Friday, January 10, 2014

"Can you Believe it is Friday Already?" quick takes

1. I'm not feeling terribly inspired, but let's see where this leads anyway.

2. Jonathan is in the process of finishing up a college application.  There's so much more to say about that, but for now I'm going to let it stand on it's own.

3. I've had a fairly slow week and I'm hoping to carry that out throughout the weekend...and for the entirety of the year!  I went out for coffee with friends one night, went out for coffee with another friend another night, and forgoed (for went?)   skipped the coffee one morning (I don't really drink actual coffee anyway) and chatted with another friend over water in my front room.  I think I'm officially a grown up.  The laundry is mostly caught up (except for Jake's clean laundry that is still on the table), the dishes are mostly done, candles have been lit every day, and piles of games and puzzles that we took on our trip are still where we plopped them when we got home last week.  If the word LESS doesn't work for me this year, maybe SLOW will!

4. Three years ago I taught 5th grade Religious Ed at our church (I generally call it CCD), and it provided much fodder for my blog.  This year I'm doing that again, and I've been relatively tight-lipped about it.  I'm not sure if I've just learned more in these last three years or if these kids just know so much less.  It's daunting to say the least.  Jake is in my class.  He and the handful of girls in the group know at least as much as you would expect from the average 5th grade Catholic (and probably the average Catholic adult -- "Are you smarter than a 5th grader" and all that), but the boys in the class... ho boy!!  It's not pretty!  I fluctuate between, "why do their parents even bring them here, they don't even go to Mass?"  and "what a privilege to be able to shape these young minds" and there's a lot of "is it almost time to go home??" thrown in there too!  I got a facebook message after class this week from a mom who said her boys really enjoyed class that night.  I'm not sure if they got anything of out it, but I'll keep plugging along and we'll see.  It's a challenge not to bore the kids who are ready for more and at the same time get the beginners up to speed.  I guess this is the lot for teachers everywhere, it just takes on a little more significance when your talking eternity.

5. I facebooked yesterday about the fishy smell coming from Mary's room.  It was wrappers from this  Chinese delicacy
Madi's favorite way to do school, she's embracing the out for coffee thing too!
7.Jake and the other talent show winners.

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ann marie said...

I want to hear about the college application process! Also, the octopus thing...hmmmm, I am very sensitive to smells. That would probably make me a little nuts.

Julie said...

Ann Marie, just got your comment while in the process of registering Jonathan for the statewide homeschool graduation... can't register yet because senior pictures aren't done, pictures are scheduled, but he needs a haircut first... aye aye aye, if you give a mouse a cookie...

ann marie said...

Okay, so the pics must be you have something to blog about :) And I am still anxious to hear about the college app process!!

Kirsten said...

I want to go to a coffee shop for the day so that I can read and take notes, plan out my garden, blog, and visit with some friends and knit. But then I would come back to my house and it would be even more trashed than it already is. NOT. WORTH. IT.
Although I would love to hang and have coffee with you!!