On Friday afternoon, I was debating whether I'd try to go home right after school or stay for a while and work. I knew Joel was already home, and since we hadn't really seen each other much during the week, as we've both been working 12 hour days, I liked the idea of going home for some quality time with my man.
But then Renee walked in and mentioned some things she needed to get done for Monday. Of course, I know how everything is better with a friend, so I told her I'd stay and make some more positive calls. Ten minutes later, our AMAZING social worker, Maddi, and SPED department head, Val, walked into my room demanding that we pack up our things and exit the building. Maddi even closed my laptop for me. They were having NONE of this working on Friday afternoon business. Instead, we were kidnapped to Chili's for happy hour.
It was a good choice. I laughed SO much. And My social calendar is filling up fast with activities with my new coworkers from baseball games to Oktoberfests and winery visits.
After happy hour, I raced home for a dinner date with Joel. I have to say, when we're both working so much, we have so many extra things to discuss when we're together. It kinda feels like when we were newly dating, before we moved in together, because we have so much to talk about! It made it extra fun to have a date night. I have more to share about this (including a super embarrassing story) later.
By the time we got home, I was exhausted and only lasted about 30 minutes hanging out with Joel and Aniya for Sesame Street time before crashing in bed. I think I slept 11 hours Friday night. Now, it also wasn't exactly a peaceful sleep because... I'm a teacher, and my mind is always racing with things I should do, but it was still blissful not to have an alarm screaming in my ear at 5 AM!
|Sesame Street, equally mesmerizing for nieces and uncles alike|
Yesterday, Joel and I watched Aniya so Resha could have some mommy time. We had lunch and then ended up taking her to Woodfield Mall to run around in the play area since it was rainy outside. Weekends at Woodfield are usually crazy, but they're extra crazy on rainy days, so the play area was PACKED. Also... who are these parents who let their kids run amuck without supervision? The perimeter of the play area was full of parents staring at their phones, while their children ran UP slides and knocked littles off the stairs. The mama bear in me came out when one such child knocked Aniya flat on her back. I knew she was okay because the ground was super squishy (like... can I get some of that in my classroom, please? My feet would LOVE it!), but the poor baby still cried because it scared her to death.
After she got knocked down a second time, I had had enough. We turned our attention to shoe shopping (why do I ALWAYS wait until the end of the season to buy the shoes I need for right now? I cannot find cute, black sandals to save my life) and a visit to Rainforest Cafe to see the animals. Aniya liked the monkeys and butterfly, but was terrified of the alligator at the entrance. Toddlers don't understand when you tell them the alligator is fake. That means nothing to them. Instead, I got certain ear drum damage from her shrill cries! haha
|My favorite monkeys!|
We then treated ourselves to bubble tea, which is my favorite thing in life, before heading home for nap time (for all)!
Saturday night was filled with grocery shopping, laundry, and Netflix. I honestly can't remember the last time the TV was even on in our house, so it was nice to have a relaxing evening at home.
So far today, we've cooked breakfast, paid bills, and I've blogged. I know... so exciting! I do have to grade Friday's assessment, but it shouldn't take more more than 30 minutes, so I plan to do that while we watch The Real Housewives later tonight. It feels so good to be able to go into this week prepared (lesson plans have been done since Thursday) and well-rested.
Week 3, here I come!