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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Leaving Tonight for New Orleans!!!

I am all packed and ready to go. I am leaving my house at 4:00 am to catch my plane to New Orleans. I am super excited!!! I will be gone for 12 days. So I am going to bed at around 9:00 and getting up at 3:00. I will sleep on the plane.
I will try and keep my posts up while I am out there if I get the chance to get online. I can not promise anything. But I will try.

~~~~HAVE A FANTASTIC 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE~~~~

Friday, June 25, 2010

Off on Fridays!!!

A person can get used to being off every Friday. It is now summer school and we do not work on Fridays during summer school because it is a way to conserve energy. If they do not have to run the a/c in school for three days, or run the buses on Friday, they think it will save energy and money. So about 2 years ago, we went to working only 4 days a week during summer school. Well I have to admit, I really like having Fridays off. Even though I absolutely love my job, it is nice to have a 3 day weekend all summer long. Today I had a Dr. appointment this morning then I went grocery shopping for the 2 weeks that I will be in New Orleans. I spent a dam fortune on trying to make sure there is enough food in here for all these boys.

So let me tell you what has been going on here with me for the past few weeks. I, we, have been under so much stress lately because of Sam not working again. It has only been my income. And it has been Very very very hard making ends meet. WELL because of the stress and me working non stop for what seems like forever, I was purely EXHAUSTED the other week and I passed out in school and I had to go to the ER. They said that I am pushing by body too much and I need to relax or I am going to end up having a heart attack or a stroke. So I took off of work for three days and the weekend and I shut myself out of the WORLD!!! I needed to just chill and get back into reality. I am pushing myself too much because we need to survive and Sam can't get a job right now. We have been looking every where and for anything and he is being a little too picky about the kind of job he wants. So it has been very stressful. But better things are coming. My Friend called me the other day and one thing led to another and Sam is going to start a new job in July after the fiscal year starts. He will be working at Del State University as a Carpenter for the dorms and apartments they have there on campus. He is going to be temporary for the first 60 days and then if they like him and he works out, then he will become permanent. So I am excited about that because I really really really don't know how much long we can survive like this. I work too dam much and I can not keep us going any longer on just my income alone. Good thing it is summer now, because summer for me is Extra money when I work. So dam straight I am working summer school, minus the time I am in New Orleans, but that is an all EXPENSE paid trip so I don't have to worry about any money for this trip, thank God.

Anyway, I have not updated my weight loss in what seems like forever. I don't even know what the last total was that I posted about. BUT on July 25th it will be exactly 2 years since I have had my surgery and I am doing FANTASTIC!!! There for a little while I was not loosing any more weight at all. I was not gaining either, I was just staying the same for what seemed like 3 or 4 months. I thought I was done loosing weight and I was fine with that. AS long as I maintained that I would have been fine. But in the last month, more weight has been coming off of me and I have lost a total of 176 lbs so far and I can not believe I was even carrying that much around to begin with. I can not believe how better I feel and how much more active I am and how much more clothes fit me. I have to get new clothes frequently because of so much weight loss. But I have some really cool friends that have been giving me clothes so I don't have to buy any. That's good, cus you know I can't afford anything right now for nothing.

When I get some extra money, I have to buy a new camera. I don't have a working camera right now so I have not posted any pictures on here in like forever. Hopefully I can get a picture of me posted on here when it hits my 2 year anniversary.

Well I am getting off here to play on my facebook. I am addicted to my games on there. It is so funny.


~~~~HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE~~~~

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Going to NEW ORLEANS!!!!

