I went into work on Friday afternoon, while Grandma watched Sam, to chat with the sub I've had for the past six weeks. The kids were happy to see me and said they missed me. I got a lot of hugs. I found out their behavior was horrible, however. They got 8 discipline slips in the 6 weeks I was gone. One boy was responsible for 3 of them. My bucket of candy was entirely gone, the room was disgustingly dirty and one boy had called 911 from the classroom phone. I gave them a lecture. I told them to enjoy their 3 day weekend and come back on Tuesday with a different attitude because the "party is over." I know I need to lay some blame on the sub, but the kids do know better. I spent an hour and 1/2 cleaning and then left. The kids will do more cleaning on Tuesaday.
Saturday my mother watched Sam in the morning and my sister watched him in the afternoon, while I spent the day at work getting my room back in order and plans written. It was gloriously quiet and I got a lot accomplished. I only go back for 4 days this week, 5 the next and 3 (with kids) the next. Thursday and Friday of the last week we have parent conferences. Then I'm off for 3 weeks. I planned the next three weeks now, so I can concentrate on report cards after school each day. I don't want to have to bring anything home for these three weeks. We'll see how that works out.
Yesterday was our first day back at church with Samuel. We wanted to wait until he was a little bigger before getting him around a lot of people and germs. Everyone was very happy to see him and he even got introduced in front of the congregation. Then we went shopping and bought a La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner. Richard's going to pick it up on Tuesday.
Today, I'm dropping Sam off at my sister's house, while I spend another day at school getting organized for my big return tomorrow.
Wish me luck...I am very stressed and nervous!