late august

Yowza it’s been a while since the last time I posted! And a lot has happened since then. These past few weeks have been a bit of a blur.

I started back to work a couple of weeks ago after some glorious time off. We had two days of teacher workdays and then The Weekend Before Mom Left.

My Mom is living in Kuwait now. Scott and I spent a busy and wonderful weekend with her just before she left. We sorted through some of the last things, took a couple of car loads to her storage unit, helped her pack her 6 suitcases, and soaked up as much time with her as possible. I went through the house and took pictures of all of the rooms so I can remember them. It was so empty when we left, and even more so when my mom finally left. I have so many memories in this house – this is where I grew up! But the most important thing to remember is that home is with family. Always. But it’s still a little bittersweet to say goodbye to my childhood home.

Home

Family

Mom and me

I dove in head first after getting home with a couple more days of teacher workdays right before school started back with the munchkins! I am grateful that I was so busy right after getting home from The Weekend. I suppose it meant I stayed in a denial a bit … er … a lot longer. But then suddenly she is living in Kuwait! Being busy as she was leaving did create a welcome distraction from moping. It still seems totally surreal but it is getting easier as I am learning more about what she is doing and where she is living. Can’t wait to talk to you soon Mom! Such an epic adventure.

After all of the emotions of my Mom moving and starting back to school I opened a Dove chocolate at work and it said this:

Truth in a chocolate wrapper.

And I realized that it was truth in a chocolate wrapped like none ever before.

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Last weekend Scott’s brother, David arrived! He was here briefly for Scott’s graduation back in May, but it was such a whirlwind weekend that he didn’t really get to see much of Asheville. This time was much different. On Friday night we went to Farm Burger for dinner – a first for us all! And let me tell you – it was delicious! Local beef, fresh toppings, tasty sides, and wicked good sweet tea. (Describing sweet tea as “wicked good” feels like I’m forcing two very different things together against their will – southern sweet tea and New England wicked … but I’m doing it anyway because that pretty much sums me up.) Saturday we started our day out right with some Sunny Point brunch. That place never gets old.

Get to the point.

Then we walked around downtown Asheville a bit and headed out to Black Mountain. Found ourselves drinking sweet icy beverages at the Dripolator and headed back home. Went to the Biltmore after 5 (Passholders can bring friends to the Estate after 5 for free!) and wandered around Antler Hill Village, peeked up the hill at the House from the Lagoon, and enjoyed some samples in the Winery. Retired to the apartment for some noms and Cards Against Humanity – good times.

Sunday after Gump’s Very Superior Pancakes we headed south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Pisgah. It was a gorgeous albeit slightly warm day for a hike! It felt great but it did bring to my attention how sorely out of shape I am. Boo hiss. (One of the kids we passed said, “I hope there’s a gift shop at the top!” Hilarious.)

At the top of Mt. Pisgah

But seriously – check out this view! WE LIVE HERE!!! It was a really magnificent day.

View from the top.

We are so glad David finally got to see a bit more of Asheville! Thanks for coming!!!

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We officially have the first full week of school under our belts and it feels great! I’m excited to be getting to know our munchkins better and better each day. Teaching is not an easy job but I get more joy and fulfillment out of being with those kiddos every day than I ever have in my life. I am so lucky! I’m even saying this on Friday afternoon!

Now I’m off to enjoy every last drop of this three-day weekend!

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Summer Break: Chapter 3

Assuming that Summer Break: Chapter 1 was our trip around the Northeast in June, and Summer Break: Chapter 2 was teaching summer camp for five weeks, then that makes this the beginning of Summer Break: Chapter 3.

Sunset after yoga

Sunset after yoga on Wednesday. 

Summer Break: Chapter 2 ended smoothly. I lead my Sewing Camp with a group of eight sweet children and it was wonderfully easy. My kiddos were peaceful and kind, they listened really well, they enjoyed the sewing projects we did together, and they sang my silly song (I’ve been sewing in the classroom … to the tune of I’ve been working on the railroad). Sewing with kids was a new experience for me and they did so well! They learned really quickly, they were eager to try new things, and they were so safe with all of the pins and needles we used. The kiddos all did impressive embroidery on burlap and made little dream pillows! Overall it was a wonderful week.

