A Spring Walk


I want my 14.5 year dog to enjoy his senior years. Once of his favorite hobbies to do is go with me when I have to take my children to various evening activities.

On Tuesday evening, I was attempting to get people out the door. Oldest had to go to Kung Fu before I dropped him at Boy Scouts. Youngest was going to Boy Scouts with Hubby. Hubby had to take potluck dishes with him. I needed to make sure he was taking all of the food.

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Where I’m From

Before I begin my post this was a Writer’s Workshop idea from almost 2 weeks ago, I was intrigued by the idea so I wrote my own Where I’m From.

I am from lots of tomatoes and bananas because that is what my parents could afford, from the land of Hershey chocolate and the Abigail, my Cabbage Patch doll who still resides in my somewhere in my house.

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If I Could Go Any Where for the Holidays

If I had all of the money in the world, I would love to go down to Walt Disney World for Christmas.

I would not want to visit on Christmas Day because it would be way too busy but I would love to visit at some point in December.

Why would I want to go to Disney during the busy holiday season?

Two years ago, I got to see the decorations at some of the different resorts throughout Walt Disney World.  I loved seeing them.  I also got to see some of the holiday decorations outside of each of the parks.  (We didn’t go into any of the parks.)  I would love to see the decorations inside each of the park.  And photograph them.

Also I haven’t been to any of the Christmas parties in Disney.  When we were there 2 years ago, I hoped they would have one but there was none scheduled.  Bummer!

The last time I celebrated Christmas was during my College Program in 1995.  I worked on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and maybe even New Year’s Day.  I had a visitor during Christmas week and even though we spent time in the park we could not get to Magic Kingdom because it was so busy.  The line for the monorail was all of the way to the entrance.  It would have taken an hour or so to even get on the monorail.

Those are some of the reasons I would love to spend time down in Disney.  The other reason is because honestly December is a hard month for me.  In the last fifteen years, I’ve lost close family members during December – my grandpa in 2003, my grandma in 2008, my father-in-law in 2013, and my father-in-law’s aunt in 2014.  (My grandma’s death was on Christmas Eve.)  

WDW is my happy place.  I’m like a child in a candy store while I’m there.  I put aside all of my worries while I am down there.  In fact, one of the reason I was down there in 2016 was because it was almost 3 months after my sister’s death.  We had planned for a trip to Universal Studios prior to her death.  A month after her death, I was seeing if there was a restaurant reservation available on Thanksgiving.  I luckily found one and a hotel stay for two nights on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  While we were down there, she visited me on Thanksgiving.  (Butterfly)

I would love to just go down there and forget my worries.  

Last year, I shared our local holiday display of Clifton Mill.  They were featured on a national tv show and granted money towards continuing the 30 years of light displays.  

Have a magical day,
Traci

Yes, it’s messy! We’ve worked all day!

On Monday, my work space in my classroom was littered with folders, paper books, pens, pencils, and copies of worksheets.  One of my students told me that it looked as though a tornado had blown through my room.

Throughout the day, I provided services for my students while creating an emergency sub tub in my spare time. It’s that time of the year that I need to have something in place in case they actually get me a sub if I’m ever not at school.

I also decided I needed to clean off my desk.  I had a few random items that needed to be put away.

I also provided services to students while they were knocking random papers off the desk.  I kept having to move papers, folders, and other misc. so the students could have a space to work.  Only one of my students complained about the mess.

By the end of the day, my room was put back together.  My desk was a little cleaner. A sub tub was created.  I could breathe a little easier. 

If anyone looked in my room, they might have said it looked messy.  I would have said it’s a worn in look.  We have been working hard all day learning so we could become better students.

Then this afternoon, it was fifteen minutes before dismissal for Thanksgiving/ fall break.  I asked my last students of the day to help me clean up the room.  We wiped down the room with the Clorax wipes, threw away trash, and got it ready for learning on November 26th.  

When I walked back in my room from my dismissal duty, I could smell the Clorax.  It smells so clean in my room. Such a good feeling

When I get back from break, the room will once again get messy. That’s okay because it means they are learning.

Have a magical day,
Traci