Friday Favorites

It’s FRIDAY! And 2 awesome reasons to love this Friday in particular.

1. It’s Good Friday! May we always remember the sacrifice Jesus made for each one of us on the cross. Today undeserving Mercy is laying on my heart.

2. It is also the Friday before Spring Break at our school and the excitement is buzzing around the school. Kids and teachers are all excited for their spring break plans. The sun is trying to break through the clouds and it’s a great day.

Today I am sharing all of my favorites from the week!

On January 15th I started a brand new fitness program through Beachbody called 80 Day Obsession. I am loving this workout and it’s my new FAVORITE workout program. This week it’s my favorite rep setup and I pushed hard.

Another FAVORITE for me are lilacs and their wonderful scent. I found this candle and it fills my house with the smell of lilacs. Love.

I started reading my FAVORITE children’s book to read aloud in the classroom this week: Charlotte’s Web. I love this story so much. The language. The characters. The deeper meanings weaved throughout. The kids love it, too.

Joshua drew his family a picture just because one night and it’s always my FAVORITE to see his drawing and writing. He included his whole family he said and I love that he included the dog.

Well fishing is always a FAVORITE for the Tumelson’s! Thursday after school and work the 4 of us loaded up and headed to the river for a little bass fishing. The weather was perfect and it was a great evening. When we were done we grabbed Arby’s on the way home for dinner.

My FAVORITE part of everyday is when I get to drink my Shakeology. It’s a nutritional shake loaded with alll the essentials my body needs and it tastes just like a chocolate milkshake. I love it!

My FAVORITE part of spring is the crazy, beautiful skies. The birds were so pretty silhouetted against that sky.

And finally, the best part of Friday. PIZZA NIGHT!! Friday’s are always pizza nights in our house and this chicken, spinach, artichoke is one of my FAVORITES from Papa Murphy’s.

Gotta admit, I’m glad this week is over and I’m looking forward to Easter, spring break and just time with my boys. ♥️

Pin It/Spin It

My bestie has the cutest little blog full of family, faith, life hacks and yummy recipes called Tractors and Glam. I love her blog just as much as I love her. Please check out her blog and follow her! She has started a monthly blog link up called Pin it/Spin it where you take Pinterest inspirations and make them your own. How fun, right? We all do it so let’s share about it! Sometimes it’s success and sometimes it’s complete failure. Today I am linking up with Jenna for Pin it/Spin it!

Sometimes I will get compliments on how cute my outfits are and I can’t take credit for any of it. I’m a total copy cat and dress myself using Pinterest. Is there a term for the opposite of a fashionista? Because that’s me. So I look up what’s in fashion on my Pinterest board and see if I have matching pieces in my closet that I can put together to recreate a look. Here’s what I wore this week.

Here’s the Pin:

Here’s my Spin! I love demin and am so happy spring is here so I can pull out all my demin pieces. You’ll see in a minute what I mean. I love the heels with this look but I teach kindergarten so wearing high heels to work just isn’t practical for me. I’m on my feet all day long and would have some sore feet if I wore high heels. So my Keds it is!

My Pin:

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My Spin! I wish these parachute pants were a little shorter on me so they sat above my ankle like on this model but they are kinda baggy. Also, again with the heels. I had to wear my comfortable teaching shoes. I’m always a little self-conscious in my parachute pants. I feel like they look much better on other people. But man are they comfortable. I felt like I was wearing my pajamas all day.

My Pin:

My Spin! Again, with the demin. I have super cute shoes I was going to wear with this that kind of matched what this model is wearing and then I completely forgot. I love love my birks though! The most comfortable shoes I own.

My Pin:

My Spin! More demin. More Keds. Told ya, no fashionista here! Plain Jane. No shame.

My last pin isn’t clothes related. I have a fireplace mantle and it’s my favorite spot in the house. I love changing up the decor each season and I needed some Easter inspiration. I found this pin and just loved the look with the tulips.\

My Pin:

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My Spin! I don’t have a cute chalkboard but would love to get one. I used the tulips as my inspiration for this one.

