Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Busy Weekend

For the second year, I attended the community production that many of my former students were performing in.  This community production was very good.  I had a wonderful time.  The singing was amazing.  Another thing that made the night wonderful was the chance to go out with my fellow teachers.  It is nice to go out to dinner and to a play and not have to worry about getting back to the classroom.

I was also able to enjoy some time with my little grand baby.  She is so sweet.  She is beginning to look around and smile more.  She can hold her head up on her own now.  She is so precious.   I cannot believe how fast she is growing.   I can not go by the baby section at Target without picking out a new outfit for her.  

My husband took two days off of work and we tried out some new bike paths.  The first one we went on was the Lake Country Bike Trail.  It was a bit of a challenge.  There was lots of steep hills.  We are not used to such steep hills especially on the tandem bike.   We did make our 20 mile goal.  

Then today we went on the Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail.  This one was more our level.  There was one  long incline but we could handle that.  We went 24 miles today.  It was a lot of fun.  We woke up at 6 am and went really early because it is so hot today.  
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

This week I am cleaning my bedroom and I am thinking of what can I do to improve this room.  I am not happy with this room.  It is not what I would call a relaxing retreat.  This last time I let my husband make some of the choices because he said the room was too girly in the past.   Now I am not happy.  So I am looking for ways to soften the room.  I cannot change the furniture because he really likes it so I have to work around it.   So I am looking for ways to add white accents to soften the room. 

I love these lamps from Pottery Barn.  They are a bit expensive so I may have to save or look for a knock off.  I think I would need to buy three.  

I am going to spray paint my black picture frames white and I am going to add these white shelves from Target to the empty wall next to my dresser.  Also I was thinking of getting these little stools and painting them white as well.  They are from Pottery Barn however I am going to look around and see if I can find something cheaper because I am going to paint them.  I need to bring in more white. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: Rediscover Catholicism

Rediscover Catholicism
A Spiritual Guide To Living With Passion & Purpose
By: Matthew Kelly

I have to admit I did not pick this book out myself.  It was given to everyone at church.  So it is homework from Church.  I am not complaining because I enjoyed the other books that I have read by Matthew Kelly. Would I have picked this book on my own. probably not.   Did I learn from this book?  Yes!  Did the book challenge me to think?  Yes!   The book is about living and understanding the Catholic way of life.   

What Should A Good Catholic Do?
·      live and love the way the Gospel invites us to
·      respect and cherish your family
·      help those in need
·      always do what is right
·      Practice, patience, kindness, humility, gratitude, thoughtfulness, generosity, courage and forgiveness.
I believe this is not only a good guideline for Catholics but for anyone.  All these characteristics are the things we are always trying to teach our children to help them be good people.  So these are good characteristics for all people to work towards.
Good Habits create Good Characters
“Our lives change when our habits change”

I am beginning to see a pattern here.  God is definitely sending me a message.  I think this is the third or fourth book I have read this in.  But M. Kelly takes it to the next level 

“Be the example for your family, students and world to see……..
We become the stories we listen to.”

“If you want to walk with God you need to bring order to the demands of your life and your things.”

I wish I could say I have my life in balance and my things under control however I still have a long way to go.

“Your thoughts determine your actions..We think what we will become.”

This is what I am struggling with the most right now.I am trying so hard to make healthy choices daily however my thoughts get in the way of lots of my decisions. 
How Would You Like Your Life to Change?
  • Better Habits
  • Slowing Down and Taking Time for Real Thought
  • ·      Eating Healthy
  • ·      Daily Exercise
  • ·      Patience

10 minutes a Day Making Time for Prayer and Reflection
·      In silence you will find God and in the silence you will find yourself
·      Prayer allows us to work out what matters most

These are the habits I am constantly working on and finding 10 minutes a day for quietness is the hardest of all.  

This is a good book.  I think you will enjoy reading it.  It inspired me to explore some other books as well.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorites -- Gifts for Teacher Friends

So this is what I am thinking, each year, last minute of course, I decide I want to put together something for my friends at the beginning of the school year.  I go running around looking for little things to fill a bin of some sort.  I decided to think ahead.  What could I do?   First of all there will be FIVE new teachers to our school so I need to do something special for them to welcome them.  Then I have my seven other teaching friends at my level and maybe the principal.  That equals 13 gifts to make.    So here are the ideas I found on Pinterest today. 

Idea 1:  This is my favorite.  A little spray painting and taping and planting and I am done.  This is very cute and classy.  I think my teacher friends would love this the most.

Idea 2:  I think this would cost more money for the water cups.  The vinyl I have.  I am concerned the vinyl will peel off when washing.  However it is super cute and I know all my friends would drink water from their cups.
Idea 3:  This crayon vase idea is simple.  I would have to buy a  pack of crayons for each vase.  Hot glue is easy to do.  Then I would need plants.  This could get costly.
Idea 4:  This would be super easy, however I think the lotion is the most costly idea.  Also I don't think our male principal would like lotion.
Idea 5:  This nail polish idea is cute, however I know not all my friend paint their nails.

Idea 6:  This is cute and I have some ikea jars in the basement.  This would be simple to make with vinyl.

Idea 7:  I would do a smaller version of this.  It would be very easy to do.  The candy hugs would be the only cost.  I could use the jars in the basement.

I'll let you know next week which idea won out.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Outside Reusing Project

I generally just write about the projects I do around the house, however I am not the only one who thinks of ideas to improve the house.  My husband likes to work outside.  To be honest he does ALL of the gardening.  The method to his madness appears to be, hit and miss.

This year he is focusing on the front yard.  We had some over grown evergreen bushes and my husband and son dug them all out.  It was two days of hot work.   It was quite the project.

Now my husband is moving plants from other areas and transplanting the plants to the front.  Hopefully the plants take to their new homes.
The little purple bush is struggling still but we are giving it lots of water.