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Thursday, September 30, 2010


WOW, it's been 25 years since I graduated from high school. I'm so serious when I say that I can't believe how fast time has gone by.

This weekend is my reunion. It begins with a "meet & greet" at a local restaurant on Friday night. Saturday afternoon we're taking a tour of our high school. Oh how fun it will be to reminisce. Then, on Saturday night is the big shin-dig at a hall with music, a yummy buffet of food and a cash bar (I'll be buying diet coke). I am really excited to see so many people from way back when.

I plan on taking lots of pictures to hopefully post on a future blog for you to see. In the meantime, check out this beauty.......

Yes, this is my senior picture chosen for the yearbook. Check out those hair sprayed feather bangs and the thick black eyeliner. Gotta love it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Getting Organized

Ok, I have to admit it....I've been very lax at being organized lately. I played alot during the summer and neglected my household chores and seemed to have lost all organization skills. I know, I was a bad, bad girl. I just wanted to have some fun while the weather was nice.

Well, now that the cooler weather has set in and there's not so much to keep me busy outside, I have faced the fact it's time to get busy again inside.

So far I've cleaned out under my kitchen sink, my linen closet, my bedroom and Olivia's room. Now, I've got my biggest challenge ahead of me. It's my scrapbook/craft room. It has become a "catch all" and is driving me NUTS. In addition to organizing that room, I am also planning to paint it. If I'm brave, I'll post before/after pictures when it's all said and done.

I can delay this no longer, so off I go to get started.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Progress Reports and PTO

Gosh, it seems like school JUST started. That's not the case, though. The kids are half way through their first nine weeks which means progress report time. In the school my daughter use to attend, they only sent progress reports home if a child was in danger of failing. At her new school, the kids get progress reports sent home no matter if they are passing or failing. Granted, with the online tool that I have access to, I can see what her grades are as frequently as I feel it necessary. I had a good idea of what to expect, but I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised when the paperwork came home. Olivia brought home four A's, two B+'s and a P (pass). I am hoping and praying that school continues to go smooth for her. The transition from private to public has been so smooth it's kind of scary.

Side note: Olivia's day consists of 6-60 minute classes; although she technically has 7 classes. I know, it sounds confusing but it's really not. Every other day (green day/gold day) she switches between gym class and a rotation class. The rotation class changes every 9 weeks. This gives the kids more of a variety of classes throughout the year.


On another note, I am making strides to get involved in the new school. I attended my first PTO meeting last night. I was a little overwhelmed at how much the PTO really does for the school. It's not something I've been exposed to so I didn't know what quite to expect. I'm looking forward to volunteering in all different areas of the school because I think a huge part of how a school exists is through the parents.

How about you? Do you help out at school or day care? If so, I hope you find it as rewarding as I do.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Festival of Fall Color

Well, as much as I enjoy summer - sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand - I am looking forward to fall colors and smells. There's nothing prettier than watching tree leaves change from green to yellow to orange to red, etc... I love going to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect carving pumpkins, the fun gourds and pretty mums.

Festivals are fun to go to this time of year too. A few weeks ago we had the Blueberry Festival, then we had the Popcorn Festival and now it's Apple Festival time. My friend Susan and I enjoyed an Apple Festival today in a small town not too far from us. It was a beautiful fall day to walk around the craft booths, check out and enjoy the food and listen to a great singer on stage.

What's your favorite part of this season? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

Until next time....