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Taking one day at a time...

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  • Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Treat...

    Baked rainbow Swiss chard chips! So yummy! And, yes, that's my treat today. 

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Wet...

     

    I miss the summer already, but not because of the weather.
    Fall has taken on a whole new meaning for me. 

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    Hair...


    I like black and white photos of me. You can't tell how much gray hair I have.

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Just For You...


    My Livie, scrunching up her nose on purpose...just for me. My mini-me.

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Peaceful...


    Such a peaceful moment for the four of them... 

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    Depth of Field...


    One of my favorite pictures...

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Welcome...

    Best...Welcome...Mat...EVER!
    Courtesy of the Northwoods of Wisconsin!

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Dark...


    I drive to work everyday while it's still dark outside.
    I like it and I don't know why. I love that my day starts so early.  

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    My Mood Today...


    Some days are diamonds; some days are stones.
    Today is one great big rock.

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Change...


    I've been feeling very blue lately. The first anniversary of my father's death is coming up and I just can't get out of this funk. The sadness is incredible, more than I ever could have fathomed.

    I put a pot of water on the stove and filled it with orange rinds, cinnamon, and fresh rosemary from my garden.  For some reason, I knew my Dad would have loved that. The smell of it wafted throughout my house and reminded me of my Dad in a way; it changed my thoughts to good ones. To me, it was comforting and it soothed my funk, even if only for a short while. 

    I miss him so much...

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    Then & Now...

    Leia and Liesl as teeny tiny babies...

    
     Leia and Liesl at 4 years old...
     
    How fast the time has passed!  Such beauties!

    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Open...

    Liesl and Leia, opening presents at their birthday party...a flurry of wrapping paper and ribbons... Such joy!

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    A Good Day...


    Next week's lesson plans...DONE!
    That means it'll be a good day and a good weekend! Huzzah!

    Friday, October 18, 2013

    Still...

    When visiting a budgie house, you must stay very still if you want the birds to eat off of your birdseed-covered popsicle stick. Just ask Liv, our budgie house expert!

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    First World Problem...



    I have to figure out what I'm going to do with all of these cherry tomatoes. I picked over 600 of these this summer from a plant that grew where it was not intentionally planted. Gratefully, this is my biggest dilemma at the moment.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    Leafy...

    This is Liv.  Leafy is her nickname. 

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Secret...


    Twins...they have a secret bond the rest of us don't.  Bitterest rivals and best of friends forever...  
    Their secret is something we'll never, ever be able to understand unless we've been in the womb with someone else. They've known each other since conception and they'll always jockey for position, yet the secret bond between them is unbreakable and as sacred as they come. Twins...absolutely amazing and incredible!

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Favorite Space...


    In the woods, far away from everyday life, with my family, taking all of nature in,
    and breathing fresh, clean air...

    Sunday, October 13, 2013

    Watching...


    This is the clock in my classroom. I watched it intently on Friday. 
    I love three-day weekends!

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Below...


    I've assigned a 200-point research paper. Anything below 119 is an "F." 
    I live an exciting life.  Sigh...

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    M is for...

    Mama!

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Hands...


    My little Liesl, asleep on the couch with a fever...her beautiful face resting on her tiny hands.  
    My poor baby!

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    Pink...

    I had to borrow this Sharpie from a student to be able to take this pic. Heh.
    If you know me, you know damn well I don't own anything pink!

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    The Beans...

    Java Beans is 10 years old today!
    Happy Birthday, Java Beans! We love you so much!

    Corner...


    This is the corner of my counter-height dining room table.
    Knock on wood. No one's head has hit it yet. 

    Monday, October 07, 2013

    What I Saw Today...

    A clean floor...after Liesl and Leia's 4th birthday party yesterday. Heh.

    Sunday, October 06, 2013

    8 O'Clock...

    Three out of four of my kids are in bed and one is watching her favorite shows.
    It's time for Mama to relax...

    Saturday, October 05, 2013

    Afternoon...

    A typical Saturday afternoon at Grandma's house... The kids LIVE for this!

    Friday, October 04, 2013

    Four...

    Leia and Liesl are four years old today!
    I still can't believe how lucky I am to be their Mom.
     
    They may be twins, but they are as different as night and day.  They will be best friends for the rest of their lives.  I am proud of them every single day.  They love each other, they fight with each other, they make up.  At the end of the day, they go to sleep knowing they are loved by the other.
     
    What more can we ask for?  They have completed our family and we are so fortunate to have all of this love in our home.
     
    Happy 4th Birthday, Leia and Liesl!  We love you so very, very much!


    In Motion...


    Water...constantly in motion, carving rocks with its persistence. There is a certain unmatched serenity you get when you're surrounded by nature. 

    Vacation is so, so far off.  Sigh...

    Thursday, October 03, 2013

    Me Today...

    Two things about this photo:

    1.  I'm wearing my new hiking shoes. Yes, I know this is Chicago and there is no hiking here. Howevah, it's the only shoe that works for my foot. Ever since I injured it last May, I'm in constant pain. So, hiking shoes are my new norm.

    2.  See that scrape on my leg? It hurts like a thousand paper cuts. I was picking tomatoes and I fell on one of my lava rock planters in the yard. Not fun, especially because it took forever to stop the bleeding.

    This is me today. Jealous? I bet not.

    Wednesday, October 02, 2013

    Light...


    Have I ever told you how much I hate the fluorescent lights in my classroom?
    It's like being in a fitting room all day long. 

    Tuesday, October 01, 2013

    Something Colorful...

    I'm bored, so I'm going to do a photo-a-day challenge this month.

    My "something colorful" picture is of Liv's backpack.
    She loves it and if she could sleep with it, she would!