I have had all kinds of wonderful happening in my life in the few months and I have been all kinds of too busy to write…on here.
It all started about two weeks before school started. The buzz was there was only going to be enough students to make one first grade class (according to the powers that be that is), to me 27 first graders is too many for one class, but I don’t get to make the deciding… so there we were. One first grade. Two first grade teachers.
So since I was the one that had asked to go to second grade in the spring (even though I was told no, no way) I was on my way to second grade. Two weeks before school started. In a different room.
So one weekend my mother in law, my kids and my hubby and myself went to the school and moved alllllll my things from one end of the building to the other. To my new old room. I have been in this room before when I taught second grade ten years ago. That year, 2004, the current second grade teacher was student teaching. The kids I had that year were in my Pre-K class, my first grade class, and I had them again for second grade. They are seniors in high school this year. I had a milestone birthday and the other second grade teacher passed away suddenly before the end of the school year. It was a memorable year to say the least.
Thanks to my mother in law and my kids my room was moved, cleaned and painted all before Monday. Here are a few after shots. It was drab, boring brown to begin with.
We have been in school a full three weeks now and I have to say it’s been tough. The first few days I was a little lost. These kids KNOW.SO. MUCH. I know you think that’s a good thing but really it.was.hard. I’m used to my darlings NEEDING me. I mean really in first grade they NEED you for EVERYTHING. But these kids don’t need ME. Not really. They already know how to read (thanks great first grade teachers uhhh hum), they can already spell, and add, and think. It’s like “why am I here?” “What do I do?”
But then I had a long talk with myself and decided, really? Why did you want to come to second grade? To do MORE of course! So that’s where I started. With building more into writing workshop. It was AMAZING I tell you! They can read and add and spell but they can also WRITE! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have already had kids publish and share. And it’s only the third week of school. I feel so inspired and ready for more.
So yes I am still adjusting to my whirlwind move and adjusting to not being needed quite as much (they do need me some thankfully) but I am also so excited to see how far I can travel on this path to MORE with these amazing second grade kiddos!
Just one small note of more bragging on my own kids. My daughter is in her third year at OSU and on her way to becoming a teacher. She text me the other day to tell me she absolutely loves her education classes and believes she has found her calling (I of course knew this all alongJ). And just this past week she told me she was starting a blog! REALLY?? After all the teasing she has given me about mine?? We kicked around a few names and came up with “Haphazardly Hadley.” It is the perfect fit for her. You can read her first post here, and if you have a moment please welcome her to this wonderful blogging community. I am so proud of her.
My son and daughter in law have settled into their new home and jobs. My daughter in law started a new position at a company in Tulsa last week and loves it. They have been coming every weekend to help Donnie with his new shop/building he has been building. I cannot even express how grateful I am for them. We finally got the wedding pictures and I can’t stop looking at them. Disclaimer wedding photo bomb to begin...
Hugging his dad. Tears from everyone.
I tell you life is good and I can’t begin to put into words of how truly blessed I feel.
Have a wonderful weekend y’all!