Ergo, the beginning of Summer Break: Chapter 3. So far so good! Monday I’m heading to Carrboro for Camp Pamdrianne (Pam + Adrianne = Pamdrianne). Should be exceptionally superb. But first, a wonderful weekend with my sweetheart!

storybook theatre camp

flowers at school

Last week was the bees’ knees.

It was my first time leading summer camp (instead of assisting) and it was so much fun! We did Storybook Theatre with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Throughout the week we acted out stories (The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, and Stone Soup, as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar), painted props, rehearsed our show, had spontaneous dance parties, wore fairy and butterfly wings and capes, made antennae, and had a relaxed week of fun. On Friday the kiddos did a performance for their parents – the finale of all the work we did throughout the week. AND IT WAS FANTASTIC!

My confidence that everything would fall into place was boosted when pretty much everything did. Did I have a highly thought out plan for the week? No. Were there things that changed course in the middle of it all? Yes. Was it fun and adorable? Absolutely.

And I think I would like to wallow just a bit longer.

Dear Tiny Humans

To my munchkins,

I love you. I love the way you run around pell-mell, still learning about your equilibrium, chasing after balls and laughing your heads off. I love that you’re learning how to work things out with each other and share. I love it when you tell me you missed me even though I just saw you yesterday. I love it when you snuggle up next to me just because you need a little loving. I love that I can be there for you when you miss your mommy and that I can make you feel better. I love that you are learning how to tell jokes and that you laugh so hard when you’re with your friends. I love that you don’t want to leave because you’re having so much fun. I love that confused look on your face when I see you outside of school and then you get really excited! I love how you say my name … not quite right, but you’re trying to hard! I love your little monkey self after you wake up from rest and need a few more minutes to really wake up while I carry you around doing other things. I love the games you come up with on the playground and that I get to play with you for hours each day. I love your little loving self so much!

It’s not easy, and we definitely have moments, but it sure is awesome.

Thanks for letting me into your life.

Love,

Miss Adrianne

Jueves

I am so thankful for today.

I woke up with a sore throat. Day six of a sore throat. Needless to say, it was not a great start to the day. But I managed to turn things around and make it a good day!

It was a peaceful day with my munchkins. It snowed while we were out on the playground – just flurries, and no accumulation, but it was snowing nonetheless. And I was pleasantly reminded that these kids – my kids – really are something else. They are sweet and loving and smart and creative and funny. Don’t get me wrong, they can be very challenging too, but today was a good day. And for that I am thankful.

 

A Recap.

It.

Has been a loooooong time since I wrote a proper post.

I’m not even really sure what a “proper post” is at this point. So I am not going to dwell on it, and instead I plan to update and move on from here. The end of the year is a crazy busy time for my family. The last month-ish has been an absolute blur. Like when cars goes by in movies in fast forward and all you see is a blur of the headlights. That kind of blur. Kind of smudgy and very colorful. School has been awesome! I still love my job. I suppose this is a good time to start reflecting on the first half of the year! I have learned so much, been challenged in more ways than I knew possible, learned new ways of speaking, learned lyrics to songs that I am almost positive were made up on a whim to work with small children, been sat on, sneezed on, coughed on, and farted on, comforted many tearful tots, taught many lessons, reminded countless children to make lots of bubbles when washing hands, read a zillion stories, cried many tears about the loss of the children and teachers in Connecticut, and my heart is so full of love I hardly know what to do with myself. Being surrounded by young children all week every week is pretty much the best thing. As far as I am concerned. It is certainly not for everyone, but it is definitely for me! I am very much looking forward to having two weeks off to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate, but I will miss all the hugs and love I get every day at school!

Being a teacher brings to the forefront of my mind the tragedy in Connecticut. I am heartbroken and it makes me feel very sad every time I think about the families of everyone who was killed who are going on with life at what is supposed to be such a joyous time of year. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.

For Sandy Hook

Here are some photos of my life lately! In all the craziness that is the end of the year!

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards ready to go!

Biltmore Gatehouse at sunset.

Gussied up for the last day of school!

Christmas at the Biltmore!

And now I sit here, post yoga, with a glass of wine. It is finally sinking in that it is Christmas break! Tomorrow promises to be a very busy day, as do the next several days, but it also promises to be super fun!!! I will try to keep this more posted!

And so.

There is a new window in the break room at one of my jobs.

This is the view.

Oh. My. Wow.

I live here! I love it. It is beautiful and I often forget that. Such a sweet reminder to look around and take in the beauty that surrounds us.

