Friday, April 4, 2014

Finally, Five For Friday!

Yes, this is actually a new post!  I could list the reasons and excuses that I have for not blogging recently, but that would be whining and borderline comical.  Suffice to say, things have been busy, hectic, and stressful around here.  Posting was the last thing on my survival list and there many things that came before it.

So, what better time to jump back in to the blogging world than a Five For Friday with Doodle Bugs?

This will simple, pretty much photo-less, and to the point because I simply too exhausted for anything else.

1.  Math textbook adoption committee meetings, [insert deep sigh]!  Oh my word, why is there not a button for us to slap down on during sales pitches?  You know, like the one they have on America's Got Talent?  A big giant X?  One that will make them stop talking?  Forty-seven million meetings later (I might be exaggerating a tad), we finally have it narrowed to to 3 textbooks and we are starting to pilot.  I won't say anymore, because I don't want to be hauled off by the Textbook Adoption police.

2.  We started our trial run of something that is very stressful and something that I signed a legal document swearing not discuss [insert deep sigh].  I never thought I would say this, but I miss the old one.  This new one brings stress to a whole new level.

3.  I finally managed to physically finish moving my office furniture out of my living room - where it had been since right after Christmas, where I had moved it before going to workout and falling headlong into a mirror and hitting my chest on the ballet barre...I am so graceful.  My office and sewing room is almost ready to take pictures of and share.  I just have to set up the closets.  It is so nice to not have furniture stacked in random rooms of my house!  I want to have it all picture perfect before I share it...so exciting, I have a worktable/cutting table at standing height!

4.  My kids and my teaching partner's group rocked the SRI out of sight!  Our average growth for 80 kids for the year was 195, and we still have one more to go!  The bar graph comparing the other schools in the district came right before we went over to take the Language Arts portion of the very stressful thing that I am legally not allowed to discuss.  I was able to share it with my kids, and it really helped pump up their confidence for the thing that followed.   As one of my kids said, "We totally beat those other schools!"  I know that learning is not a competition, and that I am supposed to be the grown-up, but we totally "won" the SRI, again:).

5.  Since my beloved Hank puppy dog is being fostered by my brother and sister-in-law, I have been trying to drive up most weekends to visit and bond.  During our Spring Break last week, he came down and stayed with me!  Oh joy!  It was so nice to be a two-dog house again.  He and Lucy did great together.  She jumped up and hugged me when I brought him through the door.  She has been one lonely little fluffy dog.  He has grown, just a little:).
This is the last picture I shared with in the blog.  I think it was around the week of the big February TPT sale.
This was taken about three weeks ago (Lucy is still wet from her forced bath, because I do not get in the car for a three and half hour drive with dogs who roll around in dead things they found exploring the yard).  Lucy is 30lbs, soaking wet.  Hank has totally caught her, and he is still growing.

I promise to post more often, but this year is kicking my butt!  8 more weeks for us, and I might survive them.  


5 comments:

  1. Hang in there! Glad to see you posting again - and your dogs are adorable!

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  2. Hang in there! It is a stressful time of year all the way around! We went through the textbook adaptation and are in year 2 of 3 with our series. I'm in a love/hate with it, but we needed something. I'm sure we will be back on the hamster wheel with it next year because our contract will be up.
    Glad to hear your students did well on their SRI!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Michele

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  3. I've never been on a textbook adoption committee - sounds like that might be a good thing :)
    But I do think an off button would be a very good thing in lots of meetings I have to go to.
    Love the doggies!
    Sara

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  4. I just love that thing we are legally not allowed to discuss which seems to grow bigger with more teeth every year! Sigh. So thankful we're in the home stretch! :)

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  5. So glad to see your post! Hank IS getting to be a big boy. Love the pics!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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