Week in the Life 2015 | Sunday Photos and Words

One week of my life in 1,600+ photos and a whole lot of words. I know, it’s a ridiculous amount of photos. Part of it is the remote — it makes taking self-timer-photos so dang easy that I sometimes over click. But man, I love this project and am so proud of myself for staying caught up.

There’s a part of me that is glad Week in the Life is coming to an end.  But there’s a part of me that got into rhythm of hyper-documenting our comings and goings and all the moments in between that makes me kinda sad it is coming to an end. What am I going to do in the morning without my big camera staring at me right in the face?

2015-08-23-12.09.59-1My boys have been good sports this week. Samuel asked to use my camera several times to capture images of me – which I find absolutely endearing. I told him that the project is coming to an end and he asked, “When are you going to do Week in the Life again, mom?” He’s been enjoying my blog posts and loves hearing about the details of our/his life. Although my boys haven’t said anything all week about my self-timer beeps, I’m sure they are ready for a break.

Here’s a look at our Sunday.

150823 WITLSundaySundays are for sleeping in – at least for me. Samuel came in with the Sunday paper to show me an article about horses. “Mom, wake up. You have to see this!”

150823 WITLSunday-33Sundays are laying in bed as long as possible — again, at least for me. Samuel is always the first to get up and ready to play. He does what he can to wake me up and get me out of bed. This morning, he’s jumping on the bed singing a counting song.

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Sundays are for coming up with creative ways to get me out of bed. Apparently, there is a fire in my room and he’s here to rescue me. Clever, sweet boy, but I’m not getting up. Not yet, anyway.

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That obviously didn’t work so he returned as an army man. Supposedly, I’m under attack so I need to get out of bed. I got him back pretty good. Man down and I’m staying in bed. Ha!

2015-08-23-08.57Sundays are for giving my eyes a break. I am a contacts wearer. While in bed this morning, I read an article about a man who had a bacterial infection in his eye that ultimately resulted in partial blindness in one of his eyes. I am pretty good about taking my contacts out and disinfecting them properly, but it gave me a good scare. So, I’m giving my eyes a break from wearing contacts. I think I will be doing this each Sunday.

Sundays are also for Starbucks. I’m a non-fat mocha no foam, no whip kind of girl. So don’t add foam to my drink just because you feel like it or it looks pretty or you didn’t know. Mochas aren’t supposed to have foam. Didn’t you read the manual? I know because I was a barista back in the day.

150823 WITLSunday-50Sundays are for getting fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market. I love cling peaches and he loves lemon cucumber. There are only two stands with cling peaches and I alternate each week to support both. No luck with lemon cucumbers this week.

150823 WITLSunday-48Sundays are for fresh berries.

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Sundays are for fresh jicama.

150823 WITLSunday-64Sundays are for changing the bedding and tackling laundry.

150823 WITLSunday-85 Sundays are for donuts. He usually eats glazed donuts but has recently branched out to maple bars and cake donuts with sprinkles.

150823 WITLSunday-114Sundays are for horse riding lessons. He’s been riding for almost two years and continues to love the sport. This is Kaluah, his current favorite lesson horse. About a month ago, Kaluah reared and crow hopped during a lesson. While it scared me, Samuel saw it as a test to see if he’s a true cowboy. He stayed on, felt confident about his skills as a rider, and continually asks to ride Kaluah every lesson after that. He now rides (and trots) without a lead rope. I am proud of him but what’s more important is — he’s proud of himself.

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Sundays are for hanging out with the big girls. These girls help with the riding lessons and he loves them.

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Sundays are for exploring the equestrian center and visiting with some of our favorite horses. There are two retired Budweiser Clydesdales on the property and he loves visiting them. In the Winter, the Clydesdales will pull a wagon in Santa’s Secret Adventure. We can’t wait to experience the magic this winter.

