I've been participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers. I love the challenge of composing a piece of writing at least once a week about life or teaching.
We got another snow day today! I've sliced about how much I love this "real" winter, and I'm continuing to be amazed. I may not like the fact that we've had record snows and temperatures this winter when we're making up days in June, but for now it's wonderful. One of the reasons it's wonderful is that I've been able to spend down time with my daughters. Miami University, where my older daughter goes, instituted a "J Term" this year, giving the students an extra term for study abroad and taking extra classes. She decided not to do either, so she was to be home for six weeks. She has a part time job at a retail clothing store, so that was good, but I know at first she thought six weeks was going to be an awfully long time to be at home. However, it's turned out to be great for all of us. With the extra snow days and full two weeks at break, we've been able to spend time together without the stress and demands school places on all of us. Libby has been able to read lots of books, spend time with her boyfriend and hometown friends, and relax. My younger daughter, the senior in high school, has been able to take advantage of sister time, read for pleasure instead of for AP classes, ski, watch old seasons of "Grey's Anatomy" with Libby, and enjoy her last year living at home full time. I know this snow has to stop eventually, but for now, it's been a joy to live life slowly and fully. I've been able to spend extra time blogging, reading, writing, lesson planning, and working on Choice Literacy articles and the book project with Megan. I do feel badly for my husband who doesn't get to stop with the snow, but even he's been able to enjoy family time more.
Later this afternoon when the roads clear up a bit, we'll be joining my teacher friends that live close by and teach in districts that also canceled school today for a snow day. It's tradition for us to get together when all three schools are off to eat, talk, and hang out when it's not too bad to drive (they live in the same neighborhood, but I have to drive a few minutes). I hope all of you who don't get snow days in your job are safe and sound. I know everyone doesn't get this benefit. For those of you who do, enjoy and savor it. The busy days of spring are right around the corner!
Even Ben, our dog, is happy that everyone is home! Here he is hanging out with Katie. I was looking for a book on the bookshelf behind the couch, and when I turned around, this is what I saw. I was so happy I had my phone in my pocket!!