Monday, September 2, 2013

A Day of Rest from My Labor

The first week of school was exhausting. I suppose it is always like this. It seemed to take forever to get anything done. 

There is an entirely different feel to things this year. An entirely new staff makes it like I'm in an entirely new school. Weird. I have 12 boys and 1 very brave and awesome girl. 12 boys = LOTS of energy!  But they are all great, full of personality, a pleasure to be around. 

Thanks to some wonderful suggestions from Allan, I'm feeling prepared to begin tomorrow with some new policies in place to encourage better behavior and quicker actions. Hopefully this will make it easier to stay on schedule. 

I totally needed a day off today - plus a 4-day week. Bring it on!

Monday, August 5, 2013

And Now It's August

August-always a bittersweet time for me. There's only a few weeks of summer left. My time at home during the summer fills me with joy. I adore spending so much time with Allan. He works so hard to make this a special and fun time for us. I treasure these times.  I literally would be thrilled to sit in his office with him all
day every day. God has blessed me beyond measure with such a wonderful man to share my life with!

The upcoming school year is an uncertain one for me. Our staff is full of new people - I'm the only one returning. The not knowing how things are going to be done is unsettling. I've been in a very comfortable 15 year routine, and am not sure how much will change. Frankly, I'm feeling like the outsider already. Only one official thing so far, our registration day, and that didn't end on time.  Just worrying for no reason I'm sure. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Happy Ordination Day!

On this day, fourteen years ago, my dear husband was ordained into the ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  What a blessing he has been to me and so many others.  I feel so blessed to sit in the pew each week and hear his message.  It gets me through the week.  Our worship service is well thought out, with everything working together to enrich our worship.  It all ties together. He is a devoted, thoughtful, kind and caring pastor.  Our congregation is so blessed by his service to them.  He's a great pastor, and I for one am a very proud wife. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Orleans

Well, we have eaten our way through yet another city.  This was our second trip to New Orleans...the first post Katrina.  We found the people of New Orleans to be great and patient with us tourists.  Didn't meet up with ANY less than pleasant people!  Our first stop after checking into our hotel was Mother's.  This is the one place we had been before and couldn't wait to go back to!
Oyster Po'Boys and Seafood Gumbo - Yummy
Headed to the casino after this to check out the action.  We tried out penny slots for the first time and didn't do half bad (since we only lost half the money we put in!)  Then it was off to the trolly.  Our first new experience since we hadn't ridden them years ago.  I must say - LOVE the trolly.  $3 for a day pass and they go all over.  People are a great mix of locals and tourists and the trolly drivers ROCK!

Dinner was at Royal Oyster House.  A beautiful Riesling and a dozen oysters on the half shell.  Oysters were fair...not real cold and a little sandy.  Followed this with Crawfish Etouffee - excellent. Walked back to the casino to hit those penny slots again - bingo, our lucky day.
This was halfway through!

Back to the hotel we went - lots of walking and tired feet.  Woke up and bought new trolly tickets and headed out to Cafe du Monde for breakfast.
Enjoyed walking around the French Market area, Jackson Park, the Cathedral and checked out the Hurricane Katrina exhibit at the museum.  Very interesting to see and read about this disaster from a local point of view.  Then it off to Central Grocery for the Original Muffaletta sandwich!
Irritating that I can't rotate!  These were too delicious to not show!
Lots more walking through the French Quarter back to the hotel for an awesome nap!  Dinner at Acme Oyster House...a dozen raw followed by gumbo, fried shrimp and oyster plate and bread pudding for dessert! More trolly riding and coffee at Cafe du Monde before losing a large portion of our winnings from the previous day at the casino!  Easy come easy go, right?

Walked back to Jackson park to have breakfast before our flight home.  Good ole bacon, eggs, toast and creole potatoes at Stanley's.

