Saturday, May 16, 2015

Graduation Weekend

The end of the year hubbub is in full swing: graduations, finals, retirement dinners, moving one classroom to another, and grading the last of the essays and projects of my classes. 

Think I am ready for summer? 

Four. More. Days!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

O Happy Day!

A couple of good reasons for that post title.

* Only seven or nine days left with this class, depending on if my students are taking finals or not.  I call this the home stretch. The seniors are done on Wednesday, and then graduation is next Sunday.  Our staff farewell dinner is Wednesday night.  On top of that,  I will have a ton of grading to finish up this week as their last essays come in and then their final project of the year.

*I had a terrific Mother's Day Weekend. We actually celebrated with L and family last weekend.  Today, we had breakfast with K and family, and then made a trip out to the farm so that the Little Miss could meet her Great Grandfather.  It was rainy and muddy, but everything was so lush and green. Back home, we planted some flowers, filled the bird feeder, and did some yard work. The yard now makes me ready for summer!

 The girls bought me a favorite from their childhood.
We used to have marathons watching this series.
I never read the Anne of Green Gables books, but I sure loved the series. (PBS?)
I have thought about buying it several times, but the price always stopped me.
Now, I'm ready for an Anne marathon. I haven't seen this for years!
The girls knew this would be a hit!
 Rick bought me a new bird feeder that looks a bit like canning jars.
I doubt that it is squirrel proof, but I am waiting to watch the birds discover it.
 K sent me this picture: The Bug and the Buglet.
The Bug looks like a giant. I remember thinking that when K was little.
When I brought L home from the hospital, I thought K was huge.
Looking at pictures now, K was still so little!  (The Bug is, too!)
L sent me this picture.  Little Man discovered his sister's doll.
"Baby!" He wouldn't let the baby go and kept kissing her head,
much like he did with the Little Miss last weekend.
He was loving his baby doll! (Good Daddy material there!)
My favorite from the weekend.  
Dad meeting his newest Great Grandchild.
Pretty sweet.

The last couple of weekends really made me on the countdown for summer to arrive! Just a guess, but I'm pretty sure my students feel the same.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Weekend

The newest Little Lady's birth was definitely the highlight.  I think we all managed to get in quite a bit of snuggling time. 
L and Little Man E joined us on Thursday night. L couldn't wait to see her new niece, who also shares her middle name.  E was so much fun. He is quite the character. 

Daddy CB joined us on Friday night, as did the Bug.  We all waited patiently (some more patiently than others) for K and CT to arrive home with the new little sister. 

We left their family to settle in with the newest addition, and the rest of us went out to the farm for some fishing and visiting.
The Fishing
The Visting

Besides the cat, E was quite taken with Great Grandpa on his little bobcat, spreading some gravel.

On Sunday, we all went to our favorite fishing spot at the local lake.  E is quite the little fisherman, though he enjoyed putting his toes in the water, too.  Oh, and he's a big fan of throwing rocks in the water.  (That worked better at the bridge down at the farm.  Not quite so successful when Daddy and Papa were fishing.)
And a little fisherman is born...

A great weekend full of grandbabies and time outdoors.  It doesn't get much better than this.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April 30th Revisited


This Little Lady made her appearance at 8:58 AM on April 30th. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces (the same as big sis) and was 19 inches long.  She is beautiful! Here she is just hours old. (Her first bath hadn't even happened yet!)
Big Sister thinks her Little Sister is pretty special.
That Little Lady was quite a hit with Bug and Mommy and Daddy.  She sure is a sweet little thing.
Oh, so loved!
From first meeting the Lady Bug was smitten. 
This is Mommy's picture from today.  
I think the Buggy is going to be a good big sister, 
and Little Sister has met her biggest fan!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

B-Day

Tomorrow is B-day, as in Baby Day!  The Bug is about to become a Big Sister.

A lot of happy nerves around here. 

I will keep you posted! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring at the Farm

A week ago when I was out at the farm, the apple tree was in bloom--and just beautiful!
The bees thought it was a terrific hangout, as the tree was abuzz!  I brought a branch of blooms home and enjoyed them most of the week.  I'm glad I happened to be there when it was blooming, as this week the blooms were all gone.  On the other hand, the lilacs were just starting to bloom.

This week, Little Big Brother, Sweet Sister-in-law and I returned to the farm.  Tiny Town people were on a hunt for rocks for some landscaping projects.  Dad was game to let us take some of our childhood memories home with us. (Thanks, Dad!!)  So...
You know how your parents told you your eyes were too big for your stomach when you took too much food?  Well, my eyes were too small for this project!  (I think Little Big Brother's were, too.)  I managed to complete 2/3 of my circle, but need to finish it and then probably need at least one more layer all the way around.  This tree provides so much shade that grass won't grow under it.  I was going to make this a raised flower bed, but decided on mulch and some pots of flowers instead.  (I always forget that when I plant flowers, I am really planting deer food.)

I guess this means another trip to the farm for rocks.  I wonder what will blooming on this next trip.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Drawing Closer

Today was my student teacher's last day of teaching. She will spend next week visiting other classrooms, and then next Friday will be her last day.  The good news is that she will be my colleague next year!

Unfortunately, I won't be here on her last day.  I'd be sad about that, but I am going to be with K when Baby #2 arrives. And then I will be on May Day Basket duty with the Bug. I think we are all ready for this new arrival.

The end of school is drawing closer, too.  There are a lot of loose ends to wrap up.  Besides the normal end of the year tasks, I am packing up my room and preparing to move into my new classroom. The cleaning out is almost over on my end. (I'm not sure how my retiring colleague is doing clearing out my new room. I can't move much until she is done.)

