Lots and lots of little things…

We are living in the world of High School Musical currently. The girls have watched the movie a gazillion times and we have bought the music. I was relatively surprised at the innocence of the movie and I give it my guidance counselor thumbs up for a decent message. After watching it many times with the girls, we have good talks about what is nice, what is not so nice, and we sing and dance. I am a little scared to admit that I like the music, but I have always been a musical lover. In an attempt to remain cool…please watch the madtv version of High School Musical.

Discovered the following blog from an 8th grade girl today. I am so sure that I am the last person in the universe to find out about this, but I was really intriqued by this.
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I am enjoying the new HBO show In Treatment with Gabriel Byrne. First of all, I love Gabriel Byrne. Second-I love therapy. Go figure.

08aspr_wg293_m01.jpg This is my current dream clothing website. BodenUSA I want EVERYTHING! Okay so maybe one thing would do, but still everything would be much better.

I need help. I won a pair of earrings from this woman’s awesome jewelry on Etsy.
Check her selection out-do you have a favorite? Which one would you think would be my favorite? A chance to procrastinate for you all and help me make a tough decision.

Brownie Points has a “naughty” idea for Valentine’s Day. Good for a laugh.

An old favorite song I can’t get enough of recently…

There is a new wave of Guns and Roses love in our middle school-one boy is starting to transform into Slash. They are even wearing the tight jeans.

Other than that-Molly is sick, Ella is getting sick and the tickle is in my throat too.
Could be a short work day tomorrow.

When in Maine…

Could weekends go any faster? We had another good one up here in the snowy North. The girls and I spent another glorious morning at the library on Sat. A benefit to small town living is that you get spoiled by the librarians. We easily spend two hours every Sat. playing, doing crafts, reading books. And they ALWAYS have munchkins and coffee. By the time we are done it is lunch time. A great winter Sat. morning.
We got an invite to join the rest of the Nasons in the big city for dinner and headed over to Redhook for a good visit. Excited to hear that good things are happening for Phil and Sri and they will be settling back in Boston VERY soon.
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Steve and I watched a GREAT movie last night called the Namesake. Seriously-an awesome movie. Highly Highly recommend it to everyone. Ahhh-even thinking of it now I am awash with good feelings.
This morning we woke to more snow in the air and on the ground. We bundled up and headed over to the sled hill in the next town over to meet up with friends.
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Great sledding. The first walk up the hill resulted in all of us falling on our faces as we soon realized that underneath the powder was a SHEET of ice. But as we found our footing and weathered the few white out rides as the sleds and our bodies wiped the trail clean, the rides got faster and more AWESOME! I, unfortunately, couldn’t seem to make it down the trail without wiping out half way down. I almost lost Molly on one run as the jump made itself more pronounced. Steve was a glutton for punishment and took many rides that resulted with him face first in the snow
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But with hot chocolate and coffee to warm our bones after hours of snow fun it seemed totally worth it. Talk to us tomorrow when we are stiff and sore.
Best be signing off, as I am returning to my napkin making frenzy. Here’s to hoping the week flies by and we will be cheering the Pats onto a 5th  4th Superbowl Victory next weekend in no time.

Sugar Plum Momma

Here I am on a Friday night, in my jambams, sitting in my “new” sewing area.   I am trying to let go of my sewing frustrations.  I finished a set of napkins and had moved over to finishing a blanket I am making.  Very sure I was going to finish it tonight, except for the binding.  My machine did not agree.  It kept swearing at me and finally kept spitting out my thread at me.   I am pretty sure it needs a new needle.  But at this stage of the evening I think to myself, time to let it go until another day.  I have had enough frustration from the week to last me.

Schools on a regular basis are the most frustrating, confusing, satisfying, and inspiring places to work.  On most days I encounter something I didn’t know was possible.  On the best days I am blown away by the little people that are in my life for such a short snapshot of their yet to be determined lives.   Somehow I got wrapped into being the “advisor” for our “new” student newspaper…The GULLzette.  Catchy, I know.   Developing our name was our first order of business.  But this afternoon, I spotted a 5th grade boy who at every opportunity between yesterday afternoon and today told me how excited he was to be working on the paper.  He was sitting in the office at the end of the day with a pad and pen in hand.  He had an appointment to interview the asst. principal…the kicker being that on the side of his hat he had TAPED a piece of paper on which he had written PRESS.  This is my world, folks.  Alternating with the homeless student who has to be removed physically by police officers from the van that transports him to school and the love sick 7th graders whose grades are dropping because they can’t take their eyes off each other and the crazy teacher who tells the principal that she is upset because I am “snubbing” her and the 4th grader who stared at me nodding his head, almost relieved,  as I reprimanded some classmates who had laughed at a gay joke.  It is tiring, fantastic and everyday when I walk into my office I feel like I have entered my second home.  But the beautiful part being that at the end of the day-I leave to go HOME.

