Monday, October 24, 2016


Thankful that the Fire Dept was able to visit our school as we kicked off Fire Safety week.
That ladder guy is seriously so brave right!?


 Pre K

 My amazing group of kiddos

 My teammate and her Kinder class

 My bestie Meg with her 1st graders

Thankful for Mary sending adorable pics throughout the day. And can we talk about this AMAZING October weather we have been having!? So thankful for shorts still!
{And then we got a cold spell the next day}
 Thankful for these fun girls. Our 5/6th grade Cross Country Team before our last race
 Thankful for fun hands on math. Counting is a blast when we can eat it after ;) Sunflower seeds for most! Pom Poms for the kids who thought they were allergic lol. Love that our school has a nurse only 1 day a week... sigh... terrible right!?!? if they have allergies we have no idea, unless they tell us, or we find out the hard way... which thankfully hasn't ever happened...yet ;)
 SO very thankful for a sweet mom who donated to my new Flexible seating idea... 2 Yoga Balls and 2 Yoga Mats... as you can see the kids are LOVING them.. and I have been pintresting some ways to allow for fairness and sharing :) The kids who need to bounce and move during lessons are LOVIN' the chance to do just that...

 Thankful for the Dollar Tree having fun Spooky manipulatives for counting. Beatrice... this girl.. may be my favorite :) Here she is rolling the dice then counting out eyeballs to match :)

 Yay for Geoboards and Yoga mats!

Thankful for Hannah's hard work over the past 2 weeks. Her spelling words have been tricky, and honestly I have been failing as a mom... I love coming home to play with my kids and just hang out... not teach them ... sigh... what planet do I live on right!?  but I had to whip up some ideas to help her and boom she responded so well and rocked her last 2 tests!! Build a Bear date :) 
  This pose. Kills me. She is too much. She looks like the cutest soccer sis ever.
  Fur hats and flip flops. That's how we roll :)

 Last Soccer game!! We will miss these, as it's been so nice each week, but yay for freedom in our sched!
 At the park.... almost time for Auntie's shower!!
Kamila's Baby Shower :) At their beautiful new house :)

  Auntie Paula surprised her!
 Happy Happy Day.... the prayers that have been prayed and answered leading to this day... are unreal... To God Be The Glory...

 Fam Jam

 Baby Allen Zigmund (spelling!?) (both dad's :)) will be one VERY loved on baby boy!!!!!

Monday, October 17, 2016


Thankful this week for our fam jam....sickness can do that right? When you hear the coughs, see the runny noses, after a very healthy summer, and then the germs hit. It made me realize how blessed we are to normally be healthy & how thankful I am for each of those amazing people...

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Thankful that Hannah's medicine helped her fight her bug right away and although her 'tude lasted longer than her illness, we cut her some slack, and allowed for pickles at breakfast and cartoons at entirely way too early of times in the morning... and now she's back... the normal, healthy, art crazed love bug.

Thankful for Harrison getting recognized at school.
I love this boy more than words can tell, but his crazy 11 year old self drives momma up theeeee wall some days.... He is fiercely independent ( no clue what gene pool that comes from ;))..He loves school.... He works hard, but sometimes he needs lots of parent help with Homework, and man, these teachers these days are giving out entirely WAY too much homework- I want to hang out, play ball, read, go to the gym with my kids, not be a drill Sargent for an hour or two EACH NIGHT... sigh... and then he gets recognized as the PE student of the month ( no surprise there he is obsessed with PE!) But the character award really touched my heart... because we pray that the values we weakly try to instill and miserably fail at, somehow stick when he leaves the house in a hurried way each day so that his teachers and friends can see a teeny glimpse of Heaven... and somehow this award gave me a glimmer of hope that indeed they do.. out of all the 6th graders... they saw him as displaying honesty and respect... and I thanked the Lord... and pray that in those crazy days when the test scores don't display his effort in studying, or when his friends drive us crazy during sleep overs, or when he is playing that trumpet of his right before bed, that we just pause and pray and then pray some more and smile big :)

