A beauty queen
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Teaching school every day (and some teaching after school)
Working afternoons, evenings, and mornings with these treasures
Mom is helping me at this job.
My girls are big helpers, too, as I undertake extra responsibilities.
Mary's Model Magic skunk
3 guesses what the green vapor bubble at the back is...
Got a special cookie
Rehearsing for church musical tomorrow night - about "lost" pirates and treasures on an island and treasures found in God's Word
He's the pirate who gave up his scoundrel life to live heartily for the Lord.
As his line in the musical states, "...but I still wear me hat! Aaargh!"
Em's birthday visit from KK
Mary's St. Patrick's Day time with Madelynn
Love these signs from our Alpaca Farm visit
We ate b b q out in the boondocks -- on the day we went to the alpaca farm.
Get a load of this smoker/cooker area where the b b q was cooked.
Looks a bit suspect, huh?
In all honesty, the shredded blue tarp was only for covering the area from winter winds.
The pits and grills were all in super shape.
Highly recommended by locals and others around the state.
It was sooo fun inside the restaurant, and the food was yummy!!!!
Utensils in a basket --
K = knife
F = fork
No S packet.
How can you not love a place like this?
Small building slap on a country 2 lane highway.
Packed out on Fri. And Sat. nights.
Closed on Sunday.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
What an amazing bundle of joy Molly is to our family. Love you so very much.
We went to an alpaca farm - waaaay out in the country.
Too much fun!
Madelynn came with us.
Nanny Carol was my co- pilot.
Spinning the fur from alpacas
Super fun day!!!
Posted by Vicki at 3/19/2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Waking up on her 15th birthday
On the top bunk
My girls have never had a hibachi dinner.
I've only had it about 3x in life.
So - she got her little wish.
Nanny Carol was with us.
Marlene joined us. Yay.
Look at Mary's face. She's in awe.
Posted by Vicki at 3/17/2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Schools are closed this week.
We got caught away from home for the weekend - working - and not having warm "enough" clothes.
Forget the wedge Volatiles - flip floppy type shoes.
It's socks and sneakers for me right now.
I/We went home during the day today and yesterday, and the girls and I made the most of that time.
Lots of running around using up bits and pieces of small gift cards ($5.00, $10.00...) that I've been given -
-- gift cards for perfect attendance at work
-- gift cards given to me by a local chamber of commerce for a teacher award
-- small, leftover amounts ($2.53, $7.45) on a few cards given to me or the girls for our bdays (We appreciate gift cards!)
Anyhoo - we,ve been to eat authentic Mexican food, get cookies, buy organic strawberry lemonade, purchase colorful writing pens, mooch pickles and croutons at a restaurant where we had "one free dessert", go to Toys R Us (or Toys FOR Us -- as Mary called it) and get a stuffed animal horse with a gift card that was probably 4+ years old.....
Making the most of "off time" between work times
I recognized and chatted with (via interpreter) one of the Hispanic employees -- mom of a former student at my school.
Made on the spot vegetarian tacos and guacamole
Mary's first time at this kiddie joint "Toys FOR Us"
It was bound to happen one day.
Posted by Vicki at 3/14/2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mary's sunset photograph - from our backyard
Stopped at an electrical plant - sorta spur of the moment - as we were in the vicinity
At least she got to have a little conversation about electricity
She loved it cuz I was excited about it.
She went to a bday party at a bounce
Dressed herself, got sisters to curl her hair, and wore her tiara.
Took it off for church, tho.
Drew....no.....colored this at school
She's gonna get those rainbow colors in there -- in order -- somewhere!
ROY G BIV
Inside of the drawing...a letter to me
Posted by Vicki at 3/13/2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
We brought the "girls" -- who live at the group home -- to their Special Olympics basketball tournament.
Here are some on their lunch break.
My girls set up camp with books, coloring books and crayons for Mary, and a few snacks.
Plays the piano 'by ear'....
Great b'ball player!
Posted by Vicki at 3/11/2017