Thankful Celebrations

I am composing my celebration post while my husband drives us home from visiting our parents. I guess I should celebrate my iPad because I can blog in the car.

So many things to celebrate...

All three kids came home for Thanksgiving. I smiled with memories as I read friends' posts on Facebook that showed how much fun they were having with little ones. Although I miss those days of having young children running around, I so enjoy my children as adults. They still make me laugh and I love watching the friendship that has blossomed between them. 

My students and I have been working through Lucy Calkins' unit on opinion writing. It's been the most challenging writing they've done this year. I am celebrating their attitude. We talk so much about growth mindset in my room. They know this is hard work, but they are willing to put in the needed effort. It's like we have our own cheerleading squad in room 114 as they all encourage each other. 

Having four hours of uninterrupted time in the car today gave me time to read Falling in Love with Close Reading by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. This book has been on my bedside table since it came out. I've been reading bits and pieces, but not making much progress. It's a must read for all ELA teachers. 

Today has been a lovely day of visiting with my parents and my husband's parents. My mother-in-law even made my favorite-pretzel salad for lunch. Mom and Dad had a yummy dinner and both sets of parents sent leftovers with us. Dinner is planned for tomorrow. 

Thanks to Ruth Ayres for hosting the Saturday Celebration. Please visit her website at  and read others' celebrations. 

You can tell I've got some work to do when composing on my iPad, but for now, it will be good enough. 

Have a wonderful week ahead. 


  1. Hi Julie,
    Happy Thanksgiving. It sounds like it went perfect. I love being able to compose on my phone or my iPad. I tried to challenge myself yesterday by doing the whole post via cellphone! I did it!
    I'm glad your students are supporting each other through the opinion writing unit. I'm sure it's no easy task for fourth graders to take on. Give them cheers from me! ;)

  2. I have Close Reading on my shelf but just can't seem to find the time to read it yet. Our hospital served pretzel salad in the cafeteria. It was always a favorite the summer I worked there...brings back memories! Have great week!

  3. I loved the part about being with adult kids, Julie - exactly where I am, an it truly is a joy to witness as our kids transition into their adult relationships with each other. So much comfort and pride in seeing this, right?!

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