Monday, November 30, 2009

Back to Reality...or Something

I got back to BC yesterday afternoon and life's a roller coaster these days. Work went well today and it was great to see all the kids, but my co-teacher Jessa was out YET again. Sigh. One of my co-workers, Hope, asked me if there's an ad in the paper to replace her yet. I know where she's coming from- the woman who subs for Jessa and I can only do so much, and can only be in one place at a time!

I have a lot of Christmas crafts planned for the month- we only have fourteen days of school until Christmas break, though it seems impossible. We'll start on the crafts tomorrow, so I'll post photos as we complete them!

There's a lot going on here...after a week of traveling, spending time reading and playing games with my siblings, extended family and friends, it's been a bit hard to jump back into daily life because it's a complicated one lately. Without going into too much detail, I'll say that my paternal grandfather is in hospice and it's quite likely I'll be traveling with my family to New Jersey for a funeral in the coming weeks. My dad is there now and it's basically come down to the fact that if we want to say goodbye before my grandfather's death, we should go there soon-- but aside from not exactly having an unlimited supply of vacation/sick days to use, I feel like my real Grandpa died years ago when the Alzheimer's symptoms began. I've written about him before here and here...but our family could use prayers as we decide who's going when and as my grandpa slips away.

Another oh so fun (insert sarcasm) thing that happened was that a card of mine was stolen and used in a foreign country. Luckily I caught it early but I'm not used to the inability to use an ATM to get money! I'm so thankful this didn't happen while I was traveling to see my friend last week but boy did I feel stupid when I tried to get gas yesterday and my card was declined time after time after time. Oy.

A bright spot to my week though (ya know, so I'm not ALL gloom and doom over here) is that my friend Lyn came to visit me! She actually arrived yesterday before me, since a normally 2.5 hour trip took about 4 with the holiday traffic coming West from my parents' house! She'll be here until Thursday so we are enjoying each other's company. :)

Anyway, I hope you're having a great week (better than mine?! lol). I won't be around most of the week because Lyn and I have a few things planned, but I'll see you later!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Remnants of Thanksgiving

I don't know about you, but we ate so much food yesterday that we were definitely full...possibly OVER-full, even.

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Okay, so maybe it wasn't that bad...but one of my sisters has a fairly new Mac computer that we had some fun with :)

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How was your Thanksgiving??

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



I arrived home yesterday from a wonderful trip back to my hometown. Rachael and I visited with friends and I spent most of the weekend cuddling baby Elsie, the cutest newest addition to Stevie's family.

Since my arrival back to my parents' house yesterday, we've been busy. My grandma arrived around 1:30 this morning and after some rest we all spent the day baking lots of goodies in preparation for tomorrow!



That's a lot of pumpkin pie filling!







Monday, November 23, 2009

Artsy Washington

I'll be visiting and traveling all day today so I thought I'd post one of my last Pacific Northwest photo tours! Only two days of pictures left...maybe I'll have them up by January? LOL!!

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On the day my brother was to move into his apartment, we had some time to kill after checking out of our motel. We headed to another state park where the trees were towering, the leaves changing (this was September first!), and the cobwebs intricately stunning. The leaves were huge, my macro setting was tested...everything was so pretty, it's hard to narrow down the photos :)











This shot absolutely cracks me up- it's a squirrel but he was jumping and I think it's funny...

We also went to a fish hatchery, which was interesting. I had never seen one of those before!! I feel like these picture are like Magic Eye, lol...can you spy the fish and the spider?




As the sun set, my brother was settled in his new place, a one bedroom, one bath apartment on the side of a house. There was no internet at his new place, so he spent some time on the library computer while I reveled in the beauty of a small town sunset.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Tree

I found a cute Thanksgiving project over at Amy's blog and tweeked it a tiny bit for my classroom. I knew I should do some type of Thanksgiving craft with my kids, but since I'm not working all of next week, it had to be something simple- so this was perfect!!

Over the course of a few days, my students shot out things they were thankful for. Among the usual my family, my friends, my dog, God, etc., I picked out a few of my favorites-- and added a picture of our finished tree. With 50+ kids through my door on any given day, about 35 of them chose to participate in this project. We like it!!