I am almost Packed and Ready to Leave!!! LOL. I am leaving on Sunday morning at 4:00 am to catch my flight to New Orleans, Louisiana for the Annual National Education Association Representative Assembly and I am SUPER EXCITED!!!! This is my 3rd year going to the NEA/RA and if you have ever been to it before you know what I am talking about. There will be about 10,000-12,000 people there under the same roof all for the same reason I am there. To vote on all the policies, bylaws, rules, regulations, and business of today's public education. And it is incredible the amount of positive energy there is in the room from all the passionate people who work with our students every single day in our country. IT is one of the most exciting Highlights of my Year as an Educator. I am hooked!! I went to my very first one in Washington DC in 2008 and the EXPERIENCE WAS AMAZING!!!! Something I will never ever forget. SO much Fun, Excitement, Energy, Enthusiasm, Work, and on and on with the adjectives to describe it.
So this year it is in New Orleans. One of the the cities in the United States I have ALWAYS wanted to go to. One because one of their favorite colors is PURPLE (you know the Marti Gras)? Two because of the food I have heard so much about. Three because of the music and the Jazz that is all around that city. I really love music and I think Jazz is so relaxing and smooth and I love to just sit and chill and listen to some jazz music sometimes. So I am really really looking forward to seeing New Orleans for the first time and I am looking forward to all the city and the culture has to offer. I am leaving on Sunday June 27th and I will be back home on Thursday July 8th. So I will be away from Sam and the boys for almost 2 weeks. Man what are they gonna do with out me? LOL. I know one thing, they will EAT everything there is in this house while I am gone. Man these boys have been eating up a storm lately. I guess it is because school is out and they have been home and they are bored.
So besides going to New Orleans, things have been going pretty good around here. We are hoping and praying that Sam can start his job on July 1st. He got a job with the State at Del State University but he can not start till after the fiscal year starts which is on July 1st. So we are not sure if he is starting on July 1st or waiting till that Monday which will be on July 5th. Anyway you look at it, he will be starting his new job in July and boy do we really need him to work again. He has been out of a job again now for about 3 months. So we have been struggling so much again it is ridiculous. So much STRESS it just Plain SUCKS!!!!

Well I am getting off of here now and I will try and post something on here while I am in New Orleans. I can not promise anything though but I will try as long as I have Internet access I will try and post something on here.

~~~HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND~~~
~~~THINK OF ME WHILE I AM ON MY PLANE TO NEW ORLEANS~~~

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Starting Fresh!!!!

Do you know how long it has been since I have posted anything on here? I know it has been like MONTHS!!! This is so unlike me. I don't know what happened. I was thinking that people don't even read my posts or don't even care what is going on with my life anymore, so I just stopped writing about my life. But then I realized that the whole reason I created this blog was to have an escape sort of thing. A place I can go to write down what I am feeling and what is going on in my life, sort of like a "virtual diary" type of thing. So even if no body ever reads what I post on here anymore, at least I have a way to express how I feel and what is going on. So I decided to START FRESH!!! And begin to write in my blog again even if no one ever reads it ever again.

So Let me start by saying that I am doing a lot better now. I have been under so much STRESS lately because of Sam not working again and having absolutely NO MONEY to pay our bills. I have picked up a second job, taking care of a little girl who has disabilities in her home. I work EVERY Night of the week, either I work with her or I have a meeting of some kind that keeps me out of the house, every single night. Well That was taking a REAL BIG toll on me, physically, mentally, emotionally, psychology, you name it; and I LOST IT!!! Last week, I had what I believed was a nervous break down!!! I collapsed from pure EXHAUSTION and I could not function AT ALL!!! I slept for 3 days. I did not go to work, I did not do any house work, I did not talk to Anyone, I did not really eat, I didn't DO A DAM thing for 3 whole days and I think it really scared Sam to death. He was really concerned about me. Since then I have slowed up a lot, went to the Dr to talk to them about getting on some medicine, and I only work 3 days a week at night now instead of 6. My bills are PILING Up but I don't want to kill myself trying to make ends meet, it is not good.

So a good thing happened while I was home for those 3 days. One of my friends called, and I really don't even know why I answered the phone but I did (I really didn't want to talk to anyone) but something told me I should answer the phone when Pam called me. So when I answered the phone she said to me, are you feeling ok, you sound sick. I told her, the only thing that will make me feel better is if Sam can get a job and we can get out of the hole we are in. Well, her boyfriend was sitting next to her, he was on his lunch break from work, one thing led to another and SAM is starting a brand new job with her boyfriend on July 1st. They have to wait till July 1st because of the fiscal year thing. Anyway, he is going to be a carpenter at Delaware State University College. Taking care of all the Dorms and Apartment buildings. There is over 800 units there and they need a carpenter really really bad. So Tony, the boyfriend of my friend Pam, said he is going to hire him definitely and he is going to start on July 1st. MAN JULY 1st could not come soon enough. Sam will be temporary for the first 60 days and then if they like him and he works out, he will become permanent and get benefits and all that. So HOPEFULLY everything works out and things will start looking up and we will be able to get back on our feet again. I will keep you all posted about that.

