Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Breathing

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My husband and I took a much needed breather over the four day weekend and traveled to Wisconsin to see his sister and her husband. Getting away was not without its obstacles, but we managed it. It is so wonderful to be able to spend time with family and not have the family drama!  We did nothing special, just enjoyed each other's company.

On Saturday, two of their grandsons came to spend the night with them, as both parents had to work overnight shifts.  Greg and I really enjoyed this since there were only two. Before you laugh, remember, usually there are so many people around when we are all together that we don't really get to enjoy the kids. With only two hanging out with us, we got to visit and talk and be entertained (Trust me. The Lady Gaga song was entertaining--as were the songs they made up)! Chloe got a kid fix, which she always needs.  We couldn't help but laugh as she licked them til they giggled!

We decided to take a trip to the Goodwill store (see how low key this trip was!) The kids were excited. They could pick out something to get "if it was worth it and wouldn't break before the afternoon was up".  I was excited--used books for the classroom. My husband was excited--he loves a bargain.  Off we went.

We split up and headed to our respective areas.

The boys found hula hoops.  The entertainment began.  Around their necks and around their waist. Those hula hoops were moving!  Of course, those had to go home. Later, hula hooping in the living room while playing catch with the football sounded like a good idea, but Grandpa quickly put the kabosh on that!

Greg found a game he'd always wanted. I found a lot of books to take back to school. Success.

Game night followed. First, the game Greg found Fact or Crap. Really, kind of a fun game. More guessing than anything. And the boys felt like they were being naughty since they can't use the word Crap at home.  They still didn't get to say it, but they did have the card!

Later we played Apples to Apples. Another fun one to play with kids.  Both of these will find their way into my classroom. Because they really make you think! And be creative in your thinking. Perfect for those days when students need a breather.

We left for home on Sunday...relaxed and ready to face the week ahead. And at least I got one more day to prepare myself for that!





15 comments:

  1. You sound so much more relaxed in this post (compared to last week's slice). A breather is just what a body needs when the stress of life builds to its boiling point. You painted a picture of a very contented happy life. Lovely!

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  2. It sounds like a grand weekend to me, low key & doing all those family visiting things that are just fun, Deb. I love going to Goodwill or the ARC store. Ours both have fabulous books. I like your part with the boys. They must have loved being with you too. Glad you had a breather!

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  3. Sometimes a low key weekend is the best thing ever. A breather - I need to remember this word.
    Terje

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  4. Terje
    I'm beginning to think my One Little Word for this should have been BREATHE!

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  5. Apples to Apples is so much fun!

    You had great low-key weekend. From hula hoops to made-up songs to board games. Sounds like it was truly quality time well-spent.

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  6. What a comfortable, loving scene you describe. What a great way to bond with your family! :-)

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  7. Your family story is what I call "generation transfer". I love the fact you found enjoyment together. How refreshing. We love Apples to Apples. And books! The best bargain ever!!!

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    1. I like the term "generation transfer" Seems like the perfect words to describe the weekend!

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  8. Reading your slice today is like taking a breather in itself! What a relaxing, comfortable way to spend your well-deserved break over a long weekend. I also love how your dedication to school sneaks in here, even when you are most relaxed!

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  9. Love how the Goodwill can inspire! I just discovered you through the SOL posts. Can't wait to see what's up next week!

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    1. Welcome to Coffee With Chloe! Chloe and I love new readers. She'll be making an appearance soon with the March challenge coming up!

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  10. So glad you got to have this weekend! Sounds perfect!

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    1. Welcome to Coffee With Chloe. I hope you come back soon.

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  11. Sounds like the perfect break. Fun with relaxation built in. It sounds like you found some great finds too.

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  12. The amazing thing is that these boys will most likely remember this day for years to come. It seems like the kind of relaxing, learning day that makes an impression on the young. And the other neat thing is that they will think they remember doing it lots of times!
    And you got what you needed out of the time too: bargains, breathers and brio!

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