Summer has ended, What a ride

As I write this we have completed 4 days of school already.  I really intended to write more often this summer but so much has happened.  Yes, you already knew that my youngest was graduating from high school and would be off to college this fall, but oh my what a ride this summer has been.

The first weekend after graduation both Kurt and Kristen were scheduled to receive awards in the Des Moines/Ames area.  We left on Friday so that Kurt could be inducted into the Iowa Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Honor.

Then on Sunday Kristen received one of the state 4-H scholarships.  Cool side note here, her older cousin received that same scholarship 2 years before.

Sarah and I were thrilled to be along for the ride and a chance to leave home for a couple of days.

June also saw Kristen traveling to Mexico on a cruise ship with the high school band, orientation at Luther for her freshman year and then ended with the state youth conference sponsored by 4-H.  As a state council member she was in on the planning stages of this conference and had a blast.  I know that she is going to miss her year on the state 4-H youth council and has made many friends and memories that will be with her forever.

July brought the county fairs.  First up was our county fair.  Kristen had a good showing at the fair for her final year in 4-H, ended up the overall pet champion, and was selected to represent Clinton County at the state fair in 4 different areas of communications.  She was also named Reserve Outstanding Senior exhibitor.  But then there was also this little surprise,

We had no idea that she would be named the 2019 County Fair Queen.  For the past couple of years, our fair has gone with the oldest girl, wanting someone older to represent them at the state fair.  Kristen was just hoping for Princess.  Fair week just got a tad bit busier and plans would now have to be changed for working the State Fair.  Kristen had interviewed and received one of the paying positions for the 4-H building at the state fair.  Now, she would miss a total of 5 days, 2 set up days and then the first 3 days at the fair.

July ended with Kristen and I working the Jackson County Fair, something we enjoy doing.  We have met many people by working this fair.  It is also fun to be on a different side of the fair.

The beginning of August saw me traveling to Ames for Eng-Camp.  A one day professional development for English Teachers hosted by the ICTE.  I enjoyed myself at this camp and plan on returning next year.  After this is when August becomes just a tad bit crazy.  Kristen came home from camp and then had to pack for two weeks at the Iowa State Fair.  The fun part was she had to pack at a paid employee, a 4-H’er involved in communications and as a fair queen.  I am so thankful that Sarah made the trip with me on the 6th to take Kristen out to the Youth Inn and check her in, Sarah then went with me again on the 7th to pick her up from the 4-H side of things and take her to the fair queen side of things.  What an awesome experience Kristen had and so many wonderful girls that she met.  There were 101 fair queens all vying to be the State Fair Queen.  Kristen didn’t really want to be the state fair queen as she would have had to give up her 4-H stuff and this was her last year at the state fair as a 4-Her.

Kurt, Sarah and I went out to the state fair for the queen crowning.  This was fun as it was Kurt’s first trip to the state fair since he was in high school.  Not only had it been awhile since he was at the state fair, he was able to see a totally different part of the fair then what he had seen when he was showing cattle.

While she missed her fair queen friends, Kristen was excited to get back into the 4-H part of the fair.  She moved back into the Youth Inn right away Saturday night and began working at 8 AM Sunday morning.  During this final week, Kristen also competed in Educational Presentation, Working Exhibits, Share the Fun and Extemporaneous speaking.  All but Share the Fun is judged at this level and Kristen earned a Seal of Merit for all 3 areas.  What a way to end her 4-H career.

I of course had to go back to work and missed 3 out her last 4 performances.  The school year was getting ready to begin and of course we had meetings on that Wednesday and Thursday.  I managed to make it to the state fair about 60 minutes after she had finished her share the fun.  Kristen chose to sing and tap dance to “Forget About the Boy” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.  A friend went out with me to the state fair so that I would have some company walking around the fair.  She had been there a couple of times when she was younger so this was like showing someone the fair that had never been there.

At last we were able to come home.  Now it was time to pack up and get ready for College for Kristen and to finish getting ready for the school year for me.

This year I needed the school year to happen so that I could get rested up from the summer.  I am tired just thinking about my summer.

Now that my husband and I are almost empty nester’s and I spend most nights home by myself until he gets home, I am going to try and write more often.  My goal is going to be blogging every Tuesday for sure.  Once I get into this habit, I hope to add another day or two.  Hoping everyone had a great summer and that you are now preparing for the school year/fall season etc.

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Not Done, but it is Okay

I had a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish before Kristen’s graduation and party.  Here is an update on how I am doing.  I didn’t come close to finishing everything, especially the scrapbooks/photo albums.  But you know what, that is okay.  We will put out what I have done and the rest of it will wait.  I will be able to finish these albums up during the summer and next school year.  I am sure that her party will still be okay. Because of course, it isn’t about having the perfect party, but instead about the family and friends that come to help us celebrate.

