Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Has Sprung..... Officially

But Spring has not sprung here in this part of the country. It's still quite cold out and there's still quite a bit of the white stuff still on the ground. It takes a while to melt 90 inches of SNOW!!
Since I last wrote we have had many more snow days. In fact, we are up to 10 now. The word on the street is that we will be going to school two days longer, so into the next week, and the half days we were supposed to have will now be full days. I think we are still waiting on the State to make it official but it's not good. I get that we need to have so many days of school but trust me when I say, after Memorial Day both the students and teachers are DONE and all that's happening is they are preparing for summer. Thankfully I don't have plans yet for that first week out of school but many families do so we'll see what happens.
I have started walking outside again, when possible. The snow/ice has melted off the street and if it's above 30 and not windy I try to walk outside when I can. Yesterday I actually took Zoe with me for the 3 mile loop. She was so happy to get out and see the world again. I really should have taken Charlie but he's so bad on walks, especially if we meet other dogs, it's a hard thing to even think about. Some day soon, promise Charlie.
My cleanse lasted about 6 weeks. I hung in there but I really got tired of drinking that sweet juice after a while. I'm still eating mostly vegatables and organic when I can but I did have a couple pieces of pizza the other night while we were out celebrating Tyler's birthday. I haven't lost any weight but hopefully my organs are all clean and working well. I am only taking 1 medication right now so that's good too.
Speaking of Tyler and his birthday, he turned 29 on Friday. He's still trying to get a better job and recently a friend arranged a meeting with the head of the parks system here and we are hopeful something will come of that meeting. He really needs something else and something that he will be able to work through the summer.
Also since I last wrote, I was able to make a short trip to visit AAQ&B. I took a Friday off and already had Monday and Tuesday so it made for a nice long weekend.
It was pretty chilly while I was there so we didn't get outside too much but we still had fun. Quinn tried ice skating for the first time.
She was very determined. It's nice that the ice rink is right across the street from them so they can get there easily, it's just not cheap since you have to pay for the ice time and also rent skates.
While Amber and Quinn were skating around, Berit and I spent some quality time together.
Not much else is happening around here really. Last weekend we were all invited to a wedding. Our bowling partners, Bill and Judy, hosted their daughter's wedding' We have known the bride since she was a little girl and all the kids grew up together so we all had lots of fun.
Tyler brought Jessica
Scott brought Emily
I've been seeing lots of wild life around the yard lately. I kept seeing just one little deer across the pond. I felt so sorry for her that she was all alone. And would you look at how deep that snow is???
One evening she came right up to the house. She saw me looking at her out the window but didn't sem to care. On another day I did see her with a friend but only the one time.
I've also seen a hawk
an opposum (kinda creepy)
the ducks are back
and bunnies eating with birds
It's a regular wildlife refuge out there!!
I guess that's it for the updates. We are all just really waiting for spring to actually arrive. Real spring temperatures, no snow, birds, green grass, flowers growing, trees budding, and all that spring-type stuff. In the meantime we are also patiently waiting for our little sweeties to pay another visit.
These were Berit's 7 month pics. She's getting so big! She will be 8 months old in a couple days.
At least it's Spring somewhere! At least it was on this day! Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Deep in Winter...

We are deep into winter. Christmas and the prep for it have come and gone. My two readers already know most of what's been happening but here's the update.
We've cut down quite a few trees. Some were dangerously close to the neighbor's roof line, some were too close to our deck, some blocked too much sun from our deck in summer and others were removed so that I can possibly have a small garden in the back yard now that I've decided to give up the plot at the Community Garden.
We've had ice storms, snow storms and below 0 freezing temperatures and days off from school that come with it. I am currently on day 3 (Friday, Monday & Tuesday) and had 3 other days before that, including the Friday before Christmas break. My paycheck is taking quite a hit! This has been the coldest and snowiest January in Michigan's recorded history.
Charlie enjoyed his gift but unfortunately, this one was thrown away about 30 minutes later when he had ripped it and removed most of the stuffing. A couple days after Christmas Amber, Andy and the girls joined us for our second Christmas. It was just as exciting and maybe moreso than the first since Quinn had a ball opening and playing with her presents. Kids bring so much joy to the day.
Even though Q didn't get a real puppy, this one was the next best thing. Nothing compares to Charlie though. She spent lots of time reading to him and playing music for him. You can see he's enthralled.
There was sledding, visiting, reading, eating, baby holding, all kinds of family fun.
We even made time for a family portrait!
Love it!
All too soon it was over, New Year's day they all left and it was sooooo quiet and we missed them.
And before we knew it we were back to school and work and it was very cold and life goes on.
Instead of New Year's resolutions I made a couple goals. One was to get off of my medications. Toward that end I went to see a holistic medicine lady and I'm currently on day 4 of a liver cleanse. It's hard. I drink these healthy shakes 3 times a day and eat only certain veggies and fruit. No protein (except beans) and no carbs. It's hard. I was super hungry for a few days. Today is better. We'll see how it goes. I'm going for at least 7 days and 14 is my end goal.
I'm also up to my neck in planning a Leader in Me Parent Night. It's scheduled for this Thursday night and these snow days are not helping me bring the plan to fruition. I'm really hoping we have school tomorrow so everyone can get done what they need to get done before Thursday night! It's our first time opening our school and showing people what we've been learning and teaching so I'm hoping for success!
This guy has been visiting the wood pile often. This isn't the best picture of him but he's a beauty. Watch out little sparrows!!
And while it's very cold here today, bitter cold, too cold for school, at least the sun is out. That's a bonus, right? It's either been very gray or very cold. At this moment it's hard to convince myself that "spring" is only a couple months away.
Hurry Spring!