Saturday, March 22, 2014

22/31 Celebrating

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Ruth Ayres has created a wonderful spot for sharing moments from your week. She even has  a page to give you all the details you need to know about sharing your own celebrations. So head  on over and see what everyone else is celebrating. 

1. Time with grandkids.
One of things I enjoy the most is time with our grandkids---along---without their parents.  Don't get me wrong, I love their parents, but it's way more fun without them.  We get to enjoy the kids, learn what they like, see their silliness, start their silliness, get lots of cuddle time. And with six grandkids, I like when we just have a couple at a time. Again, just better.

This week my husband and I had the 8 year old twins of our oldest son staying with us.  They were on spring break and mom and dad had no one to watch them.  Semi-retired grandpa to the rescue! Having two young kids in the house definitely changed up our old people routine a bit, but it was fun!

2. Time with mom
We dropped the kids and Chloe off at my sons and headed to a local casino/resort where we will spend a couple of nights with my mom.  Because of speech season and weather, it's been awhile since we've been together, so this will be fun. My son and his family will come out this afternoon to visit with "Grandma Pat" and swim, so it will be a mini family reunion, of sorts.

3. Excellence Rewarded
Also this week, I found out that one of my speech students was selected as an All-State performer. That's exciting news for our team. Thousands of kids across the state perform at Individual districts each year. To be chosen by at least two of your state judges as an outstanding performer is amazing. The kids look forward to a day off from school to go down to the All-State festival and watch their teammate and a few hundred others perform.  I like that they see excellence in action. My kids come back excited to start back up again.

4. Parents and Administration
I won't be able to go with my team to All-State because I will be in New Hampshire visiting a competency based education school (more on that later in the week). A parent, who is also a staff member, volunteered to chaperone the kids down to the festival. I am so grateful for her and the others who stepped up. I'm grateful that the administration team in our district works together and supports all staff and students, not just the ones in their building.  This means my kids won't have to miss out on this great opportunity.

And, that's it for this week.  What did you celebrate?


  1. This post really shows all the many facets of your life. Sounds like you have so much going on and that you're just really enjoying this time in your lives. I know what you mean and really love having my grandchildren without their parents. They can't keep telling me how I'm spoiling them!

  2. It seems you had a very good week, family & student celebrations too. I love having the grandchildren more than an afternoon, & you're right, we do different things when the parents aren't there. Congrats to your student, Deb. That is wonderful news! And have fun with your mom-hope you win a jackpot!

  3. Thanks for sharing the high points of your week. Made me smile. Have a great time with your mom. :)

  4. You get to spend time with all generations. It keeps you young forever.

  5. Helping out seemed to be a thread throughout. Life is good when you live in a community where help is always right there when you need it. Awesome for your student but also awesome you get to go to New Hampshire.

  6. So many things to celebrate and be thankful for. Congrats to your student on being selected to All State and how special that the others get to go cheer her on. Grandkids (parents or not) are always fun. Looking forward to seeing mine on Monday. Have a great visit with your Mom and trip to NH.

  7. What an amazing week! So many things to be thankful for. I hope you are enjoying your time with your mom. Time with a love one is always so fulfilling for the heart.

  8. Sounds like a great spring for you. You'll have to rest up after the grandkids--I know! Wonderful to have a student go so far in speech writing and delivery. It is so good to have support for all your hard work. Your life is rich, Deb.