Saturday, April 18, 2015


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 week.

This week has had plenty of ups and downs. The construction work at school this week was noisier than it had been for a while. This led to headaches and a general desire to get out of the building as soon as possible at the end of the day. To combat this stress, several of us took walks together during our lunch breaks. Fortunately, the weather was gorgeous this week. We finally really have spring. Many staff members also met after school on Friday in a teacher's backyard for conversation and snacks. It was a fantastic way to relax.

Another bright spot was that my third and fourth grade students are creating papel picado for Día de los niños using the designs in the resource guide. The fifth grade students will be trying some of the designs from Carmen Lomas Garzas book Making Magic Windows. We'll use one of the flower patterns and one with lizards.

Today I was able to go to Zumba class again. It was not fabulous for my back, but it was still a lot of fun. My husband and I were also able to go on a great hike to look out over Lake Winona and the Mississippi in the distance. It was a beautiful day and I always enjoy getting up to the top of the bluffs to see the water.

Last Saturday my exchange student and I made it to the powwow in Madison. It was cool to see the variety of dancing. We also had a wonderful walk by the lake and some yummy root beer floats. Strangely enough we got to see the engineering students creating the world's largest Rice Krispies Treat too. We stopped and visited with my son and he directed us to the world record breakers.

Though I was feeling behind on blogging Thursday, I did catch my breath and have made lists and plans. Things seem more achievable now.

There was much to celebrate and the celebrations outweigh the difficulties by a ton. Have a wonderful week!


  1. Looks like such a gorgeous place to hike. The constant construction noise must be so stressful. I can imagine that a hike into nature was a welcome relief!

  2. What a beautiful view you had. I don't often get to see large rivers, think they are amazing. It sounds like the construction must be pretty bad. Glad you all are trying to support each other, Crystal. The PowWow sounds wonderful. I've been to ours here in Denver & it's always special to see & meet some of the people there. Hope this next week is better!

  3. I like how you turned things that could be negative into positives. I especially appreciated your sentence "the celebrations outweigh the difficulties by a ton." I think that's a powerful statement. Thank you for sharing!