We made it through the first week!

Back to School

A quick post on my thoughts and observations after the first week of school.

  • Moving to a new state is a lot different that moving to a new school (as far as teaching goes!)
  • Day 3 was worse than Day 1 (I think it finally hit them that getting up early wasn’t going away)
  • Uniforms should theoretically make the mornings go faster, but they don’t. At least not yet.
  • My type A daughter was upset that her teacher hadn’t sent any homework home yet.
  • My type B son has already lost his lunch bag.
  • I definitely found a good fit in my school, however…
  • I have realized (if I hadn’t fully realized it before) the importance of organization and clear procedures when it comes to Special Education.
  • My kids are polar opposites in school. My daughter’s teacher asks me for suggestions as to how she can get her to stop working when it’s time for the class to move to the next thing, and my son’s teacher tells me that he just doesn’t seem very motivated to do much in class and he gets distracted easily. (I have my own theories on these occurrences, but I will save them for later)
  • Blogging on a regular basis is going to become increasingly difficult, but necessary for sanity.

Over all it was a good week. It is always good to finally be back with students. Stayed tuned for more updates throughout the year!

First Day of School!

Tomorrow is a big day of firsts: my first day at a new school, my son’s first day of Kindergarten, my daughter’s first day of 1st grade, and our first year of being together at school. I am so excited for this new adventure. In fact, I have been so busy preparing to start school tomorrow that I almost forgot to slow down and soak in the fact that this is MY SON’S FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!! It’s funny because I just kind of take the kids with me everywhere, including up to school. It just seems natural that my son, in particular is coming with me on the first day of school, but tonight it all kind of hit me. As we were packing up the lunches, making sure our clothes were laid out and going over our morning routine, I realized just how excited he is to finally be going to school. I know that he is going to love it. He even got a call from his Kindergarten teacher tonight! (Wasn’t that sweet of her to call and check in on all of her Kinders?) I made her a lanyard for Noah to give her as a little thank-you for already being an amazing teacher!

DIY Lanyard

As we were getting things ready tonight, my son said, “Mom, every time I see you in the hallway tomorrow, I’m going to run over and give you a big hug!” Foreseeing the potential Kindergarten chaos that could ensue, I reminded him that he would need to follow his teachers directions, so he might not be able to run over and give me a hug every time he saw me. I said that maybe he could just wave at me instead, and he seemed ok with that. So tonight, as I was tucking him into bed, he grabbed my neck in a big bear hug and whispered into my ear, “Mom, I know I can’t give you a hug every time I see you at school, so I’m going to give you a really big hug now!” My heart melted. He knows how important my job is for our family, and he knows how important it is for him to follow directions at school. He has so much figured out already. I can’t wait to see what else he can teach me this year…


“We eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot.”

Monty Python Poster

I had the opportunity to attend the opening night of “SPAMalot” at Woodlawn Theater recently. I am a pretty big Monty Python fan, so I jumped at the opportunity to see this production.


The evening started off with some delicious, British-themed hor d’oeuvres and drinks.  I had also attended “The Producers” at Woodlawn earlier this year, so I knew that I was in for an experience. As expected, the troupe at Woodlawn put on a fabulous performance that was “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Under the direction of Greg Hinojosa, the cast kept the audience laughing from start to finish. There were a bevy of beautiful showgirls, a few cows, killer rabbits and French people, and lots of inappropriate humor. It was everything you would expect from a musical based on the comedic genius of Monty Python! Even if you can’t quote the movie word for word, you should still get down to the Woodlawn Theater to see this adaptation. You won’t be disappointed.

Spamalot collage.jpg

The production runs through September 1st, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online at www.woodlawntheatre.com, or by calling the box office at 210- 267- 8388. Prices are a completely reasonable $15 for students and children, $20 for seniors and military, and $23 for adults.

If you aren’t able to make it to “SPAMalot”, they have many more fantastic performances on the horizon. They will be presenting Mel Brooks’ musical “Young Frankenstein” under the direction of Chris Rodriguez beginning October 4th through November 3rd.

The Woodlawn Theatre is San Antonio’s historic community theatre, located in the heart of
the Deco District at 1920 Fredericksburg Road, just south of Hildebrand. Free parking with
security patrol is available.