Where did the end of the summer go?!
I'm starting to sound like my grandmother - Oy vai mir, where does the time go? What's gonna be? But it's true. School started here on August 14th, which is already a month ago (yikes!). And I never even shared the newly minted six year old's painting birthday party from the summer. Oh boy. Lots to catch up on.
Anyway, let's make pretend that we just ran into each other in Starbucks and we have five minutes to catch up. I'll go first.
From mid-August until now - here's what's been going on:
1. A painting birthday party
2. First day of school
3. The start of a new year teaching in the art room
4. A PTO (parent-teacher organization) start-up
5. And (yikes again!), we're well into Elul already - Rosh Hashana (3 days! yikes is the word of the day) is like tomorrow and there's lots to do, cooking and cleaning - the house and our souls.
I started following Holy Sparks on Facebook and I'm loving it, but more about that later.
First, the first grader's birthday party.
We invited fifteen little girls over to do a follow me and draw painting of a cupcake. I drew, they followed with their own pencils and then used markers to outline the picture and paint to, um, paint.
So adorable, I love how they came out. I still have mine hanging in the kitchen - and speaking of kitchens, to my great delight, I was able to open a couple of folding tables in there to fit all the kids and I was still able to maneuver between the tables. I love an eat in kitchen with space. It's been a year since we moved in to this house and I'm still so happy whenever I walk into the kitchen and see an actual kitchen table.
Anywho, pics from the party (we painted on free (!) paper bags from Whole Foods.)
Now the first day of school - which, here in Florida, is smack in the middle of the summer. I'm not sure I'll ever get used to the fact that Labor Day is a day off from school here and not the end of summer vacation. Initially, I was very sad that school started so early but once Labor Day rolled around and the first day of school was imminent in NY and I watched it unfold on Facebook, I realized I, that in reality, I was so happy/relieved that we were done with nervous stomachs and tears and we were onto running out of the car in the mornings and into school. It's all about perspective.
Everyone takes first day of school pictures. Everyone, it seems, but me. I have not one picture of my precious children on the first day of school but I do have a picture of the pizza we had for dinner that night. Pizza is more exciting than the first day of school in Jacksonville these days - Jacksonville now has kosher pizza! You can all come visit now.
Moving right along. With the start of school, came the start of my job too. Summer was so chilled, so lazy and I loved it so much. It's not so easy getting everyone out in the morning (on time or otherwise) and into the car, knowing that I won't be coming back home five minutes later. That means I also need to be dressed, with some semblance of order to my life and lunch. Lunch is important for a teacher. I wouldn't want to have to eat a kid. I mean, eat a kid's lunch. Where did that even come from?!
Here's my art room this year. I spent two whole days cleaning it out, purging, sorting and unpacking. And decorating. And yet, this is the only picture I have. I'll take more.
And now I must make mention of the PTO. There has not been a PTO at our school for many years and this year, there will be one. I get to be the president. If you know me at all, you'll know this is not my thing. I love planning things - small things, like centerpieces and party bags, not whole events. I find this all to be very stressful but there was a need and my husband looked at me to fill it. And also, no one else really stepped up to take the presidency, so PTO, here we go. But if anyone wants it, you know where to find me!
I'm not at all sure I know what I am doing, but I feel like whatever. We can only do our best and learning on the job is something I've done before so I think we'll be okay. Maybe. Who knows.
I made folder packets for the first meeting. I LOVE a folder with printouts. It makes me feel accomplished and organized and it's so rare that I experience those two feelings one at a time, let alone both at the same time.
Okay, I think we're all caught up for now. I feel better. Now I can start sharing the projects we'll be working on in art this year.
Now it's your turn. I'd love to hear what you're up to. Send me an email, we can pretend we're drinking coffee together.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)