150823 WITLSunday-216Sundays are for extra snuggles.

150823 WITLSunday-220Sundays are for trying new foods.

150823 WITLSunday-243Sundays are for making messes. And hopefully, cleaning them up.

150823 WITLSunday-253Sundays are for cleaning the floors. I love that Jim helped me sweep this morning.

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Sunday is for reading the paper while trying something new. I bought the crawfishes at the Farmer’s Market for $3/lb – way cheaper than if I were to order a pound at The Boiling Crab. I boiled them for 5 minutes and had them sit in the pot for an additional 25 minutes to soak in the seasoning. They are pretty tasty.

150823 WITLSunday-266Sundays are for long naps.

150823 WITLSunday-271Sundays are for impromptu playdates.

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Sundays are for trying new treats. We went to Yogurtville after bouncing and he had frozen yogurt for the first time. He had vanilla yogurt topped with gummy bears, strawberries, and marshmallows. I think the toppings are his favorite.

150823 WITLSunday-365Sundays are for a whole lot of silliness.

150823 WITLSunday-395Sundays are for laundry. Lots of laundry.

150823 WITLSunday-436Sundays are for almond croissants from the Village Bakery. My favorite.

And that concludes a week in my life. Thank you for stopping by.

Week in the Life 2015 | Friday Photos & Words

Sharing my equipment today because several people asked on Instagram.

Camera used | Canon 5D Mark III with 16-35 mm lens and Iphone 6. The majority of the images came from my big camera. I love the wide angle for capturing us inhabiting our space.

Camera Strap | Black Rapid cross body strap. I find myself carrying the camera around more.

Total number of photos today | 300 (I had no idea I snapped that many. Most of my timer shots were limited because I didn’t feel like running back and forth to activate the shutter release.)

Here’s a look at what I am grateful for this Friday | 150821 WITLFriday-6
I am grateful for this space. Earlier this summer, we added the bookshelf to store my 12×12 albums and the large frames with 12×12 photos. I love that our headboard has a space for books and that the lamp is an antique piece from Jim’s family.

150821 WITLFriday-7I am grateful to have a few minutes to check email and respond to some. I am also grateful for the encouraging comments on my blog.

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I am grateful for a quiet morning.  Jim is reading the paper in his office and Samuel is still sleeping. I am alone in the kitchen prepping lunch and breakfast. I’m slow moving but it’s all good because today is Friday.

150821 WITLFriday-9I am grateful that Jim is retired. He drops Samuel off at school, runs errands, and takes care of stuff around the house. The best thing that we did this summer was switch our Costco membership over to him. He now does the Costco run in mornings when it’s not so busy.

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I am grateful for these colleagues. Janice (next to me) is the Leadership teacher and she spends endless hours at school organizing and coordinating amazing events and opportunities for our students. She is my hero.

150821 WITLFriday-25I am grateful for Keens. They are comfy and I love how they add a splash of color to my outfit. The shirts in the box are our RICH shirts.  We are implementing a “positive discipline” plan at the middle school level and we are encouraging our students to be responsible, have integrity, be considerate, and be hardworking. I can already tell that this class is much RICHer than the class I had last year.

150821 WITLFriday-28I am grateful for Houston Kraft‘s motivating talk on kindness. I hope that my students realize the power in being kind and wish for them to spread kindness like confetti.

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I am grateful for 45-minutes of time to make contact with exhibitors for Space Day.

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I am grateful for my principal. She hired me ten years ago, picked me to be part of the NASA Explorer Schools Team, and has been one of my biggest supporters at the school. She listens to my wild ideas and supports me in making them happen. Today, I was interviewed for her documentary.  She’s retiring at the end of this academic year after serving 41 years in education.

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I am grateful for a working clock. It has not worked since January. Work orders were called in but they never got around to fixing it. Today is my lucky day.

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I am grateful that it is Friday and although this looks like a mess, I have it under control. I have very few papers to look at this weekend – which is a good thing because I’m going to see my girls tomorrow for a Project Life crop.

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I am grateful for technology.

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I am grateful for the camera remote. Jim bought one this morning at a local camera shop and dropped it off. I’m a lucky girl. I am also grateful for salami + Ritz crackers – they are my current go-to lunch items.

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I am grateful for sixth period prep on Friday. I am organizing and tidying up my space so I can come in Monday morning prepared to tackle science.

