We had a marvelous time in Gulf Shores, bright, sunshiny days, clear, starry nights with a full moon glistening on the ocean. And then, a return to reality and dark, gloomy French Lick; my psyche may not survive the trauma. By 9:00 AM Saturday morning I had spoken to 5 parents, a law officer and a trucker with 336 flats of Florida strawberries flying north for me. Needless to say, I'm back. I'm cherishing my memories of warm breezes though; I wrapped them in a turquoise box, tied it with a pink ribbon and hid it from the world. I'll take it out whenever I'm desperate.
Apparently the trip did me good; my mom says I look 15 years younger. It is the tan, of course and the 16 pounds I've dropped. But it felt great to hear her say it. Fifteen years, wow, I'm still old enough to be Anna and Kirstie's mother, hehe.
Speaking of the young, you are moving in with David? When did we vote on this? Just because we approve of him, doesn't mean he can move in. I suppose he does meet all the requirements; he loves Anna and he'll make pretty babies. OK, he's in. House hunting, how fun, I wish I could help. Janelle's would be a great place for you, another goose close by. Is that far from Crawfordsville? I'm still location challenged by your area.
Alison's break sounds great, I always loved fence building with my boys, too. Work facilitates the best conversations, everyone seems so earnest and intent of doing a good job. I can only imagine the treasures the guys found along the road, Al. Scary. When is your next long break? We are just considering year-round school and I want to be well-informed on the dynamics. I am wondering about the athletic seasons and how they are managed.
What does Lady Avery think of her new cousin, Janelle? Does she look as much like Joey as Lady A did? It is great that there were no complications with this one. I bet Avery looks grown up now compared to the new one. When our Stephen was born, my little brother Robbie was a year old and seemed to grow ovenight into a real toddler. I cried for a week. Stephen soon caught up and passed him though. I hope these little ones will be close; cousins are great friends.
Poor Angela, why do some trips turn into roads to hell? At least tears still work on gentlemen. I once took my 3 to see my brother's family in Kentucky and had 2 flats on the way and the air-conditioner blew up on the way home. Ah, the good old days. I'm sure Abbie will handle the braces well AND the mean girls and their hateful comments. Her real friends will stand up for her, even at their young age. Abbie is still the same strong, outgoing, imaginative fairy princess she was before, she will be OK. She will mirror your acceptance, Angela, show her grace and determination. :-). Prayers and love, Lila.
Like Angela, I cannot believe break is over and tomorrow is the beginning of the last grading period. I've been a school all afternoon selling berries in the rain and then to Trent and Nina's for supper. My kids are so good, they know how much work these sales are for me. Little Gavin could not believe I didn't bring sand back from Alabama. He knows there is lots there, he said. He had to settle for trunks and tee shirts.
I have ordered a new program for an inservice. It is "No Complaints". All about making the changes in your school rather than bitching about them. I swear the staff needs something motivating, so I ordered the guidebook and bracelets. I'll hit the students if it works on the adults.
Prepare for a crazy week, Gaggle; everyone will be spastic after 13 days away. Take care. Hedy (the bronzed and beautiful version).