Tonight I was sitting on the couch, girls in bed, and truly vacating my brain of all the activity when little feet pattered on the floor above my head.   Molly has a slide in her room that goes from her loft to the floor and there is this lovely sound that she makes when she slides down onto the floor.  Steve and I often mimic it when we are lying in bed and she announces her arrival to a new day.  Shhhhhhhttt-thump and down the stairs she came tonight.  On most nights I scoot her back upstairs, protective of my couple hours before I am dragging myself to bed.  But tonight when her little face peered at mine and she said, “me snuggle with you.” I couldn’t say no.  And I am so glad I didn’t.   It was a moment that defies any true definition.  But I could only think of how fleeting this whole thing is and how so soon this baby-ness will only be truly brought to mind by looking at pictures.  I was telling a pregnant friend today how sometimes I look at the girls and I can’t even really believe that I was ever pregnant….that they were EVER growing inside me.  They have just gotten so big.  They are moving away from me and towards who they are becoming.   So I wrapped that little being into my arms, pulled her on top of me and we just lay there in silence for a few minutes until she asked me to take her to bed.

Good Night, Sugar Plum, I whispered…Good Night my Sugar Plum Momma, she whispered back.

This is Molly…

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Molly would like to be a doctor or a movie star when she grows up
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She will be a doctor first and then she will be a movie star.
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When she is a movie star she will wear a sparkly dress with a sparkly hat (wave hands to demonstrate the sparkly-ness). She will have a horse named sparkle and her movie will be sparkly.
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But until then she will put black chalk on her nose and eat strawberry jam on bread with wild abandon.

A lot happened and all was good.

Great weekend! Phew-after friday I will say this weekend was much needed and enjoyed by all. After a day of the library, lunch, and some girl time-Charlotte came to spend the night. The cousins had a fabulous time and there was much sadness about her departure come sunday morning. I was excited to get out of the house as I had a day of sewing ahead of me in Portsmouth. Very fun class mostly because I got a chance to be around other people who were excited about learning to sew. The instuctor was fun and seemed to inspire a lot of energy into all of us about what we can do. I left with a pile of fabric and thoughts about more that I want to create.
As I ran out of town, I got to see a glimpse of Phil and Sri crossing the street and a quick chat before I was racing home to get to the Randalls to watch the Pats WIN (who sucks Pedro?) Have to say I was just as excited to see the Giants win! Two great games, second one-SOOOOO cold, wow! Great time with the Randalls. And brought two sleepy girls home much later on.
Today we got to spend a lovely afternoon with the Chapmans. So great! Hard to say how much I love spending time with them. I only wish we were closer.
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some homemade margharitas and football
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Pats WIN!!!
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This cowgirl is out of here.
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Started the visit with some good ole’ fashion sack races
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Victory is sweet!
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Such a long way from lazy grad school days
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Poor Adah-surrounded by goons
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Really the best part of the whole weekend-When Ella read us Green Eggs and Ham. It took a couple sittings but it was really quite awesome-breathtaking. She is really starting to crack the code. Sounding out words is coming easier and easier.
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We made a picture today-Super Daddy and Molly to the rescure with their helmets.
super people to the rescue
Made some new napkins-“sew” easy. hahaha
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The fabric I picked out for my skirt.
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We are finishing off the weekend watching StarDust. Great fantasy movie. Witches, magic, enchanted love. I recommend it. Plus it has Claire Danes. Really Love Her!

So despite wishing I was some place really warm, i will head back to school tomorrow. We have another day of Steve before he heads back to work. We will probably catch up on the Wire tomorrow night. Another great season.
All I wish is that I could spend more time with the fam. I wish we had ONE more day. I am feeling greedy.

My day must be written all over my face.

Wow! Is this day over yet? Don’t you know the day is going to have some problems when your coffee tastes like water? Don’t you know there will be some sucking going on when while you are making the coffee that ends up tasting like water your scoop breaks in half? Doesn’t the grossness of the day highlight itself to you even more when you bypass the breakfast place on your way to work because you might be a little late if you stop for a bagel there thinking you can just get one from the cafe at school. BUT then you get to the school and the lunch breakfast lady responds to your polite request for a bagel (I just saw the cherub before leave with a yummy looking cinnamon raisin bagel, I am so glad I waited to get one at school) with “we are all out of bagels”. CRAP! Then the suckage gets worse as I don’t have time to go out again because I have a re-entry meeting for a suspended student in 10 minutes. As I stand around waiting for the meeting, I discover that it is moved to TUESDAY because of the snow day! I give up on breakfast.

There was a small break in the awfulness of the day during my observation. In fact, I don’t really understand how it happened, but the class I taught went so well it was almost ridiculous. The principal had nothing bad to say. But we talked about how things could have worked if things did go wrong.