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There is my Pinspiration for this month! This post comes the last Thursday of each month. Thanks Jenna for this fun link-up!!

What’s Up Wednesday?!

I know I said WWW would be a peak into my kindergarten classroom and today it was supposed to be a classroom tour but I got so busy today with meetings before and after school AND a professional development meeting I just didn’t have time to snap my pictures. So next week, promise!

For today I thought I would upload the last 10 photos taken in my phone of the boys and tell WHAT’s UP with them in each photo. So here we go!

One.

The boys had been home from the cabin for 2 seconds when Grady grabbed his fishing pole and started fishing in the backyard! Nathan had his boat out and was loading it up for a trip out on the river so Grady grabbed his slide and made it his pretend boat. The grass was the water. I just love his little imagination! Joshua went running into the yard and Grady yelled “Brother you’re going to drown!” So cute.

Two.

Oh this picture just sums up my boys completely. Always goofy! They were snuggled up on my lap and I grabbed my phone. They always want to do “funny faces” aka Snapchat filters. And then we got this picture by making a crazy face.

Three.

I loved this day! It was a beautiful (almost) spring day and Nathan was gone fishing so we called up our good friend Tina and headed to the water ourselves. We took a drive up the river and had a picnic. The boys got to cast and cast and cast and loved it. Our hearts are always so happy by the water.

Four.

Joshua and I missed the entire Read Across America week at school because he had Influenza. Finally by Friday he was feeling a little better and it was PJ Day so he got to join a litttle bit of the fun! But it was enough to completely wipe him out and before we were even 5 miles from the school he was OUT!

Five.

Grady had also caught the dang flu from Joshua. It was a rough couple of weeks around our house and scary and sad. This boy was getting a relaxing bath.

Six.

I missed a ton of work when the boys were sick and it was super hard to be gone from my classroom that much. But I got a lot of snuggle time with my sweet boys and was so grateful to be able to take that time off to be with them and take care of them.

Seven.

Joshua has taken a little break from MARIO for Minecraft LEGOS. We got him a couple of sets for his birthday and he has those things built in a couple of hours all by himself. Of course he had to have a picture taken to send to Mrs. Lathrop. He adores his teacher!

Eight.

For our birthday weekend the boys got to go to the cabin with grandma and grandpa. My mother-in-law sent me this picture to let me know the boys were being good and having a great time. I love love getting pictures of them when they are away.

Nine.

Joshua on his 6th birthday!! Of course it was a Mario Bros birthday so the boys dressed up for it.

Ten.

This picture was just a random Saturday. We got ready to go run some errands and the brothers wanted to dress alike so Joshua helped them pick out their matching outfits and it was so damn cute I had to get a picture. I love this pic so much. My boys. ♥️

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Motherhood is…A Maid Service

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This weekend when the boys were out of the house for 1.5 days I realized just how much I serve them. I only had to do the dishes ONCE while they were gone. I never had to pick up after anyone (okay, that’s a lie. My husband was home.)

I love serving my family. In fact, one of my top love languages is acts of service. So it fills me up to nurture my family by taking care of them. Motherhood is a lot of putting snacks together, washing clothes, fixing toys, doing the dishes, making meals. A maid service.

And sometimes a little day off from all that is welcomed and refreshing. And all the other days I love it. I am so thankful that I have these beautiful boys that I can love by taking care of them. ❤

Motivational Monday: Living in States

What is the key to happiness? How do we unlock and open the door to joy?

Choose to be happy.

Happiness, my friends, is a choice. The moment your consciousness wakes up in the morning you immediately make a choice on what to focus on. This focus influences your state of mind. Your state of being. Do you wake up and focus on all of the negative things in your life? It’s early. I’m tired. I want to sleep more. I don’t want to deal with work today. I have that meeting I don’t want to attend. I have to deal with this co-worker that’s being a pain in my a…I just wish it was summer already so I can get out of the house and routine. This summer I will be happy again when I can vacation. But today it sucks. It’s cold. I don’t want to adult today. I have to get that bill paid today. You can feel the weight of all this pressing on your chest, can’t you? Maybe you’re starting to slouch down in your chair…your face is starting to slant towards the floor…your shoulders have dropped.

