Five on Friday: Trying to be grateful...

So this week was a tough one . . . and I'm sure I'm not alone.  The students have a little spring fever . . . the "to do" lists are getting longer . . . the assessment "season" is upon us . . . and I feel EVERY YEAR at this time like I have one foot in THIS year and one foot in NEXT year.  It's a lot.

To try to counter my crabbies and stress, I have decided to acknowledge 5 things for which I am totally grateful.  There are so many more--but I thought I'd get us started.  Feel free to chime in with ideas of your own!  Maybe collectively we can keep each other out of the funk I feel myself slipping into!

Here we go!

1.  My family.  I am blessed--despite our challenges with autism and more--to have a family of bright, interesting people to love and support.

2.  My beautiful house and neighborhood.  We saved a long time and lived in rentals until we could afford to build a house on a lot we love.  We have that now--it's been 9 years and I still love to look out my back window.

3.  Creativity.  I feel my blog and my other recent adventures have allowed me to tap into the more creative side of me that has been missing for quite some time.  I have promised myself to not let that disappear again . . .

4.  My crazy, disorganized mind.  I am not proud of this . . .

. . .  but I am proud of what that mind can do and accomplish!  I know that being "like me" can drive people around me crazy (sorry, dear spouse . . . I really don't try to!) but I also know that what causes the above issue also can produce wonderful and amazing things.

5.  My friends and coworkers.  I know that we have TONS of stress and we never feel like we are quite doing enough or have quite enough time or quite enough resources.  But I can honestly say I wouldn't want to navigate this storm with any other group of people.  That includes all of you!  Thanks!

Anyhoo--it's just a quick post today to try to help get myself back on a positive track!  Weekend goals?  Two new problems sets for my class and my TpT store!  Watch soon for a measurement conversions set and an elapsed time set!

Have a GREAT weekend--my post tomorrow introduces a great giveaway that you MUST check out!


  1. And I love every bit of that craziness and caring about you!

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  2. I am grateful for your blog too, started fractions today and I learned so much about teaching fractions from all of your posts. This is the first time I'm actually excited to teach fractions.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    1. That is so kind of you...after today, I needed that!

  3. I've had the same kind of week...or month. This was a wonderful idea for a 5 for Friday.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

    1. Same to you, Jenny! I hope next week (and month!) are better!

  4. Yes, yes, yes. My classroom is getting messy and there are things I just want to change RIGHT NOW, but I know they need to wait until next year. It makes it hard to keep my mind focused on the here and now, but I know I'm going to miss this group. :(

    Also - I would LOVE that view every day! :)

    Ms. BBZ: Integrated Learning in Second Grade

    1. I'm going to miss my group as well... they are a quirky bunch but they LOVE to learn and are, for the most part, quite decent to each other--and THAT makes this so much easier!

  5. It's always good to focus on blessings :) I love your crazy disorganized mind too :)


    1. Thanks, Lynn. Some days it's really really hard.