Ahhhh…. I made it through a very trying school year and I’m ready to enjoy my summer and recharge my batteries. I am truly blessed to be up at my favorite spot at the lake this week with my knitting needles. books and walking shoes. I’m also looking forward to spending as many nights on the boat at the marina this summer as I can if I’m not working. I’m healthy, happy and loving helping others with my AdvoCare business. Life is Good!!
Love the Staycation!
Merry Christmas, all! Today is the day after and it’s the start of my staycation… ahhhh! I love being home!! The holiday was very nice and we didn’t go crazy. I’m not very materialistic and I have given up stressing over all of the shopping and wrapping and obligations and craziness years ago. I like a nice quiet Christmas Day in PJs and that’s just what we had. Christmas Eve is the big night with Al’s family and then Christmas Day is spent at home. This year, my brother, niece, nephew and my Dad came by for lunch and it was nice and low key. I’m off work until January 5th and I’m got a nice To Do list going. Of course, there’s IEPs to write, Alternate Assessment to plan and some playing around and learning with the Chrome Book that all of the students will be getting when we go back to school, but there will be plenty of time to exercise, read, knit, crochet and spend time with my girlies. It feels so good to not set the alarm; oh how I can’t wait to retire!!
I’m doing great with my healthy lifestyle and my involvement with AdvoCare. It’s been an awesome fit for me and I’m looking forward to helping others have success with it as well. My progress has been great! So far, I’ve lost 25 pounds and my cholesterol is down 48 points. My energy is through the roof and I am helping others change their lives. There’s a national 24 Day Challenge kicking off on January 7th and I’ve got a nice team of family and friends who will be doing it with me. Check out my Fit@50 page to keep up with the health/wellness news.
I love being home!!!! Of course, that’s no surprise to anyone who knows me. I had today off from school because it’s Election Day and it was a very productive one at that. I am so suited to being home, it’s not even funny! I started my day at the lab having some blood work done that needed to be done on a day off. Next, I voted, then swung by my school to pick up some paperwork that I forgot.
From there I went to the gym and did some cardio and weights. When I got home, I made a delicious breakfast then I made 8 quarts of preserved pears (which took quite a few hours).
I picked up my new glasses at the eye doctor, took my dogs out a few times individually on leashes because some workmen were at the house and the gates were open. I made some phone calls that were on my To Do list all week and went through the mail and did some online banking. Finally, I ate a delicious dinner and cleaned up the kitchen for the 3rd time today. Now, I’m catching up on my DVR and hopefully will finish knitting the shawl that I’ve been working on. Oh yah… and I almost “read” an entire audio book while completing all of my tasks today.
God… I can’t wait until this is my life EVERY DAY!!!
So, we spent the night on the boat but the DD (darling daughter) offered to take the dogs out in the morning for us so we left them home. It was a nice fall night at the marina. It was quiet and calm and was a great night to sleep down there. We went to the County Cork for dinner and drinks then headed to the boat to relax and spend the evening. We’ll likely head back next weekend then she’ll be pulled to rest for the winter.
Water feeds my soul…
And now… home to watch the Patriots game before Big Al goes to work and I get busy with my lesson plans, weekly food prep and getting ready for the work week.
Touchdown, Patriots!!! #gopats!
Next to summer, fall is my favorite season! I love the colors, the smells, the clothes, Patriots football, the food, and the promise of starting fresh with a new school year. I’m usually busy beyond belief but once the routine gets going, I get into a groove. This year, my SMILE group is awesome as is the curriculum, I’m dedicated to getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle and our new boat is exciting. We are going to attempt spending the night at that marina tonight with the 3 pups and hope that they cooperate. There aren’t many more weekends left before she is pulled for the winter and think it’s a good time to try it out while there aren’t many people there. Here’s hoping that the dogs are quiet and don’t find the need to alert us to every sound they hear!
Happy Birthday, America
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!
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.
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. :-))
Actual pictures of the bride to be and the shower itself coming soon.