Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I Have Learned.....

Today is my 54th birthday.  I am finally the same age as my Dream Boy once again.  Even if it is only for 2 months.

Fifty four. 54. Five Four. 


How in the world did I get to this point?  How is it I am now the age I always thought my parents to be?  Cripes - I remember when my dad turned 50!  

Oy vey.

So I guess when you have matured to this point of life, there are some lessons you've learned along the way, right?  

In my *ahem* infinite wisdom ------ things I have learned or must confess....

1.  I have learned that it is possible to love a man more after 36 years of togetherness than you did on the day you met him.  Yeah, on our 1st date I KNEW I was going to marry him.  I was the ripe old age of 18.

2.  I have learned that you can NOT please everyone and you might as well quit trying.  It's not gonna happen - ever.  

3.  I confess that I have tried to do the above multiple times, only to lead to anger, frustration & heart break - mostly on my part.

4.  I confess that even though my birth certificate says I am 54, my mind states I am much younger.  My body ------ that's a different story all together.

5.  I have learned that the internet can be a good thing, but also a dangerous thing.

6.  I have learned to say I'm sorry.  A lot.

7.  I confess that I am a protective mama.  Do NOT mess with my chilluns.  They, along with my Dream Boy, are my world.  

8.  I confess that I as much as I profess to be a Christian, I am far from perfect.  That I try to be in control, when in reality - it is my God who is control of my life.  

9.  I have learned to give the control back to God.  Time and time again.  Over and over and over.  

10.  I have learned to laugh at myself and life.  I have no idea how 54 years have passed so quickly, but if I don't do this - I will live a very lonely life.

11.  I have learned the pain of loss.  To lose someone so close to you hurts like nothing else.  The pain may ease, the memories may become the balm to heal the loss, but it never, ever completely fades.  At any moment, the pain can come back in waves as strong as the pain when you rip off a band aid.

12.  I have learned it's okay to cry - over ANYTHING!   Let it go!

13.  I have learned that I am a very, very blessed woman and this life I have is a gift from God.  Each.and.every.day.

So, for 54 years of life, this is a pretty short list.  But for now these are the things that are prominent in my life and I am constantly being reminded of these life lessons each and every day.

I will continue to learn and to grow and to share.......with you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning!

Here we go!  Another start to another week.  

I made it through my first full week of school.  Small accomplishments were made, so I'll count those as major victories when looking at the full scale of things to be done.

The first few weeks of any school year are always hectic, but they are even more so this year with the new software system for student information and grading.  

Nothing seems to be working.  But our district is not alone.  Pretty much our whole county is under this same umbrella & each district has specific ways they run their programs, so it is gonna take a while, I'm afraid.  Not to long though - please!  We have count day coming up & if my attendance reports aren't working correctly it will be an utter nightmare!

So to take my mind off all that crap at school, I came home and spent a wonderful weekend with my Dream Boy.

We went out for dinner Friday night to our favorite little Italian spot and had a cozy dinner of salad/pizza and tiramisu.  We actually sat at the bar this time and had a great time because we were so close to each other & could actually carry on a conversation.  It was quite lovely.

Saturday I spent the morning running errands, did a little shopping (got the cutest dress and skirt) and then I came home and spent the majority of the afternoon in my Creative Corner making a few more of these.
I also had to make one for the S&DiL as they celebrated their FIRST wedding anniversary yesterday!

Can you believe it?  One year ago they were doing this....
 (photo credit to Ashley Paige)
We had the lovely couple over for dinner last night to celebrate.  It was a nice quiet little evening with the 4 of us.

This week I am looking forward to S2 and D2B2 coming in on Thursday.  Her parents are also driving in Wednesday night and the 6 of us are going to be spending the weekend planning their wedding for next May!

I spent some time on their Save the Dates this weekend as well while in my Creative Corner.  

Dream Boy & I also went out on Saturday night - we blew the week's grocery budget on 2 dinner's out, but again, we had a wonderful night.  It was a pre-celebration to my birthday on Tuesday of this week.

So - I'm off to have breakfast with my ladies and then on to school. 

I hope you all have a great week - thank you so much for stopping by! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Well - here we are again!  Monday.

Wow - how did we get here so fast?  I guess it wasn't so fast, but yet it was. Know what I mean?