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I am grateful for date stamps. I stamp everything that I receive with the correct date so there is no question as to when things were turned in.

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I am grateful for a clean science laboratory.

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I am grateful for these warm-body counts. I am hoping that they balance classes soon and get my SDAIE science class down to a reasonable number.

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I am grateful to be able to take off a few minutes early to bypass the after-school traffic. It looks like the parents are already here staking out their spots for pick-up. I am on my way to the Tech office for a copy of Microsoft Office so I can get some school work done at home.

150821 WITLFriday-82I am grateful for alone time at the Goodwill. I like to go poke around and see what I can find. Today’s finds include a brand new limited edition tub of Lincoln Logs (which includes horses and wagons), and a few good books, including Jan Brett’s Armadillo Rodeo.

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I am grateful for an evening at home. He is too.

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I am grateful for a delivery of snail mail and the talents of Ali Edwards. My story kit is here!

150821 WITLFriday-95I am grateful for the approval of our refinance! The notary guy came by this afternoon and we signed an inch worth of papers.

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I am grateful for a wide-angle lens so I can capture him in his element. Playmobil for the win.

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I am grateful for meals at home.

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I am grateful that Samuel loves spinach.

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I am grateful for these bibliophiles. My boy has a rich collection of books because of places like Goodwill, thrift shops, and used bookstores. He is really enjoying Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett.

150821 WITLFriday-134I am grateful for healthy meals. Green rice and shrimp is one of our favorites.

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I am grateful for four-and-a-half year old entertainment. Who needs to go to a horse race when there’s one right in my living room?

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I am grateful for dinners around this table. The conversations. The stories. The jokes. The laughs. I am grateful for it all.

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I am grateful for laughter. I am glad to know that I can be entertaining too.

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I am grateful for silliness. There was a comic with a man without a shirt and Samuel thought it would be funny to be the man. So he lifted his shirt to show me his chest and I used the newspaper to block the view.  He thought it was the funniest thing in the world.

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I am grateful for good watermelon.

150821 WITLFriday-187I am grateful for a responsible boy. He sticks to routines and rules and doesn’t deviate too much from them.

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I am grateful for evening walks.

150821 WITLFriday-207I am grateful for conversations and stories and jokes and games during our evening walks. He’s into telling knock knock jokes that don’t make any sense but he thinks they are hilarious. He will tell the joke and burst into immediate laughter. We can’t help but laugh with him.

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I am grateful that he’s not shy about practicing taekwondo in public.

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I am grateful for his sense of humor and positive energy. Sometimes it can be too much, but overall I love his energy.

2015-08-21-19.49.48-1I am grateful for his careful hands while holding this heavy camera. He said, “I want to take your picture. Can I take your picture?”  A little while later, he said, “I dreamed about me taking pictures of you and daddy in my brain.” He’s also asked me multiple times when I’d give him my Canon 5D. Um, the answer is never.

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I am grateful for this shot of us. Samuel takes better photos than Jim.

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I am grateful that we have an operating dishwasher.

150821 WITLFriday-237I am grateful for progress. Samuel has been standing under the shower to wash his hair and face without crying. I couldn’t be more proud.

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I am grateful that Jim does most of the bedtime routine.

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I am grateful for friends. Text messages of encouraging words make my day. Love that they support me, love me, and put up with me and my quirks.

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I am grateful for his willingness to practice. He wants to break his boards tomorrow so before going to bed tonight, he went to his boards and exclaimed, “Boards, tomorrow I am going to break you in half.”

150821-WITLFriday-280I am grateful for long hot showers after a hard week.

Here’s to the weekend! Have fun, friends.

Week in the Life 2015 | Wednesday Photos + Words

A busy schedule (both in and out of the classroom) and the time commitment required for this project leaves me feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have not written a single note on the Ali Edward‘s daily sheets. And the list of shots that I want to capture this week never made it onto paper. But as I looked through the images from today (and my posts from Monday and Tuesday), I am certain that this project is what I’m supposed to be doing this week.

Here’s a look at our Wednesday.

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Right now, I am sleeping through the alarm. I thought I pressed the snooze button but I obviously missed it. Jim woke me up at 6:23 am.

