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Monday, September 8, 2014

We're Getting Into Our Groove

We have two weeks under our belts and we started week three of homeschooling today.  You might have noticed that the absence of posts.  Never fear, the fun didn't stop!  I just wanted to make sure that I put my complete focus on making the easiest transition to our new normal.  I am happy to report that it has been a success so far!

The first two weeks of school were filled with a so many "firsts" and "news".  We did our first lessons online and offline.  Made a few mistakes but hopefully learned from them!  We met our wonderful kindergarten  teacher, Mrs. Clark.  We had a blast at the back to school picnic, meeting so many great OHVA families in our area.  What a busy first two weeks of school it has been!

Over the weekend we finally took a moment to breath and absorb.  Now that we got our feet wet with homeschooling, we were able to get back into our family fun groove a bit!  We took full advantage of all the weekend had in store for us.

Friday night marked Steve's 20th High School Reunion.  We had a nice dinner.  Then we spent most of the evening reminiscing and trying to forget how old we are actually getting!

Saturday morning was a rain out for the start of the kids punt, pass, kick football.  But that was okay. We did get to talk to coach Jim and find out what the season will entail.  Then a little time on the playground.  In the afternoon, Steve continued his reunion activities while the kids and I spent some time at the WECPTA Membership Drive.  Shout out to the the great moms and dads of the WECPTA who helped put on a fabulously fun family event!!  

After a brief break to eat dinner, we headed to Amazone for some fun sliding around.  I get tired just looking at the kids.  Then we ended the night spending some time with our great friends in Ms. Jen, Mr. Nate and Owen and Amanda.  Thanks for inviting us over!!

Sunday, after church, was filled with fun in the sun at the beach at Huntington Reservation.  Then a little chilling around to gain enough energy to start the week off right!  

Well there's the recap.  Two weeks of homeschooling down.  Too many more to count.  But that's okay.  Life is an adventure and we are enjoying the ride!!!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Jude

Happy Birthday to my Jude Bug!  He was born on Labor Day six years ago today.   What a six years it has been.  

Jude you are the baby that made me a mommy.  I love you dearly for the joy you bring me everyday.  Even on the hard days your smile and your caring way lightens my spirit.  You are always thankful and caring. 

So Happy Birthday!  Hope you enjoyed your special day.   Cherish everyday you have as I have cherished everyday with you!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Did the Time Go?

Six years ago today Jude was still rolling around in my belly.  Today he started Kindergarten.  How the time flies.  While the times were not always easy and tears were shed by all, it has been the best time of my life. Part of me was sad today with the realization the baby years are gone, but I celebrate the wonderful young man Jude is becoming.

Today is the start of a new journey for our family.  The first official day of home school. The smile on his face melts my heart and warms my soul!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Moms Night Out With Music Under the Stars

If you've been looking at my pics on Instagram or Twitter you saw the great time I had on Saturday night!  My great friend Jen and I headed to Blossom Music Center to see Yo-Yo Ma with the Cleveland Orchestra.  This concert was part of the 2014 Blossom Music Festival.  

Blossom is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra.  It is a wonderful outdoor venue to see concerts in Northern Ohio.  For Orchestra events, you can even bring in your own picnic dinner including wine.  We took the opportunity to pack up some yummy treats including cheese, crackers, fruit, vegetables (some just picked out of my garden), chips, dessert and of course wine which we made into tasty spritzers.

Yo-Yo Ma accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra was simply beautiful.  The Cleveland Orchestra is world-renowned and spending one night listening you'll know why.  The night included an Overture by Bedrich Smetana, Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar highlighting perfectly the amazing talents of Yo-Yo Ma, and finished with Symphony No. 6 by Antonin Dvorak.

Yo-Yo Ma is probably the world's most famous cellist at this time.  His talent is unsurpassed.  The program from the event stated that the cellos he plays are from the 1700's, showcasing the fact that true music is timeless.  

The Cleveland Orchestra still has a few more concert events at Blossom this summer. One of which is the Family FunFest, which will feature family friendly music from the Little Mermaid, Wizard of Oz and Frozen. This will be a great way to get kids excited about the orchestra and the arts.  So if you live in Northern Ohio, take the time out to visit the Orchestra at Blossom.  Not in our area, support your local arts and they will keep giving back!  

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