All in all it's been a very nice summer. We didn't really go many places, we didn't really do much, but we are definitely back on our feet, rested and ready for a new school year. E is out of the woods and gaining ground and pounds. Miss M is prepared for and needs preschool like a fish needs a good kick in the pants, I mean, water. Even Bob and I have carved out some time to be, well, Bob and I. So here we have:
Remember my goal-setting post? Well, here's my list, broken down. Of course, excuses are included.
- Detail every room. Actually move stuff when I dust and vacuum.
- Give baby toys a good wash in Clorox.
- Update the girls' baby books with photos. This has not been done since Little Project's birth.
- Transfer all classroom CDs to be used in the fall on the lovely new iPods the department generously got us Music folk.
- Try not to get to giddy thinking about toting around an iPod instead of shuffling through the entire CD library every week, plus more on travel days.
- Find out exactly what the heck is up with my teaching travel schedule next year.
This year is going to be interesting, schedule-wise. I had some added flexibility due to our dwindling numbers, flexibility I will probably never enjoy again after next year's adjustments. I really intend to make the most of this; co-teaching, extra programs, projects, private lessons, etc. But to quote a very astute Music-teacher-friend from LVC, "I do not provide preps. I provide Music Education. " Any questions? No? Good, now let's go form an Orff ensemble...
- Paint touch-ups around the house. Painting is way more fun that cleaning.
- Have my classroom ready to roll by September.
Classroom, post-furniture move, pre-decoration. Less institutional, more "gatheringy". Looks waaaaay better now. But I of course have no picture of that.
- Give Miss M some artsy-craftsy time with Mommy.
- READ. I want to finally read Don't Know Much About History, because, well, I really don't. I also want to tackle The Female Brain, and I have two more Philippa Gregory novels waiting patiently on my nightstand. They've been there since Christmas. Beckoning.
Overall, not too shabby. Our other great accomplishments have been noted and posted and shared and over-shared on facebook, so I won't wax nostalgic any more. But let's just say we loved this summer, we're looking forward to this school year, and of course, the next beautiful, glorious, fabulous summer after that as well. Right now, it's probably just best to focus on going...