Saturday, September 20, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day.

Here are some of the fantastic things that happened this week:

* A child discovered the book Stick Man's Really Bad Day and belly laughed almost uncontrollably. While he was being way too loud for the area he was in, I couldn't help but smile. I have had tears rolling down my face as I laughed while reading that book.

* I was interviewed for an article in the Fall Teaching Tolerance magazine. Eek!
* I detest getting up early, but had to take my daughter to school twice this week at 6:45 for meetings. As I was driving, I wondered if there would be anything to celebrate about this. There were beautiful sunrises, but it was still hard to be happy about being awake earlier than normal. Thinking about this post made it easier though.

* We got to see our daughter inducted into the National Honor Society. I liked learning about their four pillars: Scholarship, Service, Leadership & Character.

* We had a two fun Skype visits this week in honor of International Dot Day. A first grade class chatted with another class in Texas and a second grade class did a reader's theater of The Dot with a fifth grade class near Madison. My students were very excited to connect with other students.

* One evening I ran five miles in just under 43 minutes. That was fast for me.

* This morning I ran just over nine miles at a really cool event in along backwaters of the Mississippi. It was beautiful.

* I have had a hilarious time reading Naked! with classes at school. They love the playfulness and I love seeing their smiles.

Whew! That is a lot to celebrate. It's been a good week.


  1. I am impressed you were able to put an early wake-up as a celebration. I usually tend to celebrate slow and late weekend mornings. I wonder whether it was purposeful but you started and ended with the fun and joy reading brings to the students. have a sunny Sunday!

    1. I don't do well with early wake ups, but thought about what I would celebrate at the end of the week and tried to find some positive moment. ;) I didn't deliberately have books at either end of the post, but it's cool you noticed that.

  2. I, too, find it hard to celebrate early mornings. Ha. All that running! I don't know how you do it! Your student laughing so hard over that book is priceless. It DOES look funny! :-)

    1. I really enjoy running. It helps me relax. Stick Man is hilarious in a rather twisted way.

  3. Whoa - you are speedy! I am very impressed. Off to read the article you were interviewed for!

    1. Thanks. I was nervous being interviewed over the phone. It's hard because you are speaking in rough draft.