We had a fun time.  It was nice to get away, but as it always is, great to get home.  Thank you to my beloved husband for going above and beyond to show me a good time.  There is no way I could ever, ever deserve such a great guy!  I love him more than words can ever express!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer Adventures Begin

School is finally out for summer. I had a good year, but am glad for the break.   Allan treated us to a great concert on Thursday...
It was so much fun!  Different from other concerts we'd been to and very entertaining. 

Next, he planned a fun trip to New Orleans. 
Here we are at the airport before the fun came to an end ... Bad weather delayed our flight making it impossible to make our connecting flight.  So this morning here we sit waiting for another flight. . .

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Terrific Few Weeks

Life has been good here at the homestead.  I had a lovely Mother's day...very relaxing.  It began with a wonderful worship service.  No cooking for me on that day - I was quite the pampered Momma.  Jacob got me a beautiful, colorful new apron, and Allan treated me to a vibrant orange King Ranch wallet.  Most of all, I loved spending the day with those two!

We've had RAIN...yes rain.  Three weekends in a row with no watering!  It's like I'm on vacation.
This is what you get when you have rain falling from the sky rather than sprinkler water.  A vibrant green lawn and flowers everywhere!  Everywhere you look, shrubs are in full bloom.  Birds chirping everywhere, garden full of fresh veggies.  Ahhhhh.

Last Saturday was a fun day.  Jacob came for breakfast, and then we went to his house to help with his yard work.  Not that he needed help, but nothing makes Allan's day happier than making a nice lawn.  I got to lounge around with Bud, wash a few of Jacob's dishes and just enjoy the morning.  Very nice spending time at his casa..

One week left of school -- 5 days (technically 4.5)!  My end of year checklist is almost main concern is keeping the kids busy.  School work is complete besides 3 Religion lessons.  Bulletin boards are partially down, library in order, by Friday I should be done.  Wish me luck!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hill Country Wedding

Allan is officiating a wedding in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas.  Although this is a working weekend for him, it is a great time off for me!  Two days off of school and a fun road trip with my dear husband.

We had a really fun day today.  Lots of driving and seeing stuff.  We love reading historical markers -  lots of brave people who have fought off Indians, missions that could never quite convert those Indians to Christianity, and people massacred by Indians.  Texas has always been a rugged place!  We drove on some of the most beautiful roads I've ever traveled in Texas.  Who knew?

On a whim, I opened up my Flavortown app and low and behold there is a Triple-D restaurant 40 miles from where we are!  So off we go to Mac and Ernie's for dinner!  Very tasty and neat place.  To finish off a great day, Jacob has arrived and is eating our dinner leftovers!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Tasty Week

I almost always have an appreciating audience when it comes to dinner-time.  This was an especially tasty week however.  Jacob was over for dinner more than usual, so you know I had some good menus.  On Monday, I made chicken fried chicken thighs, collard greens, mashed potatoes and gravy.  The cheers rang out!  Wednesday, I made ribs baked in the oven and fried the first of our summer squash along with some breaded okra.  I can't WAIT for a summer of fried squash...Yum-my!  I am so thankful for my husband with the green thumb.  I love cooking things that he has grown.  You should see the tomatoes that are on his plants!  Every day I ask him if there are any with a pinkish hue yet.  Tonight I seared some lamb arm steaks and fried more squash and zucchini.  We love the lamb steaks - I stumbled upon them before Easter.  They are super inexpensive and so tasty...we have them once a week.  If I hadn't slept through dinner time last night, it would have been a totally successful week of dinner menus.

I have parent conferences this week...not my favorite week of the year.  We completed our standardized tests last week and I have scored them and now to conference with the parents.  I am always a touch disappointed in how the students perform on these.  But in all honesty, they do reflect fairly honestly what kind of student they are.  But no parent wants to hear, "Your child is right on grade level."  They want to hear that they are super advanced.  Plus we have to ask if their child is returning to our school next year.  Always hold my breath on that one!  I suspect I may have a few not returning...they are such great kids, I hate to lose any of them.

