New Blog

Hello blogging friends. Yes, I know I fell off the face of the earth again. Many of you follow me on I/G and know I didn’t totally disappear. I have been sharing lots of cooking, photos of the family and just things going on in life. You can find me at @lorif_my_life

With the chaos and craziness that Covid-19 has brought to everyone, I decided to start blogging again. But this time it is VERY different. I have created a blog for families who have preK kiddos. I wanted to create a place where they could go and find activities to do with their child at home. These activities are learning and play based. They use items you will find in your own home. I post a different post each day.

  • Sunday- new topic and books to read
  • Monday- Math
  • Tuesday- topic activity
  • Wednesday- Word work/writing
  • Thursday- phonemic awareness
  • Friday- Fun activity
  • Saturday- Family activity

Feel free to check out this blog if it would help you, or you know of other people it would help. We need to find ways to help others… and this is my way. https://mydayinprek.wordpress.com/

you can also follow me on I/G with these activities @mydayinpre_k

Stay safe, hunker down and keep up the positive!

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The countdown is on

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It’s Thursday! The boys have their tech rehearsal today for their show this weekend. Friday is their last day before spring break. I have to work Monday and then I’m off on my spring break.

I’m so ready for some time off of craziness. I’m ready to turn off the alarms and sleep in. I’m ready to do some family things.

When we go back on Tuesday, April 23rd it will be full speed ahead. The boys will jump right into state testing. I will be on the final countdown to our last day/graduation.

This school year has had some times that were really slow, but on the whole it has moved rather quickly.


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Driving in the snow

Yesterday we were having temperatures in the 50s…. today it snowed all day. Got to love a 20+ swing in degrees in less than 24 hours.

Yesterday during the morning the weather was really nice. We even got outside for recess. The children were so excited to go out and play on the playground. Then around dinner time the weather decided to go from warm and sunny to crazy windy and thunder and lightning. It poured and poured. We even had some hail.

This morning we woke up and the world was white. The snow this morning when Richard was leaving for work was huge fluffy flakes. It was good snowman snow. The roads were clear and it was barley sticking. Well between the time Richard left and the time I was getting ready to leave, the snow changed.

When I left the wind was whipping. The snow was a mix of frozen rain and tiny snowflakes. AND, it was sticking to the road. It was slick. I travel down a fairly well traveled road, but it is pretty much a roller coaster ride. Up, down, around a bend and back again. That is my daily drive. I often can drive this at 40mph but today I was traveling around 20mph and there were times were that felt fast.

When I got to work, later than normal, I said something about the roads. She looked at me like I was crazy. When she drove to work it hadn’t even started snowing. She had to run out to her car and get something and came back into my classroom. She said she felt that I was that FL girl who didn’t know how to drive in the snow and that it wouldn’t have been bad. Then she saw what the snow looked like and remembered the road that I drove on to get to work.

Ok, so I lived 17 years in FL, but I learned to drive in the snow. I still don’t like it. I took off my gloves, so to hold onto the steering wheel. I felt like I put on my blinders and focused on driving. I don’t know that I remember what was on the radio, but I do remember watching everything around me on the road. This is one part of winter I did not miss living in FL. Oh well…. it is all part of live in the cold north.





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Blogmas– Ugly Christmas Sweater

Today’s topic on Abby’s Blogmas countdown is… The UGLY Christmas Sweater. I am not a fan of this trend. I have never been a fan of Christmas sweaters. Yes, I know I’m a teacher and most teachers have all kinds of holiday get up, but not me. I have a few t-shirts, back in the 90s I had some vests… yep I was that kind of cool. But, I’ve never wanted to wear any kind of garish holiday getup.

Last year, Richard’s work group had an ugly sweater party. First off, I don’t think Richard’s ever owned a sweater in his whole life, ok ok…. he did live in FL for most of his life, but still. He ended up ordering himself TWO different ugly sweaters, but neither was a sweater. They were both t-shirts that looked like sweaters.

I will not be sad if this trend goes away. I say go for it if you love the ugly sweater, but I’ll skip this trend… thank you very much!

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Orientation Day

Today was the day! It was the day when my K-Prep kiddos got the opportunity to see our classroom for the first time. It was also the opportunity for their parents to come in and see where they will be learning and playing.

I had to give the school’s Orientation power point, which meant I was speed talking. I’m also not used to having the children in the room when I have to give these types of presentations to the parents. This meant my voice had to get louder and louder to talk over the children who were working on a quick project in the back of the room.

Oh well… it is done. Onto tomorrow our first day of class. I should have 17 of my 19 students tomorrow, but 3 did not show up today and at least one parent told me they will be on vacation next week, of course I totally forgot who that was 3 minutes after they told me. Information overload!

As promised, here are a few pictures of my classroom.