Lots of excitement here in the next few weeks.  Pictures are sure to follow!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Randoms: Cherry Juice, Stitch Fix, and Twitter

Today's Random Bits

*Tiny Town High faculty sprinkled K with boxes of diapers and wipes.  She had a pretty good sized stack on her desk last week, along with some other goodies.  She was quite surprised when she opened her office door.  And she cried. (Bet you could have guessed that!)
I have about given up on Physical Therapy.  I am continuing the exercises they have given me, but I don't think I'll make another appointment.  I feel like a hamster on a wheel: never getting anywhere.  We shall see.

A colleague of mine started drinking organic cherry juice.  She said after drinking it that she had her first night of good sleep in a long time.  (She has shoulder issues.)  I decided to try it. (An alternative to Physical Therapy?)  First of all, cherry juice has melatonin in it, which promotes sleep.  It is also supposed to ease the pain in joints.  So far, I give it a thumbs up.  Well, except for the taste.  It is kind of like drinking cough syrup on ice.

Several other colleagues and I have been trying the online styling business Stitch Fix.  Most of us hate shopping.  None of us are easy to fit.  You fill out their online profile of likes and dislikes, tell them what you might be looking for, and pay $20 for a stylist to send you five items she thinks you might like.  A box arrives at your doorstep with your items.  The $20 fee can be applied to the cost of a garment if you decide to purchase one.  Anything you don't like, you put in an envelope and send back at no cost.  The first box, I kept everything, though most of it I wouldn't even have tried on in a store. The second box, I kept nothing.  My 3rd Stitch Fix box will arrive at the end of this week.  I love not having to shop for clothes. As for this 3rd box, stay tuned.  (Did I mention that they give you a referral code?  For every friend you refer, when they sign up and order it means a $25 credit.  Interested? Let me know! And then you can give out your own referral code to friends.)
 Easter 2015 with the Grands
Dress and cardigan (which you can almost see) from my 1st Stitch Fix Order

Facebook has been my social media of choice to keep up with friends, family, and former students; however, Twitter has become my favorite social media to stay on top of education trends, news of my profession, and ideas for teaching.  I follow almost no people (a couple of family members and colleagues), but I follow a lot of news organizations and professional organizations.  I have gained a hundred new ideas for my classroom all because of Twitter.  It is now my go-to place when I need information.

We have twenty-three days of school left.  Twenty-three days crammed packed with activities and end-of-the-year projects. Oh, and somewhere in there I am packing up my current classroom and moving to the new one.

In other news, I broke down and bought a rain gauge.  I hate guessing.  I spent a whopping $1.95.  (And why did I wait so long??)

And there you have the random bits for this week of 2015.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April Showers

My Saturday in a nutshell:

Ran to Target with K.  (I think this was her last big shopping trip before the baby.)

Judged a Forensics Tournament all afternoon at Tiny Town High.

Picked up Chinese takeout to take to K for supper.  (The Bug and Daddy went to see Grandma and Grandpa this weekend.)

Enjoyed the rain.

 Amazing clouds and light before the rain

 And that was the sum total of my Saturday. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Loves...

Lilacs.  They are in bloom.  Lilacs are the flowers of my childhood.  They were Mom's flowers.  Our lilac bush was located right beside the mailbox, so Little Sister and I would sometimes leave lilacs for the mailman. (Much better than the cat that Little Sister left him one time! Yikes!)

Rotten bananas.  I can't stand to eat a banana that is a little too ripe; in fact, at first bite of "mush" I am done. But I love when rotten bananas are made into banana bread.  I especially like banana bread with nuts.

Holding sleeping babies. Little man E is not a little baby any more, but he fell asleep and Nana got to hold him through his Grandpa's funeral yesterday.  Nothing better than holding a sleeping child.

Photos: Speaking of Little Man E and his Grandpa, I love this last picture of the two of them.  So sweet.
Photo by L

Going Home Service or maybe I should call it a Going Home Celebration.  I loved CB's Dad's service.  There was Gospel Music done really well, and a Eulogy that was about his Dad but also about each and every one of us.  Wonderful.  

Bubbles.  The grandkids love them, but so does this Nana.  This is a fairly new development, but I am blaming it on the fact that I am taking on some teaching assignments of a retiring colleague. LKD hosted "Bubble Tuesday" every Tuesday we were in the trailers.  She had a machine that blew bubbles to cover their deck. Students walked through bubbles to get to class.  It was a hit.  Even high school kids love bubbles.  Does my new love of bubbles mean that I am morphing into LKD?  Stay tuned.

Spring weather. I love the cold mornings and warm afternoons.  It could stay this way all summer, and I'd be thrilled.  Last night, we had rain.  (I like that part of spring, too.  Light rains.) 

Organization.  Chaos drives me crazy.  (Though if you looked in some closets and drawers in my house, you might not think so!)  I spent the end of last week cleaning out 30+ years of files from my file cabinets.  I found some really old files, plus a bit of tornado debris in the bottom of some files.  You might be happy to know that I only found one purple mimeograph stencil. (Lovely!) Each of my units is now stored in a notebook.  There is still a bit to do, but I am organizing for the move to a new classroom.

A "sprinkling" instead of a shower.  K has three friends who took her to lunch, and each gave this 2nd baby a gift.  These three friends don't work together any more and had time to catch up.  What a sweet idea.  

End of the year activities.  This school year is quickly winding down.  Prom was last night.  Honor Banquets, Senior Productions, FFA BBQ's, and graduation can't be far behind.  

April.  Just the word alone is pretty. And this is a beautiful one so far.