Friday, December 18, 2009

Looking forward to a long winters nap

Today I put my 26 kindergarteners on the bus for the last time in 2009. Both they and their teacher were looking forward to having the next two weeks off of school. The last three weeks have been busy with Christmas preparations but we did get to enjoy Thanksgiving in North Carolina on the golf links. The highlight of my trip south was seeing flowers still blooming and the Carolina hotel in Pinehurst decked out for Christmas.
Now I have a couple of days to finish up all of my Christmas preparations at home before we head to Wisconsin for the holidays. The whole family is looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's been awhile

It's been so long since I've last posted. With the start of school I'm trying to get my bearings with working full time and being mom to my two active boys. Zach played football and he seemed to have fun but still only wants to focus on golf. To help his golf my boys have built a putting green in our backyard. We'll hope it grows better next spring.

Spencer also played flag football and is now in basketball. We seem to never slow down but are definitely looking forward to a little R and R at Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Growing up

Spencer left Sunday for sleep away camp. Though he was excited to go, when I asked him if he was going to miss us, my sensitive boy got tears in his eyes. I know he's growing up but I'm glad to know he's not so big to miss his mom and dad. It's August and even though I still have four more weeks of summer vacation I'm already gearing up for school. I'm also amazed that my two boys have gotten so big! Where do the years go, it seemed like yesterday they were babies and now one is a teenager about to start his first year in high school and the other will be a middle schooler. Thinking about Zach going to high school is truly overwhelming to me, he will officially have 498 more kids in his class than I did. That in itself freaks me out. What a difference from my 36 kids to his 534 kids. John and I keep talking about what more do we need to do in the raising of that boy because he has only 4 years left under our roof full time. I think both boys are excited about their new adventures and I truly hope they make the most of their school experience.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A tough day for Zach but a proud day for mom and dad

Zach golfed in his final Meijer tour golf tournament yesterday at the Fortress in Frankenmuth. The course is in beautiful shape and we enjoyed walking along. John took the day off so that he could watch so the entire family travelled north for the day. Though the course is in beautiful condition it is by no means easy and Zach struggled all day with both his driver and putter. Even as Zach struggled he kept his range of emotions in check and didn't throw one tiff on the course (a trait he inherited from my family). He truly acted like the young man he is quickly becoming which made both John and I so proud of him. Golf is a funny game, one day things go great the next not so much but being involved in the Meijer tour this year has been a great thing for him.
On the other hand, my goofy Spencer leaves for Camp Michindoh tomorrow. It will be quiet around our house for the week. I hope he has a great time.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baseball and Golf

Back from vacation and we hit the floor running. Yesterday Spencer had his first playoff game for baseball and we were all excited when they won so now he'll play again tomorrow.Today, Zach competed in his first Meijer Tour golf tourney at the Grosse Ile Country Club, for those of you who golf this course was designed by Donald Ross the same person who designed the famous Pinehurst #2. Though the greens weren't as small as Pinehursts they had a lot of break in them. We were all proud that Zach 2 putted most of the holes, unfortunately his driver was giving him trouble and he shot a 98. Of course after shooting an 89 and 85 in Wisconsin this wasn't nearly good enough but of course mom and Grandma thought he did great. He got to play with his friend Cam which made it a little less nerve racking.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Strawberry Picking

On Thursday the boys and I and our friends the Boehm's went on our annual strawberry picking trip. As Spencer says "it's a tradition" and both boys enjoy the day in the strawberry fields. This year the berries were big and juicy. We ended up picking 14 and 1/2 pounds.Zach and our bounty of berries

Spencer's favorite berries to pick were the funny shaped ones.

A new member of the family

Yesterday we welcomed a new member to our family, an eight week old calico kitten who we have finally named Dottie. Her name took us a bit but the naming of the pets has always been delegated to hubby John. Last night the boys thought Bethpage was a great name in keeping with the love of golf that our family has. For those of you who are not golfers, Bethpage is where the US Open is being played this year. Well today after watching some of the golf tourney, John heard one of the announcers Dottie Pepper speak and thought that Dottie might just be the perfect name for her. I of coursed liked it more than Bethpage but Spencer thought it seemed like an old grandma name but decided that Dottie would be just fine. She is becoming more comfortable with all of us and is so much fun to play with and watch as she runs all over the place. So far it seems that she likes to be around us as whenever we walk out of the room she cries until she's found us.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A little brag time

Then (6th grade first day of school)

Now (8th grade promotion)

Today we attended Zach's eighth grade promotion, I hate to be one of those moms who brag excessively about my kids but I just have to brag a little. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was worrying about Zach entering the big bad middle school and just like that I blink and we're now preparing for high school. Zach has grown so much in the last three years not only physically but emotionally. Overall I think he would say the middle school experience was mostly positive. Today during promotion Zach was honored with several awards which demonstrated his involvement in middle school.

