Busy Relaxing..

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:


Family Time


Early morning walks (or runs!)


Porch life…




Spectacular Views!


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Awesome and Incredible!!

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.

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Showered with Blessings

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. :-))

Almost time! #klcbridalshower




Actual pictures of the bride to be and the shower itself coming soon.


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Fabulous, Fantastic, …. Family!

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!


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Checking In

Wow… here we go again.. I’ve been absent from the blog for too long. Life is so busy with work, life, volunteering at the Madeira Club and doing things around the house. My jelly/jam/apple butter making is done for the year and here’s hoping that they all go! Last weekend I set up at a bazaar and I’m going to be doing a small one this week as well.

So many things have happened this fall as well… My darling daughter got engaged and rather than getting married in two years as originally planned, they decided to get married on the beach in Hawaii this May when we fly out for my son’s college graduation!  There’s planning, showers, and making ready for the spring.  We’ll be having a reception in June to include the local family and friends. By the time this school year is done I’ll have a college graduate and a married daughter! What a big year!

Yesterday was our Thanksgiving and it was a low key day with just my husband, dad, daughter and fiancé. After cleaning up, I decided to decorate for Christmas so DH and I got everything done except the live tree for the family room. We’ll likely go out to buy it this afternoon and will decorate it this weekend. The plan is to tackle my extremely cluttered and full spare room today. That’s going to be a huge job but since we’ll be pulling out the Christmas bins anyway, it makes perfect sense.

I’ve been knitting and trying to spend at least 15 minutes before bed reading just for pleasure. Usually, during the school year, I’m so busy that it’s all about work. I’m making a conscious effort to have some balance… life is too short!
Feast time! #teaching #classroomthanksgiving #family

Classroom Thanksgiving Feast!


Awesome morning off!

Me time!

It’s ready…



The family <3



Ho, Ho, Ho! lol

Little Christmas “Bush” … Live family room tree coming soon!


I am so grateful and blessed with so much in my life…. LIFE IS GOOD!

PS… The Red Sox won the World Series since my last post! Wooohooo!!



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Short but productive summer!

So here we are on the eve of the 2013/2014 school year!!! It was a very quick summer; mostly because I worked ESY (extended school year) and only had one week off between the end and the start of the new school year. I attended classes all summer too which really cut into my free time. Regardless, I managed to read quite a bit in July despite working, class and painting at school.

Therapy room... Fini!
New classroom wall color! #laboroflove #paintingwoman


I worked a lot at my club setting up, cleaning and  serving at the festa and at the cigar dinner. Thankfully, the summer ended with the usual family getaway to Abakee Cottages and it was a fantastic week of family time and relaxation! I’m a bit emotional at the moment as the boy is actually flying back to Hawaii for his senior year of college as aI post this!

Baby boy @doza401 is on his way back to school ... ?


Now that summer is winding down, there’s lots of cooking and canning to do. I started in with my domestic duties yesterday but there’s still more to go. Sauce, jelly, jam, salsa, etc.. I love me some organic produce!!!

Time to make some jelly. #homegrown #homesweethome #jelly #canning
Homemade hand cut chunky garden salsa. Yum!!! #organicgarden #homegrown #homesweethome #salsa
Love me some organic chard.... Mmmm good! #organicgarden #green #vegetables #homegrown #homesweethome
Tomorrow is another new year with yet another new administrative team…sigh…!  I’m really tired of this and I’m giving it a year and will see what happens. As for me, I’ll be giving 100%+ as always and am ready to take on the challenge of bettering myself and being the best teacher that I can be!

Pretty in pink. #nofilter #nh #abakee #vacation #winnipesaukee

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Love my Summer Life!

Here we are again…. my favorite time of the year!! Although I will be going back to work three days a week starting next Tuesday (July 16th), I’m living and loving my summer life. I am very blessed to have been able to go to New Hampshire for a week on the lake as soon as I got out of school for the year. We had a fantastic time at Abakee once again.
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Then, my son came home for the summer which makes this mama very happy, happy, happy!
Happy mama! @doza401

We’ve been spending lots of time on the boat: He fishes and I read! And, although we have a small boat, we’ve actually spent a couple of nights camping out at the marina. :-)
He fishes. I read. ??

Lounging #boatlife

Saturday was spent with Al’s extended family at their annual picnic. It was extremely hot.. can you say heat wave for all of July thus far… but it was a fantastic time.

Cat picnickers. #family
Father vs Son horseshoes.. #family

This week has been one of little formal plans so I’m happy to get into a nice routine of doing a project each day. Monday, I thoroughly cleaned the porch. Tuesday, I weeded the entire yard and cleaned the refrigerator. Today, I’m going to do a bit more yardwork  and housework before we head out to the boat when Al gets up.

Ahhhhh... Porch life #summer

Summer pretties.#garden

Simply glorious day on the bay. #boatlife

I’ve been able to read a book a day, have been snuggling with the girlies, and have started a porch puzzle.  Have I mentioned yet that I love my summer life?


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Finally FREE!!

Ahhh…. It’s been one heck of a school year (work) and school year (student) for me! After the roller coaster events of my job this past year and the insane amount of work for my classes at night, I’m finally able to say that I’m on summer vacation. I have 3 full weeks off before starting to teach my students for extended school year on July 17th so I’m going to make the best of it. Presently, I’m at my favorite place to unwind and although the weather is not stellar, being with family and surrounded by nature’s beauty is everything I could ever want right now. Just knowing that I don’t have homework on my To Do list is making me giddy. Waking early and walking along the lake accompanied by bird calls and beautiful views renews me. Reading and relaxing and going out in the boat, being surrounded by water feeds my soul.

This is the life…..




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