I worried and prayed and cried and worried some more and emailed the principal two too many times, but it happened.
It has been a busy first year teaching. I have not only had to struggle through being in charge of 12 students and 3 adults all day long with very special and unique needs in all aspects of their development, but I have also gone to workshops, meetings, trainings, and taken college classes.
And one of those classes was especially difficult, setting a very high standard, and demanding all of my spare time for three months.
Did I learn a lot? Oh yes, in all aspects of my teaching career development. I learned to be involved, but still discreet; stay flexible, but organized; don't be afraid to step on a few toes, but cover your ass; and while I have the right demeanor, I need to work on the technical skills. I learned that communication is good, but too much can be a bad thing.
But it is SUMMER now. I have one week left of my summer college class, but already I have been having fun and doing things I've always wanted to do, like just get up and go places to have fun with the boys.
On to the pictures!
Summer always begins in May for me. May is a great month, Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, my anniversary, and my birthday all occur in May. For my birthday, we went to the Indianapolis Children's Science and Technology Museum where they had GECKOS! (They are not there now.)
Love this pic!
So, if geckos can do it...
Beautiful green ones.
Then the boys and their dad made an arch,
We really wanted a garden, so in May we began to look into raised bed gardening, bought materials, borrowed a tiller, and built this.
Meanwhile, we also took a limo ride to a tiny diner in the middle of nowhere (Eugene, IN) that had good home cooked food. Mornings were still chilly, so the boys have dressed oddly appropriately... shorts and jackets.
We left the state on a spontaneous trip to Columbus, OH for a toy convention at Fort Rapids, a hotel with an indoor water park. It hasn't really warmed up long enough to make an outdoor water park feel good.
View from our 12th floor window of the tube slides that go outside. The racer slides also go outside, but are on the back of this building housing the water park.
Big construction jungle gym with water slides and water works in the middle of the water park. The huts and Indian Brave are part of the lazy river. The boys liked the kiddie play area and the deeper activity pool more than this construction. I think it was because the water in it was COLD. The rest of the water was warmer.
When we tired of swimming, we went to the arcade in the hotel. Daddy bought them cowboy hats at the git shop. Between the four of us (because of course, we adults played games, too!) we won a thousand tickets and the boys got a magic 8 ball and play handcuffs and a plastic dinosaur. The youngest also used a claw machine and picked up 2 little balls.
On the way back home, the boys were all tuckered out! This picture was just too perfect! I used it as my facebook profile pic.
Then the oldest had Police Camp. He saw bomb squad, police dog, and taser demonstrations, drove a golf cart, shot a paint ball gun at zombie cut outs, and learned some discipline. He had a good time. They had a closing ceremony for the parents where they 'graduated' and received medals. There were a LOT of cadets!
Since I made a new pond this year outside, the boys decided to craft their own stepping stones. And what's summer with me without a craft??
Yes, the boys play in our little pool out back. The water is still cold, since we have had one hot day and a lot of nice temperate ones. Kids don't care how cold it is! They get in and get out 5 minutes later and they shiver and love it.
And here is an update on my garden plants. They are huge!
Corn and green beans
Not pictured are the blueberry and blackberry bushes and the apple tree. I'll have to get some pics to show you later.
So, my goals for this summer include some more vacation and family event things, planning for next year's teaching, editing my friend's manuscript, and writing my own, as well as reading a few books I picked up and thoroughly cleaning the house.