So then-the time I went outside today to go to a meeting at central office-IT POURED. Instantanious wetness!

My next two classes I taught went HORRIBLY! Everything we talked about going wrong in my post-observation happened in my next two classes. Including the “special” student in one class getting up and yelling at another student “YOU’RE ALL MORONS!” And the student sitting next to me replying softly “I do pretty well in this class, thank you.”

The day ended with an inappropriate email from my inappropriate email source, which did make me laugh.

From there it was a grocery store trip with tired, demanding, cranky kids. As we were standing in the suckcrapawful pharmacy line-this woman looks at my kids and says, “Oh-your kids aren’t wearing mittens today?” Luckily before I could respond with a very snide, rude “mind your own business” kind of remark, she went on to say “OH I knit mittens for kids and then I just give them away all winter long to people I run into-they’re in my car, I will be right back.” We all stood there with our mouths wide open. She returned with the sweetest mittens and the girls were smitten-with their mittens. I could only respond with a heartfelt Thank you-you are very kind.

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Good things that have happened this week…

And these are in no particular order.

1.  Okay this is in particular order-I got to see Steve for 5 hours yesterday.  That was nice.  This weekend I get to see him for like 12 hours.  Even better.

2.  Saturday, Phil and Sri watched the girls so Steve and I got to the movies.  SO many choices, but we went to Juno and it did not disappoint.  Big fan of the Moldy Peaches song at the end.  I blubbered like a big idiot mama during so many scenes.  I think I even got blubbery when her dad called her a “big puffed up version of Junebug.”  I was in that kind of mood.

3.  During dinner on Monday, Molly put all her peas in her ketchup and as she was patting them she told Ella, “I am going to put these in the ketchup so they grow beautiful just like you.”  Said so quietly I almost missed it.  I love that little brain.

4.  During the same dinner, Molly said-I am going to grow bananas and we will have a big banana day.  Ella responded, “I am going to grow peas ( with a wicked smile on her face) and I am going to have a pea dance-(even more wicked smile) like a pee-pee dance!  Wicked laugh here and then she proceeded to stand up and show us the peepee dance.  It wasn’t pretty.  But it was pretty funny.

5.  Good dinner with good friends!  Which also resulted in very tired Nasons this morning, but it was worth it.

6.  I learned how to make popcorn in those popcorn kettles-the big ones for the Student Council bake sale.  And I produced fabulously salted little kernels of corn.  Yum!  Something strangely satisfying about rotating the handle of the kettle and watching popcorn spill out all puffy and white.

7.  We have re-signed with our lovely CSA-Chick Farm.  I love that place!  It is exciting to start thinking about spring and all the wonderful veggies that will be coming our way.  (through many inches of SNOW!)

8.  Steve hung up the lights for my sewing area so I can see what I am sewing.  A beautiful thing.  And seeing my sewing is nice too.  (that should score me a couple points! 🙂 )

9.  Planning another craft night in two weeks…means a chance to drink some wine and hang with some women.  I will have started my skirt I am sewing by then.

10.  I had the best phone call with a bestest friend.  Left me beaming all evening.  This woman makes me laugh like a lunatic at the silliest things and I love it.  Despite the fact that we are both old and have way too many responsibilities, we have plans to see each other on two occasions-hopefully!

That’s it folks.  Hopefully all this good will pull me through to the three day weekend ahead.  We get to hang out with Charlotte on Sat.  Sun. I take my first sewing class and leave it an hour early to get home for the PATS GAME!  Go Pats!  Thank goodness it is an early game because I haven’t been able to stay awake for the late ones.

If I have forgotten some goodness feel free to refresh my memory.

Seriously? More snow??

I know I shouldn’t complain because here I am sitting on my duff writing this rather than driving in crazy road conditions, but gosh darn it now I am going to school in June through ANOTHER weekend. Blah. The girls and I had a fun snowy day. Action packed-full of adventures and fun.
My favorite part of this is the stickie note person.
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Here’s one for the grandparents.
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Elements of a good snow day
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Workin’ on homework-we learned the -ake sound-like make, bake, cake, take
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Buddy!
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Gotta love the frozen cookie dough-makes just the right amount of cookies!
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Playing in the snow
snow babies
smiley snowy molly
smiley snowy molly
Seriously-let me in already
let me in already
Come on Molly!
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Ella helped me with the blanket I am making and when we are done we are going to make a pillow. She pushed the pedal for the sewing machine and is a champ at knowing the right sides together trick. Molly continues on the potty training track with much success. We even did errands yesterday with her in her underwear. Smashing success. I see the same look of pride in her face as she sits on the potty as I do in Ella’s face when she figures out a word she is sounding out. We all have our battles. And my kids have been victorious in theirs.

Here’s to hoping this is the last of the snow days.