just going in the same circles waiting for whatever. Most of the time I’m ok with this new feeling, but today, honestly, it’s got me down.  I’m tired.  Physically, emotionally…just drained.  I’ve not made any secret of the fact that I struggle with chronic depression, but I’ve also not really written about it here.  Every two months it seems I cycle into a downward spiral that makes it tough to get through the day.  I blame it on crazy hormones!  This time I haven’t been able to bounce back as quickly and the doctor added some new medication to my regiment.  The first few days I was on it, it felt like what I would imagine it’s like to take speed. I was on!  I hardly needed to sleep and I was WAY motivated.  After a month of feeling unmotivated to even get up in the morning, this was pretty cool.  Now that my body is adjusting to the meds, I’m more evened out, but today I just didn’t want to leave my bed (or Pinterest!)

I often wonder if there are other people, particularly Christians, who struggle with this.  I have nothing to be sad about. My life is ridiculously blessed and I know it.  So how does one explain a “sickness” that you can’t really “see”.  Especially to friends and family who clearly know you’re just not yourself.  I’m just curious to know how you guys get out of a slump.  I get prayer, reading your Bible, etc…all the spiritual stuff.  That’s a given.  I’m talking the practical, real to life stuff.

What do you do to get yourself out of  a funk?


9 minutes

I have exactly 9 minutes to give you an update: (good luck reading this post!)

Today is Bekah’s 16th birthday.  We’re going to a friend’s 40th birthday party tonight after we stop at Best Buy and Ulta.  Today in school, one kid peed his pants in the play area, another had a bloody nose, and we had a dance party with glow sticks in the dark (well, as dark as my classroom gets.)  At least the last part was fun.  Phil is sleeping on the couch for the 9 minutes we have before we have to leave.  Today for some reason my girls all of the sudden decided French braids are cool.  They’re barking up the wrong tree if they think I can help them!  I can barely do my own hair.  My past two haircuts have been the best I’ve ever had.  For real.  I had a gift card otherwise there is no way I can justify $50 for a haircut!  But really, in the 8 weeks between those cuts, I didn’t have one bad hair day, and I’ve not had so many hair complements since the day I went bleach blonde.  I will not do that again.  Ever.  I am not blonde.  Yesterday I gave my students gum.  It was for a very long project we’d been working on.  I really want to share it with you, but time is running out. Maybe this weekend.  Three day weekend!  Thanks to President’s Day.  Also, next week I’m having and edoscopy (good times) and so I had to take 2 days off (one for the procedure, one cause I’m a wimp)  so really, I only have to work 2 days out of the next 9 days.  Put that way, it almost sounds like a vacation.  Although for part of that I’ll be under anesthesia. I have about 15 posts floating around my brain.  I wonder if I’ll ever get a nice chunk of time to write?  The beginning of the year my students weren’t really saying anything funny.  They are a tough group, this year’s bunch, but the past few weeks they’ve had some good ones.  I’ve been taking notes, so a Tiny Talk Tuesday is in the works.  Can you believe I have two kids who could legally drive if I’d get my butt in gear and teach them?!?  I can’t.  If I had lots of money I’d just send them both to driving school.  I wish I had lots of money.  With that said…it’s time to wake Phil from his nap and start the next phase of our constant running.  Well, I hope you enjoyed my 9 minutes.