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Right now, I am pulling out shoes that I forgot I had. It feels like Christmas morning.

150819 WITLWednesday-11Right now, the cold water isn’t doing much to wake me up. 

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Right now, this little face woke up early and immediately went to play. Our busy schedule has us spending a lot of time in the car. I think he misses being home so when we are home, he spends every single minute playing.

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Right now, Jim is prepping breakfast for Samuel while I rush to make lunch and head out the door.

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Right now, Samuel is having a bagel with cream cheese, a sausage, a bowl of blueberries, and a few pieces of asian pear. I was not around to have breakfast with him but I bet he ate the fruits first.

150819 WITLWednesday-18Right now, I am driving the Prius to work. The Prius is parked in the garage so I get to squeeze in one last goodbye and catch the last kiss blown my way.

Right now, I am having breakfast in the car. The almond croissant is from Trader Joe’s and it is pretty amazing.

Right now, I am grateful that Jim is home in the mornings. He drops Samuel off at school so I am able to head right into work without stopping at the pre-school.  I miss seeing his morning teachers but I am grateful for missing the middle school/high school traffic and the influx of students on campus.

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Right now, I am pretty happy with the new layout of the whiteboard. I spend time each morning in this space writing the agenda, tidying up my desk, checking email, and playing out the lesson in my head.

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Right now, I am wearing goggles to model safe lab practices. I am using an egg (to represent an eye) and vinegar (introduce into the eye) to show how acids denature protein. It is a pretty impressive demo and it has my students rubbing their eyes.

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Right now, I am taping the syllabus to my notebook as the students are working on theirs.

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Right now, this is my desk after having three 85-minute classes back-to-back. I need to use the restroom but am having difficulty locating my keys. This is the story of my life.

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Right now, I have sixth period prep. Teaching three classes back-to-back is absolutely draining but I am pushing through the exhaustion to tidy up my classroom.

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Right now, I am making positive phone calls home. I like to open up the lines of communication and let parents know how awesome their kids are.  Who doesn’t like hearing that about their kid?!?

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Right now, my desk is back to being functional.

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Right now, I am making the last set of name cards. I will be happy when they are all done.

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Right now, I am in the main office getting ready to head out the door. I am excited to pick up my boy this afternoon.

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Right now, I find myself in the office picking up a shirt for the group picture tomorrow. So much for leaving at 3:15 pm. We are being recognized for being a Blue Ribbon School by the California Department of Education so my principal wants us all to sport these lovely beige shirts. Beige is really not my color.

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Right now, I am at the gate to a magical Montessori school. I love this place and will be sad once he’s done here.

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Right now, my boy enjoys spending his days here. Everybody is so kind and loving.

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Right now, he is experimenting with theraputty.

2015-08-19-15.45Right now, he is being a good sport for the gazillion photos I’m taking.

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Right now, he’s ready to head home for some playtime before taekwondo.

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Right now, I look forward to picking him up and hearing about his day. He looks forward to the little treats I carry in my bag. Today it was a roll of smarties.

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Right now, the mess is all mine. He asked for his bean box so I brought it in from the garage. I made myself a cup of coffee before settling down to play and I spilled it before I could take a sip.

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Right now, the three of us are acting out a story. The boys are both park rangers and I’m the gal who discovered dinosaur bones buried deep in the Earth.

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Right now, we are eating dinner at 5:20 pm so we can make it to taekwondo class at 6:20 pm.

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Right now, he is working on proper form for the front kick.

150819 WITLWednesday-130Right now, learning to spar is his thing. He is looking forward to earning his next belt and getting his hands on sparring gear.

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Right now, we are heading home for the evening. The twenty minute drive home is much better than the 30-40 minutes to class. We signed Samuel up for six months of taekwondo and we are somewhat regretting our decision — mainly because of the drive and time of the class.  But he loves it so we will stick it out for six months. Tonight, his instructor spoke with us about extending our commitment to a year and we’re both somewhat resistant to the idea.

Right now, our schedule feels hectic. I am hoping that we will find our grove soon … and maybe by then, we can make a solid decision as to whether we should extend taekwondo for a year.

