I've been MIA for a while. I underestimated just how much harder it would be to go back to work this year. Last year, I had family taking care of Cate, and I didn't realize just how much that helped. This year she's at a day care. It makes it a lot harder. Add that to the general exhaustion and ridiculous amounts of paper work and little things that come with starting the school year, and it's no wonder I've gone to bed at 8:30 almost every night.
My class is wonderful this year. It's a big change for me, because this is my first year to have special ed inclusion. The biggest change is that I literally have no time to sit down while the kids are working, so I've been trying to get everything (copies, lesson plans, parent emails, grades, etc.) done in the hour after the kids leave and before I pick up Cate. Needless to say, that's not really working. Thankfully, I have an incredible aide who will sit and grade papers when there's nothing else to do. She even took some home to grade over the long weekend for me.
I've been sitting here staring at the computer screen with my hands in my lap for the last five minutes, trying to figure out what else I want to say. There's a lot I would like to talk about, I just don't think it's all for this post. I just wanted to let you know that I'm still here, still chugging along.