The Ice Cream Shop

Iced coffee.

Undeniably my favorite drink in the whole world.  I’ve got some close seconds–hot chocolate and Dr. Pepper are right up there, too.  But there is nothing like that rich dark coffee mixed with my favorite creamer (right now, the simple French Vanilla) and some ice cubes.  I have a pitcher in our fridge right now and it takes some pretty cold weather for me to switch to the hot stuff.

One thing that I love about iced coffee is that it instantly takes me back to summertime.  Every morning before I left for work, I had to pour myself one of those tumblers full of the cold “liquid gold”.  I worked at a daycare where we spent the majority of our days outside playing or walking to field trips, so that cool drink was always so refreshing!

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One of my favorite memories from last summer at the daycare was a field trip to the zoo with the oldest group.  My coworker and I got the kiddos ready and before we left, our director gave us some “secret ice cream money” if the kids behaved really well.  We were under orders to not tell them about this prize they would earn if they were good; rather, we were to encourage them to obey and let things work out how they would.

The walk to the zoo was wonderful!  The kids hardly complained or lagged behind—we were all having a good time.  Icecream for sure.

Of course, not everything was perfect… there were some moments when we were ready to pack up and head home.  BUT, we wanted the kids to succeed (I mean, who doesn’t want ice cream in the middle of a July afternoon??), so we encouraged them to change their behavior, and they did.

There is a little icecream shop on the way back to the daycare and as we got closer, the kids started asking us if we could stop and we said we’d think about it.  The closer we got, the more the kids implored of us to get some icecream.  I was impressed with how persuasive they could be!

Once we were across the street from the shop, we stopped the line of kids and gave them a little speech.  Now I don’t remember the exact things we said, but we told them how before we even left the daycare, Miss Lynda had given us ice cream money.  She wanted us to watch your behavior today and if they were really good, to stop for icecream.  We also told them that there won’t always be a reward like icecream for good behavior, but that shouldn’t stop them from being good either!  The field trip to the zoo was so much better when everybody got along and was kind to each other.

Then, we told them how proud of them we were and let them get their ice cream reward.  They sure earned it!

Now how much of that did they hear and really understand when they were just staring at the icecream shop?  Hopefully a little bit 😉

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Maybe that’s why I love iced coffee so much.  Sure, its wonderfully delicious, but it also takes me back through so many great memories of meeting up with friends for “coffee dates”, working at the daycare, and learning how to make it… And I do love reminiscing.

Slice of Life

Wednesdays are WAY better

Wednesdays are great. I get home from work and class at a decent time which usually leaves me energized to do something. Today, it was cleaning the house! (okay, its pretty small so it’s really not that big of an accomplishment 😉 ) BUT it sure was relaxing to go through each room and clean up.

I used to hate to clean. Yuck! Now I find the methodical chore relaxing and even stress-relieving. Disinfecting the counters and scrubbing the sinks, hanging up clothes and washing the sheets.

Must be something about this “adulthood” that makes me enjoy cleaning and list-writing.

It was so nice to not have to go anywhere for groceries or errands. I just got to spend my afternoon cleaning and doing our laundry. We had leftovers from last night’s supper, so I didn’t even have to cook!

After everything was cleaned up and laundry was well on its way, I decided to put my husband and my wedding pictures in our album! We got the prints back a few weeks ago and got a lovely album from his brother and his wife. So finally, I sat down, sorted out some pictures, and put them in our wedding album.

I loved looking at all the pictures from our photographer and see the fun memories from the our day! My man and I are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives that came and celebrated our wedding with us!

Sometimes, while we were planning our wedding, I had a hard time thinking about what it would be like to not be immersed in all things wedding like we had been for a year. As much as I enjoyed wedding planning, it is even better to be married! 🙂

Anyways, I had better clean up my mixing bowl in the sink. I even had time to make cookie bars tonight. Wednesdays are SO much better than Mondays!

I don’t Monday good

Missed my alarm.
Missed my workout.
Missed making my regular lunch.
Missed my time to leave for work.
Missed that red light at least.
Missed a good parking spot,
Went back for it.
Missed my scalding hot coffee,
Now drinking it at the right temperature.

Miss sleeping in like my young summer days.
Miss warm weather.
Miss my warm gloves.
Miss my blanket and chunky sweater.
Miss the weekend.

Here’s to the inevitable Monday that haunts us every week.

I never miss Mondays.

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The List

Day two of the Slice of Life Challenge!  So far, so good 🙂  Check out the Two Writing Teachers’ blog to find out more about this month-long challenge.

I can have a variety of lists on any given day.  I’ve got my shopping list on the fridge, my daily to-do list in my planner, my weekly itinerary, (do my Pinterest boards of recipes and DIYs count as lists??), and a number of other things floating around in my head.

I used to hate writing lists.  Not sure why, but I did.  Now, I love them! I feel like when I write them I can accomplish anything.

Today, I felt overwhelmed with homework and housework so I sat down and wrote my list, expecting it to take up most of my sticky note.  Here’s what I wrote:

  1. TE 306
  2. Study for Adol. Lit (426)
  3. Film still of “B.A.T.” (427)
  4. Blog for SOLSC
  5. Clean

Three of those items are homework I need to get done, #4 and #5 are self-expanatory 😉  What I’ve come to realize is that just because I make a list, doesn’t mean I get everything done.  I wrote this list this afternoon to make sure I finished those five items.  It wouldn’t be too hard, right?

Wrong.

I finished my homework for my Teacher Education course and created a differentiated activity (yay!) and then I started my Slice of Life.  I’m not entirely sure what happened, but I wrote a few lines…felt a little drowsy…and suddenly it was two hours later!

Oops!!

So suddenly it was time to start making supper (steak on our griddle with baked potatoes–YUM) and…..

 *time-out* the Oscars started……..

Okay, I’m focused again.

Maybe 😉

Anyways, lists don’t mean that I will get anything done.  Today, among many other days, have proven that to me.  Lists do, however, provide me direction and help me prioritize.

Speaking of prioritizing, I’ve got a test tomorrow!

Until tomorrow’s post,

L

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