Spring Break: Week 11 Update!

Good morning all!

I am able to come to you in the morning due to this week being Spring Break (and all the teachers REJOICE)!

AAAAAAHHHHHH!  Spring Break!  The week when teachers slowly begin to turn back into humans and then brace themselves for the next 7 weeks with no breaks.  The last few weeks of school are almost worse than the first few weeks of school.  *almost*

If you missed my description of the first few weeks of school with preschoolers, read this post.  It’s CRAZY!  The last few weeks of school are crazy, but for different reasons.  I mean, we still have kids that are overly babied by momma at this point in the year, but it’s not EVERY kid (praise GOD).  No, at this point of the year the kiddos pretty much know what to do and what to expect which makes that aspect of teaching a little easier.  BUT, at this point of the year, it’s all downhill from here.

The kids know at this point that the seasons have changed and are starting to get used to the time change that throws us all off.  When the kids are acting extra wild for no reason, Mrs. Denise (one of my paras) will shout “The saps a risin’!!!  She says there is an old wives tale that states when the weather gets warm, the sap starts rising in the trees and the kids can feel it, making them act WILD.  So if you’re visiting my school and hear “The saps a risin’!” down the hallway, you may want to walk the other direction. With the season change comes lots and lots of rain.  Lots of rain means no recess, and boy do these kids NEED recess.  These days we are lucky to get 1 or two days of recess, and then a torrential downpour will come and wet all over our playground rendering it useless for at least 2-3 days, and by that time the kids have all gone nuts.

If you see teachers walking around like zombies at this point of the year, pat them on the back and reassure them that they are going to make it.  Many parents start to feel our pain over Spring Break and are READY to send their kids back to school come next Monday.  Like READ-DY.  For example, it’s only Tuesday of Spring Break, and I have seen 4 parent friends of mine complaining about their kids acting wild.  Now multiply that by 15-20 or so kids, and begin to feel the teacher’s pain.  And I can promise you that every child in my class will be back bright and early next Monday.  Every. Single. Child.  God bless it.

So, normally our family has a little something planned over Spring Break, but not this year.  We are still recovering financially from Wess being laid off for the last 5 months (yes, 5 months)!   Imagine your family budget being reduced by two-thirds for five months.  Yeah. But, praise the Lord, he has scored not one, but TWO jobs!!!!   After 5 months of NOTHING, he now has 2 jobs!  Crazy right?!  He has already started working at Lowe’s in the garden center, and then within the next few weeks, he will begin his new career as a technician for Suddenlink.  While this has relieved some stress, we are still waiting for paychecks to come in, so keep us in your prayers over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, the eating department is still holding on strong.  Aunt Flo has come to visit again (ugh), so I’m sure I’m holding on to a little extra water weight, but I still managed to lose weight!  Last week, I weighed in at 181.5 and this week I weighed in at 179.4 (a 2.1 pound loss this week and a 17.6 pound loss since Jan. 11).  I’m in the 170’s!  Yay! I am noticing more of a difference in the way my clothes fit, which is very reassuring.  There have only been a few times that I have really wanted to say “screw this” and just eat whatever (namely the Easter candy just chillin on top of my refrigerator waiting for me to come eat it), but I am down almost 20 pounds, so I am sticking to the plan!  Nothing tastes as good as fit feels!

I have had a few people ask me about what Advocare supplements I’m still using and why, so I will address these for you next week.  If you are wanting to begin to lose weight and don’t know where to start, please email me at newyear.newamanda@gmail.com and let me help and coach you.  We can find the best program and products for your body and get you on the right track.

If you are needing prayer or someone to talk to, let me know.  I’d love to help and support you anyway that I can!

Your Friend in the Fight Against Fat,

Amanda

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