Saturday, May 21, 2011


May seems to be a busy month for everyone. If you're a teacher, May is a particularly busy month. May keeps throwing more and more at you, without stopping to wonder if you can handle it. May is an endurance test. I love a good to-do list, and I think there are very few things more satisfying than crossing something of my list. Here's my to-do list for the next six days:
  • graduation lunch with Cousin Sarah and the grandparents
  • wedding in Tuscaloosa with one of my all-time besties, Neeley
  • Grandad's birthday supper, also in Tuscaloosa
  • sort through 300 pictures to make picture albums for every student in my class (every 5th grade teacher does that...I ain't nothin' special there)
  • finish the "6th grade survival guides" I made and send 'em home
  • clean my classroom top to bottom, inside and out...holy moly
  • continue plowing through the 20+ items on my end-of-the-year checklist
  • find a dress to wear for the 5th Grade Day ceremony
  • come up with a quick something to say when it's my turn at the 5th Grade Day ceremony
  • finish report cards
  • finish sorting papers into cumulative record files
  • thank you notes
  • "grade" each student on their combination lock "test"...their goal is three times in a row, and I think they'll do great!
  • maintain my good attitude and patience throughout a party-and-special-event-filled week at school...I hope those babies have their self-control wide open next week!
  • make the 2+ hour round trip to meet Kira in our state's great capital...gotta unload The Project before Sweet Girl's birthday party...she's sweet to drive a bit herself to meet me so that I don't have to trust the USPS to safely deliver my pride and joy
As wild as May often is, I love it. Looking through my to-do list makes me feel better. With the grace of God, I can handle this...and more, if He sees fit. My list is full because I have family and friends near me, and because I have a job. For that, I am so very thankful and don't want to forget it!

Are you a list-maker? Let me know...we should start a "Making Lists Is Clearly Superior to Not Making Lists" club. Are you in?

Happy weekend, yall!


  1. Oh good, I was thinking I was alone. With all that plus grocery shopping, a fish fries, finding graduation gifts, it is all overwhelming. Come on summer vacation.

  2. Oh, dear sweet girl! You make wonderful lists. I will be praying fervently for you every day this next week. How well I recall the excitement and the flurry of activites those last few days of school. I know that you will make them memorable for your students. You will do well and you will have earned an amazing summer vacation.

  3. I fully believe in lists...I didn't always but now I make 1) general to-do lists 2) specific to-do lists and even 3) lists of things that need to go on my other like a "pre-list" list. I will gladly join your club!

    - Manda

  4. Val, hang in there girl! I hope your summer break is approaching rapidly. I have four more days. We can do this!!

    Thanks for stopping by :)


  5. Annesta, I hope I can make these last few days fun and peaceful. It's going to take a lot out of me :) Hope you have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


  6. Manda, welcome to Club Making Lists Is Clearly Superior to Not Making Lists! I'll even waive your membership fees since we kinda go back like two decades :) I love your idea of a "pre-list" list. You've just revolutionized my list-making procedures!

    My dad and I ran into your dad at Target today, and he was telling us all about the Hanninen storm survival story. I'm SO glad they were all okay! We need to get together and chat sometime...lots to catch up on and I miss you!

    Thanks for stopping by, friend. Don't be a stranger!



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