Married 30+ years to the same sweet man & plan to hang on to him! Pray for your family daily!! If you don't... who will?

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Tale As Old As Time

Saturday LJ and I took the 5 year old Hayden to see Beauty and the Beast's Broadway Tour production.

 Before we went to the theatre, we went out for lunch to Nonna's Italian Cafe.  
Oh my, YUM!!!

 She took at pic of Nana!

Hayden wore a hand-me-down Christmas dress from 8 year old grand, Nicolee (all 3 girlees had matching dresses from Nana 2 Christmases ago).  She was beautiful and received SO many compliments on her hair, dress and manners.  


We found lots of photos ops!
We attended the pre-performance discussion and at the end the speaker had a little trivia game.  
Hayden WON!! 
She answered probably 5 questions!  
(No one noticed that LJ was prompting her for some of them
--a few were her own answers) 

Hayden did very well and acted quite the lady the entire time.

 One more family member in love with live theatre!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Kinda funny that I didn't post during the imposed homebound days.  We did what we could to keep things hopping:

21st Century Storytelling
 Baby J had surgery during the midst of the huge snowstorm.  We went back last week for his followup appt.  I got to watch the girls while Momma, Daddy and J were in with the doc.  We read books, played I Spy, Follow the Leader and Copy Cat.  (the receptionists were laughing at Nana as she fell on the floor after Girlee J fell down an I "followed the leader".  Baby J is doing GREAT!  Whatta praise!!
Watching the hospital parking lot while waiting for Baby J's appointment

The weather was so bad, this church canceled "Grace"!!!

View from our house up the driveway to the road.

Since girlee J was developing a sniffle and the temps were perilously low, Nana brought the snow indoors.  I put snow in the shower. They probably played for over an hour!!

View from up above the barn down to the house.

Finally the temps are in the 60's and Sweet Hubby has cleared the whole driveway.  We can all get out and about now (except maybe my little bitty car... it doesn't like bad weather.)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

12345 Days

1 2 3 4 5
We have a widget on the laptop, it's called
It keeps track of days.  
I programmed in our wedding date:  
August 20, 1977.

So that you don't have to do the math, 
we've been married for almost 33½ years.  
This summer will be 34!

 Considering the average length of marriage is just 24 years 
(down from 37 in 1980), 
I'm very proud of our nuptials' longevity.  

I love you honey!

Some other statistics to ponder:

Percentage of population that is married: 59% (down from 62% in 1990, 72% in 1970)

Percentage of population that has never married: 24%

Percentage of population that is divorced: 10% (up from 8% in 1990, 6% in 1980)

Percentage of population that is widowed: 7%

Median age at first marriage: Males: 26.9
Females: 25.3

Median age at first divorce: Males: 30.5
Females: 29

Median age at second marriage: Males: 34
Females: 32

Median age at second divorce: Males: 39.3
Females: 37

Median duration of first marriages that end in divorce: Males: 7.8 years
Females: 7.9 years

Median duration of second marriages that end in divorce: Males: 7.3 years
Females: 6.8 years

Median number of years people wait to remarry after their first divorce: Males: 3.3 years
Females: 3.1 years

Percentage of married people who reach their 5th, 10th, and 15th anniversaries: 5th: 82%
10th: 65%
15th: 52%

Percentage of married people who reach their 25th, 35th, and 50th anniversaries: 25th: 33%
35th: 20%
50th: 5%

Percentage of people who have ever been married by the age of 25: Males: 32%
Females: 50%

Percentage of people who have ever been married by the age of 35: Males: 77%
Females: 84%

Percentage of people who have ever been married by the age of 45: Males: 87%
Females: 90%

Percentage of people who have ever been married by the age of 55: Both males and females: 95%

Number of unmarried couples living together: 5.5 million

Percentage of unmarried couples living together that are male-female unions: 89%

  from divorce mag

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wicked weather

Much of the middle of the country is gripped in the 
Great Blizzard of 2011.  
Or Snowpocalypse.  Or Snowmaggedon. 

Some reasons why we should be off the road...
Even the snowplows are having trouble:

Joplin Globe

Things can get hairy:
from my insurance agent

Please stay home, be safe, be alive!!!

PS: This is what happens when  you forget to roll your windows up on the 80° day before the Epic Blizzard of 2011 begins:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

What did you GIVE in 2010?

On January 2, I posted on my facebook status that I was going to ask my students "What did you give in 2010?", (as opposed to what did they get) -- via @sanmccarron on Twitter
Here are a few of their responses:

Volunteer a lot of my time
Support to family
Love & Happiness
Gift of Music
My life to Christ

Also at the beginning of the year I have students fill out a Bucket List of just 10 things they want to do/accomplish in their lives. This idea was adapted from Marcia Ritter at the 2009 MOEFACS Summer Conference. Here are just a few:

Save a life
Be the best teacher ever
Meet my dad
Aplogize for my mistakes & mean it!
Pass Personal Finance w/an A :-)
Give someone $1000 just because...
Learn the banjo
Visit every country in the world
Get over my fear of heights
Take over my father's business
Visit the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
Pay for someone to go to college

Hope this improves your day!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

End to My 87+ Day Weekend

Today is the official end to my 87 (+ 7) day weekend.  
Teachers don't get paid for Summer, 
so I consider it a weekend.  

+ 7 is because we had construction delays at school so start for this school year was pushed back a week.  
A bonus as my Summer was packed full!!  

These are the places I went this Summer, 
in order (yes I went to Boston twice):

Lexington, Kentucky
Kentucky State House

Virginia Beach

Washington DC
Arlington National Cemetary

Alexandria Virginia

Pennsylvania Amish Country 

Cape Cod
Woods Hole, Falmouth, Massachusetts

My Aunt & Uncle's back deck at the Cape

"Codzilla" on Boston Harbor

Upstate New York and Lake Ontario
Sackett's Harbor

Catalanos' home

Sackett's Harbor

Nicolee's First Violin Recital!

Kingston, ON

Rocheport, MO
Missouri River Town

Heber Spring, Arkansas
"Canned Sunshine"  Fresh Peach Jam
Harvard Square, Boston
Lobster Roll!

Boston Freedom Trail
"Old Ironsides"  USS Constitution

Niagara-on-the-Lake & Niagara Falls

"Whirlpool" Jet Boat on the Niagara River

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cincinnati, Ohio

Covered Bridges
Parke County, Indiana

Anheiser Busch Brewery Tour
St Louis

Eielson AFB, North Pole & Fairbanks, AK
My Tiffany

That's the Eielson AFB runway behind the Momma & twins

and Home
my own back deck

As the Beach Boys wrote, "I Get Around"

It's been fun and exhausting at times but 
so I won't complain.  
We'll just have to see what next Summer brings.  
Hopefully I can post a little more this School Year.  

So Goodbye Summer ~~ Hello 2010-2011 School Year!!