Friday, October 20, 2017

Life Lately

It's Friday night.

10 on the dot.

Abigail is upstairs sleeping.

I'm sitting at the dining room typing. Half asleep.

Scott and Anna are here at the table with me. Working hard on geometry. She's a freshman in honors/college course. It's really hard. As in homework on Friday night, Saturday, Sunday. Allll weekend. I'll sneak her off to the pumpkin patch though, don't worry.

This week was a doozy. And wonderful. And overwhelming. And exciting. All rolled into one.

I am up at 4:30 am. After I get home from teaching 4th grade I am only mama. (they call me mama, always have) Dinner, some evening they have activities, desserts, showers... Then after Abigail is tucked in at 8 (on the dot) I start.

Just like now. At 8:01 I'm at the dining room table. With Anna. And Scott. And honors geometry.

Except that now instead of blogging every evening I'm planning for the next day, answering teacher emails, creating centers, planning.

I love it. I love teaching. I love everything about it.

So I work from 8-11 each night. And then I fall into bed.

And get up and do it all over again.

There are so many many things that are wonderful about our new schedule. I love that when I'm home after school and the evening I'm just with Abigail. No school work.  I love that my late (while I'm working on planning) evenings are with Anna while she does her homework.

I adore my day in the classroom. I have the sweetest class ever! And I've been stretched in more ways that I could imagine. My brain explodes with ideas. Sometimes there is not enough time to make them happen as soon as I want to. But man oh man when I get the chance to make a new cute center, or bulletin board, or game I'm oozing joy. I've learned that I have to be patient with myself. I can't do it all in the first year. Baby steps.

I still bake. I still take a ton of pictures. I love how they slow down the moment. Reminding me that there are still wonderful little things are still happening in our family. I just don't have the time to do as much as I used to. And I'm okay with that.

Our little family (and extended family) have pitched together in ways that I could not imagine. We've grown so much these past two months. And I can feel God's fingerprints all over it.

Life is good. And full.

I still notice the beautiful sunrises. And run for my camera.

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And rolling out my homemade dough feels oh so good.

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Baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins make my heart happy.

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And watching me mound up the apples for a pie is glorious.

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She eats the topping that doesn't make it on to the top.

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And us gathered around the kitchen table talking and laughing is medicine for my soul.

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Yes life lately is more than I could have imagined.  It doesn't mean that it's easy.  Mothering and teaching together is really really hard but it is just where I'm supposed to be. 

Off to sleep with pumpkin patch afternoon dreams in my head. 





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Fair

We went to a fall fair last weekend in our favorite fall town.

(I wrote about Riverton back here)
(And it was one of our Christmas Getaway weekends back here)

Riverton is like stepping back in time.

Even the drive there is so so pretty.  Parks all along the way.  Leaves just staring to turn.

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Loved this old house on main street

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You can tell that their fair is their towns pride and joy.

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It's small (just the way I like it) but with all of the fall fair fun you'd expect. Like bunnies.

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Crafts

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and games

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and rides, oh course rides!

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Prized pumpkins

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And this along the town's edge. So picturesque.

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At dinner time we got our hands stamped, left the fair and went to their amazing restaurant... Sweet Peas! Yes, there was so much food at the fair but eating at a fair is too tricky for us with all of Abigail's allergies. We brought special (from home) baked goods for her dessert at the fair later... and so Anna could have dessert fair food.. but dinner was just too complicated.

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Sweet Peas (we'd eaten there before) was amazing!

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The best part of the day was walking back over to the fair for an evening of rides and games. Abigail sipped all the way from Sweet Peas!

I love when I catch that sparkle in her eyes.

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From the top of the ferris wheel.

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I love watching his smile when he watches his girls.

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That one (smile) is my very favorite. I'm pretty much sure it's reserved for his girls.

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It was such a fun day! It was special to me because of how much our life has changed. I loved letting to this day and just having FUN with my little family!






Monday, October 16, 2017

October Weekending

Friday while this was playing

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we planned out our next week... all of us girls in the family room felt like Heaven. I chose Halloween stickers...

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Anna chose Pumpkin Spice

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We ate homemade pizza and breadsticks

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Saturday Anna was at Vivace (orchestra) and Abigail relaxed.

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Saturday afternoon we did some October exploring...

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Stone walls and big pine trees... Connecticut

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... on our way to the smallest, sweetest little town fair.

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Sunday we were at Mass and then Scott build some things in my classroom. Then there was pie baking.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Safety Patrol

Today was the Safety Patrol Ceremony at Abigail's school. It is a sweet, little ceremony where they recognize 5th graders who are on the Safety Patrol team.

(this was Anna's 4 years ago)

Abigail chose a special October dress to wear.

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She looks so little to me among that sea of 5th graders.

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Adore this one. Adore. That's Mr. O'Brien and he loves my Abigail. This one picture even though you can't see her too well shows such happiness.

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(I guess grey leggings are "in" right now)
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It's blurry but she was so thrilled.

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Reading the Safety Patrol pledge.

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Daddy pinning her badge on.

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I was just so happy that I got to be there and to my school on time!

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We love our teachers!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Candy Apples

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We checked another fun fall activity off of our bucket list. 

We started with fresh apples from our apple picking

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... boiled the candy

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and carefully dipped the apples in

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And opened our mouths W I D E

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Yes, for half of them we used real sticks from our backyard!

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