Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning everyone.

Well, the House of G is in countdown mode!

FIVE days left for my high school seniors - this week is gonna be a crazy one, always is!

TWELVE days until my baby boy, S2, get married!

TWENTY TWO days until school is out for the summer.

So this past weekend, we headed up to the Dutch Country (Holland), to check out the weekend homestead,  otherwise known as "Groom Central Station". 

Goosebumps I tell ya, goosebumps!  We took our friends who are going to serve our rehearsal dinner, up with us so they could scope out the lay of the land as well.  ALL of us were amazed, excited, couldn't stop talking, the ideas kept flowing kind of excited, when we walked into the house.

The owner met us & she shared in our excitement as well!  She had ideas of where to hang this and how to set that and who should serve what.  She is right in on the plan too!

This house is amazing = Dream Boy & I have a master suite, there is another room for S&D1, a 3rd bedroom for the groom and his entourage & a 4th bedroom for overflow guests!  Plus a pull out sofa and THREE full bathrooms. 

Let me tell ya, living in a house with one bathroom for the past 21ish years, this girl is beyond excited to have a "master suite w/ bathroom" for 5 days!

It's the little things.

We also did our taste test with the servants, ahem - friends, to make sure the brisket and pulled pork that S2 requested stood up to our standards.

We were not disappointed.

Then it was off to downtown for some shopping for wedding bling.  This girl found her wedding shoes, earrings & bracelets.  I'm going to be a sparkling diva!

Sunday afternoon we headed out for Dream Boy & complete his wedding ensemble as well.  

Dude - I got chills when he got all dressed up.  Love that after almost 35 years of marriage, I still get shivers around him.  

Melt.

Today, I'm back at school, ready to face whatever comes of this week.  After the last couple of weeks - I'm ready for anything.

Seriously.

Have a GREAT week everyone and as always, thank you so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

Well, good morning everyone!

I hope all is well with you & you had a great weekend?

As always, mine was not without excitement! Friday night was a chill night, and Saturday started out quiet & unrushed.  Just the way I like.  

Saturday night I was the photographer for our high school prom.  I brought 2 of my friends with me to help.  They loved it because they both work in the district as well.  One works in the primary and the other in our middle school - so they were excited to see the kids as they haven't seen them pretty much since they were in their buildings.

Our local paper was running a "contest" all week - the school to receive the most votes would have a photographer from the Gazette there shooting all night!  We won & yes, he was there.  He captured some amazing shots, but this one wasn't - if I say so myself - not his best....
Who is that mad woman???  Ugh, he could have at least gotten my good side!

Oh wait ----- he did -----
Ha!

True colors shining here!

So, that's what I did on Saturday night.

Sunday - Mother's Day.  Can I just say that I have the most amazing family? My boys, near & far, know how to make their mama feel loved.  Dream Boy & I went to church & picked up his mom afterwards & met S&D1 for brunch.  We had a wonderful meal and time together. 

S&D2 had sent me a beautiful card & called me later in the day. Love them both - and so excited as their wedding is quickly approaching - 20 days!  Lots to do. I best get busy!

I missed having my mom around though.  At the end of church, our pastor, who's parents also go to our church, chose the closing hymn because it is his mom's all time favorite. 

How Great Thou Art.

I love this song - but can never make it all the way through without crying. Seriously. And yesterday was no different. The tears started flowing & I had to pull out the tissues to mop up my mess & try to recover before the end of the song so no one would see what a mess I had become.

So today I'm back at school with only 20 school days left. The days have just flown by since returning from the senior trip. It always does, so I don't know why I'm so surprised.

I hope you all have an amazing day & a memorable week!  

Take care & thank you for having coffee with me this morning!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

I feel the earth ~ move ~ under my feet!  

Yeah - livin in the Mitten is never dull.  We actually had a 4.2 earthquake on Saturday! 

So weird.