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Right now, the boys are watching Star Wars Rebels.

2015-08-19-20.11Right now, I am out for a run and I am listening to episode 8 of Undisclosed. Podcasts are helping me make it through these evening runs.

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Right now, I see a bucking bronco waiting for a story from me. He’s got one picked out and is waiting for me to read.

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Right now, we are reading Horses. I read the table of contents and he selected the horses he wanted me to read about. It’s no surprise that he picked American Standardbred, Belgian Heavy Draft, and Clydesdales.

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Right now, I am struggling to hold on for 60 seconds. Is this supposed to get a little easier as you do them each day? Definitely feeling the burn tonight!

150819 WITLWednesday-180Right now, I’m back at selecting photos for this post. The time is 12:20 am — I better head to bed so I can actually wake up in the morning.

Week in the Life 2015 | Monday Photos + Words

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Around here, I’m on my second snooze. Monday mornings are hard.  Period.

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Around here, we hardly ever make our bed. Ever.

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Around here, my eye allergies are better so I’m able to wear contacts. It’s definitely a good thing.

150817 WITLDay01-24Around here, Jim continues to get up early even though he does not have to go to work each day. He’s managing his diet — even experimenting with some new foods — and exercising daily.

2015-08-17 06.30.30Around here, I’m embarrassed to admit that my closet is the dumping ground for all sorts of stuff.

150817 WITLDay01-28Around here, I’m in charge of prepping half of Samuel’s lunch. Lately, his lunch includes blueberries, two mini cucumbers, goldfish crackers, and a honey-peanut butter sandwich.

2015-08-17 07.10.44Around here, I head out the door by seven am with coffee and a cheese bagel in tow. The packages on the door steps are items of Samuel’s that I’m selling to moms in the neighborhood.  There is an amazing kids resale group in my neighborhood and it is nice to get some money for gently used kid stuff.

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Around here, sidewalk messages like this makes me happy.

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Around here, I am trying to figure out the layout of my board for the daily agenda and homework for three different science courses.

150817 WITLDay01-33Around here, I am grateful that there is ink and masters in the duplo. I am making copies of the Addendum and Course Policies.

150817 WITLDay01-35Around here, my students are setting up their Science Interactive Notebooks – which means that I am setting up mine as well. Six classes = six notebooks.

150817 WITLDay01-38Around here, I need to adjust to a new teaching schedule. We are on an A/B block schedule. Classes are 85-minutes in length and I see the kids every other day. Today, I teach three 85-minute classes back-to-back (with a 10 minute potty break between the first two periods) and I am completely empty by lunchtime.

150817 WITLDay01-41Around here, we are experiencing triple digit temperatures and I can feel the heat rising from the walkways. We have approximately 1,141 students on campus and it is refreshing to see them all head in the direction of class.

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Around here, my principal and I are having a pow-wow to plan a huge event this September. She is on the phone with NASA to determine the time frame for the SOFIA flight with our favorite guy, Ivor from the Traveling Space Museum and Nichelle Nicols, Star Trek’s “Uhura.”

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Around here, rice + beans + carne asada sounds wonderful for lunch.

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Around here, the paper trimmer is my worst enemy. I’m not fond of it but it beats using scissors.

150817 WITLDay01-59Around here, a 3:00 pm meeting with the Back-to-School committee is needed to hash out the schedule and details of the event.

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Around here, I didn’t get to see this face until 4:45 pm. He is enjoying this sport so very much.

150817 WITLDay01-95Around here, I have been granted the title of taekwondo mom. He goes to classes in Elk Grove three times a week which makes for a rough week for all of us.  The drive to Elk Grove is really what’s hurting us. I hope that we find our rhythm soon and things become less frantic.

150817 WITLDay01-105Around here, I am behind the wheel on a daily basis because Jim is retired. We used to carpool and he did all the driving.

150817 WITLDay01-114Around here, we are happy to be home by 5:50 pm so he gets in a little play time before dinner. He is all about racing his horses these days.