STOP! Right now stop going down this fast road to depression.

What if you woke up and got right out of bed? No snooze, no second thoughts of sleep. You just got up and started moving. Grab that delicious cup of coffee and breath deep the aroma of alertness. Look at the window and welcome the sun rising over the horizon.  Or the rain as it freshens the earth. Standing tall, shoulders back, smile on your face, proud chest. Why? Just because you can! You don’t need a reason to be happy. Is this a shocker to you? How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t know what my problem is today, I’m just in a bad mood. I don’t really have a reason I’m just not feeling it today. Kind of down.” And we accept this! We say, “Oh I’m sorry, some days are just like that, I understand.” But if we see someone walking down the office hallway standing tall and whistling we ask, “Why are you in such a good mood today?” And if they respond, “No reason, I’m just happy.” We immediately become skeptical. Like they are withholding because something has to be going on to make them that happy.

I’m going to say it again, we chose our state.

We can consciously decide every day what we are going to focus on and as a result, alter our state of mind.

I’ve learned all of this from that guy right there, Mr. Tony Robbins. And since bringing all of this to my consciousness I’ve made a daily effort to be in control of my own happiness. And sometimes I slip. Okay, often I slip. Like every other day. This morning I slipped. The words, “There are so many reasons to be mad that this week isn’t Spring Break!” came out of my mouth to which my co-worker kindly replied, “Except we are fortunate that in our job we get a free week off. Not everyone can say that. You could work at a bank.” HELLO PERSPECTIVE! Perfect example. It’s all focus. Today I chose gratitude. To be thankful that Joshua is at school with me and in 5 short days we get a week off together.

Daily I chose to live in states of

gratitude,
ambition,
appreciation,
love,
drive,
grace,
humility,
excitement,
faith,
hope
and love (yes I said love twice because it’s worth repeating.)

I try very hard to avoid states of
anger,
resentment,
fear,
worry,
doubt.

And it all comes from what I chose to focus on in each situation.

Choose Happy.

Weekend Recap: Bedroom Swaps

What a productive weekend with great quality time for Nathan and I mixed in.

Friday was the end of the semester so it was early release for Joshua and I. I always make sure to get my grades done before Friday so that I can leave early. I dropped Joshua off with Grandma and Grandpa and the boys headed to the cabin for the weekend. Boy were they excited!

Since I had an afternoon to myself I did some shopping and stopped by MOD Pizza for one of their delicious Italian salads. When Nathan got home for work we took advantage of being kid free and went out to dinner. We went to El Sombrero for their delicious fajitas and yummy margaritas.

After dinner we came back home and 2 of our closest friends came by to catch up over a few beers.

Saturday we slept in. You heard me. We SLEPT in!! Until 7:30am. Both our boys are early risers and have been since the day they were born so it’s very rare that we get to sleep past 6am. Both Nathan and I are up at 4am everyday on the week days so this extra sleep was so welcomed. We had a really quiet morning drinking our coffee and watching the news. This was also a luxury to us because normally the TV is taken over by morning cartoons until the boys are completely awake at which time Nathan and I can’t hear the TV even if we wanted to because the boys are so loud. So, yes, casually drinking our morning coffee in the quiet was quite the treat. I don’t need to add the disclaimers about how much we love our boys and love being parents because, duh! We do. We also love when we get a little break from being Mom and Dad and get to be Husband and Wife.

