Musings from a middle school reading specialist. I encourage my students to read, talk, write, and have fun!
I parent two amazing young-adult daughters with my husband of 30+ years.

December 30, 2014

Stop and celebrate

We are in the second week of winter break.  Ahhhh.  I figured out it's Tuesday and I could actually get a Slice of Life post blogged for the first time in months.  Hooray!

Today I think I'll focus on the positive.  In the past I've been a glass-half-full person, but this fall I'm especially prone to the negative.  Yes, my whole world was shifted when I was moved from reading resource to a classroom.  I really wanted to be positive and think it would be easy.  It isn't.  I have high expectations for myself and I need to cut myself some slack.  I'm always telling my students and children that I have never met anyone who is perfect.  I need to listen to myself.

So... today I give myself permission to celebrate all that has been fun and exciting around here!
Cookie Baking Fest
My girls and five friends helped bake and decorate many varieties of cookies.  My husband played holiday and Broadway songs on the piano.  Everyone was laughing and making messes until midnight.  What fun!

Most Energetic and Sweetest Class
I have 19 sweet, kind and energetic students this year.  We are learning along together, every day.  One of my sprites, G, told me before break, "I told my dad that all you want for Christmas is for the kids to listen."  Yup, G, you get it!

A is one of our more reserved and gentle boys.  His favorite Friday tag line is, "I wish we didn't have weekends.  Then we could stay at school."  Maybe we are becoming the school family I hoped for!

Rest, Relaxation and Family Time Highlights

  • Not one alarm clock has been set during winter break
  • Only one school-related nightmare
  • Family game night with my best friend from grade school and her family
  • Enjoying holiday lights in our neighborhood and the arboretum
  • Time to blog, pin on pinterest, and read like crazy!
Wishing you a wonderful 2015!  May we all find the positive in all situations.


  1. Oh sooo good to hear your voice Chris! Sounds like holidays were grand and break relaxing! Best to you and your family for a wonderful 2015! Big hugs....xo

  2. can you all singing and the piano-- what delight! I just love winter break

  3. A great celebration! New things have kept me away from my blog too, and I'm also so glad to be back! Isn't it refreshing? I hope to continue seeing you on Tuesdays in the new year! :-)

  4. Thinking positive is a great end to 2014 and an even greater beginning to 2015. Wonderful celebrations with family and friends. Hang in there - you can do it!

  5. Positive thoughts for you to enter the new year! Happy 2015!

  6. So glad to hear your voice! A couple of years ago, I went back to the classroom, after many years as a literacy coach. I loved it, but boy, oh boy, was it an adjustment! Here's to smooth sailing in 2015!

  7. I loved reading through those family time highlights - especially the one about the alarm clocks. So lovely to have it silent for a bit!