If We Were Having Coffee…5/6/17

If we were having coffee this morning… I would probably start off with, “Remember me?” It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to sit and create a post of any kind or visit those of my blog friends. I’ve no excuse. My mind and life were just heading in a different direction for a bit, but now as I sit here lingering over my French Roast, breathing in the cool spring air blowing through the screen door I feel the need for a bit of a chat so….

First, as an update, in my last Coffee Share I was pretty excited that our family was awaiting the arrival of two new baby boys. Both have arrived healthy and strong- Chase, my niece’s son, we were able to meet on Easter (I was quite annoyed that I had to put him down in order to actually serve dinner!), and Asher, my husband’s step-sisters baby, only three weeks old now and who we hope to meet very soon.

If we were having coffee…I would fill your cup, offer a chair and ask, “How ya been?” Stuff has been hopping here in Southern New Jersey. Aside from babies being born, both of my own kids (is it ok to still refer to my college age children as ‘kids?’) have been cramming for finals. Mr D’s text responses have been tense one word answers so I know he is feeling overwhelmed and Miss Dee has spread her laptop and books from one end of the kitchen to the other, taking only short breaks to sleep and eat! Wednesday  is the magic day when they can both breath again. She will head to the movies with friends to celebrate and maybe my son will stop by to visit (although first he will probably spend an evening celebrating at the pub near campus).

The D-man and I, both working for the public school system, have been navigating the PARCC test. For those unfamiliar, this is  the standardized assessment test that  students are required to take, here in NJ and several other states. My personal assessment is that it is a colossal waste of time and a real pain in the A#%, but no one has asked me. 😊

My poor hubby has it much worse than me though because at his school, he is the guy running the test so he has to do all the preparation and pray that the logistic and technology all cooperate. Of course it didn’t. The computers had a major glitch on day one, putting them a day behind to start then the fire alarm was accidentally triggered on day two requiring the whole school to evacuate till the source was discovered, then on the final day all the programs were moving so slow that it took some students 20 minutes just to sign in to the site! He still has make ups next week but he treated himself to a day off on Friday, spending it down the shore with a friend. I think I would have needed more than one day!!

If we were having coffee…I might tell you how excited I am for this summer’s STEAM Camp (science, technology, engineering, art and math). It will be run, again, by my friend Jill who is a fifth grade teacher at the school where I work. She and, another friend, Karen, the third grade teacher, started the camp last summer and it was so successful that we will be doubling it and doing two weeks this time round. The themes are “World Travel” and “Sports Science.” In addition to working at the actual camp, they have commissioned me once again to make the props that enhance each week’s theme. This is the first one done:

The windows are cut out so the children can stand behind and get their photos taken as they enter camp the first day. Next I’m working on a “passport” that will act as their name tag throughout the week. I find it really fun and relaxing to have a creative project to work on during my free time.

Well, if we were having coffee…I would probably notice the time and realize that I need to get myself moving. I bought some herbs and would like to plant them in pots outside today. We also have some bushes in serious need of a trim then the D-man and I have tickets to the Philadelphia Phillies game tonight. Love me some springtime baseball!⚾️

Oh, One more thing…

If we were having coffee… I would remind you to visit Nerd in the Brain so that you can enjoy the rest of the Coffee Share Posts. May the rest of your weekend be super-fantastic! I hope you are able to surround yourself with the people and things you love the most.


17 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee…5/6/17

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  3. Congrats on the two new additions! My kids have been doing standardized tests recently also… we do MAP here in Missouri. I despise those tests. But no one asks me either. The STEAM camp sounds awesome and I love your creativity.

    • Hope your kids aren’t too stressed about testing. We do MAP too.☹️Thanks for the compliment. Given an idea I can usually run with it. Coming up with the idea myself is a bit more of a challenge!

  4. We hae similar (I believe) tests here – AZ Merits…. Sometimes I wonder just how useful these starndardized tests really are but then what do I (as just as measly parent) know… IMO seems like a waste of time to do tests comparing kids against each other and all, and taking away from classroom learning of things that matter…things that they (students) will need later in life as grownups. Sorry, rant over and done “preaching to choir” as hubby would put it – LOL. The STEAM camp picture taking things looks cool and I bet the camp will be lots of fun. Enjoy and enjoy your week.

    • I agree on all counts! The tests really raise havoc with the day to day learning process too. Our schedules and lesson plans are all over the place. Shame no one is asking us, huh!?😊 Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Chase and Asher, lovely names. Have fun planting your herbs. I was happy to have nice weather the other day to get some of my planting started, and I got my greenhouse up. Love planting, although I don’t have much luck with herbs. I have parsley, thyme, and basil sprouting but it isn’t looking promising. Anyway, great post.

  6. Nice to see you back! Sometimes life happens. College kids are still kids 😉 I’m sure you’ll still call them kids when they are in their 50s! Cool to see art in there, instead of the normal “STEM”. Have a great week.

    • Thanks! Since the “Art” part is my best thing, I would miss it too. I have learned a lot of cool scientific stuff too though.

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