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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Celebrate Good Times, Come on!

Ruth Ayres is starting a new adventure on her blog Discover. Play. Build.  Each Saturday, link up and share your celebrations, big or small.  Be sure to leave comments for others as well!  I've been thinking about and mentally writing my post all day! 

Discover. Play. Build.

Today I am sharing a list of celebrations because I just couldn't narrow it down.  That's a pretty good problem to have I think!  Here they are...in no particular order.  My top 6 celebrations from the week:

1. Today is my sister's birthday!  It's a beautiful fall day here in Michigan and a lovely day to celebrate!  And because it's her birthday...I won't even tell you how old she is.  Happy birthday to a wonderful lady!

2.  My daughter is in my kindergarten class this year.  I had my reservations about it but it has been a great experience so far.  It's a blessing to be able to watch her learn and grow in the classroom setting and also to know that I had a hand in that growth!

3.  I have a great student teacher this year!  She's beginning to take over much of the teaching (which is a celebration itself!) and is doing well.  We also were fortunate to take our first field trip to the local cider mill this week.  The weather was beautiful and the trip was great!

4.  My principal and student support coordinator made a deal with the school to wear Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes if the school reached a reading goal.  Each month the school sends home a reading calendar and asks students to read throughout the month and record it on the calendar.  The deal was if 75% of students completed and returned their reading calendars in September, they would dress up for a whole day.  This was a first time challenge and the students came very close!  There was a 73% turnout and because they were so close, Thing 1 and Thing 2 made their appearance during the lunch and recess periods on Friday.  It was truly a sight to behold, many pictures were taken and many smiles were shared.

5.  I have been reading such wonderful writing lately!  I've been lucky to watch my friend's writing journey soar to a new level and lucky to read both her drafts and her finished pieces.  It's been a lot of fun for me to watch each piece develop and to see her writing process in action!  I'm so proud of her and the success she has found as a writer.

6.  It seems a little odd to celebrate a conversation, but I had a good conversation with a friend this week.  It was nice to share a moment with someone who has been in similar shoes as my own.  I had been feeling a little lonely in one aspect of my life until this conversation when I learned that she too had experience in this area.  I didn't think I had any friends who could relate to my situation but she could.  It felt really good to know I was not alone in my feelings.  Her positive perspective and understanding was just what I needed and I left the conversation feeling a little lighter.  I'm thankful to count her as a friend.









12 comments:

  1. Hi Robin,
    I'm glad you are joining the celebration. You're right -- too many celebrations is a good problem to have! I LOVE that you celebrated a conversation. It reminded me of Karen Terlecky's celebration this week: http://literatelives.blogspot.com/2013/10/celebrate-chat.html.
    Cheers,
    Ruth

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    1. Thank you Ruth! That conversation HAD to be celebrated today. I have found myself thinking about it over and over since it happened. It made quite an impact on me.

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  2. These are all wonderful things to celebrate! I celebrated the weather today, too!

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  3. We both are celebrating with the same title...wonder if we are about the same age? That would have been my junior year in high school!

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    1. My school counselor used to play this song when it was time for an assembly. It would play in the hallways while we walked to the gym. Your comment made me curious though, so I had to look up the date the song was #1...I was only 2! :)

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    2. That is too funny! I am from Indiana...where basketball used to be king. In 1981 our school won the state title and this song was played at all of our pep sessions. Brings back great memories and naturally when I hear the word celebrate I think of this song.

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  4. So much to celebrate! What an incredible week! Thanks for sharing. We had a beautiful fall day in NY, too! Tomorrow, back to the NW.

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  5. Lots to celebrate! Fantastic! I loved that you celebrated a conversation. I can't say that it would have occurred to me to do so - I'll be on the look out for conversations worth celebrating this week & in the future. Looking forward to celebrating with you next week. :o)

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  6. I'm so glad you found all these little bits throughout your week to celebrate. They all sound so wonderful and make everything worth it when we can focus on them.

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  7. Ruth said that we can celebrate one, some, or many things. I am happy that your list had many celebrations. I like your idea of celebrating a conversation.

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  8. So many good things in everyone's life! You have much to celebrate.

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  9. Your week sounds very, very nice, Robin! Glad to hear I have a birthday 'buddy' out their (your sister), & it seems like you had a lovely week in school too! Hurrah!

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