I am leaving for New Orleans next Sunday and I can not wait for that. I will be gone for 10 days. I can not wait. No laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, working, no nothing!!! Yes it will be a conference and I will be in meeting type of things all day and working, but it is a different type of working. So I am so excited about that. Then when I get back after that, I will be home for 10 days and then I will be flying to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a week for another conference. I am super excited about that one because I got chosen for this training and only 20 people in the whole UNITED STATES got chosen for this and I am one of those 20 people. So I will be doing a lot of traveling this summer along with working summer school. SO I will be very very busy in the next 2 months but Hopefully with Sam starting working and things gonna get better, we should be alright again.

Today is Tyler's Birthday!!!! My BABY BOY is now 12 years old. Can you believe that he is almost a teenager now? I can't believe I have 3 teenage boys now. Wow where has the time gone? Yesterday was Lil Sam's Birthday and he is 17!!! Talk about feeling OLD. My boys are such great kids. All three of them got their end of the year report cards and all three of them are on the honor roll and all three of them passed and are doing wonderful. Sam will be a SENIOR in High School next year can you believe that? Cody will be a Freshman in high school and Tyler will be in 7th grade. So they are all doing Fantastic. They are not doing anything this summer at all except saying home chilling because we have NO money for them to do anything. Lil Sam is looking for a job for this summer but they are really hard to come by around here. But he is still looking every day. He wants to work so he can try and get a car of his own. Maybe one day something will come up and he will find a job.

Well I said I was starting Fresh and since then I think I have written a book so I better get off of here now and leave some more news for tomorrow.
HAVE A WONDERFUL FATHER'S DAY EVERYONE!!!
ENJOY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

NC was not all that it was supposed to be!!!

I was so looking forward to my visit to NC. Being able to see my cousin Marleen. Being able to spend time with my Gram and all my cousins and aunts and uncles that live down there. At first it was good. We got to go to a bbq at my cousin Frankie's house and got to see everyone then. But then after that, we never got to see anyone else the whole time we were down there. They all had to work and had their own lives to live. SO it was kind of boring there. We did get the chance to go to the park and hang out with my cousin Bobby's kids for the day. I think me and Marleen made their day very special that day.
Most of the week there, it was so DAM HOT!!! I could not believe how hot it got so fast. It was in the 90's all week and it is only the first week of April. And to top it all off, the pollen in the air was OUTRAGEOUS!!!! It was so thick and crazy. My cousin Marleen has allergies so bad to the pollen and many times while we were down there, she could not breath. And to make matters worse, were we were visiting, they didn't even want to turn the AC on. SO if you can imagine, hot, humid, 90* weather, pollen flying like crazy and no AC. It was miserable.
I stayed at My Gram's house the whole week long and Let me tell you, I love her to death but I could not wait to leave there. She doesn't get the chance to have company too often so when she does, it like we get the life sucked right out of us. She needs so much done around the house because she can't do it all by herself and so she always had me doing something or other. And I was supposed to be on vacation. Not there to work the whole time. But I got over it. I came home on Thursday, a day earlier then I was expected to, but I just had to get away from it all. There was just way too much DRAMA there. And so much Negativity. I really am upset that my Cousin Marleen could not come here with me. I really hope she is ok and does what she feels is right in her heart. I just want her to know that I LOVE her with my whole heart and I will always be there for her if she needs me.
I do not think I will be going back to NC any time soon. If I do, it will only be for like 3 or 4 days not a whole week. It was way too long. And I miss my boys and Sam way too much.

~~~~PLEASE REMEMBER TO STAY POSITIVE AND DON'T TALK ABOUT PEOPLE~~~~
~~~~WORDS SURE DO HURT SOMETIMES~~~~

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Hello From NC!!!!