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I will take pictures of my room and share with you. I will get back to sharing stories, recipes, book reviews and so much more. I will be back reading your blogs and enjoying your stories. But, first I need to get all my ducks in a row at work and still maintain a normal life for the boys.

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Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza -post #2

A few weeks ago I posted about our first trip to Anythony’s Coal Fire Pizza (read post here). Typically when I post about restaurants I go to their Facebook site and link my blog post for them to read. This time I just sent them a Facebook message with the link included. This quick Facebook message set off a fun chain reaction.

First I got a reply back from the marketing department, via Facebook. At that time, they thanked me for the post and asked for my address. I expected to get a coupon or gift card as a thank you. The Director of Marketing mailed me a handwritten note. I was impressed that she took the time to write to me and not just send a form letter as I’ve had in the past as a response for a product review.

The second and even more impressive reply I received, was an e-mail from the company’s CEO, Wayne Jones. Yes, you read that correctly the CEO of Anthony’s Coal Fired PIzza e-mailed… ME. He also had read my blog post. He thanked me for my post and talked about a few of the points in my blog post such as Colby wanting to have a pot of meatballs the next time. He also shared the e-mail and post link with the manager of the local Anthony’s.

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Sooooo. On Saturday we were out in Cranberry Townships, going to Costco, and decided to go to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. We did order Colby his pot of meatballs (13 meatballs in a pot that you get to keep! We also ordered to pies (meatball ricotta and plain cheese). We figured we needed to try the meatball ricotta since all four of us LOVE their meatballs. I personally have always enjoyed ricotta on my pizza.

While we were there I asked to speak to the manager, since well I did know his name now thanks to the CEO. When the manager came over I said “Are you Brian Fischer?” “I got your name from Wayne Jones” His response was “That’s the CEO.” Yes sir it is! I then explained who I was and why I was communicating with the CEO of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

We then spent a bit of time talking to the store manager. Mr. Fischer was very kind and well spoken. He addressed both the boys and asked them directly about the food. Richard then asked where Anthony’s originated. Mr. Fisher took the time to share a bit of the back story. It turns out that Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza began in Florida. Anthony was working at his father’s Italian restaurant, Anthony’s Runway 84, in the Ft. Lauderdale area and Miami Dolphin’s Dan Marino often visited the restaurant. Marino would suggest other popular Italian dishes he wished they served at Anthony’s father’s restaurant. Anthony and his father were able to accommodate most with recipes from their own family recipes. When Marino suggested that they add pizza, the idea clicked that it was time for a new restaurant. Anthony knew that the only way to do pizza so it tasted like authentic from Italy pizza was a coal fired grill. They originally planned to build one Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza back in 2002. It has now grown to over 60 locations in 8 states.

In each location they build a coal fired grill in which they fire up not only the pizza pies, but all their dishes. As I mentioned in my previous post they do not have microwaves or freezer, and they only use fresh ingredients. Check out the menu, here.

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The pizza, Blake’s favorite part, has a crispy and yet still chewy crust. With fresh ingredients as topping including homemade sauces (you can see the tomatoes, you know it’s fresh!), the pizza will make you smile. And take Colby’s word for it you HAVE to try the meatballs. Colby tops his with parm cheese, while Richard and I enjoy adding dobs of the fresh ricotta that they serve on the side. Blake enjoys the meatballs too, but he reallllllly likes the fresh focaccia bread that comes with the meatballs.

Mr. Fisher suggested to the boys that they needed to try the wings the next time we head into Anthony’s. I can tell you this, between the tasty food and how much they have gone out of their way to show me, a little known blogger, their appreciation… we will be back again, soon! (Too bad that¬†Uber Eats doesn’t deliver their food to our house, or else we might order even sooner. Oh well… guess it just means I’ll get a chance to talk to Mr Fischer again and hear more of the story).

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Over the years, we have tried to expose the boys to a variety of things.¬† We have exposed them to a variety of sports both on tv (Olympics, pro sports, x-games etc..) as well as going to see sports live (pro soccer, indoor football, college football/baseball/softball/ basketball etc…)

We have introduced them to a variety of literature genres. They read everything from graphic novels to non-fiction to biographies to mysteries. They enjoy finding series of books that they can get wrapped up in characters as well as books they read to learn something new.

We have also expanded their horizons when it comes to music. They have been listening to a wide variety of music since they were children. While they did like listening to Laurie Berkner Band and the Imagination Movers when they were little, they also loved classic rock. If you look at their MP3 players you would find everything from Van Halen, to Weird Al, to Green Day to more popular songs today. There is very little that we do not listen to in the house.

Right now the boys are into listening to musicals. They are big into Hamilton, Sponge Bob the Musical and Wicked. I know that this is spurred on because of their performing in musical theater themselves. We will continue to expose the boys to a variety of musicals. I know we will soon be listening to a lot of Mary Poppins here soon, that is the play they are doing this fall.

We know that the more they are exposed to the better they will be later in life.