Friday, August 25, 2006

The three day workshop for Math Trailblazers ended today. It was very informative and well presented. I’m looking even more forward to next week, to begin planning with the classroom teacher and getting our room ready.  I anticipate an eventful and memorable year!

And yet, I’m still not ready to let go of summer. Last night was so chilly I had to close the windows. On my way to the conference this morning, I actually turned the HEAT on… I’m not sure where the summer went, but I’m very sorry to see it go. The day did take a turn for the better, though, and as I write this, the sun is beaming through my open back door and windows, warming and lighting up the room. I will savor the warmth of late afternoons as the days get shorter and nights get cooler…

I’m also not ready to let go of my “little girl”… my baby. My Amanda. No, she’s not all grown up and getting married. She’s going to junior high. >DREAD<

If you knew what some of the junior high kids were doing, you’d understand my anxiety… Perhaps you do know, and could say a little prayer? :-s In all honesty, I DO have faith in my daughter and her ability to sort out the mumble jumble. There are some issues from her past that may be sneaking up to take a crack at her, but she is stronger than she knows, and I plan to remind her of that often. I hope she will be able to keep up with her school work and still do her sports and music. It seems like a lot to me, but I don’t want to discourage her from doing what she loves, just because I have fears. She knows that she can start out doing things one way, and that there is always room for change if the need arises.

Mailee is also starting at a new school, which is NOT high on her list of happy thoughts. She loves her old school (which also happens to be where I work, so in a sense, it’s also separating from ME), and spent two wonderful years with a close-nit looping class and a warm fuzzy teacher! It’s the only school she has ever known since preschool. Change is never easy for my Mai, and the bedtime stomach aches have started up again. Usually it just helps to sit with her a bit, sing a song, and re-emphasize the positives. I’m hoping that once a week or two goes by, she’ll be fine. Actually, I’m quite sure that will be the case because she will be with another wonderful teacher who will make the transition easier. (She was MY forth grade teacher as well a few DECADES ago!!)

So that’s it for now… I haven’t done a lot of personal posting lately about family “stuff”, so thought an update was due! Hope you all have a wonderful (WARM) weekend!!


tendernoggle said...

So glad you posted, I have been wondering how you are!!!
Bless your heart, how well do I remember my kids leaving to go to school...I had one ( my Amanda!!) that had a stomach ache each night before school and each morning before she left!!! It is funny now, but Lord, I tried everything to ease her out the door! lol She did not want to leave home! lol
Take care and I hope all goes well with little Mailee! ( which by the way is a beautiful name!)  So is "Amanda" but then you know I think that seeing I have one too! lol I named mine after the song!!!
love ya,

redsneakz said...

I need to post soon as well.

am4039 said...

believe me I know what they are doing in Junior high. My twins are now sophomores. It can be scary for sure. Summer sure does go my fast. Before  you know it, it's cold out. Yuch. Have a great weekend.

ksgal3133 said...

Junior high...I remember that too well with all of the anxiety that I felt for my daughter and now she is in the 10th grade. Lots of prayers but I know she will do fine.
We're getting a ton of rain right now so I guess that means summer is coming to a close here too.


pippa1116 said...

thank you for visiting my journal and leaving a comment!  I have you on my alerts and will be back.  I agree, I think we have some things in common.

canyonsun04 said...

Hi :)
You know, although my boys are little, it doesn't seem that long ago that I was in Junior High then High School. I still cringe as I drive past it.  Worst days of my life.  Girls are so hateful, it's a cruel enviornment.  but you seem way more understanding then my mom who just said "Ignore Them". I know it's the best way, but I always felt alone, once I would have liked to hear her say "I understand".

bgilmore725 said...

Well, school started for me Friday, and we are in the middle of our first full week with all EC classes in full session. You have the additional concerns of children in school at home, which I don't. Plan well, my friend, and good luck to you. It's going to be a good year for both of us, I think. Glad things are going well for you, and you are right, after the first couple of weeks, Mai will be okay. It's all about feeling like you belong in a place, even moreso for her.  Here we go, teachers! Bea