Monday, May 31, 2010

A Day off From School & Thankful to be FREE! - Happy Memorial Day!

God Bless the USA!!

Don't forget the many people who have given some or, in many cases, all to make (and keep) our country what it is today...FREE! I would like to send a personal thanks to my grandfather, father, uncle, and little brother for doing their part in protecting our country in different armed forces.

My little brother has served three deployments in Iraq with one resulting in an early return and a purple heart. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan leaving his wife, 2 yr old daughter, and 5 month old son awaiting his return hopefully later next month. He is my hero {and so is my sis in law too}. 

Thanks, little bro, for all you do, and have done, to protect our country!!!

A big shout out to also to all the armed forces and their families.  I truly appreciate all you do.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!! Because of you, my family is free to enjoy a day of picnics, beach, and not going to work.

Happy Memorial Day!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Cupcakes

What I Learned This Week - A Little Bit of Everything

In honor of the chaos that has been my life lately, I'm going with random lessons again this week.

  • First of all, I just have to say it, "I'm not a fan of yogurt."  I have tried many brands and many flavors and I just don't like it. This makes top of my list because I had one for lunch today and just couldn't get it down.  Do you have a yogurt you especially like that may change my mind?
  • After six seasons, I just have to put this out there, I learned that I am still LOST!  {Enough said} I am looking for recaps though so let me know if you wrote or have read any that may shed some light for me.
  • My next lesson is a bit of a confession too. I've learned that my addiction to my phone is interfering with my multi-tasking abilities as I devote way too much time to being plugged in.  The first week I had a blast setting it up and personalizing it, the second week I searched droid apps and installed them, and the third week I've just used it for everything I would normally use my laptop for except my phone is always right there so I don't stick to a schedule.  It is time to get back to my schedule.
  • My training plan is just that...only a plan.  It's right there, hanging on my refrigerator, but for the past three weeks {see above} that plan has not came to life.  I was doing so well and feeling so much better, but then my schedule went wacky and that was all she wrote.  With so many evening meetings and activities lately, by the time I finally get home I'm exhausted and just can't get myself to do it.  I learned that I HAVE to get over this and make my plan come to life!

  • I make way to many excuses to NOT exercise is what I've learned!
  • Finally, my biggest lesson this week is that it is time to get back on a "normal" schedule so I don't feel like I'm running in circles and getting nothing accomplished. Hence my hitting the wall post! Although I may just need to stick to the "survival" schedule for the next 8 school days.  THEN SUMMER VACATION!!  I can do this.
 Don't forget to visit From Inmates to Playdates to see what everybody else learned this week.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Then You Hit the Wall

The balls are up in the air.
They follow the juggling routine going round, round, and round.

  • School meetings, activities, assessments, assemblies, concerts, parties, paperwork and graduation.
  • My own children's lessons, field trips, conferences, homework, parties, performances, picnics, graduations, and just regular routines.
  • The houses laundry, dishes, dust bunnies, cooking, cleaning, and organization.
  • Worry about family and friends who have way bigger concerns than me. 

Eventually you hit the wall.
The balls drop to the floor.
You attempt to grab them while they are still bouncing.
They stop bouncing and become still.
You stop. Stare. Cry.
Then one by one, you pick up the balls and start juggling again.

After all, this is LIFE!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What I Learned This Week - Some of Life's Little Lessons

I was racking my brain this week trying to figure out what I learned lately when I realized that while there may not be something BIG, there were lots of small things that I have learned or at least realized this week.

So here it is.
What I Learned This Week.


I learned...It's much easier to get up and get dressed in the morning when you have a new outfit to wear.  {I got two new dresses from Target while in NC and have loved wearing them this week}.

I learned...The later it gets in the school year, the later I will get to school in the morning!  {No worries though, I'm always in before the bell rings}.

I learned...Coffee always tastes better when other people make it and it tastes especially awesome when those other people are the Dunkin Donuts workers.

I learned...sometimes it's much easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission!

I learned...that while 3rd graders were clueless when I switched the word "a$$" with silly goose in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when reading it together, the 5th graders actually read along and will act like 3rd graders as soon as I read it. {Why, oh why, Mr. Dahl did you have to add it?}

I learned...I'm going to love having my little brother a mile away for free babysitting!!! {Thanks Andrew for saving my Friday night plans...I owe you one}

I learned...having meetings after school every night for a week is exhausting!

I learned...while 11 days may not sound like a long time, 11 days with twenty 5h graders {and one teacher} counting down till summer vacation is going to be a very long time indeed!