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Around here, we are keeping dinners simple.  Busy schedule calls for quick and easy meals. I need to expand my repertoire of quick and easy meals (maybe even some crock pot meals) for these busy week days. If you have suggestions, please leave me a comment.

150817 WITLDay01-120Around here, we spend a lot of time at the table eating dinner and talking about our day. He’s telling me about a smoker he saw through the fence at school and how he feels about his buddies calling the smoker names.

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Around here, I am making time for exercise – even if it is a short walk around the neighborhood.

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Around here, these are two of his favorite images (left, Samuel with Bobby Kerr; right, Samuel with Stetson and his horse instructor, Alyssa). He specifically asked me to tape them on the ceiling so he sees them right before he falls asleep.

2015-08-17 20.56.10Around here, I am guilty of getting him all wound up right before bedtime.

150817 WITLDay01-146Around here, I am on day 8 of the plank challenge. I am barely hanging on for the required 45 seconds.

Week in The Life 2012 :: Sunday, 4/29

I woke up this morning with the urge to grab my camera and shoot me in bed — not really wanting to get up for work.  Then it hit me — the week of hyper documenting + photographing is over.  Over.  Then I make my way to the living room and spot Samuel on the recliner.  He gives me a grin and goes about eating his breakfast + pointing to a bike in a book + repeating “biiiiiiiiii” (bike).  I felt myself reaching for the camera but then stopped myself to enjoy this moment.

I could not help but feel a bit naked today.  My 5-lb camera has been attached to my side for the last 7 days but today, it sits on our kitchen island, taking a breather.  It got a good workout last week.

Total number of photos this weekend: 306 (Saturday) + 307 (Sunday).  I have way too many photos to go through. Why so many photos? First, I used a remote for self-timer photos, so it’s pretty easy to shoot multiples. I occasionally erase the images that I don’t like right away, but I often wait to do it on the computer. I can’t always tell if an image is out of focus or not on the camera screen. Second, I had the camera on continuous shooting mode for most of the weekend to shoot images of a fast moving toddler.  Third, I can not seem to get the focus right with the flash, so I often shoot multiple images with the flash. I prefer not to use the flash, but evening shots with a toddler becomes frustrating without it. I really need to buckle down this summer and learn how to use the flash.

I shoot with a Canon 7D.  For all of the images this week, I used a 24-70 mm lens and a Canon Speedlite 580EX II external flash (mainly for indoor, evening photos).  I have a tripod, but I did not use it at all this week.  I find it cumbersome for a project such as this.  My self-portraits were mostly taken with a remote with the camera sitting on the floor, books, boxes, counters, benches, etc.

Here’s a look at Sunday, 4/29.Hello Sunday.

Early morning snack with ba ngoai.  She loves him so.

Looking for ba ngoai.

Riding around the house + eating cheerios.

Breakfast at Denny’s.

Pink + teal = new favorites.

Buying local — Stockton Farmer’s Market.



She loves to cook.

Recording my mother’s recipe for me.

Mid-morning snack.


Lunch (com ga) at ba ngoai’s.

He sleeps with his eyes slightly open — like me.

Excited to be going home.  He loves visiting his ba ngoai but he loves his home more.

Visiting grandma #2.  Hello grandma.  It’s me Samuel.

Riding in the back with him.

Home sweet home.

He’s an awesome helper.

He likes to sit in my lap to read.

His favorite reading corner.  Since the light is good, I decided to shoot the stuff in his room.

His closet.


His collection of hand-knit goodness.  Such a lucky little person.

Family bike ride.  (I shot this while riding — I do not recommend it.)

I still make + freeze his food.  It is the best way for me to get him to eat veggies.

Falling asleep at dinner.  Exhausted but trying really hard to keep his lids open.

Enjoying another favorite book before bedtime.


Week in The Life 2012 :: Saturday, 4/28

I love weekends.

I love lazy mornings filled with lots of coffee and sunshine.

This weekend was far from slow and relaxing, but it was good.

Sleeping in.  For him, sleeping in means 7ish.

Up earlier than I really wanted to be.  Looking for running gear in the dark.

Waiting.  Running with my friend Haley this a.m.

