everybody's got a seed to sow

School started last Monday. I was anxious the full week before, but once Monday arrived, I felt good. I had slept well and was feeling excited and only a little nervous. Feeling relaxed as a teacher is great! Of course, there is always some kind of stress available, but I'm making the choice to not be stressed about it. Instead, I'm joyful and excited to face the challenges that are coming my way.

Fourth year exceeds first year. And even second and third years.

This weekend, I had a major bout of nostalgia. We recently realized we won't be able to go anywhere over Christmas this year, which sucks. This will be the first year I won't be in Iowa for Christmas, but we won't even be with Philip's side. It will just be us. I'm a little nervous. I think it's coming out in waves of nostalgia:

-I bought crayons yesterday. 25 cents!
-I've been singing Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant several times.
-Philip and I have been looking through my high school yearbooks.
-I saw a beach towel that Al had when we were growing up.
-Philip & I watched Big this weekend. Tom Hanks has always been amazing.
-I'm missing the 80s. Yeep!
-I hula hooped at the farmers market on Saturday. I'm starting to write my birthday list.

Anyway, it's been fun to look back and remember "the good old days." At least I've had time to make WA home before having to miss out on an Iowa Christmas. I love living here. Hopefully that will help get me through the holidays. I'm grateful to have Philip here to make memories with, too. It will be special for us, I think.

The weekend is ending. It's been a good one. Lots of friends, ridiculously unhealthy food, and naps. And I'm actually feeling rested and ready to return to school tomorrow. We're starting The Giver this week, which I'm super excited for. It's a great book with great discussion material--perfect for my 8th graders.

Here goes!


Allison said...

Yay crayons. Boo not coming to IA for Christmas. But mayhap MT for Thanksgiving???

carolyn sue said...

I totally hear ya on the not being home for Christmas thing. It sort of doesn't even feel like Christmas. But I'm sure you'll find a way to make it festive!

The Giver! I love that book...

sarah said...

yikes on the high school yearbook thing. please don't judge me, Philip.

Sorry you won't be able to make it to Iowa! I might not either, actually. I guess now that john and I are engaged we have to start choosing one family over the other for the holidays :P

De Jongs said...

Much to be thankful for, Andrea. I know you & Philip are up for the challenge of creating your own special Christmas memories, and we'll set a massive skype date so we can share some family time. Love & hugs! (((((Andrea & Philip)))))

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