Friday, February 28, 2014

Project 365 - Week #9

I love some of these pictures of my boys this week. I was beginning to think that this many pictures of my boys might get to be a little much, but I then thought about how I'll be able to see the changes in them throughout the year, especially Andrew (because he's so little now and will be over 2 at the end of the project).

{Day 52 - February 21}

Cheering for Canada
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{Day 53 - February 22}

He was supposed to be showing me the flags
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{Day 54 - February 23}

Fixed the snowman (kinda). He's a lot smaller now.
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{Day 55 - February 24}

Helping Daddy make pizza
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{Day 56 - February 25}

His red balloon from the grocery store

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{Day 57 - February 26}


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{Day 58 - February 27}

Some before school reading

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Once again I'm linking up with Nurse Loves Farmer, Simply Stavish and Behind the Camera and Dreaming to share my Project 365 pictures from the week. While you are visiting their sites, check out some of the other blogs' Project 365 pictures as well.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A few crazy days!

Wow! I can't believe it's already Wednesday night. 

This week needs to end soon and hopefully a much better week is on the horizon.

We've all been pretty good this winter in terms of getting sick. There were a few days back in October where the boys were sick and The Husband and I had to swap sick days here and there, but since then, the boys and I have been fairly healthy. The Husband a cold/cough after Christmas that hung around for a couple weeks, but once he was rid of that we were good!

This week, everything has gone downhill!

On Sunday, The Husband went out to the basketball game with my dad, brother and a family friend. I managed to get the boys (who were both overly grouchy) to bed early and my four loads of laundry done and I had settled in to watch The Walking Dead and planned on heading to bed early.

Instead, Joseph, who'd told me earlier that his tummy felt funny, was coughing and crying upstairs. I had a strange feeling if knew what was waiting for me.

I walked into the room and the poor kid was covered. I had to strip him down, throw him in the bathtub  and then brought him down to the couch to watch TV while I cleaned everything else up and threw it into the washing machine. I finally got to bed around midnight.

He was feeling better (much better actually) so off the boys went to daycare. I managed to get a run in after work and felt great. 

All of a sudden after dinner, my stomach wasn't feeling great. I was caught completely off-guard and had a ton of trouble sleeping that night, I had ridiculous and horrible dreams (in one I trashed my Dad's car) and never got past that stage of sleep. I'd get close and then wake up and then fall back into another dream.

By the time Tuesday morning came along, I couldn't stand for more than two minutes at a time. I sent the kids to daycare, took a sick day and went back to sleep. I passed out for the morning and woke up feeling better but still not great. I dropped Joseph's gross comforter off at my parents to be cleaned and then went to pick up the boys from daycare.

I walk in to daycare and was told that both boys were rubbing their eyes and they had woken up with red eyes. Yay! Pink eye. 

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Joseph with pink eye from a few years ago

Here's where I slink away in shame....

I sent The Husband to get Polysporin Pink Eye drops to see if I could catch it before it got too far infected. However, no one told me the daycare's 24-hour, doctors note policy so since the boys had no symptoms today I sent them to daycare. Now I feel like a loser! At my school, they can come back once the symptoms have gone. There were no goopy, pink eyes. 

I know for next time right??

I chalk it up to being sick myself and not really being able to focus. 

I'm hoping the worst is behind us and I can't wait for the warmer weather to start so we can stop worrying about colds, flus, snow suits and eczema. I'm so done!!!

How has your winter been? Lots of sicknesses or have you stayed away from it all? Ready for Spring yet?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon Training - Week #3

Hmmm, these updates are getting fairly similar.
No training this week again.

However, this week coming up, life is different.

I have a 5K on Saturday (which I'm very excited for)! I'm hoping that remembering how much fun I have in races will help me want to keep on with my training.

Luckily, I'm not horribly behind with the half marathon training.

The long run this weekend was supposed to be 6 miles (which I've done multiple times before). Catching back up to that will be pretty easy. I just need to stay on with my long runs and make sure I get in at least two other runs during the week (which can be tricky with the boys).

The finisher 'medal' from a few years ago.

The part that sucks is that the weather is going to get cold again this week so I guess I'm going to have to bundle up but I'm more than determined to get myself out there and run. I'm also going to have to push through my fear of running in the dark again. My mind completely races and the thoughts don't stop, but maybe they help me run faster.

I'm going to go out for a quick run tonight to get things moving again.

Please send me some motivating messages! I need them!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Project 365 - Week #8

Another week down. Luckily, my boys kept themselves fairly busy with things around the house, which made for some cute pictures!

{Day 45 - February 14}

He's just too cute!
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{Day  46 - February 15}

The Husband took this picture of me showing videos to the boys
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{Day  47- February 16}

All cuddled in after his nap
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{Day 48 - February 17}

He can barely walk in the snow! There's so much!
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{Day  49- February 18}

Watching some pre-bedtime TV in his pjs
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{Day 50 - February 19}

Watching Cars, while wearing a Cars t-shirt and holding the DVD box (he's obsessed)
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{Day  51- February 20}

Re-investigating his Valentine's cards (done everyday)
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Once again I'm linking up with Nurse Loves Farmer, Simply Stavish and Behind the Camera and Dreaming to share my Project 365 pictures from the week. While you are visiting their sites, check out some of the other blogs' Project 365 pictures as well.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

More favourite Olympic moments!

Only a few more days left of the Olympics!

I'm kind of sad that they will be done, mostly because there are lots of sports that you don't normally see on tv (i.e. bobsled, luge, etc). I love watching these sports!

Here are a few more of my favourite Olympic moments.

Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan getting his silver medal

Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse as repeat Olympic champions

Jennifer Jones aiming for perfect, golden end in women's curling
Jennifer Jones going perfect in curling (now trying for gold)

There are still a few very exciting things to come. The men and women's hockey teams going for Gold, the curling teams going for Gold and a bunch of skiing and bobsled events as well. I'm also excited for the closing ceremonies, even though they are not as interesting as the opening ones.

Have you been watching the Olympics?

Are you going to be happy when they are done or longing for the Summer Olympics in 2016?
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why I don't want to go to work today...

I found out yesterday that school board officials will be visiting our classroom today to look at how the Full Day Kindergarten program is being implemented.

Is it bad that I really don't want to be there? Is it bad that I'm not sure what my actual role in Full Day Kindergarten is?

I really don't want to have to meet with them.

Full Day Kindergarten started in 2010 as a way to help alleviate pressure on working parents and the daycare system as well as helping those in low-income/poor test outcomes have improvement and therefore be equal to those in higher economic areas.

It was rolled out and advertised as a play and inquiry based learning program for the students as studies have shown that it is the best way for kids to learn - through play.

However, it was not introduced properly to teaching staff before the implementation began and it was determined through a study, that it isn't actually that beneficial.

I have 28 students in my classroom. 13 Junior Kindergarten munchkins and 15 Senior Kindergarten munchkins. I have an Early Childhood Educator in my classroom as well, who is considered my teaching partner.

I'm told that I'm to help my students develop and eventually learn through inquiry. Huh?

Also, many of my parents have expressed concerned about the play-based system and asked "If they only play all day, how do they learn the basics?"

I guess that's where I differ from the school board.

As a parent myself, I want my child to be writing and reading, at least in a very basic level by the time my boys head to Grade 1. This is a belief held by the parents of my kiddos, since it's a conversation I've had numerous times during parent/teacher interviews.

According to the play-based framework, students are supposed to have a lot of choice, begin developing self-regulation skills and be able to decide what they will do.
I'm not allowed to use worksheets. I'm not supposed to force my students to work on their writing. I'm not supposed to do reading groups.

Given the choice, 27 of my 28 kids will not write at all during the week. They will not pick up a book. They will play house, build blocks and neglect the pencils and beautifully coloured picture books I have set up in my reading and writing corner.

I guess, maybe this visit will help clear those things up, but at the same time, I don't want to be judged. I don't want to be questioned on my teaching and everything in my classroom.

Apparently it isn't enough that the parents of my students are happy and that my students are learning and excited to come to school each day?

I thought that's what my job was.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon Training - Week #2

I'm officially a week behind in my training now.

Luckily, it's still early enough that the miles aren't building on too much more than what I'm used to running.

I unfortunately did not get out for a run once last week!

Life completely got in the way.

Weather, slippery and icy sidewalks, parent-teacher interviews, staff meetings, swimming lessons all combined to ruin my running week.

I was completely exhausted last week.. To the point where I fell asleep on the couch numerous nights in a row before 9:00pm.

I honestly think everything just caught up with me last week and my body just waved the white flag and gave in.

I believe it happens to everyone at some point in time.

This week, I have a better outlook. The long weekend has definitely helped me feel better.

Temperatures are supposed to go up, weather is looking better (minus the little storm we had this morning) and hopefully that means some runs.

I realize too that part of me just needs to suck it up now and get moving again.

I officially switched my half marathon on March 2nd to the 5K.  It's a better choice for me and I'm fine with it. I'm aiming to have a really good race in the 5K distance and then a great race in the half in Washington.

This week, I'm planning on getting most of my runs in adding in some cross training (some 30 Day Shred maybe).

Jillian Michaels
Ready to get my butt kicked!

How was your running (or exercising week)?

Has your body ever just crashed like mine did??

Friday, February 14, 2014

Project 365 - Week #7

Another week of not much going on (except for me - I had parent/teacher interviews and a staff meeting). The Husband managed to get the boys out to play in the snow on the weekend, but other than that it was business as usual!

{Day 38 - February 7}

Milk and blankie before bed
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{Day 39 - February 8}

Lots and lots of cars
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{Day 40 - February 9}

Playing in the snow tunnel
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{Day 41 - February 10}

Playing with the farm on the fridge
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{Day 42 - February 11}

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{Day 43 - February 12}

Trying to fly Dusty Crophopper
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{Day 44 - February 13}

Getting our Valentine's ready!
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Once again I'm linking up with Nurse Loves Farmer, Simply Stavish and Behind the Camera and Dreaming to share my Project 365 pictures from the week. While you are visiting their sites, check out some of the other blogs' Project 365 pictures as well.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Olympics!

I'm really enjoying watching the Olympics! Are you?

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I kind of wish I was home in the mornings so that I could watch them and then go into work in the afternoon, but that really isn't possible if I want to get paid, I guess!

I've tried to watch as much as I can in the morning and we're trying to expose our students to it too by putting the live streaming of some of the events on the projector in our classroom. Every once in awhile I catch them watching some of the events. They really enjoy the freestyles skiing and snowboarding events because of the huge jumps!

There have been lots of moments that I've really enjoyed so far! So many neat things involving Canada.

The Dufour-Lapointe sisters:

Gold medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe (R) of Canada and silver medallist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada during the flower ceremony of the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Moguls Final 2 at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, 08 February 2014.  EPA/JENS BUETTNER

The Canadian coach running out to help another country's skier:

Gilmore Junio who gave up his spot to Denny Morrison, who won a silver medal:

Alexandre Bilodeau winning another gold medal and celebrating with his brother:

I can't wait for a lot of the events coming up, particularly the men's hockey, team luge and skeleton!

What events have you been watching? What are you looking forward to?

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