Then we started cleaning out closets and organizing clothes! Our house is 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. Upstairs we have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and downstairs we have 2 bedrooms and a bath. The bedroom downstairs really is a master suite because it’s really big, has a deep closet and has a bathroom in it. There is also a king bed down there. The bed frame for the king bed is literally built into the concrete floor so moving the bed upstairs isn’t an option. We want that king bed! We also live near the airport and hear the planes almost every night. We live right by the top of Bryden Canyon road and hear allllll the traffic noise. We also have about 5 different dogs in our area that bark at all times of the day and night. In the basement it is dark, it is cold and it is QUIET! We can’t hear any of the plane or traffic noise and we can’t hear the dogs. So that’s my long way of saying we decided to move our bedroom to the basement. I moved all of our clothes down there and we also moved a dresser and nightstands to that room. We did some shopping and I found a new comforter, blankets and sheets for the bed. Now I just need some new curtains and decor. We are also going to put fresh paint on the walls and replace the carpet. My Spring Break projects.

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This opened up our bedroom upstairs so we decided to move Grady into our old room so that he can upgrade to a big bed. Right now Grady is in a tiny room in the corner of the house. Moving him to our old room not only gives him the bigger bed, but it gives him the bigger room. And then Nathan and I have decided to make Grady’s old room a play room for the boys. We are going to put a TV and dvd player in there with some bean bag chairs with all of their toys so they have their own space. These changes I am going to work on over spring break and I will make sure to post about it. But I did find some great new bedding for Grady so his new room is started.

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While we were out shopping for new bedding we also did some Easter shopping for the boys. We picked up this baseball tee and some wiffle balls. We also need to get a couple of plastic bats for them.

 

After we were done with our running around we came home and Nathan grilled up these marinated pork country ribs on the Green Mountain. So good! I got a text from my mother-in-law that the boys were having a blast up at the cabin. She sent me a picture saying the boys were all washed up and going to eat some popcorn with a movie before bed. We had a great dinner together at home, watched a movie and headed to bed.

Sunday morning Nathan and I slept in again! Almost 8am this time! Another slow morning with our coffee and breakfast and then I got my workout in before the boys got home. I was so happy to see those sweet boys. Grady immediately went to the backyard to start casting his fishing pole because he saw his daddy with the bass boat out. Nathan got the boat all ready to take out on the water for a few hours. Grady was pretending the slide was his bass boat and the grass was the water.

I hung out with the boys while Nathan and his dad took the boat out and they caught them!

We ended the night with a family dinner together at the dinner table and then a movie together in our new big king bed that comfortably fits all 4 of us! 🙂

It was a great weekend with my hubby and my boys and I’m refreshed and ready for one more school week before Spring Break!

Joshua Turned 6! (Over a Month Ago)

February 9th. OUR birthday.

6 years ago God gave me the gift of motherhood. He gave me something that my heart will never be able to hold enough gratitude for. He gave me Joshua James. A healthy 7lb 11oz baby boy.

And just like that Joshua is 6.

I kept telling him he wasn’t allowed to turn 6.

Grandma kept telling him she was going to find a big rock to put on his head to stop him from growing.

To Joshua’s delight we couldn’t stop it from happening.

6 just seems so big! 0-5 is baby, toddler, prek, little stage. And then 6-10 is a boy. Joshua is a young boy. And that’s exciting yet hard to accept at the same time.

He still holds my hand, sits on my lap and lets me kiss him whenever I want. I don’t want that to ever end.

Yet, it’s so fun to watch him grow and develop. And I love getting to know Joshua the boy. Joshua the boy is super thoughtful and will do little things for his family that are helpful. He wants to do the right thing. He asks lots of questions and wants to know the real answers, not watered down answers that parents filter for young ears.

Joshua the boy has a lot of energy and loves to exert that energy through loud noises.

He LOVES to laugh and goofy people are his people.

Joshua skips whenever he goes radiating joy and simply happiness.

Lots of things come easy to him and he gets frustrated when they don’t.

Joshua loves his little brother and is very protective of him.

Joshua wants to have the last word. Always.

He’s loved Mario Bros everything since he was 3 but lately that’s shifted to Minecraft LEGOS. It’s a little refreshing to have a change of energy.

He loves small toys and will pack them around for a few days before finding a new small something to pack around.

