"Breaks are the best part of working." Sometimes we look forward to breaks more than we even want to admit. Easter break in fast approach and I can't wait to re-energize and refocus myself. Running forward!
Break Time... Shoveling is hard work.
As mother and teacher, however, it seems there is never truly a break. Always something waiting to get done or wanting my attention. That why when I was reading a article called, "Never Waste Your Prep Period Again," from my Arts & Activities, I was inspired. So, below are 6 pointers, I thought to share.
1. RACE YOURSELF.
To make things more fun, treat your work like a game. Set a timer when you have a task to complete. This will assist you in not getting sidetracked by other things and help you focus on only the task at hand. Even if only 10 minutes, you surely able to accomplish something in that time frame.
I am a list maker. I sometime enjoy writing things on a list just to cross it off. I keep a notebook/sketchbook with a larger list of everything I can think of that I like to do. I have smaller list I make each day- Call it my "goal of the day" If I don't get something done I roll it over to next day.
This is something I have given up for lent. I can't believe everything I get done. Guilty as charged.
Get in and get out fast! That how I feel when I am at the grocery store. Keep long converstation short is something I need to work on. I like to talk.
"I'll put that away later." The energy you take thinking about it is time you should be using to put it away. Act immediately! You may find more time to do thing you want to do.
I trouble at this. I always having to plan this or plan that. That's why I try to avoid planning. Put I going to give it a try. Something I am going to try is a grading plan, which is one my least favorite responsibility to do as teacher. For example, Monday, I grade Commercial Art assignments. Tuesday, is Video Tech. Wednesday, TU class etc.
"Do you know what time it is," that what the janitor say to me at 4:00 0'clock each day at school. I say yes.. "Time to go home and be with my family". That what I going to do, "slide" away. Good luck with your time!
BOOK FAIR time! I got my children 4 new books. My favorite two are these above; "Dear Big Little Pig", by Kristi Yamaguchi and "Talk Oscar, Please!", by Karen Kaufman. My reviews.
The first book, "Dear Big Little Pig", by Kristi Yamaguchi is about a little pig struggling to find her direction in life but with support of others and her determination to keep trying new things she finds her niche.
The second book, "Talk Oscar, Please!", by Karen Kaufman is a cute book about a little boy that wants his dog to talk. He imagines all the things the dog would say as the dog goes through the day with the little boy. At end he realizes the dog is his best friend, even those he doesn't talk.
"My greatest strength is encouraging people to dream big. My greatest weakness is sometimes not remembering to dream big." Dora Drimalas of Hybrid Design.
The sky's the limit. Dream BIG, Isabella and Sam. For you both are my stars and give me more joy then I can express. I hope you both dream big and let your imagination's sore. Your moments will come.
Share early, Share often! Liz
My family and I are in the car, about a mile from our house, when I begin to contemplate my checklist for our family weekend away. A 3 hour trip to my sister house.
You alway forget something, right! Not wanting to turn back around we proceeded forward. Then I remember what a great man, my dad, once told me; "the best camera is the camera you have on you." So I got out my cellphone and was able try out 2 new apps.
Blowing bubbles can be so tough.
That it! No editing, I promise. I like both apps. I will keep experimenting with them, hope you give it a try, too.
"Share early, share often!" Liz
I had this inner struggle about managing my time. When I hit my pillow at night, I think how did I do it. I know it's kind of cliche but I feel like days with my little ones often seem long but the years fly by. I seen cd with pictures from Isabella 5th birthday party on counter this morning and realized that 5 months has became 5 years in a blink of an eye, and next she be 15-year-old. Every day brings new growth, new milestones, and new wonderments, but the challenges of juggling responsibilities can be overwhelming.
After much deep pondering, I realized I don't get much time with my little ones but I need to turn these minutes together into memorable moments. Quantity vs quality time, I need to stop worrying about how many minutes I can spend with then but focus on stay in- the- moment. I hope you stay with me on this blog as I keep capturing these....
Thanks to Kimberly at Simple K12 for sharing these apps on webinars.
I know you maybe wondering what is happening in the kitchen, I would have to say a lot. My husband has been super busy with the remodel undertaking. We have most all the cabinets, electrical, and appliances, in and hook up. Thanks to books, internet, and YouTube we able to learn as we go. My husband like to say, "WWBVD," which stand for "What would Bob Vila Do."
"Let there be lights." We put lights in top cabinets and under bottom cabinets for seeing under the counter top. We had rope and wire everywhere. Once it was done we had a light show. It was so impressive that it made "Isabella's Best of her Day journal entry." Ooo.. ahhh.. Ooo. ahh..
Love the last picture because I captured Isabella running back in the house to ask me, "why is the kitchen sink outside?". Still so much more work ahead but looking back on the first photos we have come so far....
I not to sure how old my little Sis is because I stopped counting the years after she turned 21 years. It seems like yesterday we were playing in the basement all day and rushing to get our chores done a hour before mom got home from work.
This last year was a big year for her, completing her Doctorate Degree in Audiology. We all are so proud of her hard work and strong determination to always do her best. You are a great one!
I made this Photo Cookie Cutter Ornament for her and all the other family members BIG special moments from 2011. Here is how I did it.
Picked and edited the photos on the computer and made them all one page for easier printing.
Put foil or heavier metal for backing.
Add hot glue between the picture, foil backing, and cookie cutter. Then cut around cookie cutter.
It's done! This one I drilled a hole in for the string (above). (Below) I add a magnet backing.
Give it a try! I just picked up a V-day cookie cutters that I found on sale. Other project awaits my time. For now, enjoy your day little sis!