Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Days and Birthdays

We have finally gotten a little bit of snow here in the past week or so.  Last week, we mostly had ice, but today the snow came down most of the morning and was so pretty, even though it was probably only about 1 1/2 inches or so.  Snow days are always so much fun.  We don't get them very often here in the south, so I always enjoy the few that we do have.

Since I am not teaching right now, I don't have the quite same excitement as I do when I get an unexpected snow day off during the school year.   That is one of the best benefits of being a teacher!


Sadly, our school district didn't cancel school today.  I guess the roads weren't so bad that buses couldn't run.  Ashley called me early this morning and told me how sad she and her kids were that they had to go to school when it was snowing.  They sure did look cute though!


I also thought about my class and how wiggly and wound up they probably were going to be today when they could look at the window and see all the snow and feel like they were missing all the fun. We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow night, so maybe school will be closed on Thursday!

I have missed my class so much.  I am still tutoring one of my students, and I love doing that.  And, I had a hot chocolate date at Barnes & Noble this past week with two of the sweet little girls who were in my class.  We had the best time chatting and catching up together.  I love them.


We had a busy and fun weekend.  Caroline turned two on Friday and David turned four on Sunday.  On Friday, Lindy and I met Ashley and the kids at the mall for a little birthday fun.  We went to the Disney Store and got Chick Fil A.  That is a great day for them! :)




David's friend party was on Saturday at Sports Connection.  He had the best time running around with his friends--bowling and jumping in bouncy houses and being loud and rowdy!




and we had fun helping with Will and Caroline.


We were supposed to have a family party on Sunday, but Caroline got sick so it was cancelled, but we took our gifts over anyway!  I can't believe how quickly those two sweeties are growing.  I love them both so much!

Since I have been home, I have trying to read more.  I think I told you I am reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  I am almost done with that one.  I also just got the Audible app on my phone, so I can listen to books while I am cleaning the house or driving somewhere.  I am currently listening to Lessons From Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott.


I saw it recommended on Mix and Match Family blog on her February book review and thought I would like it.  I am about  half way through and I love it!!  It has lots of tips on how to live well and live in a way that requires you to be your best self in all kinds of ways.  Really good!  Plus, it's fun to hear about how people conduct their day-to-day lives in Paris.  You know how much I love to travel. I have been to Paris several times and I am always so interested in the way people live around the world.  I guess that's why this book appeals to me so much.

Jennifer L. Scott also has a blog that I found called The Daily Connoisseur.  Plus she has a YouTube Channel!


She is such a cute girl with tons of great ideas for anything from fashion & fitness to make up to great books to home and garden to etiquette tips.  Her high standards and old-fashioned values are refreshing to me.  I love finding fun YouTube channels!

And, I think Audible is going to be my new best friend.  Wow.  I can get so many more books "read" when I can listen while doing other things.

Before I go, I thought I would give you an update on my mom.  You probably already know that she has ALS and that I took a leave of absence from teaching to be available to help her as much as I could.  I have set aside Tuesdays as my day to go over and do whatever she needs me to do.  Lately, I have been helping her file all of her medical paperwork and insurance information.  Each Tuesday I usually take over something for her and my dad to have for dinner.  I have taken them chicken spaghetti, lasagna, poppy seed chicken, chili, and sausage corn chowder.  Tomorrow I am planning on bringing Green Chile White Sauce Beef Enchiladas.  I have never made this before, so I am hoping it will be good.  Eat Cake For Dinner is one of my favorite cooking websites and everything I have made from there has been good!

*I have since tried the recipe for Green Chile White Sauce Beef Enchiladas.  I have to be honest and say that I thought it was just "okay".  The beef mixture was a little bland and dry for me.  So, I added a package of taco seasoning and a can of tomato sauce!  I also added a can of Ro-tel tomatoes to the green chile white sauce.  That added so much flavor.  You can never go wrong with a can of Ro-tel in my opinion!  After making those changes, I liked the recipe much better,

Anyway...my mom is doing pretty well for the moment.  She is still losing weight and has gotten very thin, so she will be getting a feeding tube next week to supplement her calories.  She will still be able to eat as long as she is able to, but this will help her put some weight back on and help her gain some strength back.  She is very weak and gets tired easily.  So, please pray for her next Wednesday.  It is always risky to have surgery when your lungs are compromised, so please just pray for strength for her to get through that.

Thank you blog friends!  I hope you are staying warm wherever you are!


4 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Audible. I have to check that out. You're such a good daughter! Praying for your Mom .... especially next Wednesday!

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  2. I am praying for your sweet mom and your family. He holds each one in His palm. I live in Mt.Holly and have enjoyed your blog so much over the past years-we have taken many of your local recommendations! :)

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  3. Betsy, My wife, Nancy, and I are at Briarlake. We were in your Mom's SS class when they were here. We love them both so much and still miss them. Your Mom and Dad are on our prayer list and we lift them up in prayer during our quite time. Thank you so much for the updates on her condition.
    Ralph Pressley

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  4. Betsy, My wife, Nancy, and I are at Briarlake. We were in your Mom's SS class when they were here. We love them both so much and still miss them. Your Mom and Dad are on our prayer list and we lift them up in prayer during our quite time. Thank you so much for the updates on her condition.
    Ralph Pressley

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