Part of my prep for this project involved thinking about how I want to handle the written portion of the project. The photography portion is easy — and I have no reservations about setting my camera up in public to capture the moment. But what really holds me back is the writing. I do not consider myself a writer so I spend too much time thinking about what I’m going to say and how I am going to say it.
The night before, I went through Ali’s Week in the Life kit and all of her story stamps for inspiration and I decided to use the prompts in the kit and stamps for the basis of my journaling. Each day this week, I used a different prompt to help me get the words down. And it has made the journaling portion of this project much easier for me. This is what I have so far …
Monday – Around here
Tuesday – The story of today
Wednesday – Right now,
Thursday – I want to remember
Friday – up for discussion but I’m thinking about “I am grateful for”
Saturday – Saturday is for
Sunday – Currently or Sunday is for
If you have prompt suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.
Here’s a look at what I want to remember about this Thursday.
I want to remember that I am a big fan of the snooze button. Today, I’m up before the second snooze.
I want to remember what I did to loosen the kink in my neck and shoulder. I woke up this morning with a great stretch and things are starting to feel more normal.
I want to remember that we all struggle with weight management and remind myself to make time for exercise. I’m in this awkward phase where I’m between sizes and things just don’t fit like they used to. I struggle to find affordable clothes that fit nicely.
I want to remember how he loves Duplos and still plays with them in the shower. I also want to remember that he leaves pieces of evidence of his existence throughout the house.
I want to remember to buy clothes that do not require ironing. We don’t have a nice set-up for ironing clothes.
I want to remember to be gentle when brushing. When I was little, I was given tetracycline and it badly stained my teeth. The kids at school and dentists I visited as a little girl always commented on my lack of care for my teeth and often poked fun of my non-pearly whites. But if they only knew the amount of scrubbing I did at home and the treatments I used … It wasn’t until college when a dentist told me that tetracycline was my nemesis. By then, the damage was done. These days, I have to be extra careful as my gums are slowly receding.
I want to remember that these almond croissants from Trader Joe’s are making my day. They come frozen and you thaw them out the night before. Jim got up early and threw it in the oven for me.
I want to remember that Samuel asked me to help him pick out his clothes this morning. This is usually a Jim and Samuel thing so I was happy to oblige. He’s laying in bed saying “yay” or “nay” to the items I’m picking out. Luckily, he’s an easy going kid so he was happy with my first picks.
I want to remember that although he’s pretty easy going, he does have an opinion. I picked out green Keens to match the shirt and he refused. Nike shoes it is.
I want to remember that we can both be in the kitchen together without one person getting mad at the other. He is usually short at me because I am all over the place in this little space. What can I say? I just move fast. Ha!
I want to remember that I love packing simple lunches for me. When Jim was still working, I had to make sure that he had solid lunches — which was usually leftovers but now that he’s retired, I just take care of my own lunch. And to be quite honest, it is really nice. Today, I packed a few crackers, a few slices of salami, and some fruit (watermelon and asian pear).
I want to remember that this morning was a particularly easy morning for all of us. Samuel dressed himself quickly without any reminders (he usually likes to take his time at breakfast and play before getting dressed). Jim reported that getting out of the house was quick and easy as well.
I want to remember how happy my heart was to hear “Bye mama. I love you!” at the window as I made my way to the car. I also want to remember our golden lawn and the ugly evergreens around the side of our house. One day, the ugly evergreen will be replaced with flowers like bearded iris, tulips, daffodils, gardenias, and peonies.
I want to remember that I take a selfie in this bathroom each year I document a week in the life. It is my favorite bathroom to use even though it is a hike from my classroom. It does not require a code and I do not have to push any special buttons when I’m done to keep it unlocked for the next person. With four minute passing periods, it is crucial to find a good bathroom.
I want to remember that I do not like having back-to-back preps and to mention it to the scheduling committee when it is time to schedule. I had sixth period prep yesterday and first period today — which means I teach six classes back-to-back over two days. No wonder I’m exhausted.
I want to remember that the cootie catcher exercise is a good way to see how students follow oral instruction and give me an opportunity to learn a little about them.
I want to remember that it took me a week to finish these name cards. In writing down the information given to me, I learned that my students describe themselves as smart, fun, funny, creative, inquisitive, quirky, quiet, loud, happy, bored, and tired. My students want to become engineers, doctors, lawyers, dancers, NBA and NFL players, mechanics, hair stylists, scientist (yes, only one student mentioned scientist), and “you tubers.” This is the first time I’ve seen You Tuber listed on the cards.
