Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Addie is in love.  His name is Stewie, and he's available for adoption from the CCHS.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Dinner with my best sister, in special recognition of Tuesday.


On the drive over to the park, I told her I used to look for shelf fungus on hikes, so I could carve my name on the soft side.


Bible study friends, blissfully and boisterously blowing bubbles at a backyard barbecue.


A sewing project, independently undertaken and completed, perhaps as a way to avoid helping with the laundry.  The monster was sewn onto a dryer sheet (??), which was then sewn onto the notebook paper.  For better visibility.


Show and Tell


Sometimes you just need a good roll in the dandelions.


Dogtooth violet, trout lily- either way, it's spring in the north.


Twinsies with one of my students today- "Yahoo Pardner!" and "Take my picture" is what she said about it.


 It's always a good time at the library.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Project 52, 20/52

This week's theme for this photo project was "pink."  Piece of cake!  Lots of pink in my life.

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Clearly, I did not grocery shop by myself today.


Pizza and hot dogs at the Loading Zone after their friends' dance performance at the Calumet Theater.  Side note:  Calumet almost became the capital of Michigan at the height of the mining era.


When you're 8, sometimes at the end of the week at the end of May, you need a bribe to get out of bed and go to school.


Post testing today- the evidence proves that 23 children became better readers this year :)


Look at these readers, leading their own book club.  I love this time of year.  They're so capable and independent.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


"Camping" at the library.


First grade symmetry.  Everything's more fun when you get out the paint.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Project 52, 19/52

This week's Project 52 theme was "up." 

Way "up" here, in the "Up"per peninsula, you never know when it might snow.  Here it is, coming down hard on the 51st day of spring, the day before Mother's Day.  It was beautiful, but thankfully, short-lived and already melted a few hours later.


Mothers and daughters all love lunch at the Brownstone.


Happy Birthday to my favorite sister!

Friday, May 10, 2013


Mother's Day is coming and there are flowers to be purchased.


Yep, Maia's driving.


Indoor recess- "Adventure to Fitness."  This guy on-line takes them on an adventure, makes them move a lot, and teaches them some science and history.  And they love it!


The back of the card says, "You are the best teacher ever."  I feel appreciated.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project 52, 18/52

This week's theme was "texture."  As in, crumbly dense chocolate truffle cake, smooth creamy homemade whipped topping, juicy strawberries, and some chalky wintergreen berries Addie picked and thought would go well with this dish.  Happy Birthday to me!

Project 52, 17/52


OK I am a week late here- my laptop battery died and the new one seemed to take a long time to arrive.  

But anyways, last Sunday was a lovely lazy day.  No afternoon plans, so we took the time to enjoy the spring weather.  Picnic on the waterfront, followed by sidewalk chalking and some scootering.  Despite the lingering snow, it seemed like spring.  Never mind that later that week, we got several new inches of snow.


Addie and Shayla, down by the river.


My birthday dinner choice- my mom's tacos, The Best Tacos in the World.


Cousin love.


Math fact practice- the unfunnest part of homework.  The watermelon manicure doesn't help as much as you'd think.


The chicks are like soft fluffy chirpy little magnets for kids.


Ranger Val at the library again, teaching about the birds and the bees.  Pollination.  The dogwood has a trebuchet.  It turns out you can make one with popsicle sticks and rubberbands.


Birthday treats x 2, a great way to start the week.


Hi there little guy!


Breakfast with my baby- it felt like spring so we walked to Kaleva to celebrate.


Awana awards night- these two are Sparks no more.