Happy Birthday, America! While Hurricane Arthur threatens to ruin plans for many this weekend, we managed to have a fantastic 3rd of July. Any day on the water is a great day for me… Al fished and I read then when it started getting a little rough, we headed back to the marina to relax a bit there. Later that night, we had an awesome clam boil (complete with lobsters) with friends on their dock. The actual 4th may be a washout but the 3rd was great!
Ahhhh…. I love my summer vacation life! Spending the week of quiet up in New Hampshire is just what I needed after the hectic spring and school year. I’m thankful for the gorgeous enclosed porch at our cottage because it’s been raining quite a bit this week. No worries… the ladies went with the flow and settled in to craft. Today is my last day here and I plan on spending it by the water since the sun is out. Not being one to just “sit around” I had a productive week so far. (Yes, keeping busy with projects IS how I relax…)
Here’s a sample of my week:
Early morning walks (or runs!)
So, here I sit on the porch in New Hampshire at Abakee Cottages, relaxing after the most eventful and wonderful spring ever! This is my annual week to recharge and relax after the school year and it’s a fantastic start to the summer. Of course, my “summer vacation” is only 3 weeks as I’m teaching Extended School Year again this year. I plan on making the best of it! It was a rough school year in terms of behavior management so I’m in dire need of a break and had I not already committed and had I not had the expenses that I did this spring it would have been the perfect summer to take completely off. But, it is what it is and I’m going to enjoy this week on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee to read, knit, relax and recharge.
As for my incredibly busy but fantastic spring, once the bridal shower was in the rear view mirror, life resumed with busyness working at the Madeira Club and also taking my after school program students to an Outdoor Science Adventure camp weekend in April. It took up a full weekend but was lots of fun and the kids loved it. I’ve decided to continue with the Smile program next year as well, despite the amount of work involved. It was very rewarding to me as a teacher to work with students and content that is so different from my day to day teaching duties.
When May arrived, we planned and departed for Hawaii for Jake’s graduation and Kelsea and Ben’s wedding ceremony. It was a fantastic trip and Al and I LOVED being there. We both loved everything about Hawaii and want to go back some day. I can see why Jake loved it as well. It was a week of mixed emotions for us seeing our baby girl get married, and our baby boy graduate from college, moving him out of Hawaii then head off to Panama for three months of off-grid living for an internship. It was also so nice to see my mom there after my winter trip to Arizona to see her was cancelled by the airline due to weather.
When we arrived home, I went to the Rendezvous, was involved in more club events and commitments to keep me busy as well as wrapping up the school year, complete with my Smile Club’s stewardship project and the release of our salmon fry that we raised from eggs in the classroom. June brought Kelsea and Ben’s wedding reception which was a lot of fun and was exactly what they wanted it to be. And…. here we are! Just one week out and now it is behind me, school is out and I can finally EXHALE…. Life is GOOD!
PS… There aren’t a lot of photos embedded in the post because Flickr and WordPress no longer play well together and it’s a production to do it. Click the links to go to the actual albums to see more pics.
Now I can sleep and rest easy! On Sunday, March 2nd I planned a bridal shower for my daughter and of course I was a wreck worrying about having enough food, wondering if I forgot anything or anyone and praying everything went well. Thankfully, it went off without a hitch. Erica, Kelsea’s best friend and maid of honor handled the decorations and I planned the rest. Everyone had a great time, enjoyed the food, sangria and company. Countdown is on now for the Hawaiian beach wedding in May and reception at home in June. What a great year 2014 is shaping up to be! (Jake’s graduating in May as well which was the spark for the whole beach wedding idea. :-))
Actual pictures of the bride to be and the shower itself coming soon.
Today’s March 1st and it’s a special weekend… (more about that tomorrow!). February was like winters of old for me. I always love a snowy winter (and hot summer) and my favorite kind is when the world is white all winter. We had quite a few storms this month (yippee!) but one of them canceled my flight to Arizona to see mom (boo!). However, we managed to get away to New Hampshire for a few days to make up for it. I also was hit pretty hard with sickness this month but hopefully, it’s over and done. Regardless… it was a good month. Spring is right around the corner and there will be lots to do in the yard. Right now, it’s still frozen and covered in snow which is fine by me. There’s a possibility of another storm on Monday and of course I’m doing the snow dance although most people are praying that it passes us by. Here’s some fun February pics:
Front yard view
This is the way winter is supposed to be!
Frozen Meredith Bay. Where are the Grumpy Old Men? lol
Relaxing in the hot tub at the Fireside.
One of many projects completed this month. This one is Pipers Journey.
Snow Squall from my classroom window.
So last week, the kids threw us a fabulous party. On Monday, I started to feel sick with a sore throat and no voice. As the week went on, I got sicker and needed to take Thursday and Friday out of school. It’s Sunday and I’ve been in PJs since leaving school on Wednesday. I’m so thankful that this bug hit after the big bash and not last week or I wouldn’t have been able to make it! I was forced to sleep, relax and recuperate. Sometimes the body has a way of forcing you to stop and take it easy. I’m not thankful that I was sick but I am thankful for the timing! My To Do list is growing, between school and family things coming up with Kelsea’s shower, wedding, reception and Jake’s graduation.
I am also thankful for time to be home to just cuddle my girlies, work on craft projects that I love, read, and relax. I’m realizing that I need to eliminate things in my life that make me depressed, sad, or miserable. I need to learn to say “no” and I am praying for the strength to make some changes in my life that may not be easy. I’m especially praying for the wisdom to know what to do. All I do know is… my gut tells me if things give me joy or sap it from me and I need to listen to my gut. It’s clearly telling me something… and life is too short to spend time feeling this way. Why should I spent my life always waiting for “x” to be done to finally be totally happy? Why can’t it just be now??
So Al turned 50 in December and my big day is in February so who would have thought that the kids threw us a Fabulous, Fiftieth in January?? Yep, they did! Well… Kelsea really did the work but planned it for when Jake was home from school for Christmas break. She got help her aunts and honestly, pulled off a fantastic surprise. It was so much fun and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time. Look for yourself!
Welcome to 2014! The year started off at the Madeira Club with friends because Al worked. I have never gone out for New Years Eve but did this year since I was part of the planning committee. It was a fun night! The new year has brought snow and frigid temperatures and a nice long weekend. This year is sure to be an exciting one with Jake graduating from college in May, Kelsea and Ben getting married and our trip to Hawaii for both ceremonies! As of Monday, I’m hitting the ground running with clean eating and working out and aim to lose 25 pounds by the time I land in Oahu! As of now, I’m enjoying Jake’s last week home before heading back for his final semester. Bring on 2014!