Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun in Learning (+ A "Mama" Accomplishment)

Hey, good people.  Hope everyone had a good weekend.  We didn't get into much -- just stayed around the house.  Spent Saturday evening at the pool.  It was a good weekend. 

Yesterday we got out of the house and went to the children's science museum.  This is probably M's favorite place ever.  We've been countless times (and even celebrated her 3rd birthday there), but the place never gets old to her. 

We were downtown, so we had lunch at my favorite chicken finger place...again.  I've been eating SO badly this summer already (and my waist line is already showing it), but those chicken fingers are GOOOOOD. 

On another note, I got something COOL in the mail over the weekend:

My EdS degree came!  YES, in the mail, because YES, I skipped my graduation ceremony last month.  (I'm not in love with graduation ceremonies*, remember?)

I may have skipped the ceremony, but that doesn't mean I wasn't super excited when I saw the mail that day.  I even had my husband take a picture, despite my hot-mess, sweaty-ness from a run I'd just finished. It was a great day.

Probably because out of the degrees I've earned, this one was the toughest. This time, I was working, wife-ing, mommy-ing, and school-ing at the same time. IT WAS HARD.  

My husband says it's because I'm tough on myself. And he's right.  All of my degrees were completed with at least a 3.5 GPA. I didn't like Bs, and Cs were out of the question (though I did make two in undergrad).  

And NOT because I was necessarily smarter than the next person, I should add.  I've always had to STUDY to get good grades.  I'm not that person who could skip studying and still walk into the exam and ace it.  If I wanted to ace it, I probably had to stay up all night.  And I usually did.

My hopes are that my child(ren) will work hard, too.  Not because I push them (and I will if they need it), but because they personally WANT to.  As a teacher, I know that parental support is major, but it only goes so far. At the end of the day, that kid's work ethic and desires are what makes him/her successful. 

I heard this little saying in undergrad, and even pass it along to my own students today:  

The difference between an A-student and a C-student is work ethic.  

And while obviously this isn't true in
every case, it's a true statement for the most part.  It applies outside of "school," and works for personal/career goals, too.  It's simple -- if you WORK HARD toward a goal, the reward(s) will come. I have to remind MYSELF of this all the time (oh, I'm a "C-student" in several areas of my life)...

But anyhoo, yep, I was thrilled when I checked the mail Saturday.  I actually finished this degree back in December.  Because of some paperwork/state requirement nightmares, though, I missed the December "graduation" deadline. I was a little bummed that my degree would say I finished five months later than I really did, but at this point, I'm like, "Who cares?  I'm DONE." 

I'm DONE. And it's a SWEET feeling.

Have a great week, guys!  I'll be back some time this week!


*  But I DO make exceptions for my loved ones.  Next up: my baby sister in December. I WILL be there!

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