Thankful for times when God speaks... strange how it works... but love it none the less... Hudson is hacking up his lung in bed on Friday night... we had just settled down for a movie... and then we hear him.. and I wonder what in the world!? So in my heart I am annoyed- I know I shouldn't be- but it's Friday. We had just sat through a band performance then a grocery shopping adventure and it's 9pm and I'm ready for snuggles and chill time... kid free chill time... sooo my heart's in the wrong spot. maybe you can relate?!
then i see him, sitting up, asleep, coughing. I offer him a sippy cup. Just more tears. Offer him bubble gum medicine, more tears. Then I pick him up and rock him. Instant peace. I just sat and held and rocked this big munchkin. He will always be my baby... (as he nears 4 I wonder how can that even be possible?!) His breathing calmed. He was out, and almost slept perfectly through the night. Amazing how that special bonding time helped calm him and how as I was rocking him, the song that came to mind was Casting Crowns Just Be Held.. and how we try so hard to fill our lives with things that can pacify, but when we are simply held by our Father... all is calm.. all is peaceful and we have perfect rest... and I was encouraged...

Love these lyrics from Just Be Held

Your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place
I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You'll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You'll know I always have and I always will

Thankful for this time of year. Thankful for brisk afternoons, glowing sunsets and pumpkins. 

Thankful for the fire department calling... and delivering winning news!!! Here is a side ways pic of the winning poster for Fire Safety ... theme this year was "Check the Date and Change Your Smoke Detector Every 10 years"  Award ceremony is next week :)

Thankful for camera man Hudson capturing a birthday dinner for Mimi

Trumpet performance... don't be fooled- he loves playing :) Just not posing for his sister ;) 

Thankful for a little organization to the toy zone... labels to the rescue....

Kids art zone, and Hannah's homework area... love these chair pouches at school so.... of course she needed one too  :) Genius invention!! 

Monday, October 10, 2016


Thankful for another fresh week... and hallelujah for good ole Columbus who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.... We needed a long weekend this weekend for sure..... Image result for columbus day 2016

Thankful that I could chaperone Hudson's pumpkin patch farm trip.

Thankful for a good reading week in GalatiansImage result for galatians 5
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Thankful for a simple, beautiful wedding, inside PGM. Beth, one of PGM's nurses married Theo, another awesome guy who works at PGM. Their lives are literally polar opposite, suburbanite widow finds her true love in an ex heroine addict... Matt was telling me about it and I had to see this amazing couple to believe it... and sure enough my 1st reaction was WHAT IN THE WORLD!!??  
seriously..... God has amazing plans for everyone.... soooo amazing...

Thankful for a fun Friday in Room 108. Careers in STEM dress up day! Hooray for amazing parents who knocked my socks off with support!! Look at these cuties! The fisherman was one of my faves, with a brand new Spider-man Fishing rod and gummy worms! Ahh... love this class ...

 Thankful for a fun fall Saturday
 Harrison was playing my friend's daughter in soccer and Hannah got to meet her other sweet daughter Olivia.

 Calvin Klein Boxer Briefs for this guy!?! Yes please!! Potty training phase I in session....

 Exactly how she felt... Sunday morning, after a sleepless seal barking night, had us ready for a Drs perspective. Her 102.9 fever Thursday went away thankfully, in a day, but her throat and cough were terrible... and the bloody noses?! Too much.... So thankful for Urgent Care and Insurance.

Thankful for getting a huge heaven hug in the mail... one of those times that we needed encouragement and God literally brought it JUST at the PERFECT time... no like for real... I checked the mail Saturday... just the norm... then Sunday after we spent the morning at the Dr, the mail box was open and a tiny little note card in there... Seriously guys it was from Heaven.. who gets mail on Sundays?! The Lord heard our cries and knew our discouraged hearts... noone likes spending Sunday sick and tired... but then that... ahh... God's love is so great... reminds me of this hymn...Image result for love of god how rich and pureImage result for love of god how rich and pure

Thankful for a day off with the kiddos... speech time with Miss Julie who I have missed like crazy, and then outdoor time.. leaf hunting and sunshine... Thank you Lord... now please pray that our Union reaches an agreement by midnight tonight so I can teach tomorrow! These crazy days of  proposed striking ahead are no good for my precious pumpkins or our wallets.