Friday, October 7, 2016

that blue dress

So I had this navy dress that had been with me forever.  Like since the mid 90s.

 Just to date this photo, the sister in the sunflower dress is a wife and mother and the littlest sister-baptized baby is in her lat year of college and engaged.  hmm... Littlest sister was born in 1994.   


So it still fit, but needed a little loving. The length was weird. Not maxi dress long, not ate and short.  I love to wear dresses to school- basically because you're not wearing pants.  I considered removing the sleeve, but I have to wear a sleeve to school so that seemed pointless. 

I looked around online and discovered that the print is pretty cool again.  

I decided to shorted it and add a belt with the removed length.  

Totally wearable again.  

Thinking about what else I have that could use a little remake.   I've probably got this dress somewhere...  Hello 1997.   

On a side note, this was one of my senior picture.  It was a pose my mom wanted.  That was back when the show 'Touched by and Angel' was popular.  There was this scene in the opening credits where she is wearing a hat and dress in this style and sitting barefoot on a suitcase waiting for her next assignment.  That's what inspired this lovely photo. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Those summer birthdays

Flash back... catching up on some things from the summer.  We have some summer birthdays... as all good teachers do.  

Lou went and turned 9.  

This little thing....

He wanted a low stress party.  I mean, I wanted a low stress party.  I told him three friends, whatever he wanted... he chose this pizza kid-fun-place in town.  The boys played games and ate pizza and had a blast and then I took everyone home.  Best party ever. 

This goofy girl went and turned 11.  

She chose to have 10 good buddies over to spend the night.  Go big or go home, right?  The girls camped out in the living room and daddy set up a big screen to watch a movie.  The girls were all such good guests and even cleaned up after themselves.  We had lived in the new house 1 week and broke it in with a big party.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

they come in threes, right?

They say bad things come in three, right?  We've met our limit- within four weeks.  

Bee was playing in a soccer game.  Have I mentioned that she's pretty good?  Then she fell  and broke her arm. 

 She's feeling good and was able to be a splint instead of a cast.  In fact, she broke it mid-game and finished the rest of the game before alerting us to a problem.  She didn't even tell her coach, who is a doctor.  She told us when we were the last ones in the parking lot.  Grrr. 

The next week Hubby needed gallbladder surgery.

Two weeks later, the day after dear hubby had returned to work it was Lou's turn.  We were camping at a friend's house and he took a hard landing on a fireman's pole.  

Look away if you need to! 

There was crying and screaming to a level I've never seen.  It was intense.  

Lou was sent home in a temporary cast pending an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon.  When the swelling went down, the surgeon said he didn't need surgery and would stay in the temporary cast another week- but no school all week.   Which brings us to today.  Third day in a row home from school.  He'll get new X-rays next week. His pain meds were readjusted and he is so much more comfortable.  Each day is better than the last. 

Thank goodness for friends.  Different friends have brought us ice-cream, took Bee to her physical therapy appointments, helped us transport Lou to appointments, loaned us medical equipment, sent over things to do, and just came over and loved on us.  

Our house is not wheel chair friendly!  He's taken over the master as it's on the first floor.  Thank goodness for sisters.  They'll watch movies with you and help you take advantage of the no eating in bed rule.  

That's three things... we don't need any more!

school time

Seriously, we're almost at the end oft first quarter of school.  I'm stuck at home with an injured kid (more on that later), so I've got a few minutes on my hand.  

Happy First Day of School!   Lou is in 4th, Bee is in 6th (first day is team building/field day activities- no cute first day of school), I'm teaching 3rd, hubby is still in the office.  This is our new house... we are still loving it!

My lovely third grade team.  I heart these ladies!

Bee's second day is 'her' first day.  She has a laptop this year.  Seriously, when did this all happen?  She's taking so much stuff it's like she's moving in. 

Here is poses with a few soccer teammates in front of the construction site.  We're building a high school!  In some ways 2023 seems so far off... Until you think that it's already 2016! 

We started our back to school staff meetings with a little dancing.  You know you work with a cool staff when the meeting opens with a cherographd dance number! 

Here's my classroom.  My theme for the year for myself is tidy, organized, and efficent.  

(Note the little boy head in the bottom- poor kid has to hang at school a lot)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

new house

This is house number 17 for me.  Why not...?  You all have been with me for the last five houses at least.  We decided we were at a point where we needed to either put some money into our current house to make it still work for us, or start looking. We looked.  And we looked.  Our realtor called one day and said she had families who wanted to look in our neighborhood but the inventory was really low.  So we decided to list it and give it a little while and just see what happened.  We sold in 10 days!  So we had to start looking hard.  

We had one house fall through- but we never loved it.  After we thought all hope was lost and we'd be living in a hotel, we found it. 

This picture is from the assessors website- so it's not the right season. 

It never even went on the market.  A friend and collegeue told us about her neighbor who was thinking of selling. We went over and fell in love and begged them to sell to us. 

Then the seconed part of the hard work started.  With the deadline of school starting in our vision, we worked like crazy to get it all unpacked.  Crazy.  

The kids are happy to have some carpeted rooms.

There's so much light and it's just so open.  We are happy campers. 

The only immediatd project we did was to change out the track lighting fixtures in the kitchen.  The others were fine, just a little modern looking.  These hanging Edison bulb fixtures were the perfect addition. 

Every room is white, but we love it.  It's clean.  

After much debate and hem-hawing, we took out the grids in the windows.  The family room (to the left) has floor to ceiling windows and matched the rest of the house better with the removal of the other grids. 

Bee is happy with her room.  Lou asked for no picture of his room so it can be a surprise for our family when they visit. Ok, buddy. 

Perhaps the best part is that we have room for lots of friends to come over.  Is there aything better than a huge pile of shoes by the front door- when it means that you have a house full of friends?

We are right by several acres of woods. The pets love it.  We own like 8 feet of it, but we've been exploring beyond that line!

Here's our first day of adventuring.  Clearly fashion concerned. 

I found a whole bunch of poison ivy (which I'm now paying for), and we found a skull- racoon maybe, fox?  

The new house and the woods are giving the kids lots of time to play adventures.  Bee just finished reading Hunger Games (after me!) and the survival and hunting theme is coming out in their play.  Here is Lou working with his flint and steel to start fires in the driveway.  

I've said it before, but this is the last house.  They're going to have to drag me out of this one.  And if there is another move- we're getting movers!