Sunday, June 25, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Sky and Snack

Favorite:
 My favorite new energy bite recipe. Hard to not eat them all!

 Sky:
 Grey skies over Brookline.

Summer:
 Summer and the wanderlust is real...

Watch:
 It's been great to watch so many gorgeous flowers bloom as spring stretches into summer.

Indulge:
Excuse me whilst I overindulge on summer fruits.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nutty Energy Bites

I am well into my year of 2017 road races. I try to run first thing in the morning, especially in summer before it gets to hot. But, I find that I cannot run on a super full stomach...but I need something to give me a boost of energy...enter my take on Larabars, in bite size form!
These are so easy to throw together and so satisfying. Nuts, dates, coconut, and a smidge of honey. All blended together and then rolled into bite size balls. 

I keep mine in the freezer and take one out the night before a run to thaw. Pop it in my mouth to fuel up and then out I run! They're so good actually that I need to use a ton of restraint to just not eat them all whenever I get noshy! 


   

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sail Boston

I'm sailing away...
Set an open course for the virgin sea...
I've got to be free...
Free to face the life that's ahead of me...

{Styx - Come Sail Away}

This past weekend, over 50 tall ships arrived in Boston! Boston is an official port on the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and the ships arrived from Bermuda for some days in our fair port. 

I went down a few years ago when the last batch of tall ships had arrived and enjoyed my trip to the Harbor on Sunday. The ships were amazing! I just love all the lines from the masts and sails and the flags flapping about in the sea breeze. 

Being down on the water, smelling the sea air really made me miss my beach town upbringing! I maybe a city girl now, but I still love being out near the water!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 25

The Good:
The school year has ended! What a great year it's been. One of the end of year activities we did was to take our "we can't do it YET" papers from September and then write 3 accomplishments they had. Many had turned their not YETs into CAN DO!

The Random:
I had some fun end of year Kahoots for the kids. One was a question about our writing program. I had to laugh hard when most kids thought the mnemonic we used was just for "writing" rather than the opinion genre it really is for!

The Fun:
The PTA sponsors a day of bounce houses during the last week of school! Such a fun way to round out the year!
And now....summer!


   

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scav Hunt Sunday: Sewing and Sandals

Beautiful:
 The colors this spring were just stunning. All the rain for sure helped!

Children:
I let 35 amazing children leave my classroom nest...we learned SO much this year!

Patriotic:
There is something beyond breathtaking of the huge USA flag hanging at the Boston Harbor Hotel!

Sew:
Working on a little sewing project.

Footwear:
We finally have summer temps! Break out the flip flops!


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Friday, June 16, 2017

June Randoms v. 1

 ica art...farmers market...wear orange
lovely lupine...clear day...art fair
bleeding heart...watermelon season...oozing geometry
fresh garlic...park art...pizza night
unicorn chasing...chocolate browns...team work
rainer cherries...plump strawberries...match books
park art...flower stamen...learn zillion
melting earth...matisse exhibit...two bobbins
tired teacher...flag day...bright summer


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The End.

And in a flash...the end of the school year is here.
It seems like yesterday that I had 35 small 8 year olds sitting before me. But in the blink of an eye...they are grown up nine year olds, ready to move onto fourth grade.
This year was just amazing. This group of kiddos was beyond special. They worked hard. They gave everything their all. They ate up everything I taught them. They thrived. They let me push them in so many ways and they did so with gusto.
Never had I had a group so witty, so sweet, so innocent, and so hilarious. We laughed nearly every second of the day. We truly bonded this year, more so than I have ever bonded with another class. They came to third grade with so much love to give and soaked up every second of love I gave back to them.
Maybe it was the cold spring that we had, but it didn't hit me until last week that it was time to say goodbye and let them fly. I selfishly want to keep them longer, but I know they are ready to go. They have transformed before my eyes and I am so so so proud of them.
We all set big goals for ourselves. This was a year of growth mindsets, new experiences, inside jokes, and the power of yet. I tried new teaching techniques on my willing and able guinea pigs. I think I learned as much as they taught me!
Now, after an amazing year in third grade, it's time for to close the "third grade chapter" of their school career and start a well deserved summer of fun!

   
   
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MFA Adventure

Bright shapes everywhere to my surprise

How did you get them to organize...
Your signature on all you do
Says its from Matisse to you...

{From Matisse to You - Greg Percy}


The MFA currently has a Matisse exhibit and I took a nice stroll over to check it out.

The exhibit has a wide range of Matisse works, some types of work and pieces I didn't realize he dabbled in. He really had many stages as an artist and it was fascinating to see his work evolve in the galleries.

I also wondered around the other galleries, too. I actually stumbled into one that I have never really explored before and saw some beautiful pieces. Of course, I also had to check out my favorite pieces, too.

Even better, I finally became a member so there will be many more MFA trips this year!


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