Monday, September 4, 2017

Back To School...Back To Normal

Officially starting our second week of school and this momma is loving life! There is a senior living in my house this year! A senior. I knew it was going to happen but holy geez...that went fast! I think once we hit seventh or eighth grade we were in the express lane of time. The weird thing about this year is feeling like there isn't enough time. Each day seems to hold so much importance. I'm not sure if it's the way I feel or if it actually does. 

In the last 7 days, she has taken the SAT, written her first scholarship essay, tried to narrow down the college list, dealt with school schedule changes, worked, schooled, homework-ed, extracurricular-ed, volunteered, and all the other made up words you can imagine. I'm like, slow down girl! Meanwhile, my 7th grader went to school, came home, and emptied my fridge. He wasn't cleaning it either :( The differences are vast! 

Back to school for the kids, also means back to work for me. I was able to sub once this week and enjoyed myself. Last year, I did a lot of random subbing at many different schools across the district. I realized that wasn't helping me professionally or mentally/emotionally. I was stressed a lot because I didn't know the school culture/environment. I also wasn't building working relationships or networking (which is pretty important for military spouses who move a lot). So, this year, I am concentrating more on working in the grade levels I enjoy and at a handful of schools. 

I'm looking forward to a good year. The kids seems happy and optimistic too. I hope you are feeling the same :)

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  1. I loved senior year! I can't believe how much high school kids juggle these days. Yes- definitely focus your subbing at specific schools/subjects/grade levels. I'm sad that I moved to a new district where my go-to sub doesn't work! Have a great week!

  2. Good luck with the school year for everyone. Hope your daughter's senior year goes well and that you find a good and rewarding fit for you substitute teaching.

  3. I CANNOT believe you have a senior! Time really does fly! Her picture is gorgeous! I hope you're able to find something that works for you work-wise!!

  4. Wow for having a senior! Her photo turned out amazing, she is beautiful!

  5. Oh my gosh Nicole, this year will fly by. I'm sorry! I know that's not what you want to hear. Just enjoy it! Good for you realizing you needed to figure out a better sub plan for your liking. CONGRATS on winning the clutch from Shelly!!! I'm trying so hard not to be jealous. It's so cute. Happy Wednesday!!