Saturday Celebrations

Thank you to Ruth Ayres of Discover. Play. Build. for hosting this weekly link up to life's celebrations.  Please check out her site and read other bloggers' celebrations.

When the school year began, I promised myself that I was not going to bury myself in my work (because we all know it's never done) and instead I would carve out time to take care of myself and be more balanced.  This week has been one for lots of great things amid the stress of trying to sell our house.

All the aunties and cousins, plus my cousin's daughter.  Brenda, in the blue sweatshirt, and I are on a mission for young Abby to get a cell phone for Christmas.  :)
My biggest celebration is that today I drove to Cleveland to have lunch with my mom, aunts, and cousins.  I had decided last night that I wouldn't go because I had to do progress reports. (I worked late, but didn't get as much done as I wanted).   Remembering my promise to myself (see above), I changed my mind this morning when I woke up and I'm so glad I did.  I drove to Cleveland and listened to Ann Patchett's new This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.  I LOVE spending time with my cousins; we are great friends and have always been since we were children.  The day was filled with laughter and wonderful conversation.

I love these girls!

One of the best treats was that my cousin's second grader, Jack, is writing a play about the Green Bay Packers.  I was honored that he wanted to share it with me.  He was a little upset that he couldn't print it right there for me, but I assured him that writers often put their work aside for awhile and then go back to it and make any changes it might need.  He'll be emailing it to me after he's made the needed revisions.
Jack is working in the back room of his dad's store.

On the school front...we were very fortunate to have Kody, a high school senior, work with us three days a week for the last 6 weeks.  He is participating in a special program at our high school for kids who want to be teachers.  His last day was Thursday and we are going to miss him!
Kody is going to be a wonderful teacher!  

Finally...can I just say that I am celebrating the Hallmark channel tonight as I get ready to buckle down and finish those progress reports that didn't get done last night.  The lightheartedness of the Hallmark movies makes the mountain of work I have to do just a little more palatable.  :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful upcoming week that is full of things to celebrate!


  1. Cousins are a joy. It's great that you put aside the school work and met up with family. Writing a play? Wow! Now that takes some stamina!

  2. How much i love my family. i am so happy to have such a great support system!

  3. Good for you for being good to yourself! It's SO hard not to get buried in school work! Anne Patchett's new book keeps popping up in my reading of blogs, e-mails, and reviews. It must be a message that I need to read it. ;-)

  4. Congrats on taking a little time off to do the really important stuff! I'll bet the progress reports will go faster because you will feel a little less stressed!

  5. I had such a wonderful growing up time with my cousins, and until we moved out of state we saw each other often. I love that you decided to go, Julie. Looks like a grand time! Don't miss those opportunities-they don't always come along! Have a great week yourself!

  6. Julie - we all need to remember to find balance. Your celebration will be a reminder to us all. Thank you.
    Clare and Tammy

  7. Looks like you made the right decision about going on your trip! We have the same high school program and having those HS students in our classrooms is such a wonderful experience for everyone. I am sure his experience in your classroom was great.


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