Wednesday, December 13, 2017


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This has been a nice week so far. I feel like it has been calm and under control and productive. I've finished my school work and my lesson plans are in place until break, our meals were planned so there has been no guessing when I get home and our gift buying is almost complete. I've tried to get back to the gym before five to start a workout routine again which feels good and I'm beginning to plan our holiday family time. I like holidays like this; calm and bright!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

jumping into a new week...

Busy, busy, busy! Happy, happy, happy! I picked up Graham from school on Thursday for a sleepover which started our weekend off. Two plus year olds are seriously hilarious and I was laughing the entire time as G's imagination is in full force these days. Friday was for some cleaning and then enjoying a morning/afternoon in Geneva with Sarah and Graham. We Christmas shopped and lunched and talked and laughed. Saturday, we wished our Nick a "Happy Birthday" early as he left Bend for some coyote hunting and then I corrected some papers before heading to the city to meet Matt at Old Irving Brewery. A great place for beer and food; we loved it. Later, we were off  to the R's home to visit with our sweet Jenny and babysit our sweet, sweet baby Ava. She is precious. On Sunday, Brian ran errands and enjoyed some down time at his favorite place, Global Brew, while I treated myself to a mani/pedi before grocery shopping, more paper correcting, finishing laundry and cooking. Our weekend was full and I loved each and every minute!
Happy Monday, all!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

happy 28th birthday, dear nick...




Wishing you a day and year of joy and strength and happiness as you continue your new, life adventure. Love and hugs to you today and always...

Friday, December 8, 2017

our little guy...


I picked up Graham from school yesterday and he spent the night. There is nothing more precious than a grandchild. Our evening and morning was more than special and I loved every minute with this little guy.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

love this message to daughters...

I saw this on Facebook and just loved it.  Here you go, Sarah!

Rules For My Daughter(s)
1. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.
2. Say Thank You for every act of hospitality.
3. Travel light through life. Keep only what you need.
4. Put cinnamon & nutmeg in your coffee.
5. It’s okay to cry when you’re hurt. It’s also okay to smash things; but, wash your face, clean your mess, and get up off the floor when you’re done. You don’t belong down there.
7. Seek out the people and places that resonate with your soul.
8. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
9. 5-second rule. It’s just dirt. There are worse things in a fast food cheeseburger.
10. Happiness is not a permanent state. Wholeness is. Don’t confuse these.
11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack your bag.
12. Never walk through an alley.
13. Be less sugar, more spice, and only as much nice as you’re able to without compromising yourself.
14. "Can’t" is a cop-out. "Don’t want to" is perfectly acceptable.
15. Hold your heroes to a high standard. Be your own hero.
16. If you can’t smile with your eyes, don’t smile. Insincerity is nothing to aspire to.
17. Never lie to yourself.
18. Your body, your rules.
19. If you have an opinion, you better know why.
20. Study your curiosities and practice your passions.
21. Ask for what you want.
22. Wish on stars and dandelions, then get to work.
23. Don’t skimp on good sheets.
24. Fall in love often. Particularly with ideas, art, music, literature, food, and far-off places.
25. Fall hard and forever in love with nothing but yourself.
26. Say please, thank you, and pardon me, whenever the situation warrants it.
27. Reserve I’m sorry for when you truly are.
28. Naps are for grown-ups, too.
29. Question everything except your own intuition.
30. Ask yourself if this is the best that you can do, if not, do better.
31. You have enough. You are enough.
Copy and paste. Post a picture of your daughter/daughters.

Monday, December 4, 2017

week prep...

Spicy Black Bean Soup Recipe
Photo belongs to Dine and Dish

Brian and I did a great job prepping our meals for the week on Sunday. We made burgers and a meat loaf and decided on vegetables to go with our meals. (Brian looks a bit pale from radiation so I want to incorporate some more "power foods" into our diet.) This morning, I found this soup recipe and decided to make it tonight to have later in the week for dinner and for my lunches. How easy is this?
Spicy Black Bean Soup via Dine and Dish

a nice sunday...


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We "seized sunday" and got an early start which is a good thing when I have school work. Seriously, if that does not happen, I don't get work done over the weekend which is okay sometimes, but it makes the upcoming week longer. That being said, I graded and we went to pick up some "power food" as we need to start some "power food eating" to keep my guy strong. Lunch was enjoyed by us with G and his mom at McNally's before we all headed home for napping, which did not happen, a walk, making bread, prepping dinner, two of us working and one of us playing. It was a really relaxing day!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

what's up this weekend...


I'm cleaning and putting the final touches on my Christmas decorations today. We're also making our meal plan for the week as I did much better cooking this week compared to last week and running to Binney's. Correcting papers and ordering Nick's birthday gift and working on buying my last family gift for the holiday will also happen. Enjoy this amazing weather on our first weekend of December. It is going to end by mid-week!