I'm thankful for:
Liv- snowballs
Nina- sleeping at the beach
Rava- kangaroos and ice cubes
Adam- trains
Dylan- monsters and pancake face
Luke- eggs and bacon
Ayla- everything except bad guys
Maxim- cake
Charlie- chicken wings
Maile- you being the best teacher (AWWW!!)
Karden- windows
Ava- my twin brother and sister

What are you thankful for??


And with that, I'm over and out for the weekend. I'm off to visit one of my best friends, her new baby (& the rest of her family of course). From what I understand, the plans include lots of cuddling the new babe, catching up with each other, probably eating lots of junk food, and apparently going to see some movie that is coming out...something about Twilight..?

See you next week!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Roses & Thorns

I saw this idea on another blog (I don't remember where, or I'd link!) and thought I'd give it a try :)

-My coworkers have been fantastic this school year- so many of them pitching in when Jessa's been out so much. I'm so thankful for them!
- I had my oil changed and they didn't find anything else wrong with the car
- My emergency fund has grown a lot in the past week or so- many babysitting jobs!
-I'm going to visit one of my best friends this weekend
- I'll get to cuddle her new baby and get girl time, something that's been sorely missing lately
-After the visit, I have a week off of work for Thanksgiving!
-My grandmother is visiting for Thanksgiving, and I don't think we've ever had her visit for TurkeyDay before!
-Once I return to Big City, another good friend of mine is coming to stay for a few days. Hopefully we'll be able to fit in some good girl time, because I miss her!

- Jessa's been out SO much and it's stressful
- The emergency fund has come to a grinding halt until December's first weekend arrives. I'm sure it will be here fast but it's been nice being able to add to it every few days! ;)
- The visit this weekend could never be long enough- Stevie and I don't get to see each other much!
- We have our staff meeting Thursday and I'll have no time to pack...

Obviously, the good outweighs the bad... =) How's your week?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Take Me Back Tuesday Vol. II

I started "Take Me Back Tuesday" last week and people seemed to like it so I present week two! If you have any ideas for future weeks, let me know. I have a nice list going, but it will run out if I keep this up (which I hope to!)

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 What else is there to say? Slinkies are an awesome invention and I have so many memories of watching them fly down flights of stairs both at my parents' house and at my grandmother's! I wish they could find a way to make them bounce back to their original shape after being twisted by small children, though!



Sidewalk chalk was a favorite of mine growing up, and the children at my school still enjoy it! We write our names, play tic-tac-toe, trace each other's bodies, draw pumpkins, airplanes, ducks, and about anything else you can imagine. One of my favorite memories is of a warm, sunny Christmas Day spent in Massachusetts. The weather was in the 60s or 70s, very unusual for that time of year in the Northeast and my aunts, uncles, siblings and I spent the holiday drawing all over my grandma's slanted driveway with all the colors of the rainbow! I couldn't have been more than 8 or 9.

Photo compliments of me, myself and I, from my time spent in Belize. Proof that sidewalk chalk usage doesn't all have to be in English! ;)


The Care Bears!!

Always friendly and ready to help, I have a soft spot in my heart for these cuties. We had (or my parents still have) the Care Bear Nutcracker movie. Growing up, I thought the theme of the Nutcracker was parallel with the Care Bears, something my dad would probably *still* cringe over if I told him!


I was homeschooled after fifth grade, but prior to that I went to a public school for a few months. As a member of a large family, I qualified for free school lunches and I absolutely LOVED it. After years of packing my lunch daily, it was like a dream come true, especially on square pizza days! I'm not sure I would enjoy it now, but it tasted great at age ten!



This one is bound to drive one of my blog readers crazy if she pays close attention! Before Lyn lef this summer, she and I went kayaking and when leaving the park, we came across tire swings! I spent hours upon hours swinging on one in my rural yard growing up and getting a chance to swing again was SO MUCH FUN!

However, this photo has been doctored, and no one knows how or why, although one of my friends had a silly guess this summer...if you can figure it out, I'll send you a homemade candle. Seriously! I'm a candlemaker, didn't you know?

Feel free to join in with your own childhood memories!!