Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Here it is the 6th of December already.

So far, I have...
seen a big city Christmas show with L & CB.
finished the Christmas decorating.
used plan periods for grading and writing finals.
conducted the first night of auditions for the spring show.
shopped online for a few more gifts for the littles.
met with some teachers from another school for an afternoon of discussing Standards Based Grading.
and attended a local small business fair with K and the girls to see Santa.

I love December...

the tree and sparkly lights
packages and bows
little kids with Santa
the first snow...still waiting on that one, but maybe tomorrow
Christmas Carols and Advent candles
trips to look at the lights
Christmas cookies and candy
stockings hung with care
the music and the movies of the season

I hate December...

static electricity
dragging out the decorations, but worse--taking them down
stuffy noses
cold feet
finals, finals, and finals
grading, grading, and grading

And that, my friends, is the split personality I deal with daily.  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy #36

K is celebrating birthday #36 today.
I predict that she will spend the day at Tiny Town High.
See that little one on the right? Spitting image of her momma at that age. And the one on the left? She has been excited about Mommy's birthday for at least a week. We've all been sworn to secrecy. (Papa was scolded just for saying that the Bug and Daddy were going shopping. "It's a secret!!")
Happy 36th, K! You are so loved!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

I love Thanksgiving.
I love the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie.
I love the visit with the Mr.'s cousins, who just happen to be great cooks.
I love the Black Friday shopping when I don't need a thing, but get to spend time with the girls.
I love the fact that there are Christmas lighting ceremonies and Santa visits all over the state.
I love playing Christmas music in the car on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner.
I love that even 25 years later, I still can't find a dressing that I like as much as Mom's.
I would say that I love putting the Christmas tree up, but actually, I just like it when it is up. The putting up...not so much.
I especially love that I have a 5 day weekend/vacation from school.

Happy Thanksgiving from Easy Street.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Big News

OK, not huge news, but big news for Easy Street. The basement remodel is done! (Well, there are a few small touch up things, but done enough to use it again.)

We've spent most of this afternoon hauling beds back down to bedrooms. We are exhausted.

There is still quite a bit to do: desk and books to pull out of storage, curtains to hang, and refurnishing a bit. (Our garage and basement storage room are full.) BUT...we are ready for Thanksgiving company. (At least they have beds and a bathroom again.)

Anyway--a mini celebration is going on, or there would be if we could move. This celebration involves a hot shower, feet up, Hallmark movies, and one of us snoring in the chair.

And a happy Thanksgiving it is. We have room for the kids again!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Oh My

And I wonder why I don't have time to blog.

*In the last month, I have presented at the state English conference. (Prior to that there was a proposal to write, a slide presentation to develop, and practicing with my colleagues.) We enjoyed two days at the State Conference and have a school team coming to visit with us about our presentation in early December.

*Our basement has literally been emptied completely so that the new walls, flooring. and painting can be finished. If this isn't done by Thanksgiving, there is a contractor that is going to be permanently on my list.

*Parent/Teacher conferences are over for another year. That sure takes a bite out of a week.

*We celebrated Halloween with a little clown, skunk, and a "tark." (Shark.) They were too cute for words. (What a year to be a clown! But this one was adorable with a pink wig and a nose that lit up!)

*Friends from long ago enjoyed a girls weekend in the Ozarks. A classmate has a condo there, and it is fun to enjoy it for one last gasp of lake season.
We have also been to Big City to celebrate a Big 3 year old's birthday. How can we tell he is 3? It is much more difficult to take a picture of that cute little face without some strange expression. Oh, boy!
And yes, every nativity scene must have a camel on the roof. (!!)

Then you can add in writing lesson plans for 4 different classes, grading way too many papers, and organizing for the spring All School Production (auditions in December) AND for Forensics season which begins in January.

Drama class has performed in the first lunchtime theater performance of the year, and the 2nd is set to go this week.

Finally, I'm not sure how I managed to live 59 years without having a serious bladder infection or UTI, but I finally had my first. I'm also not sure how long I noticed symptoms, but I waited far too long to go to the doctor. Thankfully, I take antibiotics so rarely that when I do, they really kick in!

We are looking forward to the holidays. (Well, we REALLY are if the house is put back together again--otherwise, it could be quite interesting.)

One final shot: the Bloody Mary at brunch a couple of weeks ago. Now that is a garnish!

