SOL 21: Productive Day

As I spring break comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on my last day. Since I cleaned house yesterday, I enjoyed sleeping in on my last day of break. After a refreshing shower I spent the morning working on a way to have students track their own data for reading, math, and spelling. My highlight of my data was a lunch data with one of my sorority little sister. I had so mu fun catching up with her over a Panera lunch that before we knew it it was almost 4 o’clock! Now I have retired my day by cooking dinner for my husband and writing my blog as he flips channels on the tv after dinner. 


SOL20: No More Sad Dog Books

So I’ve been trying to finish up this years Mark Twain Nominees. It never fails the chapter right before bed seems to be where I find the saddest part of the book. 

Either this year I was reading Zane and the Hurricane. Which was an amazing book. The dialog of the characters made me feel as though I was listening to the story in the middle of New Orleans. Of course I had to stay up late finishing it because the “last” chapter I was going to read before bed ended with a devastating event with pup in the story. Being the dog mom I am I couldn’t leave that kind of cliffhanger overnight.

Well tonight I’ve done it again. I’ve be waiting for what seems like a lifetime for Rain Reign. The last chapter I just read left me in tears for the girl and her dog. Thank goodness tomorrow is still spring break because this teacher will be finishing this book tonight. 

SOL 18: writer’s rut

As a sit here this evening nothing comes to mind to write. Nothing from today seems to be jumping up and down screaming “Write about ME!!!” I play with a few journal prompts but eventually send them to drafts to finish another time. And I break to take a look at my student’s Blogs. They are pretty quiet. Only have about three today. They too seem to be having a little writer’s block. Looks like spring break has taken a toll. I guess Wednesday morning during morning meeting we need to do some brainstorming. 

Nosey Neigbors

My husband and I lived in our small town for two years but we were always ready to move out to the country. We are both outdoor people and didn’t like the busy streets or houses so close you could open your  window and touch the neighbor’s house. 

This past June we bought a small farm with a house and move to the country close to our cattle farms.Unfortunately   we still have the nosey nieghbors.

Everytime we spend time outside their beady eyes peer over the fence watching our every move. There they are with their wild untamed jet black hair each morning as I leave for school and each evening as I return. I have to be thankful they are at least fairly quiet. They hardly make a sound as they stand their watching. Weirdly they eat all the time. I hardly see them not munching on something. 

You can pick your home but I have to remember we can’t always pick our nieghbors! 

SOL 16: Showing Off My Writers

Today was the second and final day of conferences. I love getting to show parents the progress my students have made and how they have grown. This time I got to show parents their blogs. Time and time again the conferences end with warm a fuzzy feelings 

“He wrote all this?”

“This is all hers?”

“Wow, this is amazing”

“She talks all the time about blogging…this is so neat”

“He is writing so much more because of an audience”

“She didn’t like writing til now”

SOL 14: Bloopers of the Day!

So I thought I wwould share today’s bloopers. Enjoy!

So as I was walking do the hall Taking my class on a restroom break my mind started wondering to that crockpot of chili that I prepped for tonight’s dinner…Then it hit me I never took it out of the fridge this morning.

Our school is hosting a book fair and this afternoon at the the end of our browsing time I started counting to let them know it was time to get lined up to head back to class. 5…4…3…(my mind went blank) 3?……4?….5?  Puzzled one of my student turn and asked “Mrs. Norman which direction were you counting?”

 Our librarian was rolling with laughter when I replied, “I don’t know?”

SOL 13: Bubble Pizza

We all have those quick easy dinner recipes for nights you just don’t feel like cooking. Tonight was one of those nights. 

To start cut 2 cans of biscuits into fourths and place in a greased 9×13 baking dish. I like using Pilsbury Southern style.

Next, mix in your favorite pizza toppings. Tonight, I made a meat lovers with pepperoni, ham, sausage, and ground beef.

Don’t forget the cheese! I mix about have the bag of mozzarella in and use the rest to top it before sticking it in the oven. 

Finally, pour your favorite pizza sauce. I prefer to make my own sauce. 

 Lastly top with remaining cheese at bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until bubbly and the biscuits are done. 
While it bakes I like to do meal prep for the following night. Tonight while it baked I mix together chili to cook in the crockpot tomorrow.


SOL 12: Those smells coming from the oven

The warmth radiates from the oven. The glow of the oven light makes the glass dish sparkle. BEEEEP BEEEEP BEEEEP goes the timer. Scents of cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg  hugs your nose. You can almost taste the buttery crumbles that sit on top. Grumbles from the husband “is it done yet?” Cold to the touch as you remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer.  Once the first spoon breaks the crust there is no stoping all will be gone.

Apple Dumpcake, the perfect end to a Sunday evening.