Last day of April

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Here we are… the last day of April. I will actually tell you that April went by really fast for me. It wasn’t a bad month, it was just a month. I think with the boys having a week off in the middle it made the month feel very chopped up.

Today I kept Colby home from school. He was coughing a lot this morning. I know it is his allergies, but they had another day of state testing. I didn’t want him to be coughing and miserable for not only his sake, but those of his classmates as well. I brought him into work with me. This allowed me to work. Him to have a place to chill out, and get a few more doses of his inhaler during the day.

My students really enjoyed having him in the classroom. He is really good with younger children. He is patient and understand that they need to be challenged at a level that is appropriate. He had fun, but he would not like to be there on a regular basis.

Now this means that he will have to do make up testing another day. It was a math test day. Colby is my laid back, go with the flow kid, so I’m not too worried. Plus, he is a strong math student so I know that he will be fine in any setting taking the test.

I only hope that May brings a month of healthy family members. The pollen as well as the swings in temperatures have been hard on all of us this month. Coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes can go away any day now…. please!

I hope your last day of April was full of sunshine and smiles… if not, well tomorrow is a new month!



April 29th

I am typing this up on my old laptop since my newer laptop was just stripped of everything so it can be shipped off to get fixed! The stupid thing would freeze up all the time. Sometimes it would go into sleep mode and not come out unless you did a hard reboot on it. Other times it would just shut down and not want to turn on. It’s not even a year old. GESH!

But, this means I’m using my older laptop which feels like a monster compared to the one I usually use. Plus my older one’s batter does not hold a charge so it is not portable as it needs to be plugged in to work.

Ahhh yes I know 1st world problems.

Oh on a different note of frustration. Last night I tried again to make scones. Andddd yet again, these became bird food. I give up! I quit! I am not a scone maker. I will just have to enjoy my scones outside the house.

Now I guess this isn’t a bad thing. It’s not like I’m giving up on vegetables or fruits or salad or grilled chicken. I’m giving up on making something I don’t actually need to have or eat. But, that doesn’t mean I’m happy about it.

Now I feel like I should bake something else to prove that I can still bake, it is just that scones are not my forte! But, what?

Enough rumbles and grumbles for one post. It is almost May. The sun is out and the temp is up to 62F (it was 35F when I left for work this morning). I want a nice day so I can wear some of my new shoes. Did I tell you I bought myself new spring shoes? I will have to post pictures soon.


April is almost over

This month has certainly been a month of yo-yo weather. We have had snow. We have had days in the 80s. We had had morning lows in the 20s. We had days full of sunshine and others that we didn’t see the sun at all.

Spring is such a great season. The flowers and trees bud and bloom. The birds return from their winter homes. The grass greens up and so do the weeds. Which bring on allergies. Sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes.

The boys are plugging through state testing and have two more days of testing.

I am on my countdown to the end of the school year.

April is almost over… look out May, here we come

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One more day

I’ve decided that I want to spend today in denial! I do not want to go back to work tomorrow. I have thought very little about work this break. I have certainly found that this position is less stressful and I am able to forget about it for long stretches of time.

I know that I need to spend some time today planning the week ahead. I and heading into the home stretch and there is still a lot to do. But, I have enjoyed the calm and quiet of spring break.

The boys have today off as well and I KNOW they are not ready to go back. But, tomorrow they go back and jump into state testing. They test on Tues, Wed and Fri this week. The school district did not schedule testing on Thurs so that the children could participate in take your child to work day. The boys will head to work with Richard on Thurs.

But, today we all got up at our regular back to work/school times. Richard and I worked out. The boys and I will head to the grocery store today and do a few other things. But, sadly we know that these slower days of break will be over far too soon.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready to get back into the swing of life. I know I’m not!

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Amazing PB Chocolate Chunk Cookies– updated!

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So, yesterday I decided that I wanted to bake. A while ago I posted about this pb cookie recipe. I got the recipe from Colby. He had to type up a recipe for keyboarding class. The first time we made them in a 9×13 pan and I made it exactly to the recipe. This time… I made actual cookies and I tweaked it.

This recipe was brought back to mind recently when Maureen at Maureen Gets Around, posted it on her list of “to make” recipes!

Amazing PB choc chip cookie (updated)

  • 1.5 c. flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4.5 Tbsp butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. whisk flour, powdered pb, salt and baking soda
  3. cream pb, butter and sugars
  4. add eggs and vanilla
  5. add flour mixture
  6. stir in chips/chunks
  7. roll into cookies and then flatten before baking
  8. bake 13-15 min or until golden brown
  9. cool on the pan before moving to the cooling rack

These turned out soooo tasty. It probably was too many chips/chunks as the bottom of the bowl had them leftover when the dough was done.

The addition of the pb powder and salt helped up the level of pb flavor! It did not alter the texture which I was concerned about happening with the powder. I knew it needed salt, but I think the pb powder was the best part of the flavor.