Finally the last lesson I that while What I Learned This Week should be shared on Tuesdays, when your computer crashes on Monday, it is perfectly acceptable to share what you learned on Thursdays!!

To see what everybody else learned this week and shared on Tuesday, don't forget to visit From Inmates to Playdates.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kool-Aid Playdough. It's Edible.

My kids have always loved Play-dough and to be honest I like playing with it too.  There is just something about molding the dough and the smell always takes me back to childhood.  

The other day Dylan was so excited to show me the Play-dough they made in school.  Now we have made our own playdough, salt dough, before so I was a bit surprised at how excited he was.  That was until he said his playdough was edible.  Huh?  Haven't I spent the last 9 years of his life telling him not to put the playdough in his mouth??

Turns out they had made this.

Kool-Aid Playdough

  • 2 c. water 
  • 3 tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 1 tbsp alum
  • 2 pkg unsweetened Kool-Aid
Boil 2 cups of water. Add the boiling water to the dry ingredients along with 2 tbsp oil.  Knead together until well mixed and let cool.  Store in covered container in refrigerator when not in use.  Make different colors of play dough by varying the flavor of the Kool-Aid.

Note: While the play dough is edible it doesn't taste that good so I don't think you have to worry about the kiddos eating too much of it.

Only 2 More Mondays To Go

Jen tweeted me last night and asked how many Mondays were left before the end of the school year.  I then realized that I only have 2 Mondays left until summer vacation.  OH YEAH!  I figured if something was ever title worthy it was this realization!

So another weekend came and went.
The kiddos and I ran away to North Carolina to hang out with my sis-in-law, niece, and nephew.  Two moms, four kids...endless fun and complete exhaustion!  But, I got to watch my sil run her first 5K, visit the beach, enjoy a bbq, and watch the cousins have a blast playing with each other.  Priceless.  Check out the pictures of all our fun!

The highlight for Dylan was capturing his new pal.  

Mr. Green, which we thought was a gecko, but rethinking our classification as it keeps changing colors and is missing the webbed feet, is now happily crawling around in a aquarium in Dyl's room.  I always swore that we wouldn't have any lizard or snake-like pets, but seeing the excitment on his face when he caught it, changed my mind.  I know, I'm such a softie.  Although I have to say that after it escaped not once, but TWICE in the car on the way home Mr. Green almost found his new home somewhere on the side of the road in Virginia!

Although it was an action packed weekend, it was nice to get-a-way because I was able to ignore what is about to be three weeks of absolute craziness around here.  I have something every single night this week from band concerts, to meetings, to showcases, to a blog event in Philly, to a goodbye dinner at the end of the week.  I swear I become exhausted just looking at my calendar this week.  The sad thing is that it doesn't look any better the following week or the one after that.

So if I go missing for a day here or there or my posts become shorter and sweeter than usual, you have been warned.  But, let's not forget the title of this here post Only 2 More Mondays to Go!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Song of Your Life

After hearing all the chatter about Glee, I had to see what it was all about.  I've watched it sporadically the last few months.  OK, 2 or 3 times.  But, I never could get into it.  So I gave up.

Until this week, when it happened to come on after Idol and I was too lazy to get the remote to change the channel.  So I watched it.  And I actually enjoyed it.  The premise was that every member of the Glee club had to perform a song that portrayed who they were or what they were experiencing in their lives at the present moment.

As I was watching the show, I couldn't help but begin to think about which song would describe who I am and where I am right now.  Now first I have to admit that I'm not a huge music person.  I love listening to it, but couldn't tell you what's hot, the words to the most popular songs, or who sings what.  But, I did come up with a few songs that sums it all up right now.
  • Livin on a Prayer
  • Life is a Highway
  • Bubbly 
  • I Will Survive!!!
    Play along with me!
    What song{s} would tell the story of you and your life right now?

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    18 more days of getting up at 5:30am

    Orkut Scraps - Monday

    It's Monday and I'm not ready.
    I swear for every one thing I cross off my to do list, I add three. 

    This weekend went by so quickly.
    Saturday was a whirlwind as it began with the March of Dimes walk, then a couple hours spent on the tennis courts watching Dylan kick butt, then a run-in with a migraine that required a nap, and ended with a surprise party for one of Dave's coworkers.  By the end of the day I was quite exhausted and looking forward to Mother's Day especially the sleeping in part.

    Now I know there are many who argue the holiday of Mother's Day, saying there shouldn't be such a thing.  While I agree with their idealistic belief that everyday we need to appreciate our moms, let's face doesn't happen.  I, for one, enjoy the idea that I have such a day when I can milk it for what it's worth and not feel guilty for ignoring the dishes, the dustballs, the weeds, and any and all kinds of housework. 

