May Days

There’s something almost magical about May.
It’s one of my favorite months. Maybe that’s because I’m a May baby.
Maybe I love how Mother Nature puts on a beautiful flowery show in May.
Maybe it’s because the girls are out of school before Memorial Day and we get to kick off summer early.
Ah, May. What’s not to love?

The last 3 weeks of school is what.  Every year I wonder why the schools try and cram so much stuff into the last 3 weeks of school when we are all tired: parents, students, staff.
 At one point, I even said aloud “who is the person who thought it would be okay to lump Teacher Appreciation week, Read across America week and a field trip together”?
This work at home Mom/volunteer was feeling the pressure, and I’m not even a room mom this year.  
This morning found me volunteering at the elementary school for the Teacher Appreciation week Breakfast. I showed up with my quartered, chilled orange wedges ready to lend a hand.
 As I past the smiling faces of kids in brightly colored and oh-so-comfy looking Pajamas (for Read across America Week);  I was struck by the positive energy all over the school.
The kids are happy. All the teachers and staff are busy, but happy. They are finishing strong.
This happiness is why the days are so jam-packed in May.  It’s all for our kids.
Being welcomed, needed and appreciated made me feel small for my moment of selfishness earlier this month.  
We’ve got 2 more weeks of fun-filled days ahead of us.  Armed with my checklist and a positive, community friendly attitude we will finish strong too!

Do you volunteer at your kids’ school? Please share your thoughts!


  1. Used to volunteer and if anyone asks for help in the ceramics class I help.

    It's hard to believe that May is that close to over! When I see the word, June, I think of summer being one third over already. Trying to live the moment but feeling like I need to catch up already!!

  2. Great post Missy.. I love May too and maybe also because I am a May baby.. who knows.. My kids are in school till later June.. but they do seem to pack a lot into the last few weeks..
    Have a great summer


  3. Wow, so much love!
    CJR @ The Mami Blog

  4. We don't get out of school here until mid-June. I figure I've got a couple more weeks before the zaniness of year-end starts and all the art work, etc. starts coming home in huge, giant piles every night!

  5. Hi Katy,

    I miss the school year starting in September and ending in June.
    It seems like te school year starts earlier and earlier in August here in TN.
    And it's soo hot and humid then.. ugh.
    I'll be sure to check in with you and see what you are doing with your kiddies art work!

  6. Hiya Shauna,

    I'm going to check FB to see if we have close birthdays. :-) I wish my kiddies were in school until June because it would mean a later start in the fall.
    You have an awesome summer as well!

  7. Hi CJR,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
    Yep, there was alot of love in my daughters school yesterday. It re-newed my spririt.
    Have a wonderful day.

  8. Hi Donna,

    I bet you are a patient teacher. You should do a ceramics tutorial on your blog.
    We love June here because boredom has not set in yet!
    Living in the moment is a very good thing.

    Have a great day!

  9. I do volunteer quite a lot at the school. Teacher Appreciation Week for us is this year. What is Read Across America, I have not heard of it?

    As we speak I just finished making my dish for the pitch-in lunch tomorrow. I've been taking pics of each gift I sent in to the teacher and will post them on the blog next week. :)

  10. Hi Tammy,

    NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. You can learn more here: .

    I hope you had a good time pitching in at your schools lunch and I will look forward to your post on your teacher gifts.


I'd love to hear from you!