Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Where Has the Summer Gone?

Okay, seriously. I am one of "those" teachers. I start to plan the next school year starting at the end of the previous school year. 

I read professional books all summer. 
I update my student data files the day I get my class list for the following year.
I am always on the lookout for a "good deal" when it comes to anything that matches my classroom theme.

I enjoy working on "school stuff".

But this year has been a little bit different. Usually, in the midst of all my early planning, I am also finishing up some nice summer projects around the house. I'm usually getting some organizational tasks done and helping the girls do some decluttering.

This year, I taught summer school all of June. It was lots of fun and I would totally do it again. It was only in the mornings, which was nice. 

However, instead of coming home in the afternoons, for a lot of those afternoons, I stayed at school and worked in my classroom...tying up loose ends from 2012-2013, cleaning & rearranging my classroom, and of course, making some plans for 2013-2014. 

Which was time well spent.

Except for the whole extreme neglect of my house thing.

So the last day of summer school, I made a pact (with myself...which was pretty dorky, I must admit) that I would not step foot into the school in July. That was pretty easy, considering the first week of July we had family in from Tennessee, the second week was VBS, and this past week was our annual lake vacation. 

And that leads me up to this week.

I sat down Sunday night and started making a list of what I needed to get done before school started. I glanced through the calendar and my heart skipped a beat when I realized that this is it.

This one week. Is. IT.

We leave Sunday for a four-day girls' trip to Branson and I start back to school next Thursday.

I have five days (really four, as I have a mini-session on Friday & Saturday) to get all of those summery projects DONE. And it's really only the MORNINGS on the first three days because of dentist and doctor appointments we have scheduled in the afternoon.

And I haven't been sleeping well this week, so I am dragging big time.

So here I sit. 

8:20 a.m.

Blogging from the recliner, instead of doing anything productive with what little time I have left of this summer vacation.

Guess I should get up.

Happy Tuesday, friends. 

Let's make these last few days of summer break count.

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