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Archive for May 2011

Our Disney vacation is quickly approaching, and excited does not adequately describe my emotions.  After all, Disney World is the most magical place on earth.  So, I have Disney Fever!  One of the symptoms of Disney Fever is that you remember highlights from previous trips.  In particular, these memories stand out:

1) My first trip was when I was 9 years old.  My grandfather took the entire family, and I vividly remember riding “It’s a Small World” with him.

2) The first time I took my daughter was when she was 5 years old.  My favorite recollection is when she got to meet Snow White, her most beloved princess.

As our departure date draws near, I am looking forward to making even more Disney memories.

Everyone I know is busy.   We all have too much on our plates and are frequently overwhelmed by our responsibilities at work and at home.  Consequently, I need a reminder of all the little things in life that make me smile.  Here are a few from this week:

1) A surprise note in my lunch bag from my precious daughter

2) My kitty starting to purr as soon as I pick her up

3) Not having to set my alarm clock on Saturday

4) An unexpected hug from a sweet student as the school year comes to a close

Since I teach at a high school, I am no stranger to teenage drama.  We had the annual “Class Day” celebration yesterday where the seniors are recognized for their accomplishments and reminisce over their years in school before heading out into the wide, wide world.  But, one thing in particular stuck in my head.  One of the speakers told the underclassmen to enjoy their remaining years in high school, saying they would be “the best years of their lives”.  I know they are young and have a very limited view of the real world at this point in time.  But, come on!  What about going to college, establishing a career, getting married, or having children?

My daughter’s 9th birthday party is scheduled for this afternoon.  And as the event quickly approaches, I find myself worried about every detail … Will the location be OK?  How many guests will actually show up?  Do I have enough plates, cups, napkins, and refreshments for everyone?  But, when it’s all said and done,  the main goal is for Grayson and her guests to have a good time.

In my opinion, Mother’s Day is not just about mothers.  Please do not misunderstand.  I love my mother very much, and I am eternally grateful for all she does for me.  But, I believe this should be a day to celebrate all of the important women in your life.  Remember to thank each of the women who have helped to shape who you are today.  Be sure to tell them just how much they mean to you.  They will appreciate your acknowledgement, and you will be glad you did.

I can always count on at least two or three people to post something about “Hump Day” on Facebook every time Wednesday rolls around.  This always makes me think that we spend a great deal of time wishing our lives away!  I have been especially prone to this behavior during the current school year.  Third grade has been a major transition year for Grayson, and she has been given a ridiculous amount of school work.  In addition, one of the classes that I teach has been a constant struggle.  Consequently, we have several count-downs going right now: 1) upcoming dance competition, 2) Grayson’s birthday, 3) the school calendar winding down, and most importantly … 4) our Disney World vacation next month!


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