I thought finishing my National Boards would give me some time back--but oh my... I don't understand what is the extra business in my life because I substituted physical therapy on my shoulder for physical therapy on my back. I substituted a lot of doctor appointments with my regular folks for the appointments with my new doc. Marissa's musical ended this weekend--It was so good. They did "In the Woods" and it was so entertaining. We had a great time with the entire program, but listening to our daughter sing and seeing her act and dance was a special time. She also sang another solo in church a week ago--she balances a lot of activities and does so well with them all. Her grades are solid too--I just wish I could get her to exercise with me or without me. I know she has to find her own way, but I also know what it is like to be in her shoes.
Mother's Day was phenomenal. The weather was gorgeous and my family and I worked in the yard. I made a pit of fresh green beans and turkey ham for dinner and expected that to be our meal, but it cooked up and wasn't enough for this army, so the guys upgraded our barbecue pit and we had a wiener roast. I know that most people like to go out and be treated, but this was so on target for me. I interrupted it to go to the pool which was so quiet--only 4 in that big pool.
My hostas are doing well--we added 5 new plants--still need one more. Our flower bed is in--I bought a bunch of bedding plants and two hanging baskets from a fundraiser for Big Brothers/ Big Sisters. (They do so much for kids--and my students in particular that it was a pleasure to do it all.) I bought a lot of pansies and petunias in purples and lavenders along with an entire flat of coleus. I just love coleus--we have to finish it up--this will probably be the last year that I need to plant it around the hostas--they are doing well and will probably fill out the area under our big pine tree just right. Anyway, I was in heaven having everyone home and helping out with all of the outside things on my mind. We have more big jobs to do and it seems like I have helpers and activities on board for all of that.
I got a lot of nice gifts--flowers, a rose bush, earrings, a sapphire ring (my birthstone) and sapphire earrings too!! That was so sweet--it is awesome that everyone is working and could do things like that for me.
You all will probably think I am crazy, but I have decided to go back to grad school--I don't know if this work might lead me to my doctorate, but it is worthy of me doing. Our school district has gotten a grant in conjunction with Western IL University to help us to get an endorsement in ELL (educating English language learners.) The entire coursework comes to over $900 for six classes and the grant will cover $650. That is a bargain for an additional endorsement. On top of it, I am working with about one ELL student in each of my groups and I think it will help me better at my job. There is one online course this summer, two classes each in the fall and spring next year, and one more class in the following fall. I haven't taken an "official" class in a while and like I mentioned, this might help me to decide if my PHD or EDD is what I would like to do. I am really excited--the classes are worked out so one is a regular grad class that meets weekly and the other is a class that meets on 4 weekends out of the term. That won't interfere with my exercise schedule too much. I am going for this great opportunity--it looks like only about 6 or 7 teachers from our entire district is signing up and I don't understand that. We have over 40 languages in our small district now and knowing strategies for helping these kids is important. Anyway, I am excited to do this.
That's about it for now--I don't know what I have been up to this past week that has kept me from blogging, but I have been really busy. I have had a couple of students in crisis which has taken a lot of my energy, but I am working on those issues. That is taking time because I ma having to find time to collaborate and make contacts to help them. I am going to share a great analogy from my therapist. He said it is like me running a tire store and these guys have come in for oil changes. I have some tools, but they aren't the right ones--and I have some skills in working on cars, but they aren't what these customers are asking for. I am willing to help, but am simply not equipped for what they want or need. It is quite frustrating, but I am looking for the folks who have the oil and related filters and things that can help them to accelerate appropriately. (This is a perfect analogy to my problems with the children who are in crisis right now!)
Anyway, my tire store awaits and I need to get going. I hope that you all are having nice weather with sunshine and happiness. I would like to wish you all a belated Happy Mother's Day. I 'd also like to wish you all a Happy Nurse's week and a wonderful, belated Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!! I have bouquets of flowers around me in honor of being a mother and a teacher. It is awesome to be appreciated by others.