I am having such a Great time here in NC. I am here visiting my whole Family. Staying here with my Gram. I have been planning this forever!!! I am so glad I had the chance to get down here. My cousin Marleen is here with me too. I am getting to see all my Aunts and Uncles and Cousins that live down here. I love it down here. I don't get the chance to come down here that often but when I do, I make the most out of my time here.
Tonight we are all going over to my cousin Frankie's house for a BBQ!! That is going to be fun. I have not seen everyone in a long time. This week is going to be great being able to see everyone.
Well I am getting off of here.

~~~~~EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL EASTER SUNDAY~~~~~
~~~~~ENJOY YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS!!!!~~~~~

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another Miracle

I am definitely going to go to Church this Sunday. I have to!!! We have been so blessed in the past few days. Things are finally starting to really look up for us. And we are finally starting to see the light at the end of our VERY LONG DARK Tunnel we have been in.
Well, you know that Sam got a job, I told you about that. He started it on Wednesday, and he is already getting is first pay check this coming Friday. So that is really cool.
Since the other night, when I wrote that last post, some MORE things have been happening in our lives. First of all, there is a 1 on 1 nurse for one of my students at school and she runs a Food and Clothing Closet out of her house. She invited us to come to her house this weekend and get STOCKED up on Food, Clothing, and Supplies All for Free and she said bring plenty of strong men because she will FILL OUR HOUSE UP!!!! I was in tears when she told me that. She has lots and lots of food that she gets from Food Lion and Safeway and the Government. And she has bathroom supplies and cloths for all different ages, men, women, and kids. So that is a blessing right there, that she is going to be able to help our family out like that.
Another thing that happened is, last month Lil Sam was involved in a State wide competition for his Shop that he is in at High School. He goes to Polytech High School. He is a Junior. He is in the Carpentry Shop learning both indoor and outdoor carpentry. Well, last month he was in a competition among all the other technical high schools in the state, it was a competition about building something (obviously). Well anyway, he came in Second place in the state in his category and last night was the awards ceremony where he not only got a Silver Metal for it, HE Won a $1,500 Scholarship to College. Can you believe that? I was so proud of him. He was so excited. He said he wants to go to college to learn how to be a master carpenter. I think he will go too, he really likes carpentry and let me tell you, he can build some really incredible things. And he was the only Junior in his whole shop to compete, it is usually a competition for Seniors only, but his teacher said he is the best he has seen in a long time and wanted him to compete with the Seniors. So isn't that COOL!!!! We are so proud of him!!!
AND if all this hasn't been a blessing and a great week for us. I have some more very exciting news to share. I got another Job. You all know that I take care of children with disabilities. Well one of my friends has a niece who is 12 years old and she is totally in a wheelchair and has severe Cerebral Palsy. Well her mom is in need of a personal assistant a couple nights a week to help her out at home. Her dad works nights and the little girl is getting pretty tall and heavy for her mom to care for her by herself. So she needs someone to help her out with like giving her a bath, getting her ready for bed, and that kind of things. It will be about 3 nights a week for like 3 hours a night and because I have so much experience with working with children with Disabilities, she is STARTING me at $15.00 an hour. She says as time goes on and we all get comfortable with each other, there is definitely chances to make more money and even bonuses. I could not believe that when she told me how much I would be making for part time work. It works out to be about 12 hours a week. Isn't that Cool!!! I am so excited about that because it is doing exactly what I love to Do and I love it!!!!! So this could potentially bring in more than $500 extra a month. And man let me tell you, we can use all the money we can get right now.
So I am going into this Spring with a whole new attitude, a whole new outlook on life, and a whole new feeling!!! Everyday is a Miracle, Everyday is a Blessing, and Everyday is a NEW DAY!! and we are no longer going to take things for Granted ever again!!!!

~~~~PRAISE GOD!!!! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!!!~~~~

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Power of Prayers!!!

I have to admit that I am not an overly Religious person. I went to Catholic School most of my life and I went to Church ALL the time and as I have grown up, I have kind of gotten away from all of that. I don't really have a reason for it except maybe I got a little burnt out on it. Or maybe never really BELIEVED in Miracles per say. But I have to tell you something. If I never believed in Miracles or a Davine Intervention before, I CERTAINLY DO NOW!!!!! I have to tell you all something that has happened to us in the past few days. See if you have been following my blog or talking to me in person, you know how depressed, stressed, completely broke we have been. Sam has not worked in over 7 months. Could not get unemployment or anything because he was not at his job long enough to collect anything. AND we have been basically living off of my income alone. We have been so stressed, fighting, just absolutely horrible times. Sam has done nothing but Sleep all day and all night. It has been really bad here, getting ready to loose our house, our vehicles, our electric, etc. Just not a good situation. Did not know which way to turn, or what to do. We get food stamps but even that is not enough. Needless to say, we have been ARGUING and FIGHTING like there is no tomorrow. We were even to the point and I have to admit this as the truth, we were to the point we were actually considering Splitting up and separating.
