Friday, August 22, 2014

Meet-the-Teacher Night

After all the nervousness and butterflies, I'm so happy to say that Meet-the-Teacher Night was a SUCCESS!!! I love seeing all of my new students and their families and getting visits from my former students and their families!  All in all, there was a lot of  introductions, small talks, smiles, laughter, catching up, and hugs, hugs, hugs! It is the exact reason why I love being a teacher.

While the night was a BIG success, preparing for it while also attending meetings and trainings all week was definitely a challenge.  To help me organized for the night, I used my Meet-the-Teacher Night Packet.  The packet greatly helped my students and their parents feel more familiar with the classroom, helped me organized all the school supplies that were brought, and gave me all the essential information needed for the beginning and the rest of the year, especially regarding dismissal. So glad I had it, because it definitely saved me a lot of time.

Did you have an Open House or Meet-the-Teacher Night?  How was it and what did you use to help you organize?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ending the Summer

Summer has come to a close for me, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity and time to just be a mom and a wife for a few months with no schedules and no deadlines.  No matter if we were on road trips, eating out, playing, watching a movie, or nothing at all, it was incredibly nice to just be with each other and in each other's presence.  Like any working mom, I constantly feel guilty.  However, I know that the new school year will bring so much fun and excitement for my lil' man, and I can't wait to see him grow more and more each and everyday.  Here's to a wonderful summer and a great summer school year ahead!

What are you looking forward to for yourself as a teacher, and if you have lil' ones of your own, what are you looking forward for them?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Our Summer Vacation in Canada

Every summer, our family tries to do one BIG family vacation.  This year, we decided to head up north, all the way north, and visit our friendly neighbor- CANADA!  And what a great experience it was!  While I'm sure our lil' man won't remember much, I can't wait for him to look back at these pictures and realize how much fun we had together.  Here are some of the places where we visited.

1. Niagara Falls- Must I say more?! :) What a wonderful sight to see as family! The rushing rapids, the thundering sounds of the falls, and the midst were all definitely worth the trip.  As nervous as our lil' man was to go so close into the falls, he was simply amazed and in awe.  The American Falls is also as beautiful!  One of the perks visiting the American Falls is that you can actually get close to it.

2. Vineland Icewine Tasting- One of the great things about the Niagara Falls area is that it has the perfect climate and temperature for Icewine production.  If you have never tried, it is a must! It can only be harvested for a short amount of time in the heart of winter at very specific freezing temperatures.  So glad I had the opportunity to visit one of the many vineyards outside of Niagara Falls, and got to taste some of the icewines that are unique to the region.  They were absolutely wonderful and sweet!  In addition, all the known vineyards in the area have restaurants and picnic areas that are perfect for families.

3. Toronto Island- Only a short ferry ride away from Toronto, you will find Centreville on Toronto Island.  It is a great destination for kids and adults alike with rides, carnival food, and a petting zoo!  It is also a great place for picnics and spending the day with friends and family.  Did I mention that they also have what seems to be the world's fastest carousel?!  Man! I've been on some carousels in my life, but even I had to hold on tight!

4. CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, Canadian National Railway Museum, & Rogers Center- Right in the middle of the downtown tourist area is where you can find all of these attractions.  The best part is that they are all in walking distance from each other.  Our lil' man especially loved seeing all the trains and all I could hear the rest of the day was, "Train! Train! Train!"

5. Chinatown Toronto- We love visiting different Chinatowns when we travel.  They always offer the best Asian cuisines and varieties of food, and Chinatown Toronto was no different.  Here, we tried Vietnamese food and ate a sushi restaurant which were delicious and excellent!

6. Montreal- 6 hours away from Toronto is a piece of France in North America!  From the food to the language to the culture to the architecture, it was like being in the middle of Paris but in Canada.  Here, we visited Old Montreal, St. Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Cathedral, and many other sights.  Loved our time here, but wished I had brushed up on my French a little more before going.  All I have to say is that I was so glad the locals there know both French and English! :)

Have you been to Canada?  What are your favorite things to do there?

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