Okay, here goes the bragging:

Honor Roll for Three Years
Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
Recognition for Computers
Recognition for Spanish
Sportsmanship Award
Somerset Salute to Excellence

And finally he was the only student recognized for Industrial Technology-who knows maybe he'll be an engineer like his dad (he was probably most embarrassed by this award as he had to go up in front and listen to the glowing comments of his Applied Engineering teacher)

Mom of course was forbidden from going in front to take pictures of him as one never wants to be embarrassed by mom. Thank goodness for my new camera's zoom.

Both mom and dad are especially proud of you Zach and wish you all the best as you begin high school.

Monday, June 8, 2009

School is almost out

Here we are in the final week of school for me and final 7 days for the boys. I'll sure be glad when I can maybe sleep in a bit. We've been busy with 5th grade activities for Spencer and preparing for the big 8th grade promotion for Zach. Spencer's 5th grade party was a cruise theme. Lots of fun had by all.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Once again, it's been way to long

I know, I know, it's been way too long since I last blogged. Life just seems to get really crazy for me in the spring time. Anyway I'll try to catch up from my last blog entry.
April: We spent a wonderful week in North Carolina with my mom and sister. They left April 2nd in the am from Wisconsin and we left in the afternoon. We actually were able to meet up at the hotel in Mount Hope West Virginia that evening to enjoy a late dinner with them. The next day we headed into North Carolina and took our annual detours to visit a few wineries before heading to Seven Lakes our final destination. We enjoyed great weather while we were there. We golfed, went pottery shopping, visited the North Carolina Aviation museum, played lots of card games and just enjoyed spending time with each other.

John told Spencer that if he hit the 100 yd marker, he'd buy him a Gatorade at the turn. Can't come much closer than that.
Zach at the North Carolina Aviation Museum. It's just a small museum but we all enjoyed seeing the planes that had been donated.
The boys at a covered bridge in North Carolina. A typical goofy picture of Spencer.
Once our vacation ended baseball and golf season started for the boys which keep us running. May has just flown by with practices, games and many school events. It seems like school districts forget that things need to be done so they cram in all kinds of activities during the months of May and June. Both boys this year were honored with academic achievement awards. Both John and I are very proud of their hard work.
Now here we are in June. Where does time go to. It seems like I haven't quilted in months. So I'm looking forward to summer vacation to do so. I have my nieces wedding quilt to get done and always an abundance of other projects. I'll also spend my summer planning for the next school year as I have decided to make a change. My dear hubby gently mentioned that it might be time to move from part-time to full-time and after lots of thought and prayer on the subject I bid this week on a kindergarten position in my district and will be teaching that in the fall. My boys are growing up so fast but they're to the point that they don't need mom at home during the day so much just in the evenings when they themselves are home from school. Spencer will move to the middle school and Zach who I can't believe (where has time gone) turned 14 on Friday and will be beginning the adventure of high school in the fall. I'm sure I'll have to be much better at time management next year and will actually need to plan our dinner meals ahead of time but the change will be exciting. I have taught Special Education my entire career and now I move to a regular education class but preschool to kindergarten isn't a too big of jump and next year will definitely be one of learning for me also. I'm sad to leave the wonderful girls I've worked with but am glad that I'm still in the same building and will be able to continue seeing them now on a daily basis. My brain has been working a mile a minute as I prepare to make this change. I'm utilizing the fine art of list making, something I've done for years but at this time my lists seem very long and number many.
On Friday will enjoy one of Spencer's last hurrahs of elementary school, his 5th grade party and then on the 16th we'll enjoy attending Zach's 8th grade promotion before ending the school year, then summer vacation will officially start. We have plans to spend some time in Wisconsin with the family and enjoying the warm weather.