Well, this past Friday, like any other day recently, I came home from work to find Sam sleeping again. Not looking for a job, not making any phone calls, not doing anything but being severely DEPRESSED. I handed him a phone number of a husband of one of my friends that owns his own business and may be looking for help. Well for some reason, SAM FLEW off the handle. This was the worst time ever. He started smashing everything in sight. He started slamming things, he started yelling and was just insane. I was done. I wanted out of this relationship all together. I was ready to call a lawyer Monday morning. So Sam Left. NO Phone, NO money, just a little bit of gas in his truck, No cigarettes, No food, No clothes. No nothing. And he LEFT. At that point, I didn't not care at all what happened to him. I was done. It had gotten that bad. So he never came home that night. I had no idea where he went. I didn't even care. So the next morning, it was Saturday around 8:30 in the morning my nephew Robert called me and said that Sam called their house from someones cell phone and left a message on the machine. He sounded REALLY Really bad. He said he was broke, out of gas, lost, hungry, out of cigarettes, and needed help. SO he gives me the phone number that he used to call from and I called the phone number. A man answers, his name was JOHN. He said to me that he found Sam in his truck asleep, thought he was dead. He was extremely depressed, crying, just totally LOST. Lost in space, Lost in Spirit, Lost in LIFE. He said Sam was ready to give up on LIFE. John told me where he found Sam and I said there was no way that I would be able to come get him. He said he had things to do and wishes us luck but there was nothing else he could do for him. In the mean time, I have not talked to Sam the whole time. Then at exactly the time I got off of the phone with this John guy, my Gram called me. She caught me right in the middle of all that was going on. AND I just lost it. I told her everything that has been going on and she of course PRAYED with me and told me that I needed to go back to church and all that stuff. If you know my Gram you know what I am talking about. So I was on the phone with her for a little while. WELL all of the sudden about 1 1/2 hours after the first time I talked to JOHN, he called me back, he said to me, "I have not been able to get you and your husband out of my mind" He said, "GOD told me to turn around an help your husband" and "if it is ok with you, I want to talk to your husband and help him out and send him home". I cried and I was like absolutely. Then John told me a little bit about his life, he is 68 yrs old, he was in the very same situation we are in years ago, they were fighting and broke and depressed and the whole nine yards. Just like we are in. He then told me that him and his wife were fighting so much that his Daughter could not take it anymore, she ended up killing herself. HE said he never wants anything like that to happen to anyone like it happened to his family. He said if he can prevent anything like that from happening to anyone else in this world, he is going to help. So he found Sam, took him in his truck for over an hour, Talked to Sam intently, told him about his life, and all that happened to him. Told Sam to Go back home to his wife and family and get himself together. He gave Sam $40 to put gas in his truck, got him something to eat, and told him to go home!!! Sam asked for his name and address and all the man said was his name was John and the only thanks he needed was for Sam to go back to his family and get his life back together. Sam came home that night a CHANGED MAN!!!! He said he hit rock bottom, he said he was ready to give up, he said he witnessed a miracle and that he does not believe in God or anything like that, but for the first time in his LIFE HE PRAYED!!!! He prayed that he would get out of the rut he is in, he prayed that he would be a better man, husband, father, he prayed that he would get a job!!! He PRAYED!!! He has life in his eyes again. He is smiling again. He is alert again. He is totally Changed.
Sunday, that phone number of the person I gave him to call in the first place, he called here looking for Sam and set up an interview for him on Monday morning. Sam went to that interview, had a positive attitude and GOT THE JOB!!! Sam started work today doing exactly what he loves to do, building houses, remodeling, finishing basements, and building decks, etc. He has no idea how much money he is going to be making but right at this point, he does not care. He is just so dam happy to have a job right now and happy to be back into LIFE AGAIN.
SO If I never believed in Miracles or the Power of Prayer, I think I witnessed it this weekend.
I tried calling John back yesterday to THANK HIM AND TELL HIM, and BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE PHONE NUMBER IS NOT IN SERVICE!!!! AN ANGEL IF YOU ASK ME!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Day After

Yesterday I had a small surgical procedure done on my Uterus and today I am home feeling fantastic. I went into the surgery center at 12:00 and I was home by 3:30. They did a complete cleaning out of my uterus and they got those two tumors out that were cancerous. I did not have to have a complete hysterectomy. I am perfectly fine. I have NO Pain or Cramps what so ever. I came out of there completely awake and alert and feeling fine. The doctor was pretty impressed actually. He said "you are such a positive person" I said, "I have too much living to do to let this get me down." LOL. Anyway, I am home today to make sure everything is fine and to rest up completely so I don't hurt myself by going back to work too soon. The anesthesiologist told me that I can not drive for 24 hours, so that is why I am off today too because I was completely put out for this surgery and I still have the side effects of anesthesia in me. But other then that I am completely pain free, no problems what so ever and my tumors are gone. I do not have to go through radiation or chemo or anything at this point. So Thank God and Thank You all For your Prayers and Support!!!

Now we need more prayers that Sam gets this job. He had an interview yesterday for a job doing housing remodeling, reconstruction, decks, finishing basements, that kind of stuff and the guy said he is very interested in having Sam help him out and that he would be calling him back in the next day or two and let me tell you, the wait is killing him and me too. SO Pray that he gets this job because with him being out of work for 7 months has really been HARD to Say the Least.

