Spring Vibes

This past week, the weather took a turn. The beginning of the week was like February, but then by the end, it was more like March or April. It even got up to the 80s! We started off the week with a holiday for Paul and the kids (it was a teacher work day for me). Paul spent a big chunk of the day looking at new cars. His Mazda 3 still ran okay, but it was rather low, so it was hard for him to get in and out of sometimes with his knees (wrestling and the Army have taken their toll). He’s been thinking on it for a while and decided to get a CX-5 (which is what our other car is). He got a used 2021 CX-5 Touring (our other one is a 2022 CX-5 Select that we bought new a couple of years ago). The height difference is crazy. It’s much easier to get in and out of and he likes having the space to haul things (today he loaded it up with soil, manure, and plants). When I got off work, he called me and asked that I bring the kids down so that we could get all the papers signed. The rest of the week was spent doing our regular stuff. I had a field trip with my class on Friday to the rodeo. It was more educational than entertaining (there were stations they went to where they could learn about different agricultural things), but they did get to see some animals (they got to pet baby chicks) and watch a trick horse show while they ate lunch. Oh, and they did get to watch pig races, so that was fun, too. It was a busy but good week.

The seed potatoes that Paul planted are growing!
I think it’s fun that we have two cars that are almost identical. 🙂 Paul’s is a bit fancier with a sun/moon roof and slightly larger tires (and he has a power lift for his back hatch, which is nice), but they’re almost the same. He wants to get a tow package like we got for mine so that if he needs to, he can attach a trailer to haul stuff. Don’t mind the red blobs…I just didn’t want to post a picture with our license plate numbers on there.
Paul surprised me with license plate frames for my car. It means a lot that even after 22 years of marriage he still likes to do little things to make me smile. 🙂
I rocked my students’ world the other day by completely rearranging our desk set-up. Before, I had my small group table at the side of the room by the whiteboard and the desks were in four groups of five. It was…cramped. I got to thinking on how I could get more space and came up with this set -up. This way, not only do we have more space, but I can now have eyes on all my kiddos even when I have a small group.
Now there’s a lot more space between the desks and the cubbies, too.
One of the things that Abigail got as part of her Valentine’s Day haul was a miniature paint set, complete with canvas and easel. She painted this that same day, but I kept forgetting to get her picture with it. She’s super-proud of her first “real painting”.

STEM Night and a Cowgirl Showin’ Her Moves

This week was our typical busy week. Valentine’s Day was sandwiched right in the middle of the week. Paul made it special by grilling some really good steaks so that we could have a relaxed dinner at home. Our gifts to each other were food-related (chocolate for me and a variety of smoked meats for him) along with flowers for both me and Abigail. It was so sweet! The events that I have pictures of are from Franklin’s STEM night (where there were a bunch of STEM-related activities set up along with a planetarium exhibit where we watched a video about NASA preparing to go to Mars) and the first grade dance performance for Rodeo Day.

This was probably her favorite activity: she held a circuit in one of her hands and then when she pressed down on the other circuits, they played notes on the piano on the computer.
This was NOT her favorite activity. She liked it up to the point where she got buzzed by the buzzer. She didn’t like the feeling.
I just realized we’re missing the top three words of this quote, haha. It’s SUPPOSED to read, “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” She liked the space dog.
She was really excited to see our mascot, Frankie.
Waving to me before the performance. I’m so glad they had the performance during my conference time so that I could run over and see it real quick.
Look at that smile! They did the electric slide to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”. The best part was when about halfway through, she got hot, so she was trying to dance, still hold on to her owl bear, and take off her sweatshirt all at the same time (while also not losing her hat). It was funny in a cute way. They invited the parents to come down and dance with their kiddos the second time, so I went down and danced with her. The first thing she did was give me a hug and then handed me her hat and her sweatshirt and asked me to take them to my classroom after the dance was over (she’s realizing there are it can be convenient having Mom work at her school…especially when I take my students to lunch right as she’s getting ready to leave, so I get to give her a hug in the middle of the day).

One Picture Post

This is the only picture I took this week. Well, I did take other pictures, but they were of my students because of things we were doing at school and even though my students are ridiculously cute, I can’t share pictures of them. I can share a picture of this awesome kid, though. A little while back, he was having a bit of a hard time with band because he reached the point where it was no longer easy and he had to start actually putting an effort into practicing. Instead of quitting, he started putting in the time and this is the payoff: he got a medal and a ribbon at his solo/ensemble contest. I’m so proud of him!! As for the rest of us, we plowed through the week with our normal gusto and can hardly believe we’re halfway through February already.