So today’s post is going to be a little different than usual. I love being able to share my family life with all of you, so I am going to talk about the most wonderful things in my life today and that includes my daughters.
Both my oldest and my youngest daughter were born in November and 1 week apart no less. They are the light of my life, so this time of year it is birthday party central at our house. I love that I have the freedom to do some pretty special things for my girls when it comes time to celebrating their birthdays. So this past weekend we got to celebrate my 11 year olds birthday.
My 11 year old is one of those kids that is a camo obsessed Tom Boy, so she is not into anything girly except for arts and crafts projects. On her birthday I told her we could go shopping at her favorite store Justice, and she could pick out a new outfit. After spending an hour there, she decided they didn’t have anything that she wanted. After going to a couple of other stores she said that she didn’t need any clothing. Then I asked her if she wanted to go to Barnes and Noble to buy a new book. Her eyes lit up, and we had finally found a winner.
Phew, I hate not buying her a lot for her birthday, but she doesn’t really need a lot. She would rather have a birthday party sleepover for her friends, so that is usually our present to her. But this year I had bought a few things for her little sister, whose birthday was one week after hers. So I wanted to try to make it fair. She not only picked out one book, but found two others as well. I love that my kids love to read so much that they would rather books than anything else in the world. That is pretty cool. Having people in our lives that care about us and a good book in hand is all this wonderful little girl needs.
So Saturday during the day we went shopping to buy everything we needed for her sleepover. We decided to take a picture of the group of girls, put the picture on a transfer and iron it to a pillow case. Here is the picture that we took.
Can you guess which one is the birthday girl? You guessed it my Tom Boy in the middle being lifted by her friends and her sister. I look at pictures like this and I think this is exactly why I have changed my life around. At the end of the day I care about my children and the reading success of all of my students. It’s not about politics, whose right, or people’s egos. It is all about the children and their overall happiness.
While children that struggle with reading can be happy, their self esteem and their self image begin to be affected. When does this happen, usually around 3rd and 4th grade. That is why it is so important to catch them up before these grades.
But back to our birthday party galore week. Mikayla who is in the picture in pink is celebrating her 7th birthday and going to Chuck E’ Cheese with her friends. She saw her other sister have one of these parties before and decided that this year that was how she wanted to celebrate her birthday.
Not only do we have birthday parties galore going on, but we also have all the other traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tomorrow morning starts the beginning of the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, but I am pretty much all done with shopping. I don’t have too many more things that I have to get. My kids are getting older, and their lists are becoming more expensive and less lengthy. I am grateful for the wonderful people that we have in our life today, and I am grateful for to watch my own children share in this gratitude.
Today I am so grateful that I was able to be blessed with three amazing girls, a wonderful husband, a healthy mom, and the best students in the world to work with. Doing what you love really is the secret sauce of living a happy and healthy life. I am loving every second of it and I am so glad that in less than two months I will be officially rolling out my Tutorpreneur program to teach other teachers how to teach online as well, so they can teach from the comfort of their home and be a mom if they so choose.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?