~~~~EVERYONE ENJOY THIS TERRIFIC TUESDAY & HAVE A BLESSED DAY~~~~

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday's Newsflash & Week in Review

Wow I can not believe I have not been on here in a long time. Last time I was on here I was sitting in Las Vegas. A lot has happened since that day. First of all, Las Vegas was Fun!!! But personally, it was a little bit of a Sensory Overload for me. See they still smoke EVERYWHERE out there in Vegas. So when you got off the plane, in the airport, in the bathrooms, in the hotel, in the casino, in the restaurants, in the malls, in the bars, etc. everyone was smoking and not only cigarettes but cigars too. And for someone who is not used to all of that, it was nasty. It was so overwhelming to have all that smoke around me. It was nasty and smelled gross-so my smell was affected. Then there were Tons of People everywhere we went, and I felt like I was being closed in a fish bowl-so my space around me was affected. Then there were lights and games and and so Many things to see all over the place-so my sight was affected. There was music and sounds and bells and thing from all the casinos all over the place-so my hearing was affected. There was restaurants and food and all kinds of different smells all over the place-so that was a sensory overload. SO needless to say, I was extremely overwhelmed by all the "happenings" that were going on in Las Vegas and I am so not used to all of that. By the time I got into my hotel room each night, I wanted nothing more then just ABSOLUTE Silence and to shut my eyes and to tune out the rest of the world. It was that crazy. But overall I had a pretty good time. I didn't win a dam dime though and everything was so frigging expensive out there. Just to get a basic cheeseburger, no fries or drink, was starting at $12.00. So it was very expensive trip for me (good thing I am getting reimbursed for all meals and etc that I en cured) but still for someone who did not have that money to spare in the first place it was a little too much. So if I were to sum up my trip to Vegas, It was Exciting, Expensive, and Overwhelming. Would I ever go back? Probably not. I can think of hundred other places I would rather go then go back to Las Vegas again. But At least I had this wonderful opportunity to go there and I learned a whole lot of useful information to share with the people in my state regarding my Union.

