Celebration Saturday...So Much to Celebrate

Thank you so much to Ruth Ayres for creating this space for celebrating life's wonderful moments.  Please check out her blog for other celebrations.

There are so many nice things to celebrate this week.  A sunny day with birds chirping outside helps tremendously, doesn't it?

First of all, I'm happy that I have this wonderful space in which to work.  I am renewing my National Board Certification as well as working on a chapter of a book, and it's getting to be crunch time.  However, I have a plan and I'm not stressing (which is way different from how I usually operate).  Actually, I'm really liking the not stressing part.  :)  

It's nice to let go a little bit.  I've discovered that life will not fall apart if I am not perfect.

I had time to cook a late lunch today so that we could all eat together before Annie went to work.  Time to cook is probably something silly for some people, but  not for me.  I enjoy spending time in the kitchen.  I tried a new recipe for Eggplant Parmesan today that was definitely a keeper.

This week at school has gone especially well.  Although we've had to spend some time on test prep, we've also had large chunks of time to work on our research projects.  This year, the intervention specialist and I have co-taught writing workshop, which has been a wonderful experience for all of us.  Here's a picture of one of my kiddos proudly showing off the work he's done on Bill Gates.  He's taken notes and is now doing his rough draft in Google docs.  He's made so much progress this year and I'm very proud of him.

We had a few extra minutes at the end of the day yesterday, so I asked the kids what their high point of the week was.  The majority of the kids said, "Research."  Sarah, my teaching partner and I had to agree.  Our room hummed with busyness as the kids worked on different aspects of their projects.  Our goal is to build a website using Wonderopolis as our mentor.  Everyone is in a different place, but that's ok.  They were all engaged and on task.  There's nothing more I could ask from them.  

I hope this spring weather is giving all of you something to celebrate!  Enjoy!


  1. Julie, you have had a wonderful week! Having a sunny and comfortable spot to work is a key! Happy working!

  2. Your dish looks yummy! Love that the kids are so into the research!

  3. Julie, certainly a week of fun things to celebrate. Kudos to you for pursuing national board certification! I'm always pulling for colleagues in the boat each year. I'll wish for your success along with my friend, Emily!

  4. Workspace, words to live by, good cooking and inspired students, nothing better, Julie! I made applesauce today-love the way the house smells so good! Hope next week is a good one, too!

  5. YIKES!!! I was looking at our chapter at 3am. Mostly looking and reading and some rewriting... Glad you didn't spend your week just with the chapter torment :)

  6. Julie it sounds all great and tell your kid to keep going and for the writers, I want you to know that you can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You’ve been backstage. You’ve seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.

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