Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm a Working Mom Again & Midweek Randoms

Whoa! I'm a working mom again. I always forget how hard that is too. I focus on how being a stay at home mama is so hard for me (and wonderful too! Don't get me's awesome and amazing too!), but then I go back to work and think "WOW! This is so hard too!" At the end of the day, it's just all hard, isn't it?!? Working Mom...Work at home Moms...Stay at home Moms...we're all super heroes!
My favorite part of the beginning of the year is once we start getting work on the walls. It drives me nuts to have empty walls. These were their self portraits they did. I'm really loving the way they turned out. I got the directions from THIS site.  I will have two groups of self-portraits on my walls: my 3/6th period and my homeroom. I only have one other group of students (1/3rd period) and their self portraits are hanging in my partner teacher's classroom. I'll make sure to put something else from that period on my wall - so that all my students are represented!
We celebrated my 30th birthday with my family on Sunday night and I got the BEST birthday present ever from my parents. I am SO ridiculously excited about my new Nikon and as soon as work calms down, I'm going to find some online classes or community college classes I can take to figure it all out (if anyone knows of any, let me know!). My brother got me this cool thing that plugs into the camera that puts the photos onto my iPhone as well!! And my sister made me these beautiful paintings for the house for each kid. I can't wait to frame them and post about them, because they're awesome! Stay tuned!
I am still running a lot. I meet with my half marathon training group twice a week (Wednesdays and Sundays) and the Wednesday runs are HARD. It's just so hot! Last week it was 101 degrees and I thought I might die. Okay, I'm being slightly dramatic. But holy moly. We do speed on Wednesdays and there is nothing fast about me in that kind of heat. Last Wednesday, I did 2.67 miles in 40 minutes. This past Sunday (while it was nice and cool), I did about 5 miles (I don't have an exact number because I stopped my app in the middle to use the restroom and forgot to restart it) in a little over an hour. Sunday was the first time I started to really doubt myself and my ability to do this. Am I really going to be able to do 13 miles?!? Please tell me this is normal to feel this way. I've had a few people ask me what my goal is and, honestly, it's just to finish it. I don't care if it takes me four hours the first time; I just want to do it. I'll worry about a time goal the next time I do a half marathon.
Adviser's Guide
I am the Yearbook Advisor this year for my school and I'm so nervous. I've never been this nervous about any teacher related duties, but I just don't want teachers to be upset if there are mistakes in the book. I believe strongly in that the students who create the yearbook should be held responsible and what they put out is what should go out, but I don't want any students' names to be wrong or anything like that. It's just a lot of responsibility! Eeek!

We're starting the year by examining picture taking skills and I've had a lot of fun teaching about composition and the rule of thirds and all sorts of stuff. Hopefully I learn a lot too!



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Yeaaa for a new camera!!!! I took lots of courses at a community colledge and loved it, but it was time consuming. You Tube is great for learning photography and cameras! Love your students self portraits!:)

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Ooh ooh! I always forget about YouTube!!

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love your camera! Good luck going back to work!

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I feel your pain on back to work. I go back next week (full time for the first time in four years) and I'm not ready. We had a playdate today and Jake told his friend in a sad little voice "this is our last playdate because now I'm going to have to go to school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday."

Yay on the new camera though! Also, totally using this self portrait idea with my kids. I usually do a full face but this seems easier.

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So jealous of your new camera!! Happy back to school. I feel like I'm totally summerged right now! It's so hard to be back!

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