I’ve seen posts like this a thousand times. I think I even remember writing one when I was in school. But I am at a time in my life where I want to look back and remember what it was like to be a stay-at-home mom to two small children. To remember this overwhelming feeling of being needed. By EVERYONE.
While my threenager is tugging on my shirt, pitching a fit for whatever reason it is this time. Or while my now 7-month-old is screaming (because she is just totally obsessed with her own voice) in her jumparoo. I want to remember how stressful and completely exhausting it is to be surrounded by children 24/7.
I want to remember how my poor husband must feel neglected because I just can’t possibly do anything besides sit in peace once the kids are in bed. I want to remember the feeling of defeat as I look around my house and see the monstrosity of a mess that my 3-year-old can make. SO. DAMN. FAST. I want to remember the mountain of laundry. And the dishes that need to be washed and put away.
I want to remember all of it. And then I want to remember how I conquered it. I want to remember how I won at life. Not that that has happened or anything…I mean this is a letter to my FUTURE self. Hopefully, one day it’ll happen. But until then, I want to remember all of the good and bad times….
So here it goes.
First of all, I hope that you still enjoy everything about Brabbly and that it never grows old, because seriously, it’s awesome and hilarious. I hope that this blog has become everything you wanted it to be and more. And please, …
Our oldest just joined a 12U league and we had to figure out which glove to get her. My hubby and I are extremely excited and I’ll be posting updates on how she’s doing on this blog.
For today’s post, in October, my husband and I will leave for Newport, RI. I’ll be participating in NECC 2018 ; Tim will be visiting art museums and checking out the “Cold Margaritas and Hot Senoritas” (Hmmm).
I’ve already mentioned in Twitter that we’ll only be taking carry-on luggage: a duffel bag for hubby, and a backpack, with laptop compartment, and a small handbag for me. After a few less than successful incidents with airline baggage handling, we’re convinced that traveling light is the only way to reach your destination with wardrobe intact.
If you would like to follow our example, you might want to visit One Bag for tips on how to avoid overpacking.
A challenge faced by vacationers hoping to travel light is the restriction on the type and size of liquids and gels that are permitted in carry-ons. The Department of Homeland Security’s TSA gives updates on the current regulations on its site. Remember 3-1-1…no more than 3 ounces per container packed in a 1 quart ziploc bag with 1 bag permitted per traveler.
The size of the carry-on is also important. Rules vary by airline, but a general rule of thumb given by the FAA is “the maximum size carry-on bag for most airlines is 45 linear inches (the total of the height, width, and depth of the bag). Anything larger should be checked.”
A final tip to make your trip less stressful: go to Expedia and read the guide to whichever airports you connect through. There you will find information about food, shops, activities, …
We just got back from a trip to the county fair – a trip we’ve been building up for my 2-year-old daughter all week – animals! ice cream! cows! goats! pigs! chickens!
Guess what the favorite animal was? Bees. Yup, that’s right. The hit of the trip was the beekeeper exhibit where we got to see the queen bee in with all of the rest of the bees and got to listen to the hum and buzz of the pack (sorry, forgot my bee terminology!). Cows, pigs, horses – ho hum. All she cared about around those animals were the cool ribbons and balloons that the 4H kids hung on the fences. Seriously, the kids going to be a designer, I swear. I’m saying this after seeing how she tried to be creative with my Lix 3d pen. Oh yeah, and, Can we have ice cream now? was the constant refrain.
What will my husband and I remember from the trip? The goat trying to eat Jakes sleeve – no lie, a goat bit my sons sleeve – only at the county fair, right? What will Maggie remember? Bees and ice cream. What will Jake remember? Nothing.
The trip reminds me so much the most important thing about parenting and teaching – its not about me and what I want to happen, its about what actually DOES happen.
I wanted an idyllic farmyard experience, we got a coveting of sparkly streamers, sticky hands and honeybees. Oh, and dont forget the hungry goat.
My constant need to control often leads to frustration in parenting and was probably my main weakness in the classroom.
I just need to remember: its not about expectations, its about experiences. Maggie will remember the bees, that’s whats important. The test we …
Happy New Year!
And I bought a new bread maker! I got the item from craigslist and it’s a little bit of an older model. However, so far, I love it’s performance. The bread maker is theFal OW5005001 Emerilware.
Here’s my reviews of the bread maker.
If you’re looking for an innovative bread and baguette maker that makes a 3 pound loaf of bread, then you should look into the T-Fal OW5005001 Emerilware bread maker. You will also have the option of making loafs that are 2 ½ pounds or 2 pound loafs. The loaf pans that come with the unit are made of non-stick material for convenient empting of the bread and cleaning.
Before I bought this appliance, I had read Zojirushi bread maker reviews and was initially going for the model. However, I changed my mind at the last minute, and I’m not disappointed.
There are 14 settings that are already pre-programmed for baking and 3 crust settings, so you can have the exact crust flakiness you prefer. The express cycle will bake your breads in less than an hour and a half. While making your dinner for the family your whole house will smell delicious from making fresh bread for dinner.
You can also delay the baking of your bread up to 15 hours with the delayed start timer. The mini baguette tray is a perfect size for a family with young children, or if you are having guests over for tea and want to serve a smaller size baguette.
Besides the many bread baking setting there are also settings for making cakes, dough, pasta, and even jams. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the different features the T-Fal OW5005001 bread maker has to make your life easier.
Your bread unit comes with an easy touch …
I saw a very interesting article on Twitter this morning and it brought up so many of the niggling issues I have when I get all evangelistic about technology in education. It doesn’t make me doubt the usefulness of technology itself, but the implementation of it. I highly suggest reading The Laptops Are Coming by Sarah Heller McFarlane to get a teachers reflection of her first year of teaching with a classroom of laptops – it brings up some interesting issues that I’m currently processing.
And I believe this is important even in the advent of 3D technology Check this BCN3D Sigma review to see what I mean.
The main thing Im taking away from Heller-McFarlanes article is this (one that Ive heard over and over again, especially when I was meeting with a group of ed tech people earlier this month):
Technology does not solve all problems and throwing technology at teachers without working it seamlessly into existing curriculum is NOT the answer.
The solution? Im working on it, I know its out there. Right now, Im going with this:
Before a district spends even one more dollar on technology, they need to spend the money on people. People to make the decisions about the technology, people to train teachers, people to help with the integration.
Before all of that, though, they need to spend the money to make sure there are enough people PERIOD.
A 4th grade classroom of 29 students with one teacher and no TA is positively impacted more by the addition of a TA than by a set of laptops. Do I have numbers on this? No. Do I have experience in 4th grade classrooms with too many kids and not enough teachers? Yes. I want my own children in classrooms with human beings to …