I'm linking up with Farley for her August Currently I'm a few days late so I should be person 5000. ;)
I cannot believe it is August already. My summer has once again slipped right through my fingertips. I cannot believe that I will be heading back to school for preservice days at the end of this month. Students start school September 3rd this year. I am enjoying my last bit of summer fun with a long weekend away. I cannot complain because I have had plenty of fun this summer, including a weekend BB tournament in WI Dells where we had the best time hanging out with a bunch of other families at the Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark.
Listening: My husband took my three boys fishing so I am chilling in our vacation condo listening to the air conditioner. We weren't able to stay at the resort we always stay at in Egg Harbor, Door County because it was already booked for one of the night we needed so we are trying a new resort that's located in Sister Bay. It has been fun spending more time in Sister Bay because we always just passed through or went out to dinner at certain restaurants. They have a beautiful marina area with a volleyball court and very nice playground. After dinner last we walked down to the marina and hung out for a couple hours. We've seen much more of Sister Bay than ever before.
Loving: I am loving being up here because Door County is just one of my favorite places in the world. We have been coming up here since before we were married and have so many fond memories of spending time with the boys here. We have certain restaurants that cannot be missed, but we are also exploring some new options. Yesterday we tried a new place for lunch that was meh (we keep teasing my husband because he suggested it) and then last night we tried a new place for dinner that was really great. The resort has an indoor and outdoor pool and tons of other amenities so the boys are loving the options from BB to ping pong, foosball, and many other things.
Thinking: How blessed we are to be able to create these vacation memories with the boys. It has been a super busy summer with BB for my two youngest. The middle is on a select team that played several weekend tournaments. We even had a LAX tournament a couple weekends ago for the oldest. I had two days of meetings for math and lesson study training. This past week I took a grad class on Workshop Model in Math. Normally this past week would have been our vacation time, but my class met Tues-Thurs. Greg had the whole week off and even though he was under the weather he was able to take the boys to Six Flags (which shall forever be Great America in my mind) one of the days I was in class. I'm so happy we could squeeze in this extra long weekend getaway before my middle starts FB (the night we get back) and the oldest starts the next week.
Wanting: The continue to enjoy the rest of the summer without completely stressing myself out about getting my classroom set up and planning for the coming school year. It's easier now that the boys are older because I can leave them home and go in and work on my classroom, but I still want to do fun things with them before the summer ends. Cooper has been asking to go to the zoo all summer (poor third child hasn't been there in years, we used to have an annual zoo pass when the older two were little) and I need to make sure we get there. Every summer I want to take the boys to Chicago on the train and every summer comes and goes without us doing it. This summer is shaping up to be no different.
Needing: I need to make my August To Do List so I can hit the ground running when we get home from this vacation. Something about my personality/psyche just cannot seem to function or be productive without making a to do list or thirty. I don't know what it is about me, but if I make a list I am so much more productive and on task. I need to prioritize what needs to be done for school/home to get us all ready for back to school. This includes getting Cooper's bday parties planned. What on earth was I thinking having a baby Sept 9th?!
Back to School Must Haves: 1) I am a bit obsessed with all school supplies so being a teacher is the perfect profession to feed my addiction. I am partial to markers for some reason. My love for Flair Markers can be traced to other teacher bloggers. I also love Mr.Sketch and just got the 18 ct pack. I do not like ball point pens and only like to write with Zebra pens. My writing utensil of choice is a mechanical pencil or Pilot Pents which are actually gel pens. Ballpoint pens are no bueno for me. 2) I also need a clean and organized teacher area to function. I feel like it's such a battle keeping my house clean and organized thanks to the four males I live with, but at school I can completely control my teacher area organization and it makes me so happy and calm and content! 3) I must start every day with my Passion Iced Tea Lemonade. I make it myself with Tazo tea I brew and Simply Lemonade. I used to drink it at Starbucks, but found it's so much cheaper to make it myself and then I can have it anytime I want.