Home Again

Ahh, it’s good to be back home again.  My family and I spent ten wonderful days in Hawaii for a family vacation.  It’s amazing how relaxing a vacation can be.  We spent a few days at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on the island of Oahu.  After that we spent a week in a rental home in the area of Hawaii Kai which is very close to Hanauma Bay.  I posted many pictures from my trip on Instagram as a way to document what we were up to.  We had a wonderful time, but it is nice to be back home again.

In some ways I was sad to leave Hawaii.  I realized that leaving would mean I would have to get back to work.  I think part of the reason why I loved being in Hawaii was the fact that I didn’t have a schedule.  I had no job to report to, and I didn’t have to set my alarm clock to wake me up every morning.  Going back home meant leaving paradise and facing reality.  I wonder if I would still view Hawaii as paradise if I had to live and work there.

One night, as I was enjoying the sunset on the beach of our rental home, I met one of the neighbors.  He happened to be walking his dog, and we struck up a conversation.  He voiced his opinion about how living in Hawaii was different from vacationing in Hawaii.  He commented about how island living could get somewhat boring.  I guess if you have seen and done everything the island has to offer, what else is there?  I totally understood what he was talking about.  I guess that is the allure of traveling.  You get to experience all the place you are visiting has to offer.  Then, you can come home.

My favorite place on vacation was the hammock in the backyard of the place we rented.  It was truly relaxing, and I spent a lot of time on it.  It gave me a chance to enjoy where I was.  I didn’t think about work once.  I truly could appreciate the moment and enjoy.  I can’t wait to get back to that hammock.  I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

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Hello Winter Break!

Today seemed to go by very quickly. Part of that has to do with the fact that we got out early today. Friday is a minimum day at my school and students are dismissed at 12:55. My class also had a holiday party, so that also took a bit of time. The party wasn’t happening until after recess, so we spent the morning working on assignments that weren’t finished yet. My students understood the expectations. They worked hard because the party was important to them.

We had a great time at our party. My students made cards for children at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.

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We also did a holiday Minute To Win It game. The stations were fun. One had to do with jingle bells. We filled an empty kleenex box with jingle bells and tied the box around a student’s waist. The box was in back. Students had to try and empty the box of bells by jumping up and down.  Another station had a candy cane and nuts.  Students had to stack the nuts with the candy cane.  They were not allowed to use their hands.

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There was a Hershey’s Kisses sort.  Students had to sort a basket of Hershey’s Kisses into piles.

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Finally, there was a cup stacking station.

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My students were also able to make graham cracker Santas which they ate with a cup of hot cocoa.  It was a wonderful party.

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Even though it was a minimum day.  I am exhausted.  So much activity and excitement can be draining.  I was proud of myself for having left work at 3:30 today.  That was early for me!  Now, I am looking forward to relaxing and celebrating this holiday season with my family and friends.  I am thankful for this break to help me get re-energized and ready for the next half of the school year.