Saturday, November 9, 2013


Discover. Play. Build.
Like this idea? Head over to Ruth's blog and read some more. Better yet, share your own celebrations there, or on Facebook or tweet it out using the hashtag #celebrationlu  No matter what, celebrate what you do!

Good conferences with parents tops the list this week. Yes, there are such things.  In high school, parents don't always feel the need to come to conferences, although we have an online scheduler that allows them to create their own schedule at the times that are convenient for them. Still, we don't get all of them  (like maybe a fourth of them).

But the ones we do get are interested in their child's education and it usually shows in the child. I even had a couple say to me "She's kind of a perfectionist. It's good for her to struggle once in awhile." I found that so refreshing (Who are we kidding? I was jumping up and down with JOY). So many parents are only after the "A" and they forget about the learning.

And speaking of learning...
my freshmen were disappointed that we didn't have school on Friday this week. "What?" I can hear you screaming. "High schoolers disappointed about a day off from school!  What planet are you from?"  My secret weapon? Genius Time.  They were disappointed they didn't get Genius Time this week.  As much as I would have loved to give it to them on Thursday, we needed to finish up an activity so we could move on next week. The best part of the whining (who ever thought I'd say something like that) is that it came from kids who don't have much interest in school. Just goes to show, choice matters.

But, here's what I'm really celebrating this week....


My husband and I have been planning a trip to Hawaii with his sister and her husband for over a year. We'll be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary and they will be celebrating their twentieth.  One night a year and a half ago they called and told us their plans and asked if we would want to go with them. Of course, we said yes.

And so this weekend we are together. We'll meet with our travel agent this morning to get things finalized, to ask our questions and in six weeks, WE'RE OFF! It will be odd to be gone for Christmas, but it was the only time that worked for all four of us, so Christmas it is.

10 Days in Hawaii. My husband has never been able to take a vacation that long until now. But since he semi-retired this past summer, we can do this.  

For so long it seemed a lifetime away, so we didn't talk about it much, but now,  it's much closer. 

It's not too early to pack, is it?

Until next week, Aloha. 

By the way, the title of this post? Celebration in Hawaiian according to


  1. Love hearing about school always-sounds like a very good week! And, aloha, congratulations on your 30th, happy travels, and on! How wonderful it is to hear about your trip! Now I'll have to wait to hear (and see) all that you captured!

  2. Great celebrations! Hawaii at Christmas, how cool will that be!? Love that the kids wanted school on Friday. How important choice it!

  3. I feel like I am in some kind of time warp! I look at your post and it is dated Sunday Nov. 10. I look at my calendar and it says Saturday Nov. 9....what a strange feeling.

    Anyway...what a wonderful trip...10 days! I am so envious. Can't wait to see and hear about it!

  4. I love your voice, Deb. It makes me feel like we are sitting across the table chatting rather than sitting on other sides of computer screens. I'm glad you are going to Hawaii. It is one of my favorite places.

  5. Of course you can start packing now!! How exciting;-)

  6. I think it's time for me to figure out Genius Time. I'll check to see if you have a post about it. Is it really only six weeks until Christmas? Yikes!

    1. Ramona, I haven't written a detailed post about genius time (I probably should) but I found most of my info at this live binder Be sure to check it out!

  7. I believe I have said this before, but I would love to sit in your class for a few days! Maybe one day... You will love Hawaii! I am a last minute packer, so it si too early for me, but I am sure you can start anytime!

  8. Sounds like you had a really great week at school. Amazing that kids who don't love school are disappointed about a day off! How I wish my sons had had more teachers like you! And HAWAII! Get out your suitcase tonight!