First Day Back

Today is my first day back to school since having my second little guy. Naturally, I've been getting a lot of "Are you ready?" comments. 

I think God kind of handles situations like this so we don't have to worry about them.  Two weeks ago I was in the carpool line (not my favorite place) and several of my first graders were waiting for their cars. This was the first time in six weeks of carpool that I had seen these particular kids. I went all super cheesy and started smiling and waving. What did they do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In that 5 seconds, I seriously thought they had forgotten me. I'm not kidding. Then my car blocked the sun and they saw me! They started yelling and waving and pointing and jumping. Whew! Thank goodness! 

Then I surprised the class last week while visiting the school for a meeting. I felt nervous, just like the first day of school. I walked in and they all, every single one of them, got up and ran to me. I was overwhelmed. Two of the little monkeys even cried.

But wait, there's more!! Over the weekend, I was snuggled up with T in bed and he said, "Mommy, when are you coming back to our school?" I told him the day of my return and he gave me the biggest hug. "I can't wait to see you." 
Ah, there's my answer. Yes, I am ready. 

Balance....Yeah Right!

As I prepare for my return to the classroom, I've been on the search for balance. Yes, I can hear you laughing all the way over here! While I know there really is no such thing as balance, I am trying with all of my might to be as prepared as I can be. 

I love being a mommy. It is the greatest job in the whole entire universe and a gift that keeps giving! I love being a teacher, too. It is the very best career for me! I want to continue being mommy and teacher because that is what makes me happy and fulfilled. To do both well, I think I need some kind of balance. Right?
and if it makes you happy, don't let it go! 
Is everyday rainbows and sunshine at home with little ones? No way! Is everyday rainbows and sunshine in the classroom? HA!! Not even close! That's what makes both so fantastic and me so lucky because I get to do both and they actually do usually balance each other! Especially now that T is in school. We love just coming home and I love my gripes being about school, not home. It's what works for us. 

I love and appreciate my work hours, the weekends, the breaks and of course, summer- because those are our family times. I love helping a student learn to read, come out of their shell, try something new, and become a problem solver, too.  I love every minute I am with my own children AND I get to do those same things with them! I love that they see me happy being a teacher, happy doing what I love. T thinks I am so cool and my niece A even tells people I'm important. I can't mess with that kind of perfection friends! But I can't divide these two happies and I'm not sure I can balance it all.....again.

So here I am with lists and sticky notes and piles. I've got everyone's clothes laid out for the week, including mine. I've prepped lunches and put this month's homework in the folder. I've created some makeshift lesson plans (I'm really just planning on hugs and reading and maybe some math!) and have even started my class newsletter! I've texted our family schedule to N, though he will pretend I have not. :) I've made a grocery list and planned a menu I know we never will eat. 
I figure I was pretty good at this mom teacher thing before, so here's hoping I can keep it up! Here's hoping I can balance it all! Nah! I think I will forget balance! I think I have to! Instead I think I will just live, make mistakes, and enjoy! I think I'll stick with my seesaw of balance and laugh and cry and moan and smile along the way. I mean, it has worked so far! :)

Do you have tips for balance living? 

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring is here!! Spring is here!! Spring is my second favorite season of the year, after fall of course. The flowers are blooming, N and T are sneezing, the wind is cool, and I am all smiles! 

It's also sandal time. I love comfy sandals! My friends at Dansko sent me this pair of Paolas to review and I love them! 

Dansko and I get along beautifully! They are comfortable, fit just right and are not too heavy. I wear them all year-clogs, sandals, and even flops! Teachers need comfy and cute and Dansko delivers!! 
Look at all of these color options!!
These are new style for me. They are a little dressier than my previous Dankso sandals and I like it. The color is caramel and I think it will be perfect with cute dresses and shorts the same! 

I buy my Danskos in store at The Walking Company and online at 6pm. I like trying on all the styles in store and deciding which ones I must have and which ones I will wish list! 

Now I'm off to pick out a new sundress to really show off my Paola sandals!  

Dansko provided these amazing sandals for review. All opinions are my own, as always!

Cinderella Printables!

Do you have a Cinderella fan in your house? Check out these free printables from Disney!

Click the pictures to download your own set and be sure to check out our review here

Remember, in all things-have courage and be kind! 


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