Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools

State Testing and April Fools....think that is a good combination??  Me either.

Shout out to Cousin Ree--somehow I can see this being a favorite day for a prankster like you.  Happy, happy day.

Happy April.  Now, bring on some April showers!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Going Out Like A Lamb

This month is ending with some beautiful days: sunshine and blue skies.

My birthday was wonderful with texts, cards, facebook posts, singing, phone calls, dinner with Dad, a former student's wife who covered the birthday meal, and a class of kindergartners singing "Happy Birthday" to Mrs. B's mom.  Thank you for the good wishes! What a nice day in every way.

So today?  Test days begin at Tiny Town High. I'm not feeling the pressure this year.  I've taught the standards all year, and this is a baseline year.  The kids don't seem as stressed or as intimidated as usual.  (Am I rubbing off on them?)  I'm praying for smooth sailing today and tomorrow.  Time will tell.

If April is anything like March, it should be a great month!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday Advice

A High School counselor once told me that he considered every year after age 40 as icing on the cake.

Frosting happens to be my favorite part of the cake, so I hope I continue to enjoy quite a bit of it.

And those are the deep thoughts this birthday morning! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birthday #58

Birthdays have never bothered me.  30?  I can barely remember it. (Two young kids can do that for you.)  40th?  No mid-life crisis, just the fun of celebrating.  50th?  Definitely worth celebrating with friends.  But this 58th birthday is getting to me.  It has been looming before me for several years now.  And I know why.

Mom died about four months after her 58th birthday. Fifty-eight. I always knew she missed so many milestones with her kids and grandkids.  Some of her grandchildren were born after her death.  She missed graduations, weddings, and great grandchildren.  She missed birthdays, awards ceremonies, promotions, graduation speeches, plays, cheerleading, football games, music concerts, ballet recitals, and a million other activities of her children and grandchildren. She missed knowing her great grandchildren. How she would have loved it all!

And now, I am turning 58.  I understand it is not unusual to live in apprehension as the age of a parent's death approaches.  Some call it a syndrome or "living in the shadow of death."  And even though I know this, it is still unnerving.

I am not my mother.  I'm healthier than she was, spared the head-on collision that left her a bit crippled for the rest of her life and robbed her of the active lifestyle I enjoy.  And yet in other ways, we are quite similar: not that happy as stay-at-home moms, teachers who love/loved their work, keepers of the family traditions, and avid readers.

I would feel robbed if this was to be all I would get to experience. Don't get me wrong. I am grateful for 57 years that have been wonderful and full of many great memories. There just happens to be quite a bit more that I want to be around for.

So, I'm trying hard not to think about the ending that 58 represents to me.  I'm concentrating on all the living I want to do in the years ahead, all the events that I don't want to miss.  I'm trying to remember that 58 really is just another birthday.  And so on Monday, I'll be celebrating #58.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Last Day of Break

I'd be really sad about the end of break, but this last nine weeks will fly. 

1. State Testing begins shortly after we return.
2. Baby #2 for K and CT arrives at the end of April.  Can't wait to meet the new little one!! (The Bug's little Bumble Bee is getting ready to make her appearance.)
3. I have to pack up my classroom and move to a different classroom.  I have loved my beautiful room, but the room I am moving to is one of the most interesting in the school. It has a small stage and lighting system, a props/costume closet, and really high ceilings.  (The only downside?  No windows and no carpet.  Sadness.)
4. I have three new classes to begin outlining for next year. 

Did I mention that we have a four day break for Easter?  Yeah, that makes going back a little easier, too!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Break, Gray Hair, and Catching Up On Sleep

I started this morning with a manicure and a pedicure.  Thirty minutes in that massage chair for my pedicure was pretty near heaven!  

After that the Mr. took me out to lunch and a movie, something we haven't done for awhile.  The Lunch Place featured a drink called a Pimms Cup.  I didn't try it, but I'm pretty sure that Little Big Brother will put that on his list of places to visit.  (I thought I'd save it for a trip with him.)  After the movie (Focus, which was so-so), we drove past the U town football stadium.  There is major work happening there.

Tomorrow, I am looking forward to meeting up with L for lunch and some shopping. I think I am the delivery girl for quite a few things that K needs for the baby. L is returning some things she used for E, and probably sending a few things he has outgrown, too.

Did I mention that I slept in until 7:00 this morning?  Yes, I have skipped walking and Zumba almost every day this week, which means I have averaged eight hours of sleep a night. (Improved from the 4-5 hours a night during play rehearsals.) AND...I finally feel rested.

Almost forgot.  K took pictures of the Bug and me at Cinderella yesterday.  It isn't a great picture, but if I crop it you can see the gray hair.
Nothing like the photos of a 3 year old.  Uncooperative is an understatement. 
Gray Hair, March 2015
(In desperate need of a trim version.)

So far, this break has been just what I needed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Break Continues

Yesterday, I made a trip to the farm.  The hills are always beautiful this time of year, and it was nice to spend part of the day with Dad and Beth. 

Today, I am headed to see Cinderella with the Bug.  I hate to confess it, but I am think I am going to be disappointed if Leslie Ann Warren and her Fairy Godmother don't appear singing "It's possible--things are happening every day!" 

However, I am going with the Bug and her mama so it isn't all bad. 

So far, this Spring Break has been wonderful!  (And quite relaxing!)

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Mr.'s 60th

Today is the Mr.'s 60th birthday.  We celebrated with the girls and families this weekend. Beautiful weather allowed for bubbles, jumping on the neighbor's trampoline (well, the kids did), and sitting on the front deck.  

Tonight, we'll have some Cherry Cobbler, which is the Mr.'s style of birthday cake. 

He is celebrating the day by working.  I am celebrating the day by doing laundry.  Are we a fun crew or what?! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Turn

The show is over.  It was a success.  The cast and crew managed to clean the stage and dressing rooms for another activity to be held there in the coming week. 

And now that the show is over, my cold is almost gone, too.  (Well, I've quit sneezing and only use about three tissues a day.)  My nose will take some time to recover.

I have a few plans for this this Spring Break week, but mainly I am in recovery mode.  I need it.  My house needs it.  Baxter needs it. And I'm pretty sure the Mr. will thank me.  He's been holding Easy Street together for several weeks now.  And now it is my turn. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Show Week

Are we ready?  Almost.  We have a few sets to finish, and we're short on crew. 

On the other hand, the show is really pretty good. 

On the other hand, our week looks like this: Monday, first and last full dress rehearsal.  Tuesday, no rehearsal because of a band concert.  Wednesday, final dress rehearsal but also parent picture night.  Thursday and Friday, the show.