Do I look like I’m happy that it’s summer?!
Since Mr. Skipah is still trying to put into words how awesome the Memorial Day weekend was, I thought I would let Miss Madison have a go at it tonight. Introducing my new spin-off First Mate Kate’s Take!
School’s out for summer! The stresses of the school year have officially taken a back burner to summer fun. The two girls do not have to stress out for a few months over standardized tests that determine their futures. All the stress they put on 3rd graders is so frustrating! Both Sloane and Miss Madison Jr. had no reason to worry, but were both nervous wrecks at the end of the school year over their respective state tests. (Miss Madison Jr. already found out she aced the Indiana state reading test that determines if she moves on to 4th grade, and I’m sure Sloane passed the equivalent assessment in Kentucky with flying colors!)
I have a brief window of time over the summer to enjoy time with my family and my own creative pursuits before I start planning to do it all over again with a new group of 8th graders. For those of you griping that it’s not fair that teachers get summers off, I don’t want to hear it. I bring my work home with me both physically and mentally for 10 months of the year, in effect playing many roles for about 100 extra kids (beyond my own) as mentor, parent, nurse, counselor, motivator, friend, etc. Summer is my time to de-stress and actually give 100% of my attention to my family, friends, and other passions. It is also my time to re-energize my teaching with conferences to gather new ideas to use in the classroom. I have plans to attend two conferences in July—one in Michigan and the other in Kansas City. They will be part of my summer tour of the Midwest, as we also have plans to visit Wisconsin, Chicago, and St. Louis. I’m also trying to squeeze in a trip to Minnesota to visit my grandmother for her 99th (!) birthday. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy 9 weeks!
I’m still adjusting to this new normal of only having my kids for half of the summer. I’ve always been the one to stay home with them over the summer and take them to their activities, so it is going to take some adjusting. Luckily, I have Gary and Sloane to keep me company when the kids are not around, so life is anything but dull. I just spent Memorial Day weekend with those two, and Sloane and I took our bonding to a whole new level! I am so glad she has accepted me in her life, and I am also happy for the chance to spend more time with her this summer.
My new BFF and I enjoying some roasted corn in the Kroger parking lot!
Fun times by the campfire! (Skipah disagrees, I only have six chins not 17!)
In between all of the trips and time away with the other parent, the kids and I have created a bucket list of things we want to do this summer. Most are very simple things, like wearing PJ’s for a movie marathon and going on a hike. It will be fun to check these activities off our list as we enjoy the warm summer days as much as we can.
Our bucket list for a great summer!
Gary has only known me during the school year so far, as we had our first date the weekend before school started last year. I think he will like the summer me, more fun and less stressed. Or, summer me may drive him crazy, because I have so much more free time to bother him. We’ll see!
Off to go watch last night’s Game of Thrones before I accidentally read spoilers on the internet. Looking forward to my summer job as First Mate Kate!