Saturday, October 15, 2016

One way to rejuvenate your hobby....

Try something completely new!!!
Each Friday for the month of October hubby and I are enjoying date night out of town.
It's about a thirty minute drive to the next town where we find ourselves enjoying going somewhere new each week for dinner and have been taking a pottery class together.

As you can see below, I have no idea what I am doing!! LOL!!! 
Right after I took this picture, my whole piece slid right off the plate.
(Insert laughing outloud emoji!)
It didn't help that I was tired and feeling a little impatient with myself as this evening also found me wrapping up a very fun, activity filled week with my 2nd graders...

...and it seems like trying something new is rejuvenating for the young heart as well. Yesterday in the classroom we went on a Google Expedition Virtual Field Trip to the Lincoln Memorial!
To quote one my students: "This was the best field trip ever!" And I admit, it was amazing!!
I know this next picture is blurry, but this is what the inside of the goggles looks like:
 As we enthusiastically prepared for this virtual field trip, we pretended like we were taking the Magic School Bus to the other side of the country.  I have to admit, this next picture of my student pointing and telling his partner to turn and look was my very favorite moment.

We ended our Abraham Lincoln unit creating peanut butter/pretzel log cabins...on pajama day! (Yes! I wore my polka-dotted pajamas to picture of that! LOL!!)
As you can see by their smiles and as this little one shared, her "happy dance" is good! 
gerund or present participle: rejuvenating
  1. make (someone or something) look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively.
    "a bid to rejuvenate the town center"
    synonyms:reviverevitalizeregenerate, breathe new life into, revivifyre-energize,reanimateresuscitaterefreshreawaken, put new life into; More
Please do you refresh your soul. Inquiring minds want to know.

Val's Quilting Studio


  1. LOVED your post! Amazing what they are inventing! Makes me wonder what the teachers will be doing in 50 or 100 years! And Val, you sound like an EXCELLENT A+ (FUN)teacher! Your kids are lucky to have you!

  2. What fun! Technology can do so much to bring the world to the class room these days.

  3. Looks like a fun time in the classroom! I took my Girl Scouts to a pottery class a few years ago. They had lots of fun. We never used the pottery wheels though!

  4. Great post Val. It in itself is rejuvenating - Reminding us to remember to play! (I bet you are an awesome educator too.)

  5. Fun to do new things. We have been walking up the mountains the last days, as we have a fantastic weather. So good to come home again and have a wonderful meal. Food tastes so good when you've been out in the nature. Have a nice weekend!

  6. That must have been so cool for them with the virtual trip. I am surprised that your school allows peanut butter - banned in most schools here in NY due to allergy complications. Enjoy your weekend

    1. PB....yes! I have allergy alerts on all my students and a diabetic on a pump....thus I've become a pro at figuring out the amount of carbs in foods!

  7. Can I go back to second grade again??? What a fun time for all!

  8. Oh wow what a very cool adventure for kids-amazing isn't it?? good for you guys having date night and learning something new too--I love love handmade potters-I collected lots of it to use the kitchen from the early 70s to probably late 90s and where we live no craft shows are studios like this that I know of--enjoy!

  9. Oh, how things have changed in such a little time since I retired in 2003. This had to have been a blast. How nice you and hubby can get out once a week AND try a new hobby?

  10. Loved your post... Hubby and i spent some months pouring ceramics and it was the BEST time spent together.... Hugs! deb

  11. school is much more fun than in my day. Like you I struggled when I had a go at pottery, gave up very quickly

  12. Pottery is not easy. I took it one semester when I was in college. I think it is sweet that you and your husband are giving it a try together. The virtual field trip looks so cool! What will they think of next??

  13. Well the pajama day sounds fun and going out for a date night + class is a great idea. I wonder if you changed from your pajamas ha ha! :)

  14. Well the pajama day sounds fun and going out for a date night + class is a great idea. I wonder if you changed from your pajamas ha ha! :)

  15. what fun you are to encourage learning


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