Until next week, have a good one.  If anyone is reading, I'd love a comment!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Babysitting Bud

What fun we've had this weekend.  We have had the privilege of taking care of Jacob's dog, Bud.  He is a big 75 pound lab puppy.  We love him!  Our Chihuahua --  not so much.  She might be a bit jealous.  Little bit.  Bud is a hoot and a half.  He can chew something quicker than you can blink an eye. He is not a "curl up in a little ball" sleeper.  Stretched out full body sleeper.  He is also an escape artist.  Yep...found his way out of the fence - not just once, but twice.  We did some reinforcing of the fence and it seems to have held him.  He slept in the bed with us last night...I had about 1/4 of the bed for sleeping.  On the plus side, I'll sleep great tonight.  Jacob should be back for supper, but I'll miss our "little" grand-dog when they go home.

On another note, Allan directed me to another great essay this week.  This one was about the benefits of marrying young.  I was very interested in reading this because we married at 21.  I have always thought it was the best thing to marry young.  I have loved each and every minute of our lives together.  I love that we knew nothing about anything when we took our vows, but learned everything together.  Was it easy?  Of course not!  Was there many times of struggle?  Absolutely!  I look at where we are today, not just financially, but as a couple, and I am so happy that we built this together.  We grew together.  We accomplished things together.  We made a plan and worked it together. I think we would have missed out on so much had we waited until we had everything established individually.  How do you combine two accomplished individuals into a couple that works as a team?  I'm not sure.  All I know is I would not change a minute of my life with Allan.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Weekend

As Easter weekend is winding down, I am very much wishing I had Easter Monday off! I could use a day of R & R, but alas it is not to be :) 

As is usual, my husband outdid himself with wonderful Holy Week services.  His Lenten sermons based on the names of Jesus were terrific.  It was all good...sermons, music, all of it.  The church was beautiful.  I was privileged to see two of our confirmands take Holy Communion with their families for the first time on Maundy Thursday.  Good Friday found me shopping for the Easter feast, watering the lawn, and cleaning the house.  Allan usually cleans on Friday's, but I was glad to be off work so that I could do it for him.  He does entirely too much for me!  Saturday, more watering (!) lots of food prep for today, arranging Easter Lilies at church.  Today was a wonderful day.  Church was awesome.  My meal went great.  We had some folks from church join us and everyone seemed to have fun.  An afternoon watching Big Bang Theory - Season 1.  A whole day spent with Jacob. (I can't remember when that last happened.)

I have yet a few little things to do for school tonight, and Vikings is still to come.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A New Blogging Beginning

I am sure that my former regular readers have moved on to more active blogs.  Yet I feel the need to begin again.  After spending 3 years or so on Facebook, I'm rethinking my participation.  We had a bad Facebook experience over Spring Break.  Someone used a photo that I had taken and printed it and was using it to slander our family.  This particular photo was of my husband, who was sitting on our back porch smoking a pipe and drinking a beer after mowing the lawn.  It is a photo of a happy, relaxed and contented man.  I have been angry and disappointed at this turn of events.  My first course of action was to deactivate my Facebook account.  My husband then came across a wonderful essay on privacy in the older generation.  At first, I was all in agreement with this essay with righteous indignation about how our privacy had been taken advantage of.  But then after some reflection, I'm beginning to believe that I am also somewhat to blame.  Why should I share every detail of our lives so quickly and easily with people?  Do they really have a need to know these details?  I'm just not sure.  I like being able to connect with family and old friends around the country.  I like peering into their Facebook pages and seeing their families and interests.  I makes me feel connected to people with whom I otherwise wouldn't be connected.  But did I miss this interaction before Facebook?  No, I didn't.  I emailed or snail mailed photos to family out of town, called, and wrote letters.  Should that type of interaction with a smaller number of people be sufficient?  This is what I'm trying to decide.  I am thinking that I will stay off of Facebook at least until summer.  Then perhaps rejoin with a slimmed down friends list.  In the meantime, I will try to do a weekly blog post, in which I will recount fun things or thoughts that have breezed through my mind and life over the past week.  I welcome and appreciate your thoughts and comments.  The more the merrier :)