The boys enjoyed some downtown Austin swimming! It was definitely a change of scenery where most people swimming were adults vs kids. I had to remind the boys there were no other children and they couldn’t splash. Even with these constraints, they enjoyed themselves!
My son has started to research using a double leash. This was his own initiated product research and I never even thought of it. But looking to see what’s good out there!
From many sites one con to a double leash in general is that it doesn’t provide enough space between the two dogs. We will have to think about that one as one is a strong Maltipoo and our other is a gentle Toy Poodle. Just from looking at a couple of double leashes, I do have to make sure that they fit the types of dogs we have. I like that the pic above states specifically that it is for smaller dogs. Would love your thoughts on double leashing!
I have just discovered Lunches of Love as a way to volunteer with my boys. I absolutely love it. It is definitely a way to see how they do working as a team or as individuals. Lunches of Love has … Continue reading
This summer is like previous summers…we are poolside most days! The boys need to get their energies out and they do it by using the diving board to jump into the pool and swimming laps. My eldest one is super sensitive to sunburns and really has a hard time with the sting of it. So much so that it does impede his ability to do anything else because of the heightened sensory issues. The good thing is that he now makes sure he has the sunblock to protect him. We are poolside for probably 3 hours. The difference this year is that we are joined by my niece and nephew who are loving the pool! Here are some of our pictures!
I have a friend starting her first year as a teacher! Besides the borders here are some of the things that I think would be useful to have! All are Amazon links for ease, but check your local stores also and Facebook teacher selling groups for better pricing! You could also just purchase online to skip the lines!
You will need these on your walls if you are teaching kinder/first grade!
The sharpener to get!
Make your life easier and just get a laminator!
I used these as book boxes! But check locally at Target or Walmart or the Dollar Tree
Just for organizing stations or guided reading areas!
Definitely check locally for pricing as I don’t remember them being this expensive!!!! Hope that gets you started!!!! Good luck new teachers!!!!!!
It really took turning 40 for me to be motivated about getting over my fear of dogs. Now that I have two dogs, I can say that fear of getting hurt was a big part. When I first got my maltipoo, strange but it helped me, I felt the need to cover so I wouldn’t get bitten. So I wore rain boots. It just helped me feel like I was protected. As I got to know Sophy I knew she didn’t bite but was just excited to see me when I walked in. She quickly learned that I wanted her to sit before I could pet her. So now the moment she wants me to pet her she will sit. We got our second dog, about three months after Sophy. We named her Emma. She is a sweet senior dog!!! Both dogs were from the shelter, and I could tell that Emma was probably spoiled at one point and stayed near her owners on the bed or wherever. I knew she wanted to be cuddled. I wasn’t comfortable with just cuddling her with bare hands. So I take a towel or a blanket to wrap her in.
My 9 year old tends to express his worries about the future. When he was younger, he wouldn’t worry but expressed not wanting to do something. Now the worries can be about about finding a wife, if he will even marry, the job for him, etc. I have to slow him down and remind him he is 9 years old. Often, I have to tell him to think of three things he wants to do for the day. Otherwise, his mind races to the future. I’ve read that this does start happening at this age. But for us, the intensity of the experience is often multiplied. When worry gets the best of him a nice bit of time at the park often helps!
Many people surrender their dogs to the Harris County Animal Shelter. Many don’t know that the dogs who don’t get adopted are put to sleep. Sophy and Emma were both adopted from that shelter. We were lucky to find them online the moment the shelter posted their photos. Since I am a new dog owner, I have learned so many things about animal shelters. First, there are two types of shelters. One is like the Harris County Animal Shelter that puts animals to sleep when there is no one to adopt them. For my younger readers, that means that the animals die, hopefully, in a painless way. There are also NO KILL shelters in the city. Just google them! Between these two types of shelters are everyday people and rescues that try to foster and save the animals to buy time for someone to adopt them, if they are not adopted at the shelters right away. If you ever want to help, look at the videos of shelter animals. If they do not have over 1K views, do your part to share them! It takes about that many views till a foster, rescue, or adopter will step up.
Here is a link to the volunteer run Facebook page of the shelter . Check out their videos of urgent animals and share!