Sunday, August 23, 2009
Adults who do not work in the school system tend to glamorize and idealize the beginning of the school year...particularly the purchasing of new school supplies. So many movies and books display characters experiencing extreme nostalgia as summer comes to an end and the big yellow buses make their autumn debut. Oh, the freshly sharpened pencils. The perfect rainbow of unused crayons and markers. And, the crisp, empty notebooks.
As all 29 of my students filed into my classroom last week, my thoughts were not quite so cheerful. My mind began to rush into a flurry of worry. Where were all of these new supplies going to hide in my room with only three cabinets (none of which are empty) and a few shelves already fully stocked with books? Then, there were the students. As I collected their supplies to neatly tuck them away, their concern became elevated, as well. What happens to that stack of sticky notes that won't fit in the bin? Will I ever see my glue bottle again? Can't I just take my crayons home?
The following day I was able to find a home for every last glue stick and Kleenex box. I reminded the kids that we would be using these supplies all throughout the year and that the extra supplies would in fact come in handy. We were all able to take a couple deep breaths by the end of the day and leaving my classroom I was just relieved that everything had been put away.
Posted by Ashley at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Driving home from Pilates/Sprouts tonight, it suddenly hit me that tonight is my last night of summer. I scolded myself for driving with my air conditioning on and windows rolled up. So, follow my lead.
Turn up the radio, roll down the windows. Let your hand ride the wave of the still warm breeze. Sing at the top of your lungs and breathe in the scents and sounds. Relive those days in high school when driving itself was a joy. And, nothing could beat the freedom of a summer night.
Fun time with friends at Evergreen Lake
A hike with Sly in Golden
Posted by Ashley at 9:33 PM
Friday, August 7, 2009
having a healthy baby
taking beautiful photographs (that people pay for)
living in another country
designing our own home
traveling to italy and greece with my husband
growing a garden that is an oasis
running a 10k
writing a children's novel
learning to paint
having an organized basement (really, really organized)
going to national parks with my family
living near an ocean or a lake
raising my kids with a spirit of adventure and love for the Lord
Posted by Ashley at 10:32 AM