Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nurture

I haven't abandoned my sharing through this blog, I just needed to take a smidge of time off. Four weeks ago I had hernia surgery and spent three weeks home recovering. I was able to blog a bit and keep afloat. While I was off, I was thinking one day about the one little word I chose for the year and I honestly couldn't remember right away. My one little word was intended to help guide my actions and thinking for 2010. It came to me with a little bit of time and now I think it might have been some foreshadowing. Nurture is my one little word for 2010 and has become quite the focus within the past month.

I've nurtured my own healing with lots of rest and limited activity. I nurtured my own personal reading while at home and that was a lot of fun. I was able to spend time differently with my girls and I loved the little things we could do together. I had to let others nurture me and felt so blessed for all the good wishes and help we received. I went back to the classroom last week and found I needed to nurture my little friends and keep nurturing myself with plenty of rest at night. I am still surprised how tired I can get but know this is part of the process. A brown box arrived yesterday in the mail, filled with new book titles to explore and I have a few bags of books waiting for us too. I'm ready to nurture my professional growth and sharing more. Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Birthday Cake and Place Value


Yesterday was my birthday. My birthday cake needed candles and my husband was making due with the random numbers we have collected over the years which made the numbers for my special day higher than needed. B, my youngest did not like this at all and decided to take over in preparing my cake. We didn't have the number two, so using her current place value learning she solved the solution and my cake was perfect!

Since I am home recovering from surgery, I decided to make it myself this year from Cooking Light. This is a Glazed Lemon Buttermilk Cake and it was delicious! Served it with rainbow sherbet and it was a sunny, spring treat. It reminded me of the Bundt cake in a box I use to make as a kid with my mom.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

One Little Word

Instead of creating a New Years Resolution and always wanting to have many I've chosen to participate in the One Little Word project and ideas from scrapbooker/storyteller Ali Edwards. The first year I chose enjoy and last year I chose aware. This year I've spent time looking at what others are thinking about and you can too via twitter, #onelittleword.

This year I'm choosing nurture and really felt this visual thesaurus map of the word nurture was just right. I needed a word to cover many things, without making a to do list. First, I need to nurture my own children with care and love. They are 13, 10, and 6 with each requiring different things and tweak in my relationships with them. I sometimes need to step back and remember to nurture their needs first which may go against my own nurturing. Of course, I could take more time to nurture my adult relationships including my friends and husband. I hope to nourish and take the time needed for my own creativity, fitness and health. I think using the word nurture and having this as a focus will help guide many decisions for me...to provide the guidance I need to stop working a bit too much, sometimes.

However, teaching is a big part of who I am as a person and I need to nurture this part of me too. I need to continue reading and creating a kindergarten classroom that will promote and foster my students socially, emotionally, and cognitively. I find spending time and connecting with colleagues who share similar thinking nurturing, as a person and a teacher. I started this blog not really sure where it would go or what would become of it, I'll continue to nurture this and see what comes my way in 2010. Happy New Year everyone.