Thursday, August 26, 2010

In what feels like no time at all....

...summer has come and gone.

Today marks the first day back to work for me. Tuesday I will begin working with my little 6 and 7 year olds. Oh, how a change this will be from my 10-11 year olds.

This summer was the best! I was always busy, but I think that's what made this summer so great.

Let's take a look back:

May/June -
Kicked of my first weekend of summer camping with the BF and a couple other couples!
First weekend of June we went camping again, and took in a great Bret Michael's Concert at the Casino!
Attended a cousin's wedding.
Completed my 3rd outdoor sprint triathlon on a tough, but rewarding course (1st outdoor triathlon of 2010)
In attempt to clean my spare bedroom, I found water seepage and had a company dry out my drywall...and rip up my carpet and carpet padding.
Bought my new car! My 2009 Toyota Camry LE... black!
Taught 4 weeks of extended school year (special education summer school) to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students.
★ Said my final goodbye to some of my 5th graders heading off to middle school this year - they gave me hugs and all!

July -
Went to my first Twins game at the new Target Field over the Fourth of July weekend! Witnessed some of the best fireworks I have ever seen in Chanhassen, MN!
Attended another cousin's wedding.
Attended (as good friend and personal attendant) a friend's wedding over looking Big Pine Lake in Perham, MN.
Finished my summer grad class
Took a trip to San Diego, CA with the BF!

August -
Attended a friends bachelorette party at a cabin on Long Lake in WI.
★ Finally made a decision on flooring for spare bedroom (mentioned above) and had carpet put in. Room is still empty.
★ Got to see the Twins play again at Target Field with fireworks to follow. What a treat!
Participated in 2nd and last triathlon of 2010
Went home for a week to visit the BF and family - got to have a nice dinner with the BF's family, dinner with my family for my Dad's birthday, dinner with my Grandpa, and some wonderful relaxing and downtime.
Going to the BF's cousin's wedding this coming weekend...

In addition to that, I have proceeded to run 79.77 miles, bike 269.47 miles, and swim 16,100 Yds (or 9.1477 miles) Since the 1st of June!

Things I will miss about summer:
Staying up past 10pm, but not much later than 11pm.
The occasional cool summer mornings or evenings
Reading on my patio while soaking in some vitamin D.
Flexible workout schedule - which meant I could do workout at almost any time of the day.
Riding outside... even though I didn't do this nearly as much as I would have liked to..
Being able to pick up and head home to Bismarck almost any day of the week, for as long as I wanted.

Things I look forward to this school year:
Working with a different age group of students (I think)... I am so used to working with upper elementary students. This will be a huge adjustment for me!
Trying to bring more positivity into the school setting - with students (especially) and with my coworkers. This goes hand in hand with trying not to get sucked into the negative "teacher's lounge" crap talk. Teachers - you know what I am talking about.
Getting back into a routine - working out most mornings, an occasional second workout in the afternoon, getting up and going to bed at a regular time; eating better and drinking more water on a consistent basis (yes I do this better during the work day than any other day).
Sleeping with my windows open, until it get's too cold.
A friend's wedding in September, in MN.
Possibly a couple 5K's and a 10K race (October, November, December)
★ Brad Paisley Concert in October
Maybe a Half Marathon next spring (May)
Crossing off a couple more grad classes (one per semester) off my list of classes to earn my Autism Credential.
Turning 30! Birthday's aren't usually a big deal for me - I don't like making a big to-do of them, and I don't have a problem with turning a year older. However, this year, I am looking forward to joining the 30's club! Be prepared for a possible virtual race in December!
What am I missing?


Julie said...

It sounds like you had a summer packed with special memories:)

The thirties are actually better than the twenties...hands down! You will love your thirties...I promise!

Unknown said...

You had a great summer. Now it's time to enjoy a great school year. :-)

Marlene said...

Summer sure did go by quick, but it sounds like you had a great one! Best wishes for the new school year!

Holly said...

Summer is always fun, but it's always nice to get back into a routine. Can't wait to hear stories about the new age group you're working with! Should be interesting. :)

Andrew Opala said...

30s are great but 40s is when you really become you!

writing in the blogosphere can definitely help you cope with 6 and 7 year olds! Go gettem'!

Today's Triumph said...

What a wonderful summer -- I can't believe its already come to an end! I am glad I got to be a part of it too : )

Don't forget about the Vikings game and hopefully some Sioux hockey!!

Jess said...

You had a great summer! Good luck with all of your back to school stuff!

Wes said...

That's a great summer! No pause button on life!!

Aimee said...

Reading about you going back to work makes me miss teaching! Oh, and I know all too well about the "crappy teacher lounge" never stops!

Jess said...

You have definitely had an awesome summer! And I'm pretty excited for that virtual race!

Amy said...

Sounds like a great summer! I hear ya on the teacher's lounge crap talk - that's why I've stayed away from teaching in a traditional setting. Good for you for trying to change it!

Unknown said...

Bummer for going back to work! I worked all You have some fun things to look forward to in the next coming months!

Anne said...

Awesome summer! Hope the school year is a good one...6-7 year olds are amazing :)

Aron said...

as much as i am looking forward to fall, i cannot believe how FAST the summer went by! you had a great one and hope you have a great school year :)

Anonymous said...

I love how you laid out this post! You had one busy summer! It's gone sooo fast, but I'm definitely ready to start a new year. I think you're going to love 6-7 year olds : )

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic summer. Do the kids around you that are not special ed get 3 months off? It seems like it because you taught only into June in extended school year right? Or am I understanding wrong?

It's funny, my teachers room is actually not that negative. A lot of times we talk about things totally different than the kids at lunch. When we do complain about kids we often get a lot of helpful suggestions. I guess I am lucky. Either that or I am so negative myself I don't notice it haha

Sherri said...

Summer did fly by! Way too fast!
It looks like you had a great one!
I love your lists of things to do this fall!
Turning 30?! Awesome! I hope you throw yourself a BIG party! =)

Running Librarian said...

It is always sad to think of the end of summer and summer vacation. It is nice to get back into a routine. Although it usually takes me a bit to get the whole work/workout thing to actually work. :) Enjoy your little ones, they are my favorite! They are so cute and funny. And they think you are the best no matter what.

Love My Vitamins said...

Hi teacherwoman-wow that's a lot of amazing things that you have accomplished in the past few months, congrats :) I also love sitting out on the sun and reading or listening to my fave music, while soaking in vitamin D. Hope your new school year is wonderful and continue with your motivating healthy lifestyle!

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Tricia said...

hope you have a great school year!

Kristen said...

Phew - what a summer!! Looks like you have had a blast.

Looks like you have so much still to look forward to!