The one word I picked to focus on this year is above: ENJOY. I am someone who my six-year-old daughter frequently will say, "Wow, mom, you do things fast." While I started to wear that as a badge of honor....It gets you thinking when you have an offspring point something out. Yes, I wash the dishes fast, pack lunches, clean an area, fold clothes, why? To finally hope to relax. The truth of the matter is, when one moves and does things quickly, all those little moments seem to blur by and get lost in the hurriedness of the second.
This past Winter Break was the first one where I did nothing in my mind "productive." I didn't work on lesson planning, get to that "list" I had, write a new blog post, or develop this awesome cool use for a technology tool. I stayed in pajamas, put legoes together, baked cookies, decorated gingerbread, and rode scooters (Most of which I did with my daughter and three-year old son). I played, I laughed, I left messes, and most of all I ENJOYed each and every minute.
So, 2015, my charge is to not only ENJOY the little moments whizzing by with my own kiddos but also with my students. Taking extra moments, during recess, lunch, or the day to hear about the game they played or their story about the time when they _______. It's those extra moments of "enjoyment" they will remember most.