I survived my first week of school with many long days and nights that didn't seem to be long enough.  It got pretty warm by the end of the week, with major humidity setting in on Friday, but thankfully, they got the air conditioning working in my classroom & I stayed rather comfortable.

Albeit, there were other classrooms that were not reaping the benefits of the AC.  They are trying to fix our system after it wasn't allowed to be run for 4 years because our former superintendent thought it wasn't "cost effective".  Yet here we are, he's gone and we're stuck paying $8-$10,000 to have it fixed & brought up to code so it can be run on certain days and events.

Well, Friday night the humidity brought in major thunderstorms with a cool front behind it.  Fortunately, Dream Boy & I suffered no damage on our homefront, just heavy rain.   But there are areas around us who were still waiting for power to be returned to them yesterday.  Many neighborhoods lost massive trees, causing structural damage to homes & such.  The clean up crews were all over the area this weekend.

Saturday turned out to be a cooler, more pleasant day.  We spent the late morning/early afternoon doing our grocery shopping & a trip to the Farmer's Market as well.

We stayed in Saturday night and fixed dinner together.  Then we settled in to watch a movie - HBO was free this weekend, so we watched Twelve Years A Slave.  Wow.  Just wow.  So hard to watch and even harder to believe that anyone ever felt it was justifiable to treat another human being in such a way. It blows my mind.

Sunday Dream Boy went on a local bike ride with his 2 buddies and I hung out at home - quietly relaxing with my Wonder Dog.  I spent some time sitting in the sun until he came home and then we headed out for a Sunday afternoon drive.  His bike ride had taken him through the vineyards on the west side of the county & he wanted me to see & smell them.
Deanna - Dream Boy thought of you when he saw this barn earlier on his ride, so he made sure I captured it for you.   :)
Then we drove in the direction of the vineyards.   I rolled my window down & you could literally taste the grapes from the heavenly smell in some areas.  It certainly looks as thought the crop is going to be a good one this year.
And now - I am headed off to breakfast with my lovely ladies to start our week off together in prayer & fellowship.  It makes for an early morning, but it is a wonderful way to start my week off.

Make it a great day everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This 'n That

Well hello.
Is anybody else goofed up with their days this week?  With the holiday on Monday, I am a day off.  I keep thinking it's Wednesday, when it's actually Thursday.

Guess that means that I'll be happy that tomorrow is Friday already - but I'm afraid that next week will seem to be forever long!

I have been crazy, busy at school this week.  Putting in some pretty long hours - working through my lunch to try and catch up.  It's only the 1st week, what is the rest of the year possibly going to be like?

We have a whole new system for grading and attendance and student information and let's just say, it's lacking.  There are still SO many things about it that need to be configured to work for our school district and it is putting a real cramp in my style.  I think today though, the IT guy made a break through in getting a major part of it working correctly.  He came into my classroom at the end of the day to have me help test it out & it seemed to be working right - but we'll see if it's still working tomorrow morning when we all log back in!

It is always so hard the first 2 weeks or so of school to get back into the swing of this schedule.  I'm not very fond of the "darkness" in the morning when that blasted clock next to my bedside starts blabbing at me at the crack of dawn.  I am not a morning person by any means.

But, I have been doing some crafting and creating in my evening hours to help unwind and make my heart happy.

Such as this...
Yep - I made another one and have orders for 2 more.

I've also been crocheting headbands for our upcoming craft sale at church.  I have so much leftover yarn, odds & ends, so I'm using it up for this project.  A win-win situation, right?

I had 2 senior sessions last week and finished up the editing tonite on the 2nd shoot.  I've got the pics ordered & will put their packages together for delivery early next week!

This is Becca~~
Love her hat........and her care free attitude!   She was a real sweetie to work with & was more than willing to play along.

Then there was Nick~~
This guy was pretty cool.  He even told his mom WHERE he wanted his pics taken at!  I've never had a senior guy have an opinion of where they want to go for their shoot.  

He was in his element here.  It was a local biking & hiking trail.  Most of it was in the woods, but then it opened up to the open fields and the barns at the back of our local Nature Center.  

Nick does a lot of long boarding out on this trail - it's great because it's all paved black top.  He knew exactly where he wanted to go & what so great to be with.

So, I guess I'd better be heading off to bed, it's gonna be another early morning.  But then it's the weekend........the sweet, sweet weekend.  Time to sleep in.