He’s adorable!!

At 6 years old, Joshua is easy to love.

What’s Up, Wednesday?!

This blog has been all about my mom life but there is a whole other aspect of my life that is also really important to me.

I’m a teacher.

I teach kindergarten. And when I think about life as a teacher it really doesn’t feel like I’m reporting to a job everyday, it just feels like a part of my life. Like being a mom. I teach. And like parenting, teaching is full of challenges and fun and love and nurturing and frustrations and upsets and joy and reward. So much reward.

So I thought I would add my teaching side to this blog a little bit and starting posting What’s Up Wednesday in Kindergarten?!

For this first one I thought I would share with you what happens in a typical day in kindergarten. I think many people have misconceptions about what kindergarten is all about. Some people think that kindergarten is all fun and games and playing and coloring all day. While is is all of those things, it is so much more! Some people think that kindergarten is the new first grade and young kids are pushed too hard to meet standards that are too high for them. I hope that I can show you that neither one of these far ends of the spectrum is completely true and that I try my best to BALANCE it all out! So, here’s what a day in kinder looks like and next week maybe I will give you a classroom tour.

Every single morning we start our day just talking together on the carpet (we spend lots of time together on the carpet.) This is all about community building and connecting as a classroom family. This also helps me get to know each child a little bit better and always know what’s going on in their lives. Kinders are going to tell me what they NEED to tell me at some point in the day no matter what.

Mrs. Tumelson I’m allergic to dog spit and my dog licked my face and then I had the itches.

By starting each day letting the kids tell me what’s on their mind it gets it out of the way and we can move on with learning.

After we get out all of our talking I have a morning message for the kids. Sometimes the message tells the kids what’s happening in the day if we have an event that disrupts our schedule, but most days it’s just a little hello from me and a skill for us to practice. Today we practiced producing rhyme as a review.

After morning message we move on to Number Corner. This is part of our math curriculum and I LOVE it! It’s all of the calendar components that all teachers love but has so many math concepts to review and reinforce. We always start with the date and days of the week. Each month the calendar has a different concept to practice. This month we are learning how to make a ten and getting down those number combinations that make a ten.

Other components of Number Corner this month include recording weather. Is March coming in like a lion or a lamb? We are graphing the results. We count days in school and use the number line to practice so many skills. As you can see this month we are really practicing numbers past 10 to 30.

After Number Corner is writer’s workshop. I completely forgot to get a picture for this. I love this writing time because the kids can write about anything they want to and get as creative as they want. This choice encourages students to really invest in their writing and it keeps them engaged. We start the year just learning how to draw pictures and how our pictures tell a story using sequence. By this time in the year kids are writing sentences and they always blow me away with their progress!

After writing we transition back to the rug for reading. We use the reading curriculum Reach For Reading by National Geographic. This is our first year using this curriculum and I love. As you can see today was all about jobs, the letter Uu, sight word “are” and we practiced reading our sentences.

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After reading the kids have 15 minutes outside for recess and I get a chance to use the restroom and refill my coffee if needed. When the kids come back inside we always head to our seats for math journals. Our school adopted Bridges for a math curriculum a few years ago. It is SO GOOD! All hands on and developmentally appropriate. But like all curriculum, it’s not perfect. It is all hands on and the kids need practice putting what they know on paper and seeing the math in print. So I supplement with math journals. They are interactive journals and the kids enjoy them.

After math journals we have our whole group lesson. Normally on the rug and always hands-on. Then after our math lesson the kids can chose a work place (math station.) The work places are games so the kids love them and are “playing” but they are learning so many skills. How to take turns. How to win. How to lose. Counting. Combinations of 5. Numerals. Tens frames. Number writing. Shapes. Patterns. Graphing….and on and on!

This is report card week so while the kids were engaged in work places I called students back to my teacher table for a couple of assessments. They showed me their counting skills with the cubes and number writing with the whiteboard.