There was a loud sound, like an explosion or thunder.  My 1st reaction was that the truck I heard coming up the street went crazy & hit my house & that was the reason it was shaking.

But LtWD came running from the kitchen and parked her hiney right next to me as papers were falling off my counter and dishes were falling our of the cupboards.

While it lasted for a very short time, including the small after shock, I couldn't help but think of the people of Nepal and the earthquake they suffered through that was magnitude's more than what we felt.  

Wow.

So that was my excitement for the weekend!  Dream Boy never felt it as he was out riding his bike.

Friday night we headed into town for Art Hop.  We visited our absolute favorite place - the MRC - which is a small art studio for adult with special needs.  We have a few pieces of "art" from their that we treasure dearly & we were not disappointed this time either.  We actually bought a frame that was painted & decorated with wine corks & beach glass that was made by a girl that goes to our church.  Dream Boy took a pic of it & showed her on Sunday and she was so excited to see what had happened with her art work!

Saturday I tried to focus & work on editing & catching up on emails and such with my photography business, but the sun was shining & I couldn't resist, I had to sit outside on the patio & read & take advantage of the beautiful sunny spring day!  Needless to say, not much photography business was accomplished.  

S&D1 came over after dinner and we enjoyed the evening sitting around the bonfire out back.  It was just a gorgeous day all the way around!
Sunday was a beautiful day as well, but I was stuck inside with a bad sinus headache that was bordering on becoming a migraine.  That doesn't happen too often for me - but I was not productive in any way other than finishing a book I had been reading.

Today - Monday - is the start of a new week with lots of stuff to keep me busy. So, I best get at it.

Thank you for sharing your coffee with me today! Have a beautiful week wherever you may be!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Copious Amounts of Coffee Needed


Returning to the reality and all it entails is not always the most desirable choice. But nonetheless, it's what helps pay the bills and it's what must be done.

Good think I love my job so much. Truly & honestly. I may not always like the politics or the behaviors or the antics of some things it entails, but when it comes down to it ----- I really love what I do.  There is nothing that makes me feel better than when a student realizes they CAN do it!

So I've returned from senior trip #13!  Wow. I am humbled that the kids still line up to sign up. I'm amazed that this crazy, hair brained idea that came from an email in 2002 led to our 1st trip in 2003 and is still going strong! I love when the new chaperones who go on this trip and experience it, see what it means to the seniors.

That's some good stuff.

Our trip began last Friday morning with a bus ride to the airport an hour away with 37 seniors and 4 chaperones. We were in Orlando by 3 and at the Grad Nite event at Busch Gardens in Tampa by 7:30pm.

Lots of screams and lots of laughs until we had no voices left, that is what the 4 chaperones did at least. Not sure of the kids.  

Still going strong at 12:45am......
We left the park at 2am & headed back to Orlando for a few hours sleep.

Saturday was a full day at SeaWorld - more rides, more screaming, but actually a beautiful day with lots of memories made!

Sunday - MY day.  The BEST day, in my opinion, when I get to do this...
Sit on the beach and chaperone!  Yeah baby!  Now we're talking.  It didn't take the other chaperone's long to figure out why I end the trip with this day. The kids are so sunburned and waterlogged by the end of the day - they are barely able to function.  

Yes, there IS a method to my madness! Not my 1st rodeo people, giddy-up!
So I would like you to meet 37 of my newest, closest friends.  Every year is different.  Every class is different. But by the end of the trip I've gotten closer to those I already knew and I've made connections with those I didn't know so well. 

This is what it is all about. Making memories for these kids that will last a lifetime. Rewarding them with this trip to celebrate 13 years of hard work. 

Did I tell you how much I really love my job??

And today ---- back in the trenches, back to the routine, back to "normal" - whatever that may be!

"I began to realize how important it was to be enthusiastic in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, GO at it full speed!  Embrace it with both arms, Hug it, love it, & above all become passionate about it!  Lukewarm is no good!!"  Roald Dahl