Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Rough Week

I thought this was a great video especially in light of this last week. I haven't been here much. School, as always, keeps me on my toes. Last week I was out three nights to awards functions for my daughters. I am so proud of their accomplishments this year in school. They have worked hard and now they are reaping their just rewards. It was a great week for the kids in both the high school and the middle school. I am glad that week is over.

Last Sunday I got a very upsetting phone call. For the last 2 years my best friend has been battling breast cancer and last Sunday she lost that fight. I can't begin to tell you the grief that I have been dealing with. We were in Girl Scouts together, our children grew up together and our husbands enjoyed spending time with each other. A greater friend I could never find. I have one other friend that I am this close too and now that one is gone I have a great hole in my heart. She was only 43 years old, and left a loving and devoted husband, a 16 year old son, 18 year old daughter (who is going to graduate high school this coming Thursday) and a 20 year old daughter who just got engaged this year. The funeral services were Wednesday night and I don't know when I have cried so much.

Today I opened my blogger page and found this adorable videos of the otters holding hands. As I watched it, I thought of my friend and her husband and children and of our friendship. I thought how we held hands over the last 11 years of our friendship through the good times and the bad and how we always came back together. I thought of her and her husband, that now they would be apart but later in heaven they would be able to hold hands again, and when her children joined her they too would be able to hold their mother's hand.

This is a somber weekend to honor those who lost their lives so we may live in freedom. To also honor those who fought for our freedom to live our precious lives the way we choose to. The next time you see someone in uniform please tell them Thank-you. They will really appreciate it. Also be sure to always tell your family and friends how much they mean to you. You don't know what tomorrow will bring and you might not be here to tell them.

To all my friends and family that read my blog, "I love you with all my heart!"

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Past and present life!

What a great week! I am exhausted but it was fun!!! I will go's eaiser for me....

Friday, my younger daughter had her 8th grade class trip to Sea World in Orlando. The day started out like a normal school day then around 2pm the kids had a pizza party in the cafeteria. By 3pm they boarded the charter buses. She called me around 8pm and was having fun and eating ice cream! I think they left the park around midnight and then she called me around 2:30AM and I had to meet her at the middle school. There were many other sleepy - groggy parents there to pick up their equally sleepy - groggy kids!! But everyone had a good time and that is all that matters!

On Wednesday my older daughter had her JROTC brigade awards ceremony. I got some of my old friends from my JROTC days together too. We were hoping that our old Army instructor would be there as well but he wasn't able to make it. I am so proud of my daughter as she got a medal that night and we presented an award to one of the high schools in the name of our old instructor. Then after it was over we went to dinner. It was so great to see everyone again. This fall in Oct is my 30th class reunion and I can't wait to see my old friends. The group that I was with this week though are more important then the whole class. We spent more time together and had more fun in school than should be allowed. Now we have to figure out how to see each other more often!

On Thursday night we had a showcase of talent at my elementary school. The kids put on a play and they were awesome! I have never been more proud of the kids in our school. There was art work on display as well as the science fair projects. It was a great night and this time I was the teacher and not the parent and it was nice to be on the other side for a change. It was fun watching the parents being dragged around by their kids to see it all.

So today I am just resting, reading some email and learning how to use my new cell phone. It has lots of new features and I am trying to figure it all out. When that doesn't work I just ask my 16 year old and she tells me. LOL...yesterday I went to get my eyes checked out and ordered my new reading glasses. Can't wait for them to come in.

I think I might sew for a while. Big deal you say, but this time I am going to be working on a quilt that was started a few months back and I want to get it done. I did finish 2 quilts last week and still have many more to do but I like getting them done!

Only about 5 more weeks of school and then summer break. I am trying to figure out what I want to do this summer.....I know I will be making some new clothes for school next year and I think I will also really start working on cleaning out my studio and finishing more quilts!

Until next time!!!