Friday, August 26, 2011

Yay for friends!

Bee-yoo-tiful evening...great company....good service...lovely music...fabulous weather.. The scene? Tenochtitlan in Blue Island...yummy Mexican food and
dee-lish-us mango margaritas..3 of them!!

Girls night out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

art day with Meara

Meara and I had a long awaited art day today.......

She took to the sewing room and I got the kitchen!!

Kerry chose fabric for a fun little bag...
that Meara whipped's just as cute on the inside complete with zipper pocket!

I meanwhile was painting and stitching a journal cover...

and then painting a long piece of muslin for a future quilt project.....

                 and then a new face painting...I think it's my back to work puss!

Finally, I saved all of the paper towels I wiped my brushes on and stitched them to black felt for another future project...they look cool!

                                     What a great day...what a mess, too!
Oh bacashun......

Sunday, August 21, 2011

nine days left.....

Well, this blog began back in June....when the summer stretched ahead of me full of promise and potential. Technically I have 9 days left...HOWEVER this week I have 3 days of training for Reading in Motion, which is a super literacy program for emergent readers! My second graders participated in the program several years ago and I am happy to be working with them again at the kinder level! We don't get paid in $$  BUT it will be wonderful training and can only make me a better teacher..YAY! There is singing involved so I'll love it! Next week I will go in for 3hrs on Mon and Tues am to arrange my classroom and organize the library..oh do I have a lot of books..can never really have too many! Then we are on the clock beginning Wed. the 31st! All prayers gratefully accepted!! More to bacashun is not over yet!


I have been busy making bags for my girls and postcards for the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild August meeting. The bags are my placemat bags..easy peasy and fun! The postcards are downright addictive! Both of these projects are great for using up scraps and strips from quilts!
Kerry's book bag

 This started out as Brenna's birthday bag...too big for my smallest belongs to my tallest child!!

                        These will now be mailed out to friends and family..what fun!
                            I think the guild members enjoyed making them,too!

and MORE celebrations!

Meara threw a birthday BBQ for Justin's 25th birthday! The weather was most uncooperative :(  BUT we had a lovely time between the drops! Great job Meara and Justin on entertaining friends and family..we had a delightful good to get the Rosiers and Ryans together!


more celebrations!

Mom turned 83 on August 8th so we headed to Cedarburg,WI for a girls' night at the Stagecoach Inn. What Mom didn't know was that her "5th child", Jan would be joining us! Jan grew up 2 doors down on Parnell Ave. in West Pullman and spent a lot of time with our family. We have known each other since 1957!!! She really is a sister and daughter to our family.... It's a good thing Mom has a good was a big surprise and it took her a while to recover!! What a great time we had wandering in and out of shops and of course...eating!! Delicious crepes at the restaurant in the Mill..yum!
3 generations!

3 sisters!

                                      The creek behind the Mill and Winery..

                                Be kind to your web footed friends...for a duck may be
                              somebody's mother! Remember that song??? Ray Rayner?

Cedarburg is a favorite destination...only 2 hrs from Chi-town...plenty to see and do...or just relax! Can't say enough about the Stagecoach Inn! AND they just opened the Wisconsin Quilt Museum!! I'll just have to get back there, soon!


Happy Birthday, Brenna!

The online class I took is finished...Yay! Now on to summer fun and celebrations! Brenna turned 31 on the 17th of! We headed to Tweet on N. Sheridan for a yummy brunch!

This joint is packed on the weekends so we were lucky that her birthday fell in the middle of the week! Thanks, Bren for sharing your special day and suggesting such a cool restaurant..loved it!

TWEET is sweet!

On to Navy Pier for a ferris wheel ride for Charlie!

The wheel is 150 ft. tall...really scary if you happen to have a fear of heights! I suggest NOT looking down.....straight out at the horizon is fine...not DOWN!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

buckling down :(

Well, into each summer a little work must come....I have one more week to wrap up the assigned work for an online class I'm taking on Autism Spectrum disorder. The class consists of reading chapters in a text, watching videos, and responding to discussion forums with other educators. There are 4 modules and today I will begin #3. I have learned a lot and can see how I will apply this new knowledge in my teaching practice with students, colleagues, and parents. The type of writing that this course requires is good for my brain....requires a higher order sort of thinking that's prepping me for the new school year..Speaking of which, I am trying to mentally prepare myself emotionally for returning to a sea of change and a little uncertainty....can I hold onto this job with the reformists bearing down?

Monday, August 1, 2011

A nice place to visit....and I DO want to live there!

I did it! I got Chas to small feat! We are trying to figure out a compromise. Finances and life will play a big role..this is after all 5 years away...unless a load of cash falls from heaven..ummmm...not likely..
We returned from our Wisconsin mini vacation via convenient! Seriously, how can anyone resist this lovely spot...words I would use to describe it....
scenic, progressive, vital (Yoga Studio and Sushi restaurant!), artsy, friendly, interesting (more than one museum!), fabulous!
                                    Winneshiek County Seat right here in Decorah!

   The old half of the library..I did not photograph the larger more modern half..

                    Yummy house..not what I'll be looking for, but lovely to look at!

Typical garden in town...

                                                Fun building, no?

                        The lovely and reasonably priced Hotel really is!

                                        The main drag: Water Street
                                    Beautiful potted plants on Water Street
 So Chas set foot in Decorah and did not implode.....I think (maybe) he understands what I see in it, and for now that's enough...:)