|Counselors from the Sweetwater Union High School District representing at #ASCA16|
She is a wife of less than two years, no kids yet. She missed her husband. Dang newlyweds!
Me? Married for over 10 years with two energetic boys. So, when I was asked if I missed my husband and boys, I really didn't.
Some might view my response as selfish, but I needed a few days away.
Yes, technically I was working, spending 7 hour days attending professional development workshops. But after "work", while in New Orleans, it was wonderful to have dinner without having to manage the noise level and squirmy-ness of my two kids. It was a treat to have a nice meal, at a nice restaurant, without having to worry about a kids meal that had to have mac-n-cheese or chicken strips.
|Bourbon Street Eats|
|Fried Shrimp and Oysters at Desiree Oyster Bar|
|Cocktails at the famous Carousel Bar|
It was relaxing to come "home" and not have to worry about preparing dinner, cleaning up, keeping my kids entertained with activities to give them "cultural capital", or playing mommy taxi to numerous extra-curricular activities.
|View from my room at the New Orleans Marriott|
I was really feeling the saying, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder". We can easy take for granted the hugs and kisses we receive from our spouse and kids. We can easily take for granted the laughter and loud conversations at home as regard it as annoying noise. We take for granted the daily routines of life: having a home to home to, having food to share at meal time, the pick ups and drop offs to school.
I was ready to go home. I missed their hugs and kisses. I missed the noise of our home. I missed the routine of every day. Being away for a few days helped me recenter myself and remind myself of the great life that was waiting for me at home.
|#ASCA16 Workshop Mode|
- Flip Your Guidance Lessons
- Behavior Strategies, Tips & Tools
- Mindsets and Behaviors to Perception Data Tools
- ASCA National Model
- Addressing career development through technology literacy
- A Youth-Based Model for Assessing Suicide Risk
- All Pro Dad/Family First
- Emote is an app that provides insight into student social-emotional state and behavioral escalations
- National Center for Youth Issues
- Desire Oyster Bar
- Cafe Du Monde
- Luke New Orleans
- Frenchman Street
- Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar
- Restaurant Stanley
- Creole House Restaurant
- Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
- Jackson Square
- Camellia Grill
- Bourbon Street
- Carousel Bar - Hotel Monteleone
- Mardi Gras World
Here is a short video that highlights my trip:
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to better myself as a school counselor and have to the time to really enjoy ME with ME (and three awesome co-workers of mine who made sure I had a great time).