Monday, April 29, 2013

Motivated in May


Thank you Jess over at I (Heart) Recess for inspiring me to write out some goals for this month.  We are expecting our second child in June and I'm feeling the 3rd trimester panic about getting everything in order.  Sometimes writing a few things down can help put things in perspective. (Deep Breath!)

Personal: I'm pretty sure this is some sort of nesting instinct, but I have an urge to purge things this month.  Those outdated winter boots that I never put on all season....the queen sheet sets that don't fit our king bed....etc.  

Health:   I stay up way too late!  I'm just so bent on getting as much done as possible every night, that before I know it, it is midnight and I need to be up by 6am.  On the occasional nights that I force myself to bed earlier, I have SO much more energy the next day for exercise and I tend to avoid snacking between meals.  Ugh...I just wish there was more time in a day! 

Blogging:  There is so much to be learned from reading the work of other teacher-bloggers.  I'd really like to spend more time exploring the great ideas posted on people's blogs and hopefully make a few new blogger buddies in the process.

School:  Preparing for a long-term sub is a pretty daunting task.  From organizing my cupboards to writing out plans, I'm trying to do whatever I can to make the new teacher's job as easy as possible.  

Fun:  I know that it will be difficult to have time with my husband once we become a family of four, so I've scheduled a "mystery date" for mid-May.  We've been planning mystery dates since we met years ago and they are SO fun! (For budget reasons, we only do them a few times a year.) Here's how it works:  Reserve a date and time (and babysitter if needed) and have your partner mark their calendar.  Do not provide ANY details about the date, other than appropriate attire.  Take them out for a night on the town but do not reveal each location until you arrive.  Some of our dates are simple, like a trip to the art gallery and wine tasting or dinner at a favorite restaurant and tickets to a hockey game.  I once told my husband to bring only his license and a credit card and I had a friend drop us off at the airport for a weekend trip to Florida! The look on his face when we pulled into the airport was priceless!

Wishing you all a May filled with motivation toward reaching your own goals!  Happy Teaching...







13 comments:

  1. Congrats on baby number 2! Preparing for a sub requires more work than lesson plans! Thanks for linking up!

    I am sure you will have 50 followers by the end of May!

    Jess

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  2. I'm so glad I found your blog Jess....Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. I just found your blog and it's so cute! Congrats on baby #2. I second getting to bed earlier. I try almost every night but can never do it!

    Your newest follower,

    Beth
    easy peasy education

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Beth! I've been really working on the earlier evenings this past week. I feel better.....but nothing is done around my house!

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  4. Baby number two.. how sweet! Congratulations! :) I feel your pain with writing maternity leave sub plans.. I worked on those for a month straight, made my sub her own flash drive with all smartboard files and all documents, made all the copies she would need and organized them by weeks and subjects. I put my nesting drive into overdrive!

    I'm following you now--maybe we can reach 100 followers together. :)

    Mandy
    The 4th Grade Journey

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  5. Your blog is too darn cute! I couldn't make it through the day without my dose of caffeine! I am your newest follower, helping you reach your follower goal! Congratulations on your bundle of joy!

    Diane
    Teaching With Moxie

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    1. Diane,

      Thanks for joining! Off to enjoy my small decaf coffee....looking forward to my caffeine-crazed days returning once baby arrives!

      Kate

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  6. I've just become your latest follower- only 3 more and you've hit your goal!

    Thanks for stopping over at my blog- it meant I found your one! I can't even begin to think how you'd prepare for a long term sub! What a mission! Good luck!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

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    1. I was going to send you an email but I can't figure out how :(

      You mentioned that you'd like to donate something to my 100 followers giveaway- that would be so awesome if you could! Let me know what so I can then figure out how to set it up etc... It'll drive more traffic to your blog too which is a bonus!

      Also I noticed that your comment on my page didn't have a link in the signature- it just had the web address of your blog. If you want me to explain how to turn that into a link send me an email magicmistakesandmayhem@gmail.com

      Looking forward to hearing from you!

      x Serena x
      Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

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    2. Serena,

      Yes, I'd love to donate. I sent you an email with a newer product to use in your giveaway. I'd love to know how to add a link in the signature!

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    3. Oh my gosh Kate I'm so sorry, it's been a hell of a month!

      1. I've been too efficient and cleaned out my inbox (my personal gmail inbox normal has thousands of unread emails so I've been trying not to let that happen with my blogging one) so now I have lost your email.

      2. We have a winner for the giveaway I ran. Shana from Mrs Grooms' Room

      3. I don't know if someone else has told you how to add the email signature but if not email me again so I've got your address and I'll do it straight away. If I do it in this comment it just turns it into the link (so you can't copy and paste the code- that has to be done by email) Kate's Classroom Cafe ... See :)

      Anyway, email me so we can sort Shana's prize and your signature! Sorry for being useless!

      x Serena x
      Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

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  7. Congrats on the baby!!! I'm your 50th follower! One goal down :)

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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  8. Sarah,

    You made my Sunday morning! Thanks for joining up and helping me check ONE goal off my list for the month. Heading to check out your blog now!

    Kate

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