After a holiday spent with lots of family and a few sicknesses this week has been so busy! We have definitely been out and about, three different playdates, trips to the grocery store, preschool, work, just to name a few of our outings. Bradley has done really well getting back into a routine this week, I think it has actually been good for everyone. Now that we are feeling better it has been nice to spend time with friends and just catch up!
I am taking on a lot more responsibilities at work this week too. I am currently working as a part time English as a Second Language teacher on Tuesday and Thursday mornings while Bradley is in preschool. It has been the perfect fit for our family this year. Most of the fall I assisted the reading specialist with different phonics/reading activities for four kindergarten classes. The teacher I am working with is gearing up for mid year assessments. So, she asked me to step in and take over some of our lessons. I found myself down in the basement pulling out and digging through all of my teaching bins. It is so fun to look through all of my old supplies, but it also makes me sad. I just can't believe the amount of time, money and energy is just sitting down there in the basement. I found myself pulling out stuff and forgetting what exactly I had used it for or where it went in my classroom. For those of you who ever saw my classrooms, they were extremely organized and full of child generated work. I was a big believer in, if I was going to hang it on my walls, my students had to make it. I hated to see rooms filled with tons of meaningless posters that talked about nouns and verbs and stuff that the kids never looked at during the year. I digress...anyway, I did a lesson today with the book, "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. It is a wonderful story for kids, and she has an amazing website full of activities to do with your kids. There are puppets that the kids used today to act out the story. We just got two new children from Afganistan, and it is so neat to see them getting comfortable in the classroom. They even participated in our play of "The Mitten" this morning. Well, that is what's going on with me right now:)
I uploaded some of my favorite pictures from the holiday break. Two of them are Bradley wearing Daddy's hat. That is a new favorite thing to do right now! He will put on his hat and then work with all of his new tools he got for Christmas. Chris takes him to a lot of his jobs and Bradley is infatuated with tools, diggers, machines, or basically anything having to do with Daddy. He has now started getting in his new police car and telling everyone that he is going to work. So cute!
One of the weekends over the holiday it was beautiful here. So, my sister came over to visit and we decided to take the kids to the park. With my new camera in hand I was a picture taking fool! I went crazy when the boys were in the swings, but I actually got quite a few pictures that I think turned out wonderful! It is amazing the difference in the quality with my new camera. Hopefully some camera classes will help me get even better!
This is one of my favorite pictures of the day.
I love the way Sammy is up close and Tim is blurry in the background!
This weekend we are heading up to Wintergreen with some friends. They have a house up on the mountain, and have invited us for the weekend. I bought Bradley some snow bibs and snow boots this week, so we are all set! I can't wait to see him playing in the snow. It will really be his first time, I don't think he remembers the snow from last year. Have a wonderful weekend!