After math it’s time for lunch! I take the kinders to the cafeteria and help them get all set up before heading to the teacher’s lounge to eat with some other teachers.

After lunch it’s rest time. Not to be mistaken for nap time. I turn the lights off and the kids lay on the floor with towels to let their body have a little rest in the quiet, dim light. Then I read aloud from a chapter book. We love this time together diving into a good story. Right now we are reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, a story about a woman who has cures for all of the naughty behaviors. It’s fun and the kids are enjoying the stories.

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Then it’s time for art. I love art! It’s fun. The crafts are cute. But again, the kids are practicing multiple skills during this time. They are learning how to cut, paste, spatial sense, fine motor skills, and exploring different tools such as oil pastels, paints, markers, crayons, construction paper, etc. You wouldn’t believe how many kids have never seen water paints before they get to kindergarten. Stupid tablets. Anyway, today we used markers and crayons to make vibrant spring pictures. They kids really took pride in their work today and did amazing.

After art my class heads to music and PE and I have some prep time to get alllll the things done that a teacher needs to get done. Yup, I get all caught up in that 50 minute prep. Ha! Right. A teacher’s to-do list is never complete. Ever. Not even on the last day of school.We just do as much as we can. Today I worked on getting my grades put into the computer for report cards to be printed next week.

When the kids get back from their last recess of the day we have a snack together and social play. I am so fortunate to work in a district that allows social play. There is so much research out there about the benefits of social play. You can read some of that research here. I don’t even like the word “benefits” –it’s necessary for kids’ development! The skills they are learning and practicing include sharing, how to be a friend, cooperation, conflict resolution, imagination through child-initiated investigations. This part of our day is all about full autonomy and it’s their favorite part of the day. This class is super good with imaginary play and they would do it for hours if I let them. I love watching them play “house” and “school.” It’s my favorite.

And then we get packed up to go home.

That’s our day in a nutshell. We follow the same routine pretty much everyday unless we have something in the school going on. Kinders thrive off of routine and honestly, so do I. We love our days together and I’m excited to give you sneak peaks into my classroom each week so you can share in all the joy and challenges and yes, kinder quotes! The things they say! 🙂

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Motherhood is…always changing

When my boys were babies and toddlers my motherhood looked and felt very different than it does now. We all sleep through the night now for one.

The start of motherhood is just keeping tiny humans alive! Bottles! When did they eat last? Diapers! When did they poop last? (No one tells you how much your life will revolve around poop when you have a baby in your life.) Baby proof this, safety proof that. Want to leave the house? Better pack a bag that carries half the house to take with you!

And then those tiny humans grow bigger and they begin to form an opinion and a need. An autonomous need for independence. And motherhood changes.

Being a mom to small boys I am constantly yelling

“Be quiet!”

“Settle down!”

“Stop jumping off the couch!”

“Don’t hit your brother!”

“Stop screaming!”

“NO!”

Motherhood changes from keeping them alive to teaching them how to be good humans. Teaching manners and appropriate behavior. Teaching them about the relationship between choices and consequences. Teaching them to be kind.

The best part of motherhood to small boys? They love their mama. The relationship I’m building with them.

“Those are pretty diamonds. I will buy some for you Mommy.”

“I love you Mama!”

“You look so beautiful in those clothes.”

And I cherish this time with them. This stage right now. And I am excited for the next stages to come because I know my motherhood will change again. And while being in the trenches with babies and toddlers makes for long days and nights, I know that motherhood is only going to get harder as the tough lessons I will be asked to teach my boys is to come. But I also know that the relationship I have with them will only grow stronger with more depth.

I love all the changes and stages of motherhood. Being a Mom is my greatest calling and gift. ♥️

Motivational Monday: Be[ing] Grateful

Mondays are a day I’m going to dig a little deeper. I’m going to share my heart and my beliefs. I will never claim to be an expert or highly educated in the topics I write about. It all comes from MY experience with personal development and MY interpretations. I learn from great minds like Tony Robbins, Gary Vee, Rick Warren, and Jesus (I’m discovering how much good is in the Good Book!)