This made 2.5 dozen cookies. There was less than a dozen left when Richard got home from work. The boys had a friend over and Colby and the friend polished off at least a dozen. I then sent some home with the friend since his sister, who is also a friend of Colby’s from school, was home with pneumonia.

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Updates on nothing.

This is our spring break so life has been busy and not all at the same time.

Sat/Sun we had the boys’ performance of High School Musical. They had a great time and really enjoyed the cast. Sunday’s performance was really great and you could tell all the kids on stage were having fun. (sorry no pictures this time as the boys were wearing their own clothes… they looked like, well, Blake and Colby)

Monday found me on a field trip to the science center for my school. I’m not sure you could call this a field trip as every child went around with their own family. We met up at the beginning to get into the museum a bit early and then again to see the planetarium show. When I saw my students they were having a lot of fun, and that is a good thing.

Yesterday, we went to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Over the years, we have visited a lot of zoos and aquariums as we traveled to different cities. There are some really good zoos and some really good aquariums around the country. This zoo was decent and we felt there was a decent collection of animals, many of which were awake and somewhat active. While we felt that the enclosures were a bit on the small size, it made it easy to see the animals. The aquarium was definitely on the small size. I wasn’t over joyed with the arrangement of the aquarium and felt it was lacking in a lot of ways.

I will say that the play areas they had for kids were a lot better than most zoos. It was nice to see that they were large enough and had equipment for various ages and even my boys had fun playing on different the playground equipment.

I’m still fighting off my allergies, and my eyes are still not quite right, but it is so much better than they were on Saturday.

Our weather has been all over the place! Saturday we were wearing shorts. Sunday it poured and stormed (and knocked out our power again). Monday morning it was snowing! Yesterday we were into the 50s, barely. Today, here at 10am when I’m typing this… it is already in the 60s. Welcome to yo-yo weather of spring. I’m ready for the weather to level out and stay warm for longer…. please!?!?

A few more days of break to go… not sure what else is on the agenda. I just know we are enjoying sleeping in and the slower pace!

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Spring had Sprung!

After many weeks of it being spring, but feeling like winter, spring had finally arrived!

Yesterday we had originally planned to stay home and spring clean/company clean/catch up on cleaning. This was how we started the day out. I cleaned out the fridge, as in took everything out and cleaned the shelves (as well as checking all the dates on everything in there). Colby cleaned his bathroom and then cleaned the stainless on all the appliances. Richard straightened some of his things around the house and worked on some laundry. I dusted, mopped and packed up 4 bags for Goodwill.

We then decided it was time do hit the trails. The boys and Richard biked around 5 miles and I hiked just over 3.5. It felt good to get out on the trails. We all love being on the trails of North Park. We get out there and enjoy moving in nature. The boys were also excited to go to the jump park and pump track.

We dropped off the bikes and headed out to have subs for dinner. We decided to stop off at Lowes and pick up some needed spring items (plants, grass seed and fertilizer). On the way home, we decided to go for a detour and stop off at Sonic for shakes.

Today we worked outside again. I planted the planters for the front yard. Then Richard, Colby and I headed to the backyard to work on the trail we are trying to blaze.

We were outside working in shorts and t-shirts. It is sunny and comfortable. We have had the windows open in the house for the last two days.

It is spring! I hope spring had finally sprung in your corner of the world.

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April 1st

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I’m not sure it feels like April, but the forecast for the rest of the week looks a lot better. Yesterday it snowed on and off all day! It was that light fluffy flurries that do not amount to anything, but still it snowed! The high on Saturday was 67, and then the high on Sunday…. 40 (and I actually question it being that high). Today the high is forecast for 44, but tomorrow is going to be back up to 53 and later in the week we are seeing temps close to 70. Welcome to the yo-yo season of Spring.

At work today, the children noticed that the calendar had changed. At first, they mentioned that it was a new season and I reminded them that we already switched into spring last month. This spurred a conversation on if it could snow in spring or now. Ummm it snowed yesterday, and that was in spring.  It is always interesting when you make them think about the perceptions they have formed in their minds. Sometimes they can not move forward with new information and try to get you to change to their way of thinking. Sorry, it doesn’t always work that way.

I opted not to play up the April Fool’s day with my own sons nor with my students. It will be interesting to see when the boys get home if there were any April Fools day jokes at school today. In the past I have done little things with my class, but this year it just wasn’t going to workout, and I’m glad I didn’t.

This week I’m doing a spirit week type activities with my students where each day they are dressing differently. Today they had on backwards/miss-matched/inside out clothes. They were so excited, but this also set off some disruptive behaviors. It is hard when you want to do fun things like this, but you also know that it seems to give them permission to lose their minds. Oh well… it’s all in good fun and helps provide some learning moments for my students who struggle to maintain control.

Well I hope you enjoyed the first quarter of the year 2019. (yes we have already completed 1/4 of a year). I hope your April Fool’s day didn’t find you getting tricked too much. Onto the rest of the crazy month of April.