the early rising bus kids on the first day
10am this morning and my husband - who originally thought he was working today - has the shop vac and sander going in our downstairs bathroom.
Mark: But Brian is still sleeping. Isn't that loud?
Dad: Yeah, but I don't want to wait until after noon to start this job.
The first week of school brought a few adjustments over here.
Wendy - 10th grade - is now at the main high school campus. (Ninth grade has their own campus)
Brian - 6th grade - now rides the bus and has to wake up way earlier than he would ever willingly do so, but he's been handling it great. He's gotten lost a few times, but figured it out and met some kid named Tree. So far all seems positive from him. He had to do an oral essay share on Friday and was surprised to be the only one to volunteer to go first and to earn a bonus point for doing so. Go Brian!
Mark - 4th grade.
He was probably the one I was least worried about, but this week has been an adjustment for him I think due to a few things. One - his whole class had the same teacher for three years, so he's getting used to a new routine and new faces in his classroom. Add that to a new teacher, a new art teacher, a new gym teacher, a new technology lab, a new flag partner, and not having his brother around in the mornings to get ready with - this week wore him out.
the walkers on the second day
I've also had some adjustments.
While I worked quite a bit last year beyond my contracted 11.25 hours per week taking on sub jobs, this year I'm going to be working 29.25 hours per week. My hours will have me turning in five time cards per week, every week: Transfer Bus Aide, Lunch Aide, Recess Aide, Parapro and Teacher Aide.
I thought long and hard over the summer about taking on the extra hours and responsibilities, but the fact is that I'd pretty much be working them anyway, so I may as well be official and lock in a few bonuses like paid holidays, sick days and snow days. I won't lie - I'm going to hope for a lot of snow days this year. My legs are TIRED after this first week.
While I walk to work, I've put on over 10,000 steps per day just at school.
Last evening we went to the Frankenmuth car show after work, so I crawled in bed with nearly 17,000 steps.
I slept well.
This next week will be a real test as we throw in a few more things into our evening schedules. I have to come up with a routine to keep the house from fulling taking flight during the week.
As for today - Greg is doing some home improvements, Mark is relaxing on the couch with his Kindle, Brian is still sleeping, I'm making mental lists for the day and week, and Wendy spent the night at a friend's - so I'll have to run and pick her up in time for her to get a few things done before her soccer game this evening.
A few favorites from the week
- A kindergarten boy raised his hand in the lunchroom and held his head down and spoke so quietly I had to work really hard to hear him say, as he was pointing to the girl next to him: SHE did tell me a secret, but I'm not allowed to keep secrets so what she did tell me is that she did fart.
- Me, yesterday morning about 10 minutes before we walked out the door: Mark! I have a great idea! How about we call in sick and GO TO CEDAR POINT!
Mark: I would escape the first chance I had and go right back to school. I don't even LIKE roller coasters.
Me: Mark! How about we call in sick and GO TO THE WATER PARK!
Mark, sighing: Come on, mom - let's go to school.
- The kids were working on a worksheet where they had to go throughout the room and find someone that matched each statement. For example, someone that has the same favorite color as yourself.Student working on the statement - find someone older than yourself: Mrs. T - how old are you?
Me: I am 48 years old.
Student, not able to hold back her wide eyed response: Whoa! you ARE older than me!
Same student, coming back to me a bit later, remorseful: I'm sorry. My response was a little bit rude.
- Often when I'm working recess or in the hallways, I'll use the kids last name. For instance - I'd be more apt to say, "Mr. Tormanen, get back here and walk" then I would to say Mark, get back here and walk. That's just me. It caught me off guard though with a chuckle when I used it on the boss's kindergartner.