Running buddies.  Miss Haley ran her fastest 5K with me this weekend.  You go, girl.

Came home to find them on the porch reading And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, another favorite.

Receiving a package from the mailman.

Delivering the package to his daddy.

What’s left of his breakfast.  (I wasn’t around for breakfast this morning.)

Wondering — how I can arrange my space to make it work more efficiently for me.  The answer might be in simplifying.

Morning snack.  Devouring sweet mango.  Can’t get it in his mouth fast enough.

Needing a nap — but refusing too.

Packing for an overnight trip to my mom’s.

Preparing lunch for the road with one hand.  I love that he still wants to be held.

On the way to ba ngoai’s.

Hello ba ngoai.

Getting reacquainted.

Showing ba ngoai how to open his snack container.

Enjoying each other.  She cooks outside — in the garage — and he enjoys watching her.

She makes awesome desserts.

Off to dinner.

Taking a break from dinner to do a little shopping at Trader Joe’s.

Saying goodbye.

Hanging out with ba ngoai + Auntie Mimi.

Jim + I get a few hours to ourselves.  We went to see an amazing theatrical dance recital.

Wrapping up the evening.

Week in The Life 2012 :: Friday, 4/27

This week flew by so quickly.

Total number of photos today: 145 + a few iPhone photos (mainly to send to my mom).

I lost internet connection on Friday so I was not able to post these Friday night.

Getting ready for the day.

Lunch and snacks for three.

Out the door.  He likes to walk to the car.

Saying goodbye.

Stuffing my face.

Grading a few papers while students watch a video on the Earth.

Laughing + devouring donuts + having a good time with these kids.

Enjoying the sunshine at Spring Fling — our annual event to reward students for good behavior during testing.

Signing him out early.

Found him asleep with his lovey.

Such a happy mama.

Stranger anxiety translates to this.

First taste of sweet watermelon.

No more watermelon.

Outta here.

He loves to look at himself in the mirror.

A visit with the pediatrician.

Enjoying the warm weather + bubbles.

Yay for bikes and balls.

Getting ready for bed.  The Napping House is a new favorite.

Checking in on him before I head to bed.



Week in The Life 2012 :: Thursday, 4/26

Hello Tough Thursday.  I am so glad we made it through the day.

I have been beating myself up all day.  And I’m pretty exhausted.

I was in slow-mo mode today.  I got up a bit earlier than usual — but because I’m not good at judging time, we didn’t leave any earlier than usual.  The mad rush out the door this morning to make it to the donut shop and school on time left me feeling uneasy.

Then some unpleasant actions and words that were exchanged in the car.  And then at school.  And then I find out that my sisters got into the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.  (Earlier this month, I told my sisters to sign up for the race — thought it would be a nice thing to do together.  Somehow, between telling them and now, I dropped the ball and forgot to register.  They found out this morning that they have been accepted (the whole registration thing is part of a huge lottery process so getting in is a really big deal) and me — well I didn’t even sign up!)

Today was one of those days where I just went through the motions — not really putting my heart into anything (except for playing with Samuel).  I did what I needed to do at school — which was to give the CST and follow simple instructions.  I keep my cool but my heart ached.  Definitely an uneasy feeling that made me tired and nonproductive.

This project + my camera helped me move through the day.  The whole process of setting up self-timer shots gave me focus and kept me calm.  Several laughed at my attempts but I just shrugged it off and moved on.  Surprisingly, my students are fascinated by this process and a couple are thinking about documenting their life next week.

Here’s a look at life on this tough Thursday …

Morning.  I am not quite ready to greet Thursday yet.

Stretching + eating breakfast.

Getting ready.  Liking my new do.  A little change makes a big difference.

Studying his new ride.

Helping with breakfast.  Exploring the coldness of the freezer.

Hello coffee.

Goodbyes are hard.  (This photo is blurry but I love it.  It shows how Samuel has been feeling lately when we say goodbye.)

Carrying too much in this morning.

Testing today.  Complete and utter silence throughout the campus.

Fighting an eye infection.

Getting ready for Friday.

Waiting to turn in tests.

