This year, when I decided to continue writing my blog, I chose to approach it a little differently. I had found a Photo Challenge and since I had just gotten my new camera, I thought it would be a great way to incorporate the photography and blog into one. I wasn’t sure if I liked it…and to be honest, some of the prompts were tough! It has definitely forced me to take at least one photo a day though!
On January 1st I said I would stick it out for the month and make a decision on the 31st whether or not I’d stick to the photo part of the blog. I realized, that it was very easy to keep writing because the prompts are really open ended. I got “stuck” way less often when unsure about to write about. Even Drew and Dave got curious about the prompt for the day.
February’s list is up. I am up for another month of the photo challenge. As long as I can keep thinking of things to relate the prompts to, I will keep on doing it!!
The idea behind the photos, for “real photographers” is to learn more and become more creative. For me, I am taking it a bit differently. For example, #22 last month was Color Blocking which I learned was a type of creative way of shooting photos. I used it differently and wrote about Martin Luther King and Kindergarten.
I have already looked ahead and seen some of February’s prompts and some of them look tough. We will see how it goes. Today’s prompt was One Done. One month down. It was fun.
Today’s photo prompt Commitment is an easy one for me to write today. Commitment can be looked at so many different ways. For Dave and me, today commitment means giving up the afternoon and evening to sit by my dad’s side as we wait in the hospital to find out what is wrong this time 😳
He hasn’t been feeling well and even with our pleading to get himself checked, he refused and attempted to get better on his own leaving us right back where we were several times last year- in the emergency room – just waiting.
His spirits are good, but he’s frustrated. So are we. Not with the hospital. They’re wonderful. It is hard to say I told you so to your father but…
Always looking for “signs” I noticed his room number. A mix of two of my lucky numbers. Maybe it will bring us some karma. For now we will wait and see….
This afternoon, our school had a “Code Red Drill.’ A complete lock-down of the school where everyone goes into hiding and waits until the police have deemed the building safe. It was only a drill. Everyone in the school has been taught where we are to hide and be out of site and the drill went smoothly. 22 children, our full time classroom nurse, a parent volunteer and I all sat silently in our hiding space and waited….for over thirty minutes.
Imagine keeping 22 five and six year olds quiet for over thirty minutes! Not an easy task, yet they did it. I kept reassuring them that it was a drill and only one was very scared. She held my hand the entire time and we just waited. These drills are unnerving but so important. It makes me sad to know that children need to grow up in a world where these practices will be the norm. After the experience DJ went through in November with a suspected active shooter in his building, I realized even more how important it is to know how to react.
As we were sitting, all crushed together in our hiding spot, I noticed a group of our feet all jumbled together. The photographer in me wanted to take a photo of it so badly, but knew that I couldn’t do it during the drill. Right then, I knew it would be my blog though. Tethered, is today’s photo prompt and although we weren’t tethered by string or rope, we were tethered together body to body, side by side. After school, I took three photos of the place where we were all cramped together and then realized there was no way I could post that either…without giving away our hiding spot! So, instead, here is a picture of my boot. The one I was wearing during the drill. The one that was intermingled with six or seven little feet surrounding it.
I will always be tethered to my students it is my job and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Outside, the wind is blowing, the snow is swirling and the temperatures are dropping quickly but inside my house it is warm and it smells amazing thanks to an “appley” delicious dessert I saw posted on Facebook by my friend Lindsay. I had all the ingredients in the house so I decided to have Drew help me whip it together.
Teamwork. I peeled the apples, he chopped them and whisked the ingredients together. The photo prompt for today is Move and since we are stuck inside until this “epic blizzard” is over, the whisking is the most movement I will see for awhile. School has been canceled already. Today was an early dismissal. A state of emergency had been issued.
I am not worried about being snowed in for a day or so. Lots to eat, games to play, movies to catch up on. Clean up will be tough, but as long as we don’t lose power….all will be okay. Stay safe out there!
(The finished product)
“Resolve” today’s photo prompt, made me think of my many commitments/projects that I take on. This year, I resolve to make them all work. To make sure that my life, while always busy, is balanced. My family, teaching, photography, blogging, my chloe + isabel jewelry plus all of the charitable work I enjoy doing. I will find a way to make it fit.
If I am not busy doing something, I am not complete. I don’t sit still. I can’t sit still. It is who I am and I like it that way 🙂
I guess it was bound to happen. Snow. About 6 inches of it. Enough to need to be shoveled, but not enough to keep us home bound. Despite how much I complain about it, it is beautiful. Today is the wet, heavy, snowball making kind of snow. Fun snow. Plus, it is not too cold out there so it wasn’t miserable to be out shoveling. With all four of us and our neighbor working together we got our enormous driveway completely done within an hour. That driveway – no exaggeration, can fit about 16 cars parked side by side in it! We share it with the neighbor so there are six cars parked on it daily and still plenty of room for more. A great driveway for the kids playing sports out there, but not so great when it comes to shoveling.
One storm down. One due overnight on Sunday. Hoping that’s the worst of it this winter….but there are still two months to go.
Photo prompt today, “Who and What” so the “who” in this photo are the four of us working together to get the job done. The “what” the kids basketball net filled with snow which made for a great shot even on this gray day.
Following along with yesterday’s blog about MLK and our white egg/brown egg experiment, today, my class met with their 4th grade reading buddies. Once a week we meet and the children read to each other. This week we changed things up a bit and I read a book to the two classes about Martin Luther King and then they worked with their buddies to come up with a way that they could create something great in our world. Every pair of buddies came up with wonderful answers, but this one made my heart melt.
“Even though there’s darkness in the world, light can overcome it.”
It really could not be more clear. If only everyone could think the way children do. The world could be a pretty amazing place.
As soon as I read this, I knew it would be my blog for today. The photo prompt was “On the Third.” The only way I can relate the topic to my blog is this…today is the 3rd Friday of January. There was no way I was skipping this beautiful message so it will have to do 🙂
I didn’t follow the photo prompt exactly today. It was Color Blocking but I thought that since “color” was the idea behind the lesson, I would make it work this way instead.
I write about this every year this week. My favorite lesson to teach. “The White Egg Brown Egg Experiment.” I have been teaching this for years and it never gets old.
One of the greatest lessons to teach diversity to young children. After talking all week long about Dr. Martin Luther King and how he changed our world, is it a great way to tie it all together.
I show the students one white egg and one brown egg and we talk about how different they look on the outside. For the most part, it is just the color that they notice but we also talk about how they are the same. They are both oval shaped, they roll, they are fragile. Then they relate it to themselves. They are all Kindergarteners. They are all children. The answers go on and on.
I crack the eggs into a clear bowl and we look at the insides – which of course are exactly the same. Just like us. Even the children realize this. Inside, there is no difference. One child even said that if we held up an x-ray, we wouldn’t be able to tell if it was from a child with brown skin or a child with peach skin.
Exactly. Lesson learned. 🙂