Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Here Are Just a Few of My Favorite Photos of Our Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday to Emily.
This year finds her enjoying a Snow Day at home,
as another Noreaster brings 12 to 18 inches of snow to the East Coast.

The years have gone so fast...
now, she is an accomplished young woman,
radiating warmth and sunshine to those around her.

Emily and Jake have such a welcoming home,
and are a great host and hostess.

She is organized and efficient at work...

...and in the kitchen.

She is passionate about Health and Fitness...
and encourages others to follow in her footsteps.

She is a caring sister and she made our family of four complete.

Have a wonderful birthday. Love ~Mom & Dad

Stay Safe and Warm, Everyone!

Take care,

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Finds ~The Farmer's Wife Boutique

Hubby and I anxiously await news about the arrival of
our first grandson. His due date is in a couple of weeks,
but we all know that babies arrive 
when they are ready to meet the world!

Meanwhile, this Nana is planning a trip to visit the little family,
to help out around the house, and to snuggle our new baby boy.
I will have plenty of room in my suitcase,
and I want to bring the things that our new mama
wants and needs.

This week, 
I discovered my new favorite place to shop for baby.

Infinity Scarves for the Nursing Mother...
such pretty prints!

And many double as a car seat cover.

The Swaddles were so soft and comfy...

It was hard to choose a favorite.

The Jelly Cat...
I am in love with this place!

Samantha, the real Farmer's Wife, was so attentive
and showed me around.
She is now a mother of three and was happy to show
me what she likes and what works well for her.

I asked about a Nursing Cami,
and she showed me what she likes to wear...
A tank top by Nikibiki.
Super stretchy and comfy too.

It comes in so many pretty colors.

Speaking of breast feeding...
this is most valuable.
(All you breastfeeding moms know what we're talking about)

Samantha has thought of everything.

See this hooded towel. That green tab on the top
is to hang it up to drip dry... And the wash cloths were sooo soft.

The Pello is not going to fit in my suitcase,
but I wish!
It is perfect for lounging on the floor,
tummy time,
and to sit up and play a little later on.

The softest baby blankets ever!

There were a couple of options for 
keeping your pacifier up off the floor.

This idea is genius.
It is the Happy Mat Placemat.
It suctions to your highchair tray or table.
Samantha said that many of her mom friends 
carry it in the diaper bag, along with a ziplock baggie.
After eating away from home, they can just grab the plate,
and zip it up to take it home.

I just love, love, love these stuffed animals.
that can record your voice reading a story, or singing a lullaby
for baby...

...pretty special for families that live far apart!

One thing is for sure,
When this mama and baby visit us here,
we will make our way downtown to this sweet boutique.

For all of you locals,
it is downtown, in the Historic Ward Hotel.

Take care,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Where the Weeks Went ~

I have not posted to this blog for two weeks now.
Every time I started a draft, I just couldn't find the right words.
The events on Wednesday afternoon, February 14th, stopped me...
along with nearly everyone else...stopped me right in my tracks.

A school shooting is every teacher's, and every parent's, worst nightmare.
The Columbine HS massacre on April 20, 1999, changed the ways we do things at school.

It was that fall that we had our first Active Shooter Lock Down Drill.
We teachers practiced valuable procedures in the event of an intruder,
and our law enforecment developed important strategies to navigate our school building.

If seeing the SWAT team in full gear running through the school was not intimidating enough,
hearing the sounds of the gun shots fired was terrifying.
I was a teacher, responsible for hundreds of teenagers,
and also a mother, with a high school aged daugher.

That was just the first of many annual lock down drills.
It was important for us to hear gunfire in the hallways,
to recognize that sound,
and so it would not be mistaken for the sound of firecrackers.

The sounds of gunfire, along with the officers yelling commands,
all was enough to keep me awake an night,
and it was just a drill...

But after the school shooting on Valentine's Day,
the news broadcast included video that students captured,
in their classrooms, with their cell phones.
It was the real thing...

It was chilling...it shook me to the core.

Teachers and students practice these drills,
just like we practice for fires and tornadoes.

We teach with our classroom doors closed...
Those doors are locked.

Here is Mr. Hanson speaking to my class.
Notice the pantry behind him?
Half of my students would hunker down in there.

And the other half of the class would 
move into the laundry room and barricade that door.
I had a place to hide under my demonstration counter,
so that I could check on both groups of students.

Even if it was a drill...it felt serious.

My heart hurts for the teachers and students that 
have had to experience that horrific occurance, for real.

The teachers that have died protecting their students are heros.

We all hope and pray that we can bring an end to these
senseless acts of violence in our schools.

Take care,

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Difficult, but the Important Family Discussions...

Your Living Will...
Your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care...
Have you had these important discussions with your loved ones?

Thank you for all your kind words in regards 
to my mother's death five years ago.
All of these memories have been showing up in my
Facebook Memories Newsfeed.

This one is a strong reminder of the importance 
of having your healthcare wishes in writing...

Caring for Mom ~More about Compassionate Choices.
The day after surgery to repair mom's hip, she suffered a stroke.
We were there in Grand Forks, sitting by her side.

She could visit some, but our conversations were very confusing.
As the weekend progressed, she became more and more non-responsive.

The hospital staff was so caring. One of the nurses gave me a booklet,
"Gone From My Sight, The Dying Experience".
When someone is dying, they actually have one foot in each world.
They are separating and distancing themselves from the people and events here on earth,
and are seeing a glimpse of their new life in their new 'home'.

So...it was time...
Time to make a very important decision.
Time to change mom's level of care to "comfort care".

She was not going to get any better.
And, as a patient in the hospital, 
the staff were trying to wake her
to take blood, and her blood pressure...
for physical and occupational therapy...
and to eat three meals a day.

So, the obvious decision had to be made.
We needed to change the level of her care to 'Comfort Care'.

There I was...standing there...56 years old...
thinking, this is my mommy,
shouldn't she be making decisions for me?

And she did, she had...

It was in her Living Will.
I needed to sign those papers.
I needed to let her go.

As an only child, I so wished I had a sibling to help make these choices.
I am so glad that my hubby was with me and was so supportive.
We said our goodbyes and returned home, 
to prepare for mom's move to a nursing home.

Take care,
p.s. these photos were taken during a much happier time 
when Emily, Hubby and I visted Amy in Rochester.  
There are some fabulous antique stores in that area.