I love a good routine. It's probably one of the things I missed most over the last year going to school, staying at home, and the other odds and ends that kept popping up. It felt like every time we have finally found our groove as a family last year, Josh's schedule would change or the little guy would start regressing sleep-wise. Good golly!
However, now that I'm teaching and our little guy is attending a daycare during the work-week, we are able to have routines again!! Admittedly, one evening week is a little strange because I am taking one.more.class for my education certificate but our mornings look pretty much the same each day and I am loving it.
My alarm goes off at 5:30 each morning. Occasionally, my other little alarm will wake up a bit before then but I am always up by 5:30 to get my day started. If the toddler is up with me, he will either shower with me or he will hang out with PBSKids and a cup of milk while I quickly shower for the morning. Thank goodness my curls are fully back; they're so low-maintenance on an average day.
By 6:00, I'm showered and getting breakfast together. I normally eat plain oatmeal with some fruit and cinnamon mixed in. I generally end up sharing it with my son or I will offer him some fruit to go with his milk. He has breakfast at school as well, so he doesn't need a full meal. From there, I clean him up and then get dressed for the day. I avoid getting my work clothes on until after he's fed and cleaned. Nothing ruins an outfit like a handful of oatmeal being smeared down the front your shirt.
6:20 is my warning bell; if I don't already have my makeup on, it is crunch time. I will settle the toddler in his room with gate up, keeping him in a safe space to play. I also sometimes bring him in the bathroom with me, depending on his morning mood. He's a pretty happy camper most days, but some mornings he wants to be closer than others. We both brush our teeth and I get any needed bags together. On Mondays, he needs fresh bedding. I always have at least one small bag with my planner, lunch, and other bits for the day. I try to be out the door by 6:30 or so, with a huge travel mug of coffee in hand. His ECC begins taking children as early as 6:30, so they're ready for him whenever we arrive.
I make the conscious choice to get us up and out of the house much earlier than we have to be because I would rather do any work in the morning and pick him up from school as soon as possible after work. Teachers don't get paid for overtime but it is a necessary evil. For whatever reason, it doesn't feel like overtime if I do it in the morning, before school begins.
Students don't come to my room until 7:45, so I typically have about an hour to pray at my desk, make any copies, and do anything else for the day (or rest of the week). My personal goal is to have Monday-Wednesday planned ahead and then make adjustments for Thursday and Friday based off of how we are doing with the material. I also have to plan a lot this year because it is my first year and I don't have many resources for our new Classical curriculum. I don't really mind though as long as I am not losing time with family to prepare.
What's your school morning routine look like? Are you also up before the sun? I'm curious!
After a brief hiatus this June, I’m back and ready to write! Like any creative, there are times where my inspiration is lacking and I need to refresh and relax before jumping back into what I love to do. With that being said, I was writing most of June, just not for myself. My degree in technical and professional writing has sat untouched for the better part of the last year as I studied at Park University, taking classes in education, preparing for a career that I am confident is going to be fulfilling and wonderful but more about that later!
In the spring, an old friend reached and wanted to know if I was interested in writing copy for her photography website. Although I hadn’t used those skills professionally for several years, I was excited to stretch my muscles and do something different for a bit. For those wondering, copy is the written content of a website. I’ve also begun helping with her social media, including her Facebook and Instagram. If you’re in need of a wedding or engagement photographer (or just enjoy bright, joyful photography in your feed), go follow her @caitlinshepardphotodesign and be on the lookout for her stunning images! Caitlin took pictures of Josh and I years ago for my Pitt State graduation and her talent has only exploded from there. I highly recommend her, not only for her talents as a photographer but also for being a truly wonderful human being who makes any project you do with her a true success.
In other news, my son turned one at the beginning of the month. We celebrated with cake, ice cream, and his personal favorite, black beans with both sides of our families at different times. Josh and I were even able to slip away for a day and a half, dropping down to Eureka Springs, AR, for our first night away together since becoming parents. I’d love to tell you that it was a perfect little getaway, and although it was nearly perfect, I definitely miscalculated the number of bottles I would need for pumping and spent the better half of the wee hours of the morning debating one when I should pump, because once I did, I would be out of bottles. But beyond that, we had a wonderful time. The highlight of our trip was (as always with us) the food. We ventured to a new restaurant called the Grotto for drinks and an appetizer, only to find ourselves wishing we had chosen them for dinner. Of course, Local Flavor has never let us down and we were so glad we returned for the third time. Local Flavor will always hold a special place in our hearts, from engagement to honeymoon (as well as our stomachs, it is seriously so good!)
Our vacation was a blast, followed by Royals games, visits from friends and family, and now suddenly, it’s almost the end of June and I haven’t touched my blog! Yet here I am, feeling refreshed and ready to start sharing with everyone again, with one last announcement to share with you all…
As a teacher!!
At a Catholic school!!
Friends, you were with me a year and a half ago when I announced I was no longer attending law school and I was so touched by the utter downpour of love and support. I left law school with a plan in my heart, but a deeper understanding of faith and not imposing my will on God’s, which is why I avoided followup posts declaring myself an educator. Park University, in Parkville, MO, was a true blessing, working with my schedule and providing me with classes I didn’t even know I was going to need. I mean really, the History of Rhetoric, when am I going to use that?
Turns out, in August. I will be working in a school that uses a classical model, choosing primary texts over textbooks, teaching cursive, logic, and reasoning, and even rhetoric! As much as I complained about the classes when I was told I needed to take Shakespeare, I’ll be teaching Romeo and Juliet in less than a year. Don’t doubt that God puts you exactly where you need to be; God truly is good all the time. The past two years have been such a season of change and growth and I have no doubt that the next year is also going to be filled with exciting developments.
Thank you for reading and encouraging me through my many years of writing and I’m looking forward to where God leads me and my family next.