We made it through the first week back! My goodness, I always forget how tiring the first week is, simply because things aren't always "in place" and then you're teaching and reteaching your procedures and routines and trying to throw in some curriculum and/or baseline testing too. Whew!
I was in bed and OUT by 9:30 last night! The Oldest started her first week of college this week (she's been down in West Virginia since mid-August for band camp but her classes started this Wednesday) and has been giving me daily updates on her schedule and classes, Middle Child started middle school this week and we've been helping her navigate 6 classes per day instead of two (they departmentalize in the elementary here) and The Youngest is happily hanging out in 5th grade. It was a big week of firsts for us and it wiped this poor momma right out! I always feel really lame at the start of the year when I fall into bed by 9 or 9:30 just completely drained :)
I brought home some stuff from Friday that I'm going to need to look through so that I'm not behind come Monday but I took 26 solid hours OFF from being a teacher. It was wonderful too. I left school just before 4 yesterday and drove to a friend's house to pick up a new Thirty One wallet, then came home and basically ignored my Teacher Bag. And kept ignoring it until about 8 o'clock tonight. I haven't done much except rearrange my schedule since I traded a special with a colleague and reviewed what I need to finish up this weekend (mostly grading and a tad bit of planning).
I need to do this more often. I NEED to make it a point to make Friday night - Saturday night off-limits for school stuff if I can possibly help it. It was SO nice to just be able to be with my kids, talk about how school is going for them, play on the computer with them, watch a little TV (something I rarely do). Today we played more computer games, went out to dinner and to buy some new shoes for the girls since we didn't make it to the shoe store when we were back-to-school clothes shopping. It was nice to do that as a family (although it feels VERY weird to not have The Oldest with us).
Tomorrow morning we are going to see a Dinosaur exhibit in town that the girls really want to see. I expect it will take most of the morning and into the early afternoon to get through. Then I have to come home and play teacher again. It would be great to get to the point where I didn't have to do ANY school work on the weekend at all but this early in the year, it's not likely to happen.
Now that I have my new schedule in place because of trading my art time to Friday, I'm hopeful to be able to get most of my grading done during that time so that I can leave right after school on Friday and be school-free for the whole weekend. It may be a lofty goal but I'm going to do my best to get there. If I have to put in 1-2 hours on a weekend, that's okay. I just don't want to have to give up most of a day to plan or grade as I did last year. Too draining and I need that time to be a mom and wife rather than a teacher.
Have a great rest of your weekend!