I know life is going to slow down again, but I'm not quite sure when. Looking back at blogging, this is year two of me teaching the new curriculum and also year two of very little blog time. There is a definite connection.

If Easy Street is strangely quiet, now you know why! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

3 Years Old

This little man turned three today.
He is such a sweet guy.
He loves:
Mommy and Daddy
His Sisters
His bed
Soccer balls and footballs
Playing in the park
His cousins
Pie Pads (aka iPads)

Happy Birthday, E!  You are so very loved.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

4:00 Today (October 15)

~I finished my English paper grading. All 369 of them. (I have been a lot of fun to live with for the last week.)

~I started my movie watching marathon. (And I don't really care what movie it is.)

~My nose now resembles Rudolph's. AND I'm out of Kleenex.

So far October has been a blast. Ugh! I plan to turn that around that around since the month is half over today.

On the agenda....

~Little Big Brother in Much Ado About Nothing.

~Dad and Grandma B coming for lunch before the play.

~English teachers trip to the State Conference at the end of the week. (Presenting the first session and enjoying the rest.)

~A U town football game with the Mr. next weekend.

~Girls Weekend in the Ozarks in two weeks.

~A cute clown, a shark, and a skunk: the little munchkins on Halloween. (And Lady Bug, what a year to choose to be a clown! Thankfully, she has no clue.)

OK. I have to throw Parent/Teacher conferences in there. They aren't a ton of fun, but they usually explain a lot. And I'll leave it at that.

I feel like my favorite month started today. I have to make up for lost time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homecoming Week

You know how elementary teachers hate the days after Halloween, Valentine's Day and Easter? The kids are too hopped up on sugar.

Yeah, well that is Homecoming Week at the high school: Spirit days of crazy dressing, float building every evening, and finding dates to the big dance. Classes are taking a back seat to all of that fun.

Oh, and did I mention "proposals"? You can no longer just ASK someone to the Homecoming Dance or Prom. There has to be a proposal.  Songs are sung, roses are left in classrooms, announcements are made over speaker systems, and signs are held up in public events. All of this has to be video recorded, too.

What happened to the days of a guy calling you on the phone or walking up to your locker and saying, "Wanna go to Homecoming with me?" You answered, "Sure" and that was it.

Those days are long gone. "True love," or in this case, "True Homecoming Dates" have to be a big deal. "No" answers are now public humiliation.

And just what in the heck are these kids going to do when it is time to propose marriage?

Two more days. Two.

I think I can do this.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Numbers Numbers Numbers

31 wonderful days in this month

7 sophomore boys (no girls) in my 7th hour English class. They end my day with a laugh. Every single day!

3 English classes daily, plus speech, drama, and forensics classes. It is a busy day, but I love it.

369 papers to grade for a short story unit. 369 papers to grade for 5 short stories. 9 writing assignments for 5 short stories. Do I sound in shock? I am. Writing/grading overdose.

2 little girls to babysit while Mommy and Daddy celebrate their wedding anniversary. (Tough job, but somebody has to do it!)

19 LulaRoe clothing pieces purchased or earned in the last couple months. 21 if you count the two I bought for gifts. This addiction is real. Yikes!

 0 classroom dollars to spend this year. I opened a package of sticky notes the other day, and a student asked "Did you buy those with your nonexistent supply fund?" Have to love a kid with a sense of humor. Actually, it was a sweet way to show appreciation for what the teachers are doing for them this year.

1 family reunion to attend at my favorite lake next weekend.

60 days to figure out the Spring All School Production. (I am struggling!)

26 more days until a girls weekend with HS friends. Can't wait!

Well, back to grading. Oh yeah, and a bazillion excuses I can come up with to procrastinate.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1st

Someone once said, "October is my favorite color." Mine, too.

Except for the fact that orange is our rival school's color. (Maybe someday I will be able to wear it again.)

My first day of October began with little man E waking me up. I had spent the night at his house. When the K and CT family arrived, we visited a beautiful apple orchard; however, the apples were past their prime. On the other hand, apple cinnamon donuts and cider slushes were a hit!

Apples, pumpkins, falling leaves, beautiful skies, and cool mornings make this month absolutely beautiful. Throw in a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard, and it doesn't get much better.

October..."a beautiful crown the year puts on."

I love the rustic, country feel of October. I plan to enjoy all 31 days of this wonderful month! Photos to come.