  1. Guest sign in book
  2. Card box
  3. Drama album
  4. Volleyball album
  5. Basketball album
  6. Freshman album
  7. Sophomore album
  8. Junior album
  9. Senior album
  10. Baby album
  11. Preschool album
  12. grade school albums
  13. Middle school albums
  14. Baby album
  15. Preschool album
  16. 300 mints made (Kristen can do this while on break)  March 27
  17. Congrats banner
  18. Cards for her and all of the other friends graduating
  19. Early years display board (Kristen can work on)
  20. Kindergarten-8th-grade display board (Kristen can work on)
  21. High school display board (Kristen can work on)
  22. 4-H display board (Kristen can work on)
  23. Brownie Mortar board cakes
  24. Open house invitation designed (will order mid-April)
  25. Guest List created (Kristen can do this while on break this week.)
  26. Senior Picture book made and ordered
  27. I’m done and I’m starting posters made for the photo shoot.  April 4
  28. Party Signs April 4
    1. Instagram
    2. Leave advice
    3. address an envelope

Crossing them off

After making it halfway through my spring break week, I am able to cross off a few things from my Graduation To Do list that was posted earlier.

  1. Guest sign in book
  2. Card box
  3. Drama album
  4. Volleyball album
  5. Basketball album
  6. Freshman album
  7. Sophomore album
  8. Junior album
  9. Senior album
  10. Baby album
  11. Preschool album
  12. grade school albums
  13. Middle school albums
  14. Baby album
  15. Preschool album
  16. 300 mints made (Kristen can do this while on break)  March 27
  17. Congrats banner
  18. Cards for her and all of the other friends graduating
  19. Early years display board (Kristen can work on)
  20. Kindergarten-8th-grade display board (Kristen can work on)
  21. High school display board (Kristen can work on)
  22. 4-H display board (Kristen can work on)
  23. Brownie Mortar board cakes
  24. Open house invitation designed (will order mid-April)
  25. Guest List created (Kristen can do this while on break this week.)
  26. Senior Picture book made and ordered
  27. I’m done and I’m starting posters made for the photo shoot.  April 4
  28. Party Signs April 4
    1. Instagram
    2. Leave advice
    3. address an envelope

 

 

I am making progress, just not as fast as I wanted to this week.  Instead, I have spent some time cleaning and organizing my many things including my craft room.  Nothing like not being able to find something that helps you decide to clean something.

I have also spent time diffusing oils in an effort to get completely over this respiratory crud that my family has been fighting.   I am finally feeling about 95%.

Today

Today is the end of March, which means it is also the end of the SOL challenge.  It is also the end of Lent as Easter is tomorrow.  I am hoping that it is the end of me fighting illness also since I am finally starting to feel better.

Today, with Kristen’s help, I was able to do all of the prep for Easter dinner.  Now all I have to do is come home from church and throw everything into the oven.  Should be a delicious meal, party potatoes, ham, freshly baked rolls, a small relish tray, and sweet and sour green beans with bacon.  Finally, strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Easter baskets are packed and ready to be placed on the table tomorrow before lunch.

I even managed to salvage a little crafting time for the month.  Almost finished with Kristen’s drama album  Hopefully, I will be able to get that finished tomorrow except for the last page.  Waiting for the picture of the Final Bow as I want that to be her last page.

Now time to get supper so that we can eat, clean up, and get to bed early.

 

 

So many topics

There are so many topics that I really want to write about, maybe even topics that I need to write about to get them off of my chest.  Sadly, however, I always have to think about what I am writing about and who may be reading this blog.  Seems like you always have to worry about not hurting someone’s feelings, or making someone mad with what you say. We encourage our students to write about whatever is on their mind, assuring them that unless what they are talking about is harmful to them or others, what they write about is just between them and us, their teacher.  Maybe everyone should keep a private journal or diary where they can these thoughts without having to worry about who sees what you write and how that will affect them.

 

Made it

At 3:00 today, Spring break finally began.  This has been the longest school year.  Something about getting sick and struggling to even care this month.  Hopefully, by the time we go back in 10 days, I will be back to 100% and have the energy and desire to finish the school year.

A little cleaning

For some reason, our refrigerator is always packed full, to the point where it is difficult to find a place to put new items.  Know that I would need refrigerator space on Saturday as I prepped for Easter dinner, I asked my oldest to clean out the refrigerator today when she came home from work.  Thankfully she was more than willing to do this.  I came home to find a counter full of plastic food containers covered with bits of different colored green stuff along with other foodstuff stuck to the sides.  The kitchen garbage was also cleaned out (a bag full of science experiments that needed to be taken to the garbage in the garage in anticipation of a trip to the street next week.  Even with all of the old green former foodstuff cleaned out the refrigerator is still quite full.  Might be time to look into a second refrigerator for the basement.  Then I will have space for even more science experiments.