Letting the grays grow

Soo… I decided I’m tired of coloring my hair and I’m going to let the grays grow out. I’m hoping I won’t look super old and awful when it’s all gray, but also I just don’t feel like paying the $$ and taking the time to keep coloring it. The roots always show before I get back to the salon, so I’m not really fooling anyone anyway. Alan is pretty excited about this. He said, “Finally we’ll be matchy matchy!” The kids thinks it’s cool, and Eve is hoping that when it’s all gray I’ll dye a streak bright purple. They are all kind to me.

I got two good laughs this week from kids who are apparently starting to notice. A fifth grader stopped mid-sentence and said, “You have some silver in your hair!” Then he quickly reassured me that it’s ok because it might just be the way the light is hitting my hair and it’s only on one side and besides his grandmother had gray hair and she died last summer when she was 100 years old. I barely got a word in before he was off again. Today Eve has a friend over and his little sister, who is in Pre-K, said “Oh Mrs. Johnson, you have gray hair!” I said yep! She said “oh” and turned to talk to her sister about something else.

I think I have to come up with a clever response to kid comments. Hmmmm…

Lex and his music [corrected]

I love Lex and his music.  It makes me happy.

He recently found an app called My Singing Monsters where you can create music by placing a variety of different monsters.  It’s weird, but cool.  Check out the song he made. It’s catchy!

And yes, I did record a from one phone to another, and yes, it is a lousy recording. But focus on the music!

I signed him up for drum set lessons too. He starts Monday. I can’t wait!

CORRECTION: I showed this video to Alan last night, bragging about how awesome Lex is and eager to show his work. Alan said, “Cool. That’s Ride, by Twenty One Pilots.” I said no, Lex wrote it, and Alan said, nope! Turns out Alan was right! I asked Lex about it this morning and he said yes, of course, it’s Ride. He said he played it in band awhile ago. I never even heard him listening it here. I feel like a total dope for not realizing. So anyway, I’m still proud of him and I still think it’s a cool video and song, but apparently everyone but me knew it was a “monster” version of Ride, by Twenty One Pilots. Gotta give credit where credit’s due!

A “day off”

Today is Martin Luther Jr. Day and a day off from school.  I have come to the conclusion that all weekends should be three-day weekends.  Saturday to get caught up and run errands, Sunday to relax and enjoy, and Monday to prepare for the upcoming week.  Especially those of us in careers that take a lot of “at home” work before we are actually ready to go to work!

This weekend I have written my lesson plans for the next three weeks, figured out how to use Do Ink (green screen software), set up Google Classrooms for six classes, prepped for tomorrow’s in-service day, came up with plans to teach Dash and Dot to my second graders, Lego WeDos to the third graders, and author studies for kindergarten and first grades.  I did a big grocery shopping, organized the pantry, helped both kids clean their rooms, and managed to eat healthy and stay “on plan” with Weight Watchers.  I EVEN managed to go to a yoga class and have brunch with a friend! I’m on fire!  I don’t even remember what I did on Saturday!  That was all just yesterday and today!

Seriously, all weekends should be three days.  Two days just isn’t long enough in the education world.  :)  Although…. maybe we need a rotating schedule because the kids don’t need three day weekends!

A whole new year!

We rang in 2018 in the usual fashion: game night at home, streaming the ball drop, and crashing afterwards.  Super exciting.  After venturing out last NYE and having fun, but also icy excitement, we decided to stay home this year!  Also, we just like being home.

We ate Cheetos (a NYE tradition, apparently)

And played Apples to Apples (probably a new NYE tradition!!) It’s a very silly game and the kids laughed and laughed!


That’s more like it.

Walking the dog at 10pm in the crazy cold. I tried to take a picture by the light of the full moon… but it didn’t turn out so well. :)

BB-8 joined in the fun.  Technology is crazy these days!!

We finally got the see the ball drop!! They didn’t cut away this time. Yay!! Happy 2018!!

And then Eve reminded us about the Family Fun Jar!  Despite it being past midnight now, we couldn’t NOT open it!

She looks tired!

Remember the solar eclipse?!

It was a good year for the Johnson family.

We started 2018 with a late morning all around.  Lex got up around 9:30, Eve and I both got up around 10:30!!  Poor Alan only made it until 7:30 though. He had work on the brain.  :(  We spent the day reading and listening to audio books and playing Minecraft and moving datdec customers from one serve to another.  Can you guess who did what?! :)  I was going to go into the library for a few hours, but that didn’t happen.  Overall it was a calm and peaceful day.  A perfect way to start the new year.

Oh yea, we played with Snapchat for awhile too. :)

And explored the new AR Filters on my phone’s camera app.

Mostly we just did a lot of this though. <3