I want to remember that Thursday classes are only 68 minutes and that feels good to me (and my students couldn’t agree with me more).
I want to remember that a colleague donated this dead dragonfly to science. My students wanted to dissect the poor thing.
I want to remember that Dan has been my teaching partner for the last five years and I’m glad that he’s still with me. He quit smoking so I like him even better now.
I want to remember that my desk is looking better at lunch today than it did yesterday.
I want to remember that I love taking photos of students at the beginning of the year to include in their time capsule. I also measure their height on a piece of string to see how much they grow by May of the following year. Last year, one student grew 10 centimeters!
I want to remember that organizing 50+ adults for a photo shoot is just as difficult as wrangling a small group of toddlers.
I want to remember that I work with some of the best folks in the City of Elk Grove. We were presented the Gold Ribbon Award for excellence in education this afternoon.
I want to remember that we are passing Samuel’s crib to a good home. This is perhaps the last of his baby items that we are giving away and it made my heart sad for a moment. My boy is growing up too fast.
I want to remember that I really enjoy working with Thamesia. She just accepted a vice principal position and will only be with us for another two weeks. Shedding some sad tears this afternoon.
I want to remember that I periodically stop at the candy aisle to pick up a box of Hot Tamales for me and a bag of gummy bears for Samuel. Jim is doing most of the grocery + Costco shopping these days because he is home and is sorta playing “Mr. Mom.” He goes with a list and rarely deviates from the list. I go with a small list and always buy way more than what’s on my list, i.e. Hot Tamales.
I want to remember that the 5:40 pm taekwondo class is hard for us in terms of meals and bedtime but we are pushing forward and doing our best to make it work. It may come to a point where one of us will have to stay home to prepare dinner while the other one goes to practice with Samuel.
I want to remember how happy he is to be doing taekwondo. He’s even more excited today because board breaking is happening in two days.
I want to remember to remind him that practice makes you better. All the little practice sessions at home have been paying off.
I want to remember that my four-and-a-half year old is demonstrating one-step sparring to a six and seven year old who started around the same time he did. I was a proud mama today.
I want to remember that we let him open the car door and let himself in. He does part of the buckling and we tighten it. I never want to trust that he has tightened the seat belt himself on the car seat. I want to remember to always check.
I want to remember that I had a hotdog, corn, and sweet potato fries for dinner.
I want to remember he had a big appetite this evening. He ate two hotdogs, a cucumber, french fries and several slices of watermelon.
I want to remember to conserve water. Even though the bottom rack is full, we will wait to run it until we fill the top.
I want to remember that he always wears his socks this way – one high, one low. It’s all about the details.
I want to remember that our evening walks involve these juice pops. He likes the grape-apple ones and I like the strawberry-apple ones.
I want to remember that he is into telling knock-knock jokes even though he doesn’t quite get them. I also want to remember that he tells the silliest short stories. Here is a knock-knock from tonight during our walk, “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Banana.” “Banana who?” “Banana who went boo-hoo.”
I want to remember that it’s his job to pick up in the evenings. Sometimes I want to jump in and do it because he takes forever, but I have to remind myself that it’s his job.
I want to remember that I’m guilty of getting him wound up before bed. We are having a staring contest and he won.
I want to remember that he’s a good sport and so much fun to be around. He lets me take a gazillion photos of him and even asks about my project(s).
I want to remember his laugh. I want to remember how I’m always against the railing of his bed because there are so many stuffed animals on the bed. I want to remember how much he love stories and how he always asks, “Mom, will you read one more? Please?” Currently, the rule is that I stop stories at 9:00 pm. Sometimes, I break the rule because his pleas for stories are so dang sweet.
I want to remember to ask Jim for help more often. Tonight, he helped me record six periods worth of assignments that I collected in the last couple of days. I was up to my eyeballs with papers and thanks to Jim, I now have a handle on it.
I want to remember how he writes his name at 4.5 years old. He’s learning to spell and write his last name.
I want to remember that this has a permanent home at our dinning room table.
I want to remember to be more careful with small objects like my camera remote. I dumped out the contents of my purse and the remote was no where to be found. After going through the images, I discovered that I must have left it at the grocery store. I called the store and they said to check in the morning. I’m pretty sure it’s gone. I had a complete meltdown after Jim’s comment, “You lose everything, babe.”
I want to remember that Jim offered to buy me another remote tomorrow and drop it off at school.
And that concludes my night. Good night, folks. Thanks for stopping by.