Friday, December 1, 2017



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it's here...


Can you even believe that December is here? Wow...this has been an amazing year filled with mostly highs and some lows. That is life, isn't it. Let's see...

  • January...Jenny celebrated another year.
  • February...Graham and Chris celebrated birthdays and Nick moved to Oregon on our 37th anniversary .
  • March...We "showered" Jenny!
  • April... Ava Jane arrived!
  • May...I turned 60 and Nick had a bit of a set back.
  • June...Brian and I ventured out west to see where our youngest lives and Sarah celebrated a birthday.
  • July...Jenny and Matt celebrated two years.
  • August...I started my last year of official work and the H's celebrated seven years.
  • September...mmmm! All I can remember is 11 hour days at work.
  • October..Ava was baptized on Brian's birthday.
  • November...Matt celebrated his special day, Jenny and Matt went on a cruise and we gathered at the H's for a wonderful Thanksgiving. Brian was diagnosed.
  • December...Let's see what is to come!











Wednesday, November 29, 2017

looking forward to friday...

Friends that Nick ran into while hunting last Sunday!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

my oregon friends received their gifts...






...and I am so happy it made them smile. That is why you do nice things for people who are good; to bring them joy!

Monday, November 27, 2017

ready to climb into a new week...

Photo courtesy of Nick
Hunting on a Sunday in Oregon

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

day one is over...





Although a little thrown off by the experience, my husband made it through "Day One" of radiation. I'm thinking that this week will be the hardest until it becomes more a part of Brian's routine; that sounds scary, doesn't it? Radiation is not suppose to be a part of a person's daily routine but it is for us now. We will continue to move on and deal with what comes our way, one day at a time. That's all one can do, right?

Monday, November 20, 2017





As this Thanksgiving week begins, we begin the next step in our journey; radiation starts to day for my husband. I am so thankful for him and for all the love he shows me and his children and their significant others and his grandchildren. He is a good man and I want him to get through this with little side effects so we can move on. Wishing him strength today and always!

Friday, November 17, 2017

smile, it's friday...


I'm happy Friday is here. Brian and I were making our weekend and Thanksgiving Day week plans last night which was fun. It looks like it is going to be our usual Saturday, which is fine with me. We're driving up to Wisconsin for lunch with my parents on Sunday and Monday is a killer for both of us. Brian starts radiation; the unknown is scary, and it is a 12 hour day for me; conferences are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  I just need to make it until noon at work on Tuesday before I get to enjoy a few days off. T.G.I.F. all!
(Photo courtesy of Matt! This was taken when mommy and Ava were reunited after the cruise. Look at the joy in both of their eyes! Precious!)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

still under the weather...


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I am still under the weather....Yuck! Today will be another DayQuil/Apple Cider Vinegar Day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

one special lady...




Her heart is soooo big and Sarah is kind and patient and thoughtful and giving and loving. I can't even begin to explain how much I love my daughter.

Monday, November 13, 2017

ready to tackle the week...

Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Outdoor Ed, 2017


Friday, November 10, 2017

looking forward to the weekend...



Whew! Another week of ups and downs, but we made it through. I think my husband and I are getting really good at dealing with his diagnosis and all that comes with it...sadness and worry and worry and worry and worry. It feels good that the starting tests are over and radiation will begin in ten days. Okay, that being said, yesterday at work I spend all of my free time getting things organized in my work world which needed to be done. The day field trip that we took two weeks ago consumed my time so now I get to move forward with less demanding tasks. Today is for teaching and updating my Student Data Log and then home to start the weekend.
Happy Friday, all!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

is there someone you don't know that you are thankful for...


I have a family that I am thankful for and I have never even met this couple. When Nick moved to Oregon, he was instantly taken under the wings of two very beautiful, giving people. D.J. and Michelle are his friends and advisors and mentor. They are good people who have been there for Nick through thick or thin. Nick has often said that he does not know what he would do with out them. As the holiday are here and it is time to thank those that are important in our lives, I am sending these two special people a "thinking of / thank you" gift. It is my hope they will know how much I appreciate them and that my gesture brings a smile to their faces. (As this couple lives on a small ranch and raise chickens and love their dog and the wild and fishing (D.J. makes his own flies!) and all that nature offers, I thought that each would enjoy this little, metal cup. I just love it!!!)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

today is a special day...



Wishing this wonderful man a happy and joyful birthday and year. You are a truly good person and hard worker and an amazing son and friend and husband and dad. We are so proud of you, Matthew!
Enjoy your special day....

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

a big day..


Another big day in our lives..Brian is getting his mapping done so he can start radiation. This is not a fun procedure by any mean, but he is being quite positive. It's not painful; it's just that one who is enduring it cannot be more vulnerable, I might say. Oh well, it is our hope that we will soon move on and get over this next curveball that life has thrown us.