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Before my "Career Day" looked like this:
- 1st period
- 2nd period
- study hall
- 3rd period
- 4th period
- 6th period
- 7th period
- 8th period
- Planning period or from October to December was basketball practice
- Come late February I'd have track after school until May.
- Oh, and cram an occasional IEP meeting somewhere in there and 2 potty breaks (Not to mention grading papers, dealing with discipline issues, hosting 2 JH dances, trash pick-up days, movie nights, and 7th and 8th grade town team basketball). Looking back I was a crazy lady, but I wouldn't hesitate in doing it all over again. Those are my kids!
- Personal reading time for 15 min. where I'd meet individually with struggling readers and/or keep records of book, pages read, etc. (that way they actually completed a book instead of getting a new one every day)
- R-n-R (read and respond - journaling activity)
- Vocabulary lesson
- Comprehension/Fluency lesson
My week looked like:
- Monday: School, practice
- Tuesday: School, practice, discipleship (church), occasional basketball games or track meets
- Wednesday: School, practice, 1 on 1 discipleship with a JH girl, Youth Group
- Thursday: School, practice, occasional basketball games or track meets
- Friday: School, Professional Development, Practice, occasional basketball games or track meets
- Saturday: occasional basketball games or track meets
- Sunday: Church
- I wake up to a smiley baby around 8 am.
- I feed her.
- She plays independently while I eat breakfast and read my Bible.
- I play with her.
- We take a walk or FaceTime with my sisters (Brielle loves this!) and this is the time we talk about our Thankful Journals.
- Around 10 she goes down for a nap.
- I write in my blog, do my chores (kitchen clean up, laundry, etc.), get supper out and ready for this evening (sometimes I bake snacks for the rest of the week)....
- She sleeps until 12 (typically) and I feed her.
- She plays independently while I eat lunch and read.
- I play with her.
- By 2 or 3 she's ready for her afternoon nap.
- I clean, fold laundry, work on whatever shower I'll be hosting, start supper....
- Brielle's afternoon nap isn't as good as her morning nap, but thankfully she typically wakes up happy.
- DADDY'S HOME! Which I think is Brielle's favorite time of the day.
- We eat supper.
- We play.
- She gets a bath.
- We read a book.
- She eats.
- She goes to bed and we follow suit.
- Monday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle (occasional P.E.O. meeting)
- Tuesday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle (discipleship at church)
- Wednesday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle and Youth Group (which is now out for the summer)
- Thursday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle (We "play" basketball or I have worship team practice)
- Friday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle
- Saturday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle
- Sunday: Brielle, Brielle, Brielle (Church and occasional baby/bridal shower that I host)
When I submitted my resignation I specifically wrote this one truth: I'm a perfectionist. I do not go into anything half heartedly, it's all or nothing. I would either do this job half heartedly, and my mom job whole heartedly, or my mom job half heartedly, and give my full attention to teaching. I could not, nor did I want to do both. The first few years of my daughters life are so short! When I sat down and thought about her life with just mommy it was a short 5 years and then she's off to school! If Brielle lives a full 100 years on this earth, what's 5 years?! If I live a full 100 years on this earth, what's 5 years of giving up a career (even if I did get a Masters degree in it - so what?!) it's a SHORT five years!
My days and weeks aren't as crazy as they were before, but it still flies by. It revolves around this cute little chubby baby that I didn't know I could love so stinkin' much! I mean, just look at her!
Check out other bloggers across the state of Nebraska as they write about their career and why they're doing what they're doing! Nebraska Bloggers Connect is an awesome idea thanks to Kelsey at Keeping up with Kelsey and Suzi at Chores and Chandeliers. Can't wait to read about other "Career Day's!"