This week my blog turns one! It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this once a week for a whole year already. I decided to start this blog because I had left my full time teaching job to have more time (and by more time I mean any time at all!) with our daughter, and I wanted a fun new weekly project to fill up all my newly available “free time.” I also, of course, wanted to become the next Martha Stewart and make millions. A year later, I’m cherishing my time with our amazing little girl, loving my part time teaching job as a Jr. Kindergarten teacher where I get to be creative and watch kids make discoveries every day, frantically hunting for all that free time I expected to find but that hasn’t shown up as of yet, and still waiting for Martha to give me a call with my million dollar book deal. But I have managed to do a blog entry each week, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to share the fun things my family and I do all year long. I’m excited to keep it up for another year.
If you ask me, the everyone needs some cheering up these days. The way I see it, the world is a pretty gloomy place at the moment. Violence and crime are out of control. All of the joy (and learning for that matter) has been meticulously removed from public schools for both kids and teachers. Everyone seems frustrated with the state of politics and is very busy hating the side opposite from their own with all their might. And for lack of a better way to say it, people are just acting mean about all of the above instead of trying to do anything to help improve any of it. So this blog is my small attempt to make the world a better place by sharing how we celebrate the joy in life all year long and hopefully spreading some festive cheer along the way.