Reflection

I can’t believe today is the last day of #sol19! I feel March flew by! This month I tried to just live in the moment for my slices. As opposed to planning out my slices as I have in the past. This year I wanted to really focus on the world around me. Even the small things I otherwise may not give a second thought. SOL is such an awarding experience. Not just writing everyday for all thirty-one days, but reading other slices and gaining ideas from other slicers. I love being in this amazing writing community! Building connections and learning from fellow slicers is priceless! Thank you Two Writing Teachers!

What a

Rewarding and

Incredible experience

Thankful to be

In this community

Now I have new ideas and

Grew as a writer!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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April

I can’t believe April will be here on Monday! I will be welcoming April with open arms. Not only because of the warmer weather and spring rains which bring beautiful flowers (not to mention closer to summer), but there is so much more to enjoy too! I have so much to look forward to! It will be a busy, but fun and rewarding month!

I am looking forward to…

Writing poems with my Kindergarten writers! Love celebrating National Poetry Month!

Going to a baptism. My nephew is getting baptized! I look forward to spending time with family especially this cutie!

Going to a Phillies game with our favorite people! Great company, baseball, ballpark food, the Phillie Phanatic…what else could you ask for? Well…a win would be fantastic! Go Phillies!!!

Reading the book, How Do Dinosaurs Learn How to Read?, at our Dino-mite Family Literacy Night!

Watching our favorite girl at her Middle School guard show!

Running in my first 5K! It is the Cherry Blossom 5K in Philadelphia. Looking forward to all the beautiful sights as well as finishing my first 5K!

Having Spring Break! It is really late this year and teachers and students are both in need of a break! It can’t come soon enough!

Going to a bowling fundraiser to support our friends (more like family). It is their annual bowling fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. It will be our 6th year!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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New Toys

While at Target we didn’t leave without some new toys for our babies. Lately, have been throwing many away due to being very old and worn. Many chewed through. I cut off all the tags. Ginger immediately took the penguin I gave her and began playing. Put an instant smile on my face since she doesn’t play with toys like she used to. She’s 10 years old, but Rylee, almost 10 months, keeps Ginger’s puppy side alive (maybe for 5 minutes, but hey better than laying around)! Rylee enjoyed her monster I gave her. For a short time, Ginger and Rylee even were enjoying their new toys side-by-side!😊 Love my girls and happy they enjoyed their new toys!💜🐾

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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Opening Day

A sea of red and white.

Vendors screaming, “Get your hot dogs and peanuts here!”

Happy fans cheering.

Crowd singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

The Phillie Phanatic making everyone laugh.

SMACK! Ball meeting the bat.

Not at opening day today, but still wearing my Phillies gear!

Go Phillies!!!!

I’m looking forward to all these things on April 8th though!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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Nice Start

Short slice today about the start to my day…

One of my girls came over to me after she unpacked her book bag this morning with a smile from ear to ear to give me something she made for me. It was 2 dogs, one black and one brown (Rylee and Ginger). She was so proud and excited to give them to me. So very sweet to think of me and my dogs while not at school! Of course, I hung them up right away. What a nice start to the day!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!
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Never Ending

The work is always never ending with not enough time in a day!!!

Report cards✅

Parent-Teacher Conferences ✅

You would think I could breathe now.

More free time.

WRONG!

Still running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

At the end of the day things to do didn’t stop.

Just need to cut these words out.

Just need to finish grading these papers.

Just need to finish creating this permission slip.

Time to go. Rest will be there tomorrow.

Already a lot later than I wanted to stay.

Get out to parking lot…

Pretty much empty!

Maybe tomorrow I won’t be one of the last ones to leave.

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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Spring Is…

My Kindergarten writers created Spring poems after we discussed Spring in Science. I love seeing what Spring means to 5 and 6 year olds! What does Spring mean to you?

