Hello dear friends! I returned this morning at 3:00am to Alaska after 3.5 weeks away from home. My kids were with grandparents in NY while I traveled to iFLT and NTPRS, and my husband joined us for the last bit of our trip for much needed time with family. It was lovely to live in make-believe-land where my kids are always taken care of by someone who is not me and I have no real-world responsibilities nor cares in the world. So it’s back to reality for me, and reality is not my friend today.

Upon checking my email for the first time in two weeks, I discovered that I completely missed the Teachers Pay Teachers back to school sale, which I have been telling readers for months to “hold off on your purchases! You will save so much money if you wait for the sale!” I sincerely apologize to everyone that was planning to make large purchases from my store at this sale! I will throw a sale later this week, but unfortunately you won’t be able to combine my store’s sale with the discount from TpT corporate. I am so sorry 🙁

In unrelated news, I had my 14 week OB appointment for baby #4….yes…baby #4 is due February 2. I am a little overwhelmed as my oldest will have just turned 4 at the end of December, but I am very excited to see who this new little life will be and how he or she will change our family!! Since I have about as much energy as the loaves of bread that I can’t stop eating, I will forewarn you to not expect much from me over the next few months. Or years, as the case may be. I’m calling ACTFL 2016 my last hurrah–one last time to connect with my PLN before retreating permanently into a world filled with diapers and inhabited solely by toddlers. Who’s with me!?

11 replies on “Back to reality

  1. Hola Martina,

    Congratulations on your new baby!!!

    First of all, thank you very much for everything you are doing for the profession. It is impressive and I am very grateful!

    I will be a new Spanish teacher this coming Fall (in 2 weeks!) and I am going TPRS CI full force. I went to Blaine’s workshop last week and I am planning on attending Carol’s and others’ in the near future. I will be teaching level 1,2, and 4; however, my students are coming from a grammar based system, so I am not sure if they really are in those levels.

    I will buy your units and I will go from there, for sure!

    My question was about parents letters. Do you have a template for parent/welcome back/introduction letters that explain the process of TPRS in a lighter way? I would like to introduce myself and then explain my expectations which are directly related to TPRS.

    Many thanks for your guidance!



  2. Congrats, Martina! That is bittersweet news though. I will miss your postings and great ideas. I have learned so much from you and don’t even know you personally. Thank you, thank you for all you do for TPRS/ CI

  3. Congratulations on baby #4! You definitely sound busy! It is understandable that you need to step back and focus on your family. You will be so missed and I’m sure that there are so many people, including me, who would love to see your posts and wonderful ideas return one day when you have the time and energy. Take care of yourself and your family. Until then, we have lots of posts from the past to re-read and reference. You will be missed!

  4. Wise decision to focus on raising your little chicks since the time you have them sheltered under your wings is so fleeting. The teaching world will be eagerly awaiting your creative force and positive energy when you feel it is time to turn back to it.

  5. You deserve a break because you are one of the hardest working mother/wife/blogger/presenter/consultant, etc that I know. I seriously think you’ve found a way to get an extra ten hours a day that the rest of us don’t have. 🙂

    Thanks for all the wisdom, knowledge, and materials that you’ve shared on your blog, presentations, your TpT store, and emails and texts.
    You’re the best and deserve the best!!!
    Cindy Hitz

  6. You deserve a break because you are one of the hardest working mothers I know (mother, wife, blogger, curriculum consultant, entrepreneur, national presenter, etc)!

    Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge, advice, and materials you have shared through your blog, presentations, TpT store, emails and texts.

    You’re the best and deserve the best!
    Enjoy family time and the precious little one that God is sending to join your family.

    Cindy Hitz

    (I hope this doesn’t post twice. I’m having a little issue with WordPress this morning.)

  7. Congrats! My twin boys turn 4 in October and I’m due February 5th. Started school this week and excited to survive this year! Since you might be slowing down I might be able to catch up with all your amazing materials! Enjoy this time with family, and we will see you on the other side of diapers and sleep deprivation!

  8. Glad to see fabulous parents having many kids! Humankind thanks you! My son was born Feb. 2, groundhog day. It’s a great day for a BD!

  9. Such exciting news for your family and such sad news for all of us! I’d love to see you at a conference one last time. Will ACTFL15 or 16 be your last? I simply must make it to whichever you are going to!

    PS: I really hope you share your Bringing Culture Back session on your blog sometime! 😊

  10. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. I can only repeat what everyone is saying. You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Even though I am sad to miss your notes and words of wisdom, I applaud you for making your family first, Bravo! Take care and enjoy 🙂

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