Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Sweetie



Playdate at "Donald's"

On Saturday, Savannah had a playdate with her best friend Ailey. We ate breakfast at McDonald's (or "Donald's" as Savannah calls it), and then the besties played in the indoor play area.

Savannah kept saying, "I'm gonna play at Donald's with Ailey. I'm gonna eat a sausage burrito. I'm gonna play on the big slide. I'm gonna play on the little slide."  What sweet girls! 

Ailey and Savannah

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Typical Day

Every season of life is special. For that reason, from time-to-time, I like to chronicle and remember everyday moments during particular seasons of life.

6:15 A.M.--My alarm goes off at 5:45 A.M. I drag myself out of bed around 6:15 A.M. I wake up Tal after I get out of the shower. Tal dresses Savannah while I finish getting ready. I brush Savannah's hair and teeth while Tal makes coffee for himself and a bowl of oatmeal for me (Thanks, Tal!). He also starts our cars and gets our lunches out of the fridge. If Savannah is ready early, she eats a bowl of cereal with Tal.  Otherwise, she eats a snack in the car. :-)

7:00 A.M.--Everyone's out the door. Tal buckles up Savannah while I load my car. Savannah and I drive 30 minutes to school. I drop off Savannah at daycare around 7:30 and get to school a few minutes later.

7:45-7:55 A.M.--I check my school and personal email.

7:55-8:30 A.M.--The library is open for business. These 30 minutes are busy as I help dozens of kids check books in and out of the library.

8:30 A.M.-10:25 A.M.--I work as a school librarian in a year-round elementary school. My days are busy and varied. I love my job and enjoy working with students and teachers. I teach several classes most days. This morning I receipt money for lost books. I sign up parents to be school volunteers. I straighten up the library. I sort and put away books.

10:25 A.M.--It's time for lunch (my scheduled time to eat). Crazy, huh? :-)

11:00-3:00--This afternoon I repair books. I play videos for teachers. I pull books for teachers. I put books on reserve. I troubleshoot technology. I set up equipment for the staff meeting after school. I help students find books, check in books, and check out books. I sort and put away books. I get ready for tutoring.

3:00 P.M.--The school day ends. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I coordinate tutoring from 2:45-5:45. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I usually have meetings until 4:30 or 5:00. Then, I go pick up Savannah and head home.

6:30 P.M.--Savannah and I usually get home from 6:00-6:30 P.M. We each dinner...usually leftovers that Tal and I fixed over the weekend. Tonight we're having leftover manicotti with peas and potatoes. Tal is working on his "project" this week, so Savannah and I are on our own until 10:00 or so each night.

7:00-8:00 P.M.--After dinner, I clean up and pack my lunch for the next day. We play inside or outside until it gets dark. Tonight Savannah and I make chalk pictures on our driveway. I also push Savannah on her bike, while she practices pedaling. Then, Savannah takes a shower if needed, and we put on our jammies.

8:00-9:00 P.M.--It's quiet time. Savannah and I relax in the living room. I watch TV, while Savannah snuggles with me on the couch or reads, colors, or plays quietly. Savannah and I read a couple stories together if she's interested. Tonight Savannah wants me to sit in a special chair while she has a tea party with her babies. I watch "Love It or List It" on HGTV in the background.

9:00-10:00--At 9:00, I tuck Savannah into bed and kiss her good night. I watch TV or read a magazine in bed. When Tal's home, we watch TV in the living room and cuddle on the couch.

10:00 P.M.--Lights out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Is It April 30th Yet?

Tal and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We're counting down the days until April 30. Only 6 weeks to go!

For a variety of reasons, the last 3-6 months have been busy and stressful for our family. Not only is Tal finishing his 10-month long "project," but I'm also coordinating tutoring at my school, as well as finishing my National Boards.

Our days have been long and tiring, and our weekends have been filled with writing, studying, and taking care of Savannah. Over the next 6 weeks, Tal and I are praying for strength and courage to persevere and finish our responsibilities with flying colors.

In the midst of the busyness, we've set aside time for some fun activities in the coming weeks. When Grandma Judy comes to visit us from March 31-April 9, we're looking forward to relaxing at the beach, going on an Easter Egg Hunt, and participating in the Easter Cantata at our church.

After April 30, our family is looking forward to getting more rest and spending more family time, as well as working in our yard, playing outside with Savannah, and teaching her how to ride her new bicycle.