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!
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Cystic Fibrosis

Last night my husband and I saw Five Feet Apart. It is about two teens (both have Cystic Fibrosis (CF))who meet in the hospital. It really puts life into perspective.

We have a personal connection with CF since our dear friends (more like family), Cindy and Cayden (son) both have it. Many things in the movie weren’t a surprise because we are familiar with the daily life of someone who has CF.

I have had my own share of health issues and when Cayden was in my kindergarten class I was in the middle of recovering from surgeries and surgeries in my future. I truly believe he was meant to be in my class. I saw this little boy (who started Kindergarten a few weeks later due to being hospitalized) who was so happy and full of life despite his everyday struggles from the disease. I thought if a 5 year old can endure all he has in his 5 years of life, I can certainly deal with all I was going through as an adult. Cayden was and always will be my inspiration and hero.

I have never sobbed so much during a movie. A lot having to do with being so close to very important people in our lives who deal with the very same battles as the characters in the movie.

This movie is wonderful for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness. I couldn’t imagine my life without Cayden and Cindy. They turned from student/parent to friends to family throughout the years. Cayden is now in 5th grade and I adore him and I’m thankful I can watch him grow up. This May will be our 6th year participating in the Great Strides walk to support Cayden and Cindy as well as everyone who has Cystic Fibrosis.

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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Phillies 5K

This morning we were early risers. It’s time for the Phillies 5K! My husband, Matt, did his first 5K last June and now this is his 6th! He has lost over 80 pounds since January 2018. Next month he will do his first 10K and in May he will participate in the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia which is 10 miles! I’m so very proud of him! He has inspired me to run my first 5K next month! Here is a poem inspired by John Frank’s poem, Signs, to describe the race. It was a bit cold with the wind, but being there to support Matt was so worth it!

Early rising,

Sun shining,

Wind gusting,

Hair blowing,

Band playing,

Runners preparing,

Race beginning,

Phanatic supporting,

Crowd cheering,

Friends high-fiving,

Supporters hugging,

People congratulating,

The Phillies 5K rocks!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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What a Morning!

What a morning! A fiasco to start the day…

Started as a regular morning with feeding the dogs and letting them outside to do their business. Rylee was done, (so I thought) wanting to come back inside.

She was not acting herself. Oh boy! Not again. I knew the problem…

Some poop stuck because of the hair in it. If she would stop eating everything in sight (that’s a puppy for you though)!!!!

She is running around the house as I’m chasing her trying to help her. Got her into the bathroom and managed to get some of it. Matt had to start getting ready for work so he headed to the bedroom…

“UGH, I JUST STEPPED IN SOME?!?!” yelled Matt. Poop on the bottom of his foot and tried to keep his foot in the air and, of course, Rylee goes under his foot and gets poop on her head.

AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

She ends up pooping out the rest on the carpet (guess at least that problem is solved). Cleaned that up. “CRAP?!?!?” I exclaimed as I remembered I had started boiling water. Ran into kitchen and turned off burner. Now had to tackle the poop on her head. Rylee wanted nothing to do with me getting it off. I was done running around trying to get it cleaned off so scooped her under my arm and put her into the tub.

I held Rylee while Matt cleaned her head. Another mess tackled. Now back to the kitchen to boil more water (other water evaporated). Oatmeal made and managed to enjoy.

Tried to get Rylee to go outside to pee. No luck (gets scared when she has pooping issues and of course it was raining so another obstacle). So finished getting ready. Look to see what Rylee is doing. “NO!!!!” I cried. Rylee peed all over Matt’s jeans on the floor (maybe he won’t leave his clothes on the floor now).

Got cleaning supplies back out. Cleaned it up. I couldn’t take anymore mishaps. Time for Rylee to get in her pen.

Finally left and still got to school with a few minutes to spare (even though a lot later than usual).

What a disaster of a morning!

#SOL19 is my fourth year participating! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with incredible writers! This community brings me so much joy and inspiration! Thank you TWT for this amazing community of writers!

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