Monday, July 28, 2014

Gray Hair Update

I haven't posted about the hair for awhile.

Seeing some of my aunts and relatives yesterday at the reunion reminds me that one day I could have really pretty silver hair.  (They all do.)

My hair is pretty much salt and pepper.  However, the growing pains I've experienced  have more to do with the short length than the color.  I have tried really hard to embrace this length. It still isn't my favorite, but I am getting used to it. (Three months later.)

So here goes the hair selfies:  my natural hair color at last.

Like I said, still pretty short for me.

Maybe one of these days I'll have a cut that I really love.

So, there you have it: just another day of Mrs. E's hair diaries.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let's see...

What have I been doing instead of blogging?

*Working at school in my room
*A day trip to the farm and the new loft in the hometown
*A curriculum meeting from 9-2 and working in my room until 4:30
*Individualizing the curriculum for each student in my new class
*Cleaning out the garage (4 1/2 hour job!)

Except for the trip to the farm, most of that doesn't sound like fun; however, there is nothing better than starting the school year prepared. (And nothing worse than starting the school year unprepared!)

So what is new?

*The Bug is sick. She's running a fever, throwing up, and scaring her folks. She is so pale, and soooo not herself. Poor little girl!
*Little Big E has learned how to pull himself to standing in his crib but can't figure out how to sit down.  Baby steps, E. Baby steps!

What is not new?

*Zumba classes on Tuesday, Thursday at 5:00 AM and Saturday at 7:00 AM.
*Couch to 5 K runs at 5:00 AM.  K and I are up to the 2 1/2 mile run.  Slow, but not too bad.
*Walking Baxter in the evenings.
*My Flex Fitbit. I had been averaging 8,000 steps a day, but now I am over 10,000 steps a day.
*Fighting Camel Back Crickets (They look like a brown grasshopper to me). The darn things think they own my basement. I am winning this battle! (Well, that's what I'm telling myself!)

Have I mentioned that we have our car back after the $10,000 deer hit it?  It sure is nice to drive my new/old car.

As for today?

*We are headed to a family reunion at my favorite lake.

This week promises to be hectic, too.  I need to make sure to enjoy the last two weeks of my summer: a movie or two, getting through a couple of novels, and a trip to the Water Park are on the agenda. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bits and Pieces of Easy Street

I haven't been home much lately.  I've been working in my room at school, shopping a bit, and cramming in some end of the summer fun.

Last Friday, K and I spent the day hunting things for her new office and doing a little shopping for wardrobe updates.  We splurged on Sushi for lunch- yum!- and then met up with some friends and some of her former colleagues for a great evening.
I'm not terribly artistic, but we had a great time learning to paint.  We laughed and laughed.  (That 'lovely' painting on the bottom far right is now decorating my room at school. Kind of hidden behind a few things, but still a colorful reminder of a fun evening.) I am excited for the next time that we schedule a "Corks and Canvas" evening.  It was great fun.

On Sunday, we celebrated LBB's birthday.  Quite a few members of the family gathered for some grilling and celebrating. Some of the usual suspects celebrating the milestone:

These mustaches serenaded the birthday boy. Quite an elegant evening, eh?!!  (Kind of fit in with the Moonshine I gave him.  You can buy it legally these days! Classy!)

Besides walking/running, Zumba classes, and getting my room at school ready to go, Baxter has been an orphaned dog.  Poor little guy.

I have three weeks until school starts, so you might be asking why the hurry on my room?
1. L will be able to get into her Kindergarten room next week, so I will be helping her at least one day.
2. I still want to enjoy one more day at the water park.
3. I also want to get to Big City for one last play day with E.
4. Lesson planning!  New textbooks and a new class to teach means a lot more work on curriculum before the students show up on the 1st day!
5. And hopefully, I can cram in a visit to the farm and a new loft apartment renovation in the home town.

This blogging interruption is just what I needed. Now remind me to share a recipe for roasted fresh green beans-yum! and photos of a visit to the Bug's gymnastic class!  (So much to share, and so little time! -Ugh!)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Random Tidbits

*Buggy spent the night "camping" with us on Tuesday night. We had a backyard BBQ on the grill, and a front yard marshmallow roast with the fire ring.  After spending the night in the camper in the front yard, I think she is ready to branch out to real camp sites. 

*I now have the password for the e version of our new textbooks. (When you purchase the regular textbooks, you are also buying the online textbook.)  I have spent quite a bit of time setting up mine, watching the tutorials, and trying to figure out how to use the teacher dashboard. (I'm sure I will still be figuring that out next spring!!) 

*Reading at the summer library program is a community service project; I did mine today.  I might add that I did mine today for a whopping four kids.  This cool weather must have had everyone sleeping in!

*Dragging out the sewing machine seems to be on the agenda for this weekend.  I am repairing some of the desk pockets that I made for L's Kindergarten class last year.  I have a few other things that need repaired, too.

*Have you ever heard of Cork and Canvas?  Me either.  Groups of eight or more gather for a painting lesson, where they go home with the finished product. (The canvas part of the title.)  Groups take their own wine and snacks in. (Thus, the cork!)  A little wine might help my painting... or not! I'll let you know how that works out.

*I have 3 1/2 weeks until school starts again.  CrAZy!!

And that's all from Easy Street, where the decoration of choice seems to be stacks of books for school. It is embarrassing.  Oh well!  They'll be back at school soon!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tea Party Pics Better Late Than Never

The Princess Bug's Tea Party was several weeks ago. She was so excited.

She told me she was the princess, but Mommy was the Queen.  (She just doesn't know that Nana is the REAL queen!)
You might notice that doughnuts were indeed part of her menu.  Her insistence won Momma over!
Her guests arrived in fancy hats. Sweet SIL and LuLu are such good sports.

