Happy Labor Day! I can’t believe it is already September 2nd. What a crazy rush of a summer and start to the new school year. So much has happened, but let’s just say… things are on the slow now and I couldn’t be happier.
Can I be completely honest? No judgement? Promise? Here’s a secret… I really do NOT enjoy the beginning of the school year. I know it sounds so harsh, but I feel like a broken record for the first few weeks of school. I go home utterly exhausted, and I feel like the new normal takes longer each year to get established. I’m not complaining. I’m just stating my truth. I LOVE the second month of school. Kiddos begin to fall into our class routines, I no longer feel like I’m setting up the classroom, and I can go home with a few hours left of energy each day. I know the beginning of the year sets the tone for the entire rest of the year, which is why I still keep the record player going, I go to bed early to make sure I have energy for the next day, and I continue to believe, “We’ll get there.”
This week is our third week, so I’m beginning to have hope that we WILL “get there”. My new group of kiddos are *quite* the bunch, and I’ve been trying my hardest to be as consistent as possible because I KNOW they need the structure. The good thing is my team and I are in this together. This is truly a unique bunch of students and we are all working together to “get there”.
That being said, I have been oh so happy to have a 3-day weekend! Of course, I’ve been working on school stuff, but I’ve also been enjoying the calm. Keep Calm and Carry On, right?
One of the perks of having a genius for a sister is she has great jobs. Jobs that have perks. Perks that my coworkers and I will never experience. One of these perks is having Transformers 4 being filmed partially in her workplace. This weekend in Chicago, they were doing some of the filming, and employees were able to come and watch production, and see some of the props. She asked me if I wanted to come, and even though I honestly have NEVER seen a Transformers movie, I thought it would be cool to go and take pictures to show my kiddos. Sidenote— a few weeks ago Divergent was being filmed here also and I kept asking her if she was going to try to be an extra. I will totally try in case the second movie gets filmed there as well.
So, guess what… movie sets are pretty boring. There is a WHOLE lot of waiting and standing around. But, we did get to see some of the cars and we even had a Walhberg sighting. Take a look…
That’s me in front of a few of the cars that weren’t being used… Again, no clue abut these, but I’m sure some of my boys will be able to tell me the back stories.
We were pretty far away, but my sister still managed to get a shot of “Marky Mark”. I always think of him and wonder if “Nicole 4 eva” is still on his chest, lol. After his sighting, there wasn’t much going on. Still SUPER cool to see in person.
In other news, amid my internet absence, I completed several crafts for my classroom. I was pretty busy working on all sorts of projects this summer. I wanted to share a few of them with you since they turned out so well.
So, this summer I finally decided to take on flowers. I have a pretty large backyard that came with a bunch of really bad landscaping. Over the past three summers, I have cleaned up the landscaping to the best of my own ability, but basically that meant tearing everything out and starting over. I planted a bunch of flowers in pots because I wasn’t sure what I should plant, but I figured it was a good way to start out gardening. One day when I was at Home Depot buying soil, I found these cork mats. I bought a bunch, and decided to paint them using my class colors.
The picture below is the final shot. I am using them as cork boards to pin student pictures up on. They are currently hanging on the front of my desk at work and add a nice touch of color to my usually dull desk. Easy Peasy!
The next project I made literally took all summer. Not because it was hard to do, but because I had to wait for Hobby Lobby to call and tell me my back-ordered parenthesis shapes were in. The signs below are made from Chip Decor and I originally bought all four letters and the two parenthesis they had in stock. After 5 different Hobby Lobby’s (including one in TN), my shipment finally came in and I was able to finish my project. I really do like how they turned out. They are displayed in window in my classroom library. They look great!
The next project was inspired because I had the urge to have all my shelves match. I have bought several of the plastic shelving over the years and they aren’t all the same brand, size, or height. They never looked bad, but I thought it would be fun to have them all the same color. Then I found spray paint for plastic and bought a few black cans. Here are the first few in my garage ready to be painted.
Here are the same two drying next to my shed. They dry pretty quickly but I wanted them to air out outside. Super easy project, just VERY stinky. I definitely suggest using a mask for any spray painting project.
One of the last projects was just an updated birthday card for my kiddos. I have used Lillie on my past birthday cards for the class, but I wanted the gift to be Pop Rocks, so I tweaked the saying to fit the candy. Lucky kids!
So, there you have it. A few of my finished projects that I just did not get to post about. But, better late than never. I hope you have had a great summer and start to your school year! I’m hoping to share some class pics soon. I finally have a SMARTBoard and getting it meant rearranging the ENTIRE classroom. I feel like it is a completely different room. A lot of work was put into it, but it’s one of my favorite set-ups and themes.
Til then, have a great short week at school!