More Time Off?

Let me start by saying, I truly admire what teachers do.  And I do not believe they get paid nearly enough.  With my two kids, an occasional bad day can be very draining, much less if I taught 20 of them.  We have been very lucky with teachers so far…I have loved all of them!  I helped my son’s teacher occasionally this past year and I can certainly see the reward of being a teacher…IF all the children are well behaved.  There really are a lot of sweet children out there.  But as with most classes, when I occasionally helped his teacher, there were a couple of kids that I found to be rather challenging (to put it nicely); and I bet my child could be one of those challenges at times.  His teacher amazed me…she was always so calm and mellow; she just had that soft voice and “the look” that made the kids feel guilty for letting her down.  You know “the look” I’m talking about! (I often joked with my husband that she had to drink a lot to be that laid back!) I admired her teaching style. 

Now here is the dilemma…as one who grew up in a fairly strict home with discipline, I have decided I am definitely not teacher material.  Of course, I certainly agree with taking spanking out of the schools (like they had when I was a kid), but let’s face it, teachers have very little options when it comes to discipline these days. However, I am quite jealous of the many breaks teachers receive.  Our county is now on a calendar that has a week-long fall break, a week-long winter break, a week-long spring break, in addition to the normal two weeks of Christmas break.  And let’s not forget summer (I realize they do work some in the summer). Think about spending the summer at the pool and having plenty of time to rejuvenate throughout the year!  As a working parent I think about all the money I could save on child care/summer camps if my job had the same schedule.  My three weeks of vacation certainly does not cover all the school days off.  So, I think a new job needs created for those of us that are not meant to be teachers in life, but provides the same work schedule.  Any ideas? 

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Colors of Happiness!

Back to the grind we go!  It is Monday again…oh I mean Tuesday.  I must admit, it was a lovely weekend.  And I could definitely get used to the four day work week.  The weather was excellent for the most part.  We got in some pool time.  And this crazy thing happened…due to the overcast morning yesterday, we were really productive around our house.  What in the world???  The kitchen drawer in our house that has never properly worked is now working; my son’s bed has needed a replacement bracket that is now fixed (I think some boys were jumping on the bed!), and my wonderful husband placed my bird feeders on the deck so I can see all the birds that come to visit.  The gold finches have been beautiful! Light bulbs were replaced in all those places like the basement and closets that have been ignored; and I have loaded up many of the paint buckets to take to the store so they can be shaken up again for the numerous touch-ups that are needed around our house.  I never knew walls could look so bad.  When pondering about why these walls look so bad compared to our last house I remembered there was one key factor missing at the last house…kids!  Of course, I’ll take those messy walls any day (but they are certainly at the point where touch-ups are required).

Speaking of paint, color amazes me.  Yes, I am one of those weird creative minds that believes color can be therapeutic.  Why is color so amazing?  Depending on the shade of red it can be a color of passion or aggression.  Yellow is a happy color in my opinion.  Blue skies make me calm.  What about gray?  Gray seems very gloomy to me; an overcast sky can really leave me feeling rather blah.  That is why I am often so curious why offices use it as a color for walls and cubes.  Can we make cube land any more dull and boring? Before my current job I worked at Home Depot’s corporate office which consisted of endless gray cubes and walls. Shouldn’t a place like Home Depot have bright, colorful walls…I mean, come on, they sell paint!  And honestly, I believe it is the color scheme in Walmart that makes my children behave so poorly. We walk into Walmart and within 30 seconds my children are in rare form.  Although their logo is blue, our Walmart has all gray walls.  Now I don’t want you think my kids are angels in Publix or Target (I still bribe them with something from the $1 section if they behave…something I swore I would never do).  But I will go 5 miles out of the way to avoid Walmart just because it is never a pleasant experience.  You can look all over the internet and find varying emotions of color, so who’s to say which one is right and wrong, but I certainly believe the color in a room can affect one’s mood.  What do you think?    

Here is a color chart I found on Pinterest…  

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Summer is here!

Well, it is officially summer (as far as school goes).  I am proud to say I shed no tears at my daughters pre-k graduation. Maybe because, unlike when my son graduated from pre-k, I know what is on the other side of the rainbow….an excellent school where we know and love the teachers. Or maybe it is because we are not really closing the Primrose chapter in our lives yet, between summer camp and after school. Or it could be the 5 years of friendships my son had built at Primrose all got split up and sent to different schools…even today those are my son’s best friends and the families we spend the most time with; my daughter’s class just never had that tight bond.  I’m not sure…but it was much easier to smile than expected.

On a lighter note, the pool is open and everyone is ready for the holiday weekend. Our neighborhood pool is like a major water park! And on holiday weekends like this it is so crowded it just looks like a bunch of penguins standing up in a pool (Honestly, the temperature of the water is still cold enough penguins might enjoy it!) Several small slides, mushrooms, dumping buckets and more for the kids and even a huge slide for anyone 48″ or taller. I have not tried it yet. We have lived here 7 years! Have you ever seen one of those coin machines where you drop the coin in, it goes down a tunnel and drops into a bowl where it spins round and round then drops out? Well, that is how our slide works. And I haven’t found the urge to test it yet. I have promised I will try it one day but it will definitely require a couple of beers first. The funny part is, due to all the top notch pool attractions, we have lots of “new” friends in the summer. I already had a friend invite herself yesterday. I have decided we should charge a fee to all our “new” friends each summer and it might cover our neighborhood dues each year. Now off for some summer fun!

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