|4th of July with the second cousins|
|Digging for fossils in Fossil|
|Breaking the rocks to find fossils|
|Trying on antique clothing in the museum in Fossil|
|We hiked up to the bridge at Multnomah Falls|
|We spent a week camping on the Oregon Coast.|
|Crafts with Nana.|
|Scrambling for candy at the Umatilla County Fair Parade.|
|Umatilla County Fair|
|We learned about local agriculture at the Sage Center. Moments after this picture was taken Megan fell off the stool.|
|Hiking with Grandpa Paul at Hat Rock State Park.|
Then I took a long-term substitute assignment at our local high school for a teacher who had just had a baby. I had forgotten how much work it was to work! I had great students, but it was exhausting…my teaching skills were rusty. I felt like a first year teacher. It was surprising how much had changed in the few years I had been retired. I spent every spare minute the first few weeks just learning about all the new technology I needed just to take attendance, keep grades, and manage electronic portfolios. I was relieved when the 10 weeks ended.
|If you leave your iPad unattended in the classroom, the students will take selfies, and...|
|take pictures of the teacher when she is not paying attention!|
In a moment of weakness I agreed to contract with the Education Service District to write grants. Once again I was reminded of how much had changed since I stepped out of public education. I am enjoying working with the local school districts on the grants, but it has required a lot of study time to get up to speed on the latest rules and regulations. By the time I have written a grant application, it feels like I have used up my quota of words and have none left over for my blog.
Writing for me is a little like exercise. I can skip a day here and there, and then before I know it, I haven't exercised for months. I need to write regularly and, unfortunately, I've let myself fall out of the habit.
Now I'm going to make the effort to write here more regularly. It's good to be back.