So, with all that being said, what is today’s Motivational Monday?

Gratitude.

Let me paint you a scene. Starting with the facts. Today I am at home from work with a sick kid. I called in a substitute teacher for my kindergarten class yesterday to secure my day off. Joshua has had high fevers all weekend and I’ve caught a sick bug as well. Chest congestion, cough, sore throat, low energy.

Here’s where I paint.

Ugh. It’s Monday. Another long mundane week ahead. I’m missing school and it’s report card week. I have assessments and grades to get done and I’m stuck here at home. I swear we’ve been sick for weeks around this house! I hate when my boys get fevers. It just wipes them out and I worry when the fevers get high. At night is when it hits me the worst and I haven’t been able to sleep very well. This house is such a mess too. What else am I going to do with myself all day? I might as well finish the laundry and clean. Man I get so tired of cleaning this house all of the time. Grady’s feeling quite a bit better so he’s just being a pill with all this bottled up energy and won’t leave his brother alone. The weather suuuucks! It’s overcast and kinda rainy. The forecast doesn’t look much better for the week either. I am so tired of winter! Uuugggghhhh. Thanks Monday. Bring on the coffee.

Or. Try this.

It’s Monday! A new week! Mondays always feel like a fresh start, don’t they? I am so thankful that I’m able to stay home and take care of my sick babe today. I could also use the extra rest as my body is fighting this crud off. It worked out great as I was able to get a really good guest teacher in my classroom and I know my students will have a great day. I’m also glad I brought my classroom laptop home because I can get started on my grades today during the boys’ rest time. I am so so thankful that Joshua woke up without a fever this morning. He is still pretty congested but his color looks so much better today and he’s already off the couch playing with his LEGOs. All good signs. I’m glad he has this day at home to rest and recover and hopefully he will be ready to go back to school tomorrow. I’m also grateful for an extra day at home. This weekend I spent a lot of time with Nathan watching the Bassmaster Classic and I didn’t get all of my chores done. Today I can finish the laundry and attack the house with Lysol. I will also have time to finally put away the winter decor and get out my spring/Easter stuff. I love decorating my house and am so thankful we have such a beautiful house to call a home. Grady is feeling better today, thank goodness, and he will be excited to help me get out the Easter decor.

Two very different pictures aren’t they? The facts behind both these pictures are EXACTLY the same. I’m home from work with a sick kid. But my perspective is completely different. My attitude is completely different. And this is what we do in our minds every single day, multiple times a day. Each day we can chose to make it positive or focus on the negative. We can use uplifting language in our self-talk or use words like “mundane” to bring our spirits down. Where do we start with positive self-talk? Gratitude. Adopt an attitude of gratitude. 

“Man, I get so tired of cleaning this house all the time.” 

Instead, focus on what you can be thankful for with cleaning the house. I am grateful for some extra time today to get caught up on the housework. I am so thankful that we live in this big house that we can comfortably afford. Once the house is clean it will feel so much better.

“I swear we’ve been sick for weeks around his house.” 

Yes, I could focus on this because it’s true. Or I could focus on the fact that we are all getting better. All 4 of us are in better shape today than we were 5 days ago. Joshua’s fevers are gone. Grady is full of energy and sleeping good. Nathan and I are both feeling a lot better than we were. I am so grateful that we are all overall healthy and our bodies are strong enough to fight off illness. In a few more days we will all feel even better than we do now!

“The weather suuuuucks.”

Like all winters it’s been a long one, but also like all winters, it has an end. In fact this week is the end of winter and the first day of spring is almost here! I am thankful that I can put my winter decor away and it’s already time to get out the Easter stuff! It’s not in the 20’s anymore. 50 degrees is so much better and it’s only going to get warmer from here on out.

Every day we have a choice. We chose the way we talk to ourselves. We chose the conversation we have in our mind. We can wallow. Or we can pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances. We can chose gratitude. We can thank God for all He’s given us. We can thank Him for another day.