Monday, May 31, 2010

A Nice Memorial Day. . .

Wishing everyone a nice Memorial Day :).

I love this picture because even though our sadness is with us constantly, happiness is also there. We spend a very nice Sunday afternoon with my mama, my sister and her family, my niece and her fiancee, and our children and their sweethearts. It was a very nice day. The food was delicious, especially the roasted corn. (Honey, you outdid yourself :).

We laughed a lot, got a little weepy, and I loved the family-ness of it all. My sister would have loved it, too.

I felt so blessed.

Have a lot of work to do for work -- so onward and forward!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Shiny, Red Streamers. . .

My sister used to hang shiny streamers from their fruit trees to keep the birds away. Last year she asked my brother to hang them and after he was done, we sat outside to watch as the breeze swayed them back and forth ~ shiny,red foiled streamers. They looked pretty and I wondered why I had never noticed them before.

I miss my sister. I miss her calling me. I miss hugging her.

I know she is in a good place and no longer suffering, but I sure do miss her.

I love you, sister.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Wonderful Day . . .

Today is our 34th wedding anniversary and it's been a wonderful day . . .

We accompanied our daughter and her husband as she became Godmother to one of her students. The service was beautiful. Lots of pictures after the service. Then my husband and I went to have lunch at our favorite Chinese restaurant in Ontario ~ The Panda Inn ~ beautiful restaurant. We toasted our anniversary with two little tea cups :).

Then this evening we went to the reception for our daughter's God-daughter and they had the taco cart going ~ OMG!!! I ate again! They had tacos de lengua, pastor, and carne asada -- all so DELICIOUS!! Rice, beans, and nopales con chile. For all my English speaking readers -- it was all soooo good!! The music was great. The company even better :). And now we are home and I have so much correcting to do.

The picture up above, I took when we went to Flagstaff, AZ recently. I really liked the saying above the mural ~ a good reminder.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Contemplation . . .

Just when I think I have a handle on things, I don't. Total happiness alludes me and I think it will for a time.

A teacher friend asked me how I spend my Mother's Day, did I have a good day. My reply to him was "yes," because I did. My husband and I took a weekend trip to Phoenix, AZ to see my little sister and her family. We returned in time to spend Sunday afternoon with our kids. It was a wonderful weekend. I was so happy to see my sister ~ she is precious. It felt good to be with her ~ I told him I got my "sister fix." :)

Every day I miss my older sister. It will be a year that she passed away - June. I don't know how I will handle that day.

Work on the other hand is still in disarray. A good teacher friend of mine - in fact, she was my mentor teacher when I first began teaching- has been moved to kinder. I don't think she is happy with that decision. I feel so sad for her because she is sad. She'll be working with two - three very good kinder teachers so I think it will be good for her. But I know she did not want this.
Sometimes I just don't get it. Decisions, decisions!

This weekend our daughter will be a Godmother. We are excited for her and look forward to joining her and her husband at the church and reception after.

Yes, life goes on ~ I go with the flow ~ bobbing up and down. :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Went to a meeting today for work where I was totally bored. Although the information was good, we've been implementing our reading program for about 7 years now and I don't see that we learned anything exceptionally new. We just learned a different or added way of doing what we already do. Maybe the ideas would work in an ideal classroom of some fantasy school that doesn't have to test every other day and follow lesson plans that are dictated by the district. But in the real world of teaching, we do the best we can with the time we have.

The coffee and lemon pound cake were good, lunch was good, the company was very good, therefore, I suppose it wasn't too bad, but I would have preferred to be with my little ones.

Stopped by to see my sister's old co-workers and to thank them for coming to her memorial almost a year ago. I wasn't sure I could do it, but we needed to say thank you. My sister cared for them very much. It was a little hard to walk into the building. Once I was inside, I introduced myself, but they knew who I was. I thanked them and filled them in on the direction my mom's life has gone. They invited me to come again in the near future after they move into their new building. I said I would visit, but I know I will not go again because my sister is not there.

On a lighter note, tomorrow I will see my little sister. I'm so excited and pleased to be able to spend some time with her.

We continue moving forward . . .

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Looking Forward . . .

Good news at work, the district rescinded all the pink slips, therefore our teachers are safe!! Woo-hoo!! We were so very happy when we heard the news. Now to see what else they will throw at us. Hmmmm...., but at least we keep our teachers!

I realized yesterday that we only have six weeks left of this school year. Six weeks with my little ones. I've had such a good class this year - I will definitely miss them when they move up to second grade.

Mother's Day is next weekend so I need to hustle and get a gift going for them to make for their mommy's. Time is passing by too fast. Take a breath and move forward - at top speed. :)

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