Saturday, March 25, 2017

Looking Back #SOL17 Day 25

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.



I spent a chunk of today rereading my Slice of Life posts from last year and I had two big reflections.

First, I'm super thankful to have found this challenge and for deciding to jump in last year. This is my second year participating in this March challenge and I appreciate it immensely. It lights the fire I need in myself to write each day. To write something- whether it is profound or not. Whether it is detailed or brief. Whether it is emotionally deep or flip. Something each day. I hope that this year I will gift myself with more writing AFTER March is over. Last year, I wrote one Tuesday in April and then my blog lay dormant. A few notebook entries exist from last summer, but not much more.  I want to write more. I intend to write more. Be it a slice of life, a story, a book review, or a letter...I need to write more. Maybe not every day, but most. Maybe some days in my notebook for just me- thoughts, ramblings, scattered phrases...but more!

Having the opportunity to reread and reflect on what was going on in my life last year is so nice! This challenge provides a snapshot into my life at that time.

Which leads to my second reflection...not much has changed! As I read each post, I felt like I could have written many of them this month. My children are a year older. I am a year further into my job. My parents have been gone for a year longer and would be a year older on their birthdays this year. But so much is the same. My children's interests & activities have continued. Our struggles with time management & organization continue (we really need to get a handle on that!).  A clear pattern unfolds for March- stress, exhaustion, projects, camping trips, Spring Break...it's a pretty similar month this year to last year.

My first thought as I reread my posts was- not much has changed. We must be pretty boring. We haven't evolved.

But then I paused...

I don't know that it's necessarily a bad thing. We are living life. Each year is a cycle, and I'm capturing the same part of that cycle. Maybe if I wrote everyday in September my posts would be drastically different. But this is March. It also shows consistency. My kids are still active in their Scout troops, still camping, still enjoying their books and their art. Still causing me stress...and still making me proud.

So, thank you to Two Writing Teachers for hosting this challenge. Thank you to whatever luck of internet wandering brought me to this community. Thank you to all of the other slicers who share their posts & comment on mine providing me unending inspiration & encouragement. Thank you to my family for putting up with my frantic attempts to get my slices posted in time each night. And thank you to my inner writer for pushing, poking & prodding me to write!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Missing #SOL17 Day 24

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.



Something else is missing.
Do you know where it is?
Where did that bag go?
What happened to that paper?
I don't know what I did with that.
I can't find my _____.

It seems a daily problem.
Always a crisis
Mom's supposed to know where everyone's stuff has gone!
Who's keeping track of Mom's?

And the search begins....



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grocery Shopping #SOL17 Day 23

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.



Image result for super add a maticI remember grocery shopping with my mom when I was little. It was a routine...practically a ritual. Every Sunday. She had her list, the circular, and her coupons. She had her manual calculator to keep track of the running cost of the items we put in the cart. We never ventured out unprepared. I didn't always go with her. Sometimes she would go while the kids were all at church. Other times she would go after church and I would join her to help. I remember keeping track of our order using the manual money counter. It was a big job.



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I am not a grocery shopper. I keep a running list on my phone of things we need. I have tried to check circulars and cut coupons, but I struggle to keep track of them. I buy most of our groceries at Target or Costco and only go to the grocery store when I need something I can't find at the others. I go to the store when I need to...or when I can get there...or when it's convenient. 





Today I had the pleasure new experience of taking my boys grocery shopping. Not having them help me purchase our groceries- we've done that. But rather taking them and setting them loose with a fellow Boy Scout to do their own grocery shopping for this weekend's camping trip. The repeatedly told me they knew what they needed. We reviewed how much money they had to spend before we got to the store. My daughter & I set off in one direction and let the boys go off on their own. 

After awhile we were done & started wandering. We passed the boys in the same aisle...3 times! We checked in with them, but tried to let them be. Once they were (FINALLY) done we met back up to pay. They determined that they potentially went over the cash they had, so I would pay for the entire order and they would reimburse me with the cash they collected. 

They were expecting a total budget of $40 from all boys chipping in. The bill came to $40.26. 

And then they realized they forgot bread. 
Then they realized they forgot to get food for breakfast each day. 

So, they would need to ask the boys for more money. 
And we would need to go shopping again tomorrow. 

TWO HOURS in the store today for $40 worth of groceries wasn't enough?! 
Oh how I wish my mom were here to guide them in this shopping endeavor...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just Another Day #SOL17 Day 22

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.