Needing a change of scenery.  Waiting in the conference room.  Thinking and writing about the day.


Asking for more snacks.

Excitement … Ooooooooh, a big truck!

Waiting for dinner.  Keeping him entertained.

Dinner – hot bowl of pho.

Shopping (and playing) at Target.


Exploring outside.  We go outside at least once a day.

Beauty in my backyard.

Reading.  His second reading corner in the house — one in the bedroom and one out in our living room.

Time for milk.

A little play before bedtime.

Watching.  Fans are rad.

Bath time.

Stories with dad.  Jamberry is a new favorite.


Laughing and giggling before bedtime.  So refreshing to hear the chuckles, laughs and giggles radiate throughout the house.

An unexpected visitor above the stove.

Wrapping up the day.


Week in The Life 2012 :: Wednesday, 4/25

Hello Wednesday.

Wednesdays used to be tough for me.  It’s the middle of the week and my students are about done with the school week.  Their energy is low which is absolutely draining for me.  Now that we are on the A/B schedule (I see my students every other day), things seem much better.  I must admit — it is nice to have a break from the same group of kids.

Today, I focused on documenting the course of my workday.

Selecting shoes for the day.  Chance of thunderstorms today but I’m going for my Dansko sandals.

Freshening up.

Preparing lunch.

Changing the little one.

Reading in the car.  Hungry Caterpiller is a favorite.

Saying goodbye for the day has been somewhat difficult.

Unloading the car.

Breathing deeply.  Thinking about the day — where I am going to unload this stuff, the lesson, etc.

Learning in the rain.

Mid-morning snack.

Breaking down a lab.



Spying on him at school.

Singing itsy-bitsy spider.  He’s getting good at it.  We sing it at least 10x a day.

Showing me his head.  He can point to his head, ears, tongue and knee.  Working on toes and eyes.

Going home.

Checking out his new ride.

Special delivery — just in time for Dress-up day at school.

Getting ready to ride.


Reading.  Hanging out with his friend Bronson.

Getting bangs.


Seeing.  The rain is upon us.

Reading.  Pointing to things he can identify.  Baby Beluga is a bedtime favorite.

Evidence that a little person lives here.


Rearranging.  Needing a new, refreshing workspace.

I am noticing that a lot of my photos are getting a bit repetitive — a definite indicator that we don’t deviate much from our daily workweek routine.

Our mornings are rushed as we try to make it out the door by 6:40 a.m. to make it to our campus by7:30 a.m.  Some days we make it out on time, other days it is a mad rush.  Looking forward to the weekend for easy, laid-back mornings.

Thanks for visiting.  Hoping that you’re having a great day.  Have fun documenting.


Week in The Life 2012 :: Tuesday, 4/24

I love this project.  I love capturing moments of our everyday life that would otherwise be forgotten.  This project reminds me to slow down, breath deeper, and enjoy life as it unfolds throughout the course of the day.

On Tuesday, I snapped 248 photos on my DSLR and 20 or so my iPhone.  I started the day by reminding myself to decrease the number I shoot for the day.  I suppose 248 is less than what I shot on Monday but it is still over the top — I want to plan more deliberate shots (and not take so many shots of the same event).  More often than not, my first shots are the best.  (But you know, when you have a little man who is so dang cute, you can’t help snapping photos of him!)

Here is a look at some of my favorite photos from Tuesday:

Preparing breakfast.

Out the door.

Wondering why he’s the only kid dressed for Western Day at school.  Umm … that’s because he has me for a mama.


Don’t cross the blue line — unless you’re invited in.  Everybody needs their personal space.

Lunch with a colleague.

Grading.  The calm after the storm.

Running.  Playing.  Being a toddler.

Hanging with the gang.  This photo reminds me of the Mickey Mouse Club.

Snacking on the ride home.

Eating his first peanut butter and jelly sandwich.






Eating and learning.

Playing some more.


Bathing.  Playing with water.

Playing “Where is Samuel?”

Snacking after the little one goes to bed.

Organizing.  A few fun packages arrived in the last couple of days and I have to move some things around to make everything fit.

Good day today.  Looking forward to Wednesday.