This week has been utterly exhausting, and it was even a short week at school! But it has been so good! I left Montessori this evening loving my job and I just got back from my most favorite yoga class. Constantly learning, always surprised, and happy to be living this life.

And next week is Thanksgiving!!! We have a turkey and we’re going shopping for the rest of the food stuffs tomorrow! I am so excited to have family coming to visit for Thanksgiving this year! This coming week is going to be a doozy. Only two days at school, then two days with family, then working Black Friday and Saturday downtown!

Bring. It. On.

Friday Evening Reflections

This week was a short week. We started on Tuesday with the kids! And it still felt like a normal week despite it being shorter. Quite a few of our kids were sick this week and we’re hoping they’ll be better next week! My immune system has been fighting hard and I’ve been downing Emergen-C at least twice a day. Fingers crossed! It was a good week and I have no excuses for being so lazy on the blog. I’ll try to get back into the habit of posting almost daily! In the meantime, here’s a bit of a recap.

We did a lot of fun coloring pages with the kids in after care this week, along with music, games, and plenty of outside time. And my coworkers coordinated their outfits impeccably one day this week. It was incredible how well they matched! They’re such wonderful women! (Remember how fun it was to color!? Yeah, teachers still love to color.)

I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of going to yoga more often. It does my body so much good! I really enjoy having a class on Wednesday evening because it’s a lovely halfway point in the week. Before yoga this past Wednesday I explored the North Asheville Library and found a comfy place to sit for a little while. It’s a nice branch of the library. I love the natural lighting and the bright airy feel in the space.

This week was tickety-boo! And I am still loving my job as a teacher! Although I am certainly glad it’s Friday night. I am so looking forward to sleeping tonight knowing I do not have to get up super early tomorrow morning!

Oh how I love what Saturday means to me again! Scott and I have special plans for tomorrow. We are taking advantage of our Biltmore passes and going on a Butler Tour at the Biltmore House in the afternoon!!! We have wanted to go on some of the special extended tours since we got our first passes several years ago and we’re finally going on one tomorrow. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

For now, I’ll leave you with this silly picture of me. This stripey maxi skirt is my favorite! It’s super comfy and I love the stripes!

Regarding Mulch

This post is all about mulch. Yes, you heard me correctly: MULCH.

(Having just typed the word “mulch” several times it now looks like it is spelled wrong and is probably not even a real word, but I’m going to continue anyway.)

We have mulch all over the playground at school. The pieces vary from about the size of my thumb to a fine dust and the kids are always pulling mulch off of their clothing and dumping it out of their shoes (which we encourage them to do outside so we don’t end up with mulch all over the floor in the classroom). But the mulch is not just the ground we walk on around the playground. No, it is so much more. It is tea, coffee (sometimes spicy coffee, depending on the kid who serves it to you), pie, salmon and rice, and smoothies. It is deliveries in toy trucks, important mail, and food for the kitties (kids pretend to be our kitties and we name them and they run around and meow).

Mulch is everything. And these kids have the most amazing imaginations! It is a humble reminder that our minds have so much creativity!

And now I find myself emptying mulch out of my shoes.

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Also, I want to mention two birthdays that fall on this marvelous day.

Today is my friend Emily Silva’s birthday! Happy Birthday lady! Hope you are having the most marvelous day.

Today is also Maria Montessori’s 142nd birthday!!! She developed the Montessori Method that we use at my school! This is an interesting video about Montessori just in case you’re curious!

Hope you have a terrific weekend!!!

First Full Week of Montessori!

Today is FRIDAY! And it feels so good to have made it all the way to this day! This was the first full week of teaching at Montessori and it was terrific! It was fun, exciting, exhausting, messy, loving, bright, eye-opening, routine-oriented, and all-around great. It was full of hugs and snuggles, dancing and singing, jumping and following, learning and loving. My lead teacher and the other assistant are finally getting into a rhythm, and we’re changing things around already, but the order of things is getting easier every day. We are learning as we go, getting to know the children, and figuring out our own routine. There have already been some challenges, but I am pleased to say that we have taken them in stride and things are going quite smoothly! I love teaching, I love Montessori, the kids are great (even the handfuls), and my coworkers are wonderful!

Unfortunately I do not have any photos that really pertain to my first week of teaching. But I did catch this photo of the sky after my yoga class on Wednesday evening! It was really perfect.