1. I was without cable (including my Internet and phone) for about 4 days. I was fortunate to have power. Wow, did I miss being able to jump online whenever I wanted to check mail or needed something. My husband teases me about the time I am on the computer but I usually laugh it off. This week I realized all the "online" routines and habits I have. It is funny how I was able to recognize them when I couldn't get connected. For example, when the kids go down, in between chores I, and right before bed and a quick check in the morning. I found myself gravitating to the computer but then realizing I wasn't connected. I am such a creature of habit and I am addicted to checking mail, blogs, and reading when and what I want online. Isn't the Internet GREAT!
2. Many writing workshop stories to share with you. I won't go into a ton of detail but I have to share a couple of titles of pieces kids started this week...The Olympics (many of my boys are fascinated with the different flags and countries so I checked out an atlas and they have been creating pattern books about flags they're interested in). The Grown-Up Book...I had a writer (who has written about a vacation, trip to the zoo and his family) decided today he wanted to write a grown-up book (you know a book with lots of words). He began writing strings of letters and more letters. Though this writer can generate and write a message and picture in his own writing, he is still developing an understanding that print and pictures work together to carry the message. I have so much thinking to do about this...
3. My kids have ben addicted to the Wii that my youngest brother (he's 25 and still lovin' video games) brought over to share. He left it at our house and I am ready for him to come back and pick it up.
4. I am spouse-less and out one son for the weekend. It will be nice having some one on one time with my youngest sons. Soccer game tomorrow and we get to plan the rest as we go!