Friday, March 6, 2009

My Baby is 11 today

It's hard to believe that my Spencer is 11 today. It seems just like yesterday when I held him in my arms for the first time. Though I can no longer hold him like I did when he was a baby, I feel fortunate that he still enjoys hugs from both mom and dad. Birthdays are always a great time to reflect on the past year. I see Spencer becoming more mature each day. I can really tell that middle school is just around the corner. During this past year Spencer continued to be active in sports and to both his dad's and my pleasure he's really shown an interest in golf. He was also involved in Lego league this year which helped his math and science skills. I've also seen a tremendous growth in his confidence with writing. Of course with all the growth comes some things that mom and dad aren't quite pleased with particularly a sassy mouth but taming this is a work in progress. I truly am proud of how he is growing overall.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

News update

Now that we're back from vacation I thought it was time to post an update as to what's going on in our household. We all enjoyed our trip to North Carolina. The weather wasn't shorts weather but we were able to golf comfortably in long sleeves and pants a few days. Zach carded his first birdie on the par 5 16th hole of Beacon Ridge (the course we belong to down in NC) He shot a 43 for the back nine that day. He was very excited and is trying hard to make the high school golf team next year. John and I spent part of the week looking at houses as a possible investment property We're leaning toward one but need to spend a bit more time crunching the numbers.

On the quilting front during our drives to and from North Carolina I was able to finish up the binding on three quilts. Both boys have waited patiently for their quilts and they were immediately put on their beds when we returned home. The Hungry Caterpillar quilt will spend some time at school in the spring for the kids to enjoy while we read the story.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ready for a vacation

We've been blessed to have a few days that haven't been sub zero but it makes me want to see spring even sooner. We're looking forward to a week in North Carolina, hopefully we can get some golf in and relax under those Carolina blue skies. I'm also hoping to finish up three quilts. All have been quilted and are ready for the hand sewing part of the binding. I'll post pictures when they're finished.

Last week I went to the scheduling meeting for Zach to go to high school. It's so hard to believe that he's going to be in high school. It just seems like yesterday that he started kindergarten. Kiddos sure do grow up fast.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Start your Engines

This week marks our final Cub Scout pinewood derby. The actual race is tomorrow. We usually have a slow car but thanks to Spencer's creative mind we get extra points for style. In the past we've done a Star Wars speeder car, A Packer Golf Cart, A block of gold, and a bowling alley. The golf cart and bowling alley won the award Car of the Year. This is voted on by the kids in the elementary school. This year's car is no less creative. Spencer decided he wanted to do a guitar. After many hours of work put in by both hubby John and Spencer the car is complete.

On the quilting front I have 3 quilts pinned and one to go so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can dramatically shorten my quilts to complete list.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Quilting News

I have been able to get some quilting in since returning from Christmas. I completed last week's block the Ribbon Star.I also finished Spencer's quilt top but haven't taken any pictures yet of that, worked on my window treatments, and finally finished this weeks block Sawtooth Star.

No Excuses

Since I'm enjoying the day off due to the extremely cold weather in Michigan, I have no excuses but to update my blog. We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks in Wisconsin for the holidays, or should I we enjoyed ourselves once we actually arrived safe and sound. Our usual 7 hour trip to my moms took 10 and the 3 hour trip it John's moms took 5. It never ceases to amaze me how fast people drive in snowy and icy conditions. We witnessed many cars in the ditch during our travels. It's always a lot of fun to spend time with our families. We were able to see all the sisters, brother in laws, nieces and nephews. We spend two days at the farm which is always a hit and really spent some good quality time with everyone. I've attached a few pictures from Christmas.
We always love to go home to Wisconsin, but it's also nice to get back into the routine of things at home.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What would we do without technology

Tonight I had many good intentions to update my blog unfortunately I ended up having to redo my entire blog. I thought I would like to get a Valentine's background from my favorite background site, but they were down due to server problems, so I did a quick search, thinking I could find another site. Yes there are plenty of sites but not as user friendly as Cutest Blogs on the Block and I proceeded to change things I shouldn't have losing all my information. Needless to say I just spent the last hour updating things I think I had on my blog and not posting much. Serves me right for going around changing things that I don't know too much about. My next post will have to be an update of what's going on in my life.