Saturday, April 12, 2014

Celebration 4/12

This is a fabulous idea from Ruth Ayres in which we write about something to celebrate each Saturday. I love participating in this link up each week and hearing about the awesome things happening in everyone's classrooms and lives.

This week, I am particularly thankful for this weekly tradition. It was a struggle for me to shift my mindset to the positive after a few big disappointments, but seeking out those celebrations did wonders!

1. It has been sunny and springlike all week! 

2. On Thursday, I got to talk to some former students and found out they are doing well.  I love when they make an effort to come back to talk to us.  

3. On that same night, I went to get frozen yogurt and another former student was working at the yogurt place.  I was able to see that she is doing well and she gave me the friends and family discount.  Double the fun!

4. My husband's students put together a surprise party for his birthday.  They put so much thought into planning the party.  They even sent me a note asking me to contact his family in Spain to send a message for him.  I was so touched that they did this for him.  This is his first year teaching and it is difficult sometimes since it is so overwhelming in the first year.  I love that his students love him so much that they would do this for him.  One of the girls even made him this special minion cake and cupcakes since they all know how much he loves Despicable Me.  

5. Planning for Spring Break with my students on Friday was so fun.  I should have taken pictures of the vacation book stacks.  I love that some of my students knew that they needed a book stack to get through the week away from the class library.  

6. Last night, at our favorite bar, a stranger asked the bartender for a daisy out of the flower arrangement on the bar and then proceeded to give it to me for no reason at all.  (I should mention that this was a woman who was there with her husband and I was with my husband so it was not an attempt to hit on me, just a small act of kindness) Let's hear it for random acts of kindness. This one put a smile on my face.  

7. This weekend we have some fun plans to get together with friends.  Tonight is game night with some friends we haven't seen in a while and tomorrow we are having dinner at another friend's house.  What a great way to start out our Spring Break!

8. I am really thankful for the generosity of my colleagues and friends.  I will be doing Walk MS in Milwaukee in May and I already have so many generous pledges!  (If you are interested in donating you can go to my Walk MS page)

9. I am so looking forward to being a book giver on World Book Night.  My box of books is at the library and ready for me to pick up on Monday.  I am so excited to hand out copies of Code Name Verity at my school and my husband's school.  

What do you have to celebrate this week?  I would love to hear from you in the comments.  Have an excellent week!


  1. Wow - what a great week! That Despicable Me cake is amazing - how sweet your husband's students did that for him. Your aside in #6 made me laugh. ;-) I love the idea of taking pics of vacation books stacks. I'll need to remember that. I totally missed signing up for World Book Night. You picked a great book give away! Happy spring break!

  2. Even when a week has disappointments, you were able to list some really great celebrations. Keep looking for those moments. Enjoy your break!

  3. Isn't it amazing what we find when we pause to celebrate? The cake is gorgeous, your husband's students are amazing, pics of vacation stacks sound so fun, and I still have Code Name Verity in my WTR (want to read) stack. Have fun with it on World Book Night. This summer, for sure, I'll get to it.

  4. Andrea, this is a great celebration! I am still thinking of the daisy at the bar. Those are the small things that have a big impact! I wish you a wonderful spring break! Congratulations on being a book giver!

  5. Many wonderful celebrations! I love what your husband's students did for him. How very special! And all of the wonderful connections with former students!

  6. Without the introduction would have never known you had a tough week. The celebrations are fantastic.

  7. I love that you all made book stacks for spring break. Happy reading.