Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oh, Hey There!

I've missed you! No, really, I have! Oh so much has been going on, and on top of everything, I have been experiencing the most sickly year I have ever had! My kinders have been for real sick...over Christmas, 8 of my 18 had the flu. They've passed around horrible stomach bugs all year, strep, colds that never end, terrible ear infections, Fifth's disease, pink eye...oh the horrors of kindergarten! It has never been this bad though. We have a new cleaning crew, and I have to wonder if it isn't coincidence that germs aren't going away anymore. Fortunately, so far, I haven't had the bad stuff...just a general feeling of ick. Yes, I meant to say ick, not sick. It has not been fun. And along with the sickly kinders, who by the way have allergies out the wazoo, SPRING FEVER HAS HIT. Me, my intern, and the kids. In full force.

I am dying to get in my garden and work. According to The Farmer's Almanac for this year, my area has had its final hard freezing spell of winter this week. Now, I did not use that trusty resource last year, and guess what? My garden produced a total of 2 dinners worth of potatoes, about 10 meals of fried okra, an occasional tomato, 2 quarts of green beans, two carrots, and about a half dozen sweet potatoes. That's it. And last year, it snowed in May. May 7 to be exact. The day after I put out my tomatoes. I cried. I so hope the almanac is on the money this year. I want need to be out there, nursing my plants and filling basket upon basket of beautiful produce that I can practice my canning skills on. It isn't supposed to rain again until Sunday, so I am planning to be out there tomorrow evening, planting cucumber and green bean seedlings. I also have some turnip and pepper seedlings, but I don't think that they are quite ready to transplant. I did plant my potatoes and onions about 10 days ago, and the onions have started to sprout, which is definitely exciting!

What else has been going on? Well, Lefty had her last ever cheer try-out two weeks ago and made it. She was named captain of her squad!!! I was asked by the other senior mom to be the President of the booster club and Treasurer for the squad. The other senior mom is Vice-President and Secretary. It's gonna be a busy year. Boo decided not to try out for cheer this year, but did try out for dance team. She was a nervous wreck, but I had no doubt that my tiny dancer would do just fine. That will be a new thing for us; we've always been a cheer family, so competitive dance team will be a new adventure. The Boy tried out for his basketball team and didn't make it, BUT he had better luck trying out for track. He is in his first year of being able to do school athletics, so it's a pretty big learning curve. Also, baseball season starts next week for The Boy. Things are gonna be oh so busy for the next two months. Lou tried out for her middle school band and chose to play trumpet like Lefty. I hope she enjoys it.

As for me and my man, we've just been following the kiddos from this to that. We haven't done any more craft shows or anything, although I scouted one out last weekend that is a definite possibility for November. I have gotten a little discouraged. Things have been very slow. Like non-existent. I sold two wreaths last month, and that has been pretty much it for 2014 so far. Kinda sad. However, one of those was for a church a few towns away, and it turned out fantabulous!
Speaking of churches, we have been visiting a new church. We went alone the first week, then last week, we took all four kids. They seemed to enjoy it. Boo asked to go with us this coming Sunday (when she is going to be at her dad's). I am glad she wants to go.

There is so much more for me to go on and on about, but I guess I can save some for other posts! Weather for example. My new addiction. A diet (or the lack thereof) update. New cooking adventures. The four new florals I made. School. Theatrical performances. A band performance with the Beatles. Spanish Honor Society. Faith.  I truly could go on and on. But I will wait.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Strategy January 26 - February 1

What a yucky week I had!!! I made it to the gym on Monday night, but after that, I was very sick all week long. Not fun at all. I felt horrible for my student intern; she definitely did not see a good side of me in the classroom, and got her own workout in the kindergarten realm whilst trying to take up my slack. What was wrong with me? Heck if I know. It started off as a severe head cold that turned into some sort of awful stomach thing. I never actually tossed up my cookies or blew any gaskets, but Lordy did I feel like I was going to...for six whole days! I felt so bad that I stayed home on Thursday. On the bright side, I lost 3 pounds.

This week should be a relatively easy one. Coming up...

  • mentor meeting after school
  • gym after dinner
  • grade level meeting @ noon 
  • nail appointment after school
  • knitting group @ 6
  • grade level meeting with admin @ noon
  • tutoring for Boo @ 5:30 (gym for me while she is there)
  • Boo cheers @ 5 (4 games, so it's an all-nighter)
  • gym @ 5:15, then go watch Boo
  • 100th Day of School!!!
  • Lefty cheers @ 6:30
  • gym when I get up
  • NO PLANS (which means clean house, build wreaths, school work, plan meals, etc)

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Strategy January 19-25

Last week turned out to be even more busy than I though. There ended up being a basketball game every night except Monday. We didn't go to the one Friday...I was basketballed out. It was the kids' weekend to be with their 'others,' so Chris and I ordered a pizza and didn't leave the house. I was in bed at 10 p.m. It was so nice. Oh and I felt HORRIBLE all week, thanks to my Aunt Flo, so the gym never happened.

This week looks to be MUCH less intense.


  • mentor meeting after school
  • gym after dinner
  • grade level meeting at noon
  • basketball game (Lefty)
Wednesday: (usually the most hectic day of the week)
  • grade level meeting with admin at noon
  • theater practice for Boo til 4
  • geometry tutoring for Boo @ 5:30
  • gym during tutoring
  • Criminal Minds!!!
  • gym after dinner
Friday: (it's supposed to snow again)
  • mentor meeting after school?
  • Lefty has away basketball game (we aren't going)
  • special plans for the day (weather permitting)

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Crochet I Will Go

Over Christmas break, I took up a new/old hobby. When I was 14 or so, I taught myself how to crochet. I love having a 'lap craft' to work on when watching tv or watching the kiddos play, and crochet is perfect for that! I can work on something, and it keeps me warm while I work!!! When I decided to take it up again, I wasn't very smart, and I only bought one skein of yarn. And yes, I ran out. There was enough of the yarn to turn it into a makeshift infinity scarf. I probably won't ever wear it, but whatevs. So, Christmas Eve day, I decided to do a really stupid thing. I went to Hobby Lobby. Yes, you read that correctly...on Christmas Eve day. What else was I supposed to do? I had no yarn, and they would be closed the following day. This time I bought 5 skeins of yarn. It was gone within four days. I went back and bought 6 more...there are only two and a half left, and it will more than likely not be enough. This is the current project with it though...
Pretty afghan, yah?
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