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Tuesday, August 16, 2016


After presenting all morning, attending sessions this afternoon, and dinner with friends I arrived at my sister's house this evening. She is out of town and when I literally dropped all my bags on her bedroom floor a pink envelope was waiting for me on the pillow. Just a sweet reminder that she loves me and that hopefully the sheets are comfortable. (Our great-grandma had a thing about sheets. That is a story for another day). She said she wanted to leave me something that wouldn't be eaten by the dog and a card was safe. I'd say a card was perfect. I had a really nice day today but I was worn out and the card was a nice pick-me-up.

I can't begin to express how grateful I am to have a sister. Well, not just "A" sister, my sister! Even though it seemed like there were so many years between us growing up when I would beg, my then teenage sister to play with me, it has never seemed to change the bond that we have. She's always been someone I can admire and a great model for dreaming big.

I think this is one of those cards that will go on my bulletin board at school next to my desk. It's humor and thoughtful presence will be a nice reminder that no matter how my day is going I'm lucky to have a loving sister. Love you too, Lori.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How Are You?

I'm wondering...

Are you eating enough?
Did you sleep well?
Are you warm enough?
Is everyone nice?
Do you get some down time?
Have you gone fishing yet?
Did your canoe tip?
Can you hear the crickets?

I miss you.

My son is at fifth-grade camp for a whole week. There is no contact with parents by phone. We can mail notes, packages, and send emails. It is a great experience that he has been anticipating for a couple years now. Everyone says the kids come back much more grown up after the experience. I am looking forward to getting a big hug on Friday.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Day 31 of 31 #SOL16

Here it is. The final day and it is after 11 p.m. I have had slicing on my mind so much today, afraid I would forget to do it. I think I almost did! Today I am sitting here surrounded by piles of clothes as we prepare for a trip to a conference this weekend. My kids are making a trip to the grandparents and my husband and I are going to a be kid free for four days! It's going to be amazing and it will make those hugs at the end of those four days that much sweeter.
I love my kids but I also think little breaks once in a while are good. It's great for my kids to have the undivided attention of their grandparents and it is wonderful for my husband and me to have a meal whenever we want! I am really looking forward to the trip, the break from school, and some different surroundings. It is welcomed and much needed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Day 30 of 31 #SOL16

Dreaming of
a stream
in between my toes

Thinking of
a sun
shining down in rows

Wishing for
a day
slower I suppose

Hoping it
will stay
warming breezes blow

I am growing more and more impatient for sunny weather that is consistent. I try not to complain about the weather too much. However, lately, I notice a distinct difference in how I feel when I walk outside and the sun is shining as opposed to dark gray clouds with a side of sprinkles. Here's to dreaming, thinking, wishing, and hoping for warmer days ahead.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Day 29 of 31 #SOL16

Goal focused
But sometimes
Reality focused
When everything
Is stacked against you
Yet, you are worth it
I hope you know
We want it all
Knowing we can only give
Knowing it may go away
Knowing we are your support
Knowing you are doing your best
We see you
We will do our best too.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Day 28 of 31 #SOL16

I just finished up practicing the EdCollab presentation with three other co-authors from TWT. We present on Saturday together along with a variety of presenters. It should be a great day of learning. We practiced via Google Hangout, which essentially is a video call. It's always fun to "get together" with these ladies and we always find lots of opportunities for laughter. I just hope I can keep my cool on Saturday without cracking up (TWT authors, if you are reading this, I promise to be on my best behavior). I have a few tweaks I want to make to my slides and I am crossing my fingers that technology is on my side Saturday. Hope you join in at the gathering!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Day 27 of 31 #SOL16

Where do I begin? Today was one of those days that had so many slices I feel like I have a whole pie ready to serve and another one going in the oven! Let's see...

The best slice of my day was likely when my daughter and I made her birthday treat for tomorrow. Birthday number nine is on its way and she is pumped! She wanted mini dirt cakes to share with her classmates and all her former teachers. That amounts to about thirty cups of cake. I may have, at one point, looked at her and said, "Are you sure you don't want ice-cream sandwiches?" Nah, she wasn't having it and really I knew it would be fun.

We started by mixing up the pudding and milk to set up. The butter and cream cheese were busy softening on the counter while we crushed up two packs of Oreos. She then proceeded to lay out fifteen of the cups on the counter.

Next came the creaming of the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar with a splash of vanilla. It came together pretty quick but I soon realized I did not have room in my bowl to fold in all that pudding (6 1/2 cups) plus 24 oz. of whipped topping. We'd need to divide and conquer the ingredients. So about three bowls later we had everything mixed up and ready to layer.

I placed some crushed cookies in the bottom of each cup (we used little clear punch cups) she put on two ice cream scoop fulls of pudding mixture and I topped them with more cookie. When we finished all thirty of them I worked on pulling apart thirty little pieces of press and seal wrap to close up the tops of the cups.

After they sit through the night the bottom layer of cookie will kind of become one with the pudding and the top layer will stay a little bit crunchy. It really is a little cup of rich yummy goodness. Those kids better love them and I better get one since this year I happen to be her writing teacher one hour of the day. :)

Recipe from Just a Pinch Recipes:
I doubled everything to make thirty little servings plus had about a pie plate worth for my husband to take to work tomorrow.

1 bag(s)
oreos, crushed
8 oz
cream cheese, softened
1/4 c
butter, softened
1 c
powdered sugar
3 c
2 sm box
instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp
12 oz
cool whip, thawed
Gummy worms (optional)
Cream together cream cheese, butter & powered sugar & vanilla.
In separate bowl mix milk & pudding chill until set. Fold in cool whip after pudding has set. Blend in cream cheese mixture.
Layer pudding mixture with crushed Oreos. Chill until ready to serve.

You can also add some gummy worms for garnish!