And she was a sweet little hostess.
My favorite moment? 
When she took the little cream pitcher that was filled with milk,
poured it into her little cup, and drank it.

Unfortunately, I had to leave the Tea Party rather quickly.  This was the day of L's appendectomy.  So much fun crammed into one day!
There were perks to that appendectomy.  I spent several days in Big City, helping with this little guy:

My, he is at a fun age!

Soon, E will be able to join the summer activities. So far this summer, the Bug has been to the Water Park a couple of times, had a tea party, ridden a train, and had a sleepover with Nana and Papa.  What's next?  She is coming to our house for a camp out tonight. She wants to sleep in "that little camper."

 I think we better dig out the sleeping bags and some footie pajamas. We are unseasonably cool in Tiny Town.
Summer fun continues!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Omaha, Nebraska

The Mr. took a vacation day, and we left Tiny Town on Thursday afternoon and came back yesterday.  We had a nice little escape to Omaha.

Usually, the big attraction in Omaha is the Zoo. We decided to skip the zoo and see the rest of the town.  I think I've only been to Omaha one other time, and that was to shop at Nebraska Furniture Mart, so I was surprised that the town had so much going for it. We had a great time.
Some favorites?
Top Photos:
*The pedestrian bridge that takes you across the state line and the Missouri river into Council Bluffs, Iowa, where Mom & Dad eloped many years ago. This was also a Lewis and Clark Landing site.
*Coming from a family history of blacksmiths, I had to take the photo of the blacksmith from some statues down by the river--a tribute to the working man.

Second Line of Photos:
*The art museum--including a fountain, the atrium and children areas (They actually have a really nice outside exhibit, too.)

Third line:
*Memorial Park with boat rides on the little lake, fountains, and a beautiful walking path
*The biggest ball of stamps in the world in Boys Town
*Jones Brothers Cupcakes (winners of the Cupcake Challenge on the Foods Channel)- I will vouch for their sweet and salty cupcake--yum!

Bottom Photos:
*President Gerald Ford's Birthplace and gardens
*Something they call Mt. Vernon--based on George Washington's Mt. Vernon gardens  (The one thing I probably could have skipped.)

Their Old Market area is full of shops and restaurants and is also incredibly crowded on a Friday night. I have to put in a plug for Ted and Wally's Homemade Ice Cream shop. Delicious!

What I really liked were all the biking and walking trails. They have spent a lot of time and money making their town bike friendly.

Boys Town will probably be the part of the trip that I remember the most. They have a wonderful museum, Father Flanagan's house to tour, and several religious chapels. Father Flanagan is buried in the Catholic Chapel. I especially like the fact that Boys Town is still functioning today.  Around 400 students (now both boys and girls) live in 60+ "Family" homes with a trained Mom and Dad who oversee them. They also have an outreach program open to any parents or kids who are struggling and needing help or advice. It is manned 24 hours a day by phone. The work that Father Flanagan began early in the last century is still going and still needed. Their motto: Saving Children. Healing Families.

Now, I'm hoping we can squeeze in one more short trip before I head back to school. My schedule is wide open. The Mr.'s isn't. We shall see.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


I think you can tell these two are related.
My Dad and my Grandson E
Proving my theory on the family forehead.
Pretty sweet little guys.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

It's The Little Things

*Fresh peaches. 
*Colored ink pens
*Bright totes
*A pot of coffee made and ready by the time I get home from running or zumba
*Corn on the cob
*Cooler temperatures
*Hardy flowers that can stand the heat
*Time to read or watch a movie
*Mixed nuts--with more cashews, walnuts, and almonds than peanuts
*Walking into my clean room at school and remembering that I reorganized in May-- yea me!

I'd like to add to this list, transferring the photos from my camera and my computer to my external hard drive, but I'm going to need an extended amount of time to do that.  Of course, that isn't exactly a little thing.  No time this morning, but maybe by afternoon.  K, the Bug, and I have a lunch date in U town.  (Actually, I'm just tagging along.  Shopping support for the Bug, so Momma has time to look uninterrupted.)

 Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Quick Update

L is doing much better. She sounds better on the phone.  I'm glad she has bounced so quickly. The Mr. came to pick me up on Thursday night, and we got home around 10. (Didn't take long to miss my little guy E!) Baxter was shaking like a leaf, when we arrived home. The neighbors were having a fireworks party. He is not a fan.

We went to the Mr.'s cousin's house on Friday. She put in an awesome pool last fall. We enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and BBQ'd ribs.

Today, I am headed to school to spend the day doing curriculum work for a new class I'm teaching next fall.  A colleague is also teaching a section of it, so we are meeting to hunt resources and plan curriculum for the semester long class. 

Eventually, I will have time to download pictures of the Bug's tea party and days with Little E in Big City. It just wasn't last week (now known as appendectomy week)--and maybe not this week either (curriculum and mini vacation week).

When is it going to happen?  Time will tell.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


July is off to a strange start.

I am still in Big City with L.  She left the hospital last night and is doing better today; mainly, I am doing laundry and helping with E. I think the Mr. is coming to get me after he gets off work.  This little family is about ready to run on its own again.

The Mr. picked up our repaired "new to us" car this morning.  I'm sure we will spend the next few days, making sure everything runs like it did.

This doesn't even seem like the early days of July. I am missing the fireworks of Tiny Town; therefore, I am missing Baxter's nervous panic attacks.  (Poor guy. Home by himself.)

I wanted to spend some time in Big City with L, CB, and Baby E this summer.  This just wasn't quite what I had in mind.  I predict return visits--and some fun this time!