It's late
We've been running around
Sharing a car adds stress

Errands
Dance Class
Dinner with friends

My alarm sounded...
Post your Slice...
Oh, no!

Time runs out
So much to say
And nothing as well

An average day
Nothing exciting
Parenting meltdowns

Need to post
Get kids' stuff done
And everyone to bed

Tomorrow will be another day
But will it be more interesting?
Only time will tell.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today's Gratitudes #SOL17 Day 21

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.


I sat down at the computer an hour ago, but no writing has happened. Well, except for a few comments on other slicers's posts.

Instead, I have spent this time wandering the internet. I ordered my daughter's dance costumes. I scrolled through Facebook. I read some great teaching inspiration & ideas on Twitter. I read through lots of slices; caught up in interesting stories, teaching ideas, writing inspiration.

Even after this exploration, I have no ideas (or too many) for a "slice". That one event or memory is not standing forth to be written tonight.

Instead, I will take my inspiration from reflectivewriter's post Today's Gratitudes.

Today's Gratitudes

Sleeping In- I did not sleep all that late today. But it was later than usual on a schoolday. And that was enough. My children have been waking up on their own, and that is MUCH more pleasant than having to fight them to get up on time!

Movies- We've watched several as a family over the past few days & it's been lovely! Today the kids & I joined my sister and went to the theatre to see the new Beauty & the Beast. It was fantastic. My smile was wide through most of it...though that was peppered by even my 6 & 10 year olds' pronouncements of  tears shed over "the sad parts". We've also watched a bunch at home: Moana, Beauty & the Beast (animated), Beetlejuice, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows...

Time to Read- We've taken time to read each day & it's been so nice. I finished a few books and continued a few others. My kids have each enjoyed some of their own as well. It's such a joy to have time to read!

My family- They drive me crazy at times, but I wouldn't trade them for a second. They are smart, insightful, creative, considerate (most of the time), caring, and FUNNY. They make me laugh out loud and life without them would be quite boring.

Being Connected- This SOLSC. Twitter. Facebook. Blogs. Webinars. I LOVE the ability the internet gives up to be connected with so many across so many miles. I have connected with, learned from, been inspired by people that I otherwise would never have encountered thanks to this connected community!


Monday, March 20, 2017

I Have No Idea #SOL17 Day 20

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.


I have no idea
That is my answer
I have no idea
That's all I've got
I have no idea
Thoughts evade me
I have no idea

What's for dinner?
Where are we going?
Why are we going out?
What's going on?
Why?
What?
Where?

The questions keep coming
My answer stays the same

I have no idea

Sometimes I need someone else to decide
Or else we might
End up at home
Eating cookies or leftover cheesecake for dinner!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Little Maker #SOL17 Day 19

I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC; #SOL17) 
hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Each day for the month of March I will be posting a "Slice of Life". 
Please feel free to stop back and check out my other posts here.




I frequently refer to my 6 year old as "my little maker".

Because of her creative endeavors, my entire house has turned into a makerspace.

I (half) joke that we need to take out stock in tape, glue, and paper.

Her creativity astounds me. Her willingness to try things is incredible. She has no hesitation. She determines what needs to be made...and ventures out to make it.

She & her brother were playing spy school, but couldn't find the walkie talkies. No worries, she grabbed a piece of paper and proceeded to draw and cut out two walkie talkies for them to continue their game.

We receive frequent requests- I need 6 pieces of paper and 2 pieces of tape. I need 3 pieces of paper and 6 pieces of tape. She will sit for long periods of time working. Folding, cutting, taping or gluing, writing or drawing...until she completes her vision.

My boys were never like this. It's a new adventure for us.

Her latest addition is what we've affectionately named "Kayla's Krafting Korner". (I think we might see a sign created and hung out soon!)

On Friday (St. Patrick's Day), she invited each family member to join her for a directed craft project to create a leprechaun. She gathered & set out materials- just like you would see if you went to a kids art class (which we have NEVER taken her to!!). I was the only willing participant, so class began. She took me through step by step (many of which began, "Take you pencil and...") and I followed her directions as closely as possible. Indeed I ended up with a foam leprechaun.

She has already announced that for Easter she will be providing a session to make our own bunnies. She also asked her brother is he would like to join her for a drawing lesson.

The creative confidence this 6 year old exhibits blows my mind.