    My Mother's Day was pretty close to perfect.  The kiddos had spent the night at grandparents, but were very concerned they wouldn't be home before I got up, so Dave went to get them at a reasonable time while I stayed in bed.  I mean, I couldn't let them down by getting up before they got home.  When they arrived I heard lots of whispering outside my room and then they couldn't wait any longer.  I was given wonderful gifts {thank you to the teachers who helped my kiddos make something special just for me} and led on a scavenger hunt which ended at breakfast: french toast with cool whip and strawberries, sausage, orange juice, and coffee in a very cool reusable coffee cup that looks just like a Starbucks white cup.  

    After stuffing myself, I did what every mom should do on Mother's Day, I went back to bed!  I spent some time blogging, surfing the net, playing with my new phone {that deserves a whole post of its own}, and dozing.  It was bliss!

    At noon I decided it was time to get moving, or at least to shower before we headed out to lunch.  Every year we go out for all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, something I look forward to as it signals the beginning of the crab season.  For dessert we picked up a lemon meringue and apple pie to take to my mom's house to spend some time with her.  It was a great way to end a beautiful day!

    That's when my Mother's Day came to an abrupt ending as the Sunday night craziness took over with baths, folding laundry, packing daycare bags, checking homework...

    Mother's Day was fantastic while it lasted though.
    I'm blessed to have such a wonderful family!!!

    Now to tackle the week, which is sure to be quite busy as I:
    • attempt to teach twenty 5th graders who are DONE with school and ready for middle school {or so they think},
    • attend 1 before school meeting and 2 after school ones,
    • take my class on an all day field trip,
    • beg a private school to accept Zoe next year even if we may have missed the deadline,
    • get Zoe registered for Kindergarten somewhere next year,
    • play mommy every night making dinner, cleaning up, signing homework...
    • prepare for a weekend in NC for the kids and I to visit family.
    I can do it!
    Because after all there are only 18 days till summer vacation!

    How was your weekend?
    What's on your agenda for this week?

    Tuesday, May 4, 2010

    What I Learned This Week - Things I Like {and don't like} About Running

    After running for a year {NEVER thought I'd ever be saying that} I've learned many things that I like about it and a few that I don't.  After running my longest distance this past weekend I thought this would be a perfect time to share. 

    About running.
    I've learned,
    that I really like...
    • the sound of my feet hitting the pavement
    • the sound of my shoes running on soft gravel
    • that a mile doesn't seem nearly as far now
    • feeling my pony tail swinging behind me
    • watching my shadow run beside me
    • feeling stronger with every run
    • watching my pace time get better and better
    • being part of a running community
    • running 5K's
    but I've also learned,
    that I could live without
    • all the sweating {I hate sweat}
    • the last mile taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
    • running in humidity
    • running next to or behind runners who look so graceful, while I'm more of a plodder myself
    • not having something carry water and my cell with me {I must remedy this soon...any suggestions?}
    • oh and did I mention the sweating? Yeah I could definitely live without that!
    Don't forget to visit From Inmates to Playdates to see what everybody else learned this week.

    Oh and speaking of running, did you hear that May is Sisterhood Running Month?  For the month of May they are going to be sharing lots of great information about running so whether you are just beginning, been running for a year {like me}, or was born with running shoes there is sure to be something for you.  Go check it out and join me as...
    I run with the Sisterhood

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    Friendship Failure

    I've always been one to have a lot of friends.
    I like having friends.

    It's always fun to get together with a big group of friends and just shoot the breeze and sometimes its just as fun to get together with just one friend and take time to simply catch up.

    However, these times are few and far between as everybody is so darn busy.  Lately I feel that I don't have time to connect with anybody.
    I find myself feeling kind of lonely actually, yearning to sit down and just chat with my pals.

    I know I am to blame in part for this loneliness though because to be honest I don't feel that I've been doing so hot at being a friend.  For some reason I've been finding it difficult to just talk.  To check in, to see what's new, to find time to have people over in the evening.

    I want to be that friend that remembers the birthdays, the special occasions, checks in to see how the days going, sends a little notecard just because, but it just seems like I keep failing. 

    So I have to ask, how do you maintain your friendships?  
    What do you do to be a good friend??

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Happy May Day

    It's May 1st,
    and going to be 87 degrees.
    I love gerber daisies, think I'll get some today.

    There are only 24 days left of school,
    8 days till Mother's Day & annual visit to the crab house,
    35 days till my birthday.

    Summer is just around the corner.

    I'm very happy!

    That is all.
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