So besides Vegas it took me almost three days to get back into the swing of things around here. See our plane was so very very delayed and then in the middle of our flight, we had a medical emergency with one of the passengers that we had to make an emergency landing in Memphis Tenn for over 2 hours and we were not allowed to get off the plane or anything. So needless to say, we were exhausted when we got home. We were supposed to land in Philadelphia airport at 10:15 pm and we didn't even land our plane until 3:27 pm. Then it was a 2 hour drive back to my house, where when I got home, I brought the bags in the house, took a shower, and then got the boys up and we all went to school and work. This was Monday morning. Then I worked all day and then I had a meeting that night. I did not get home from the meeting Monday night until after 10 pm. Talk about Tired. Then I had to do it all over again the next day. So needless to day it took me about 3 or 4 days to get back into the swing of things, to catch up on my sleep, to catch up on my house, to catch up on my work etc. The week was very hectic for me. BUT I am fine now and totally back to normal. So Thank God.

AS you know, today is Sunday and it is So gorgeous outside!!! I am loving this weather. As I'm sure all of America is at this point. What a Winter we all had. I am so glad it is over. SO I have all my windows open in the whole house and we are loving every minute of this beautiful day. So You know Sunday is my weigh in day and I weighed myself today and I have lost 3 lbs this week. I have not lost anything in a long time. I thought I was pretty much done loosing weight but I guess I am not done yet. So my total weight loss at this point is 168 lbs. And I could not be happier. I feel fantastic!!!!

Monday, tomorrow, I have to have a small surgical procedure done and I am a little nervous. But I will be fine. Before I left for Vegas, I had some test done because I have been having some issues with my monthly woman thingy, well the day before I went to Vegas, I had the appointment to go over the results of my tests and they have found two small tumors in my Uterus they think are cancer. The doctor told me that it is 99% cancer. They are the size of pencil tip erasers. Well anyway, tomorrow the doctor is going to clean it all out and do a biopsy on it and let me know what to do next. If we can wait till July when I am out of school, I will be doing a complete hysterectomy then. If not they will have to do it tomorrow and I will be out of work for 6 weeks. I am hoping that we can wait, and I won't need to have chemo or radiation or anything like that. So all I can say is pray and keep positive thoughts coming my way and I will be ok. I am staying positive about all this and everything will be fine.

Well, before I write a complete book, I better end this post now. I will get back on here in a few days or so and let everyone know how my surgery went and how I am doing. Until then, keep me in your prayers and thoughts I will be fine.

~~~~EVERYONE HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK~~~~
~~~~ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER~~~~

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hello from Las Vegas!!!

HI EVERYONE!!! I am sitting here in Las Vegas having a wonderful time. I am broke as a Bitch though. No winnings for me. But having fun anyway.

Just wanted to say hi!!!

I will post more about my wonderful trip when I get back home.

~~~EVERYONE HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND~~~~

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

LAS VEGAS~~~~HERE I COME!!!!!!

Oh my gosh, the day has finally arrived!!!! I am leaving this afternoon to go to Las Vegas Baby!!! I am SUPER EXCITED!!! I am going to work this morning and then leaving at 1:30 to drive up to Philadelphia airport to catch my plane. Our plane leaves at 6:02 this evening. So wish me LUCK!!! Think about me!!! and Pray that I have a good flight and maybe come home with some big winnings!!! We have a little bit of down and I am so ready to be gambling. I mean who goes to Vegas and doesn't gamble. I have saved a little bit of spending money to bring with me. SO I hope that I can at least come home with the amount of money that I am leaving with. That would be so nice.

~~~EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK~~~~
&
LOOK FORWARD TO MY BIG POST ABOUT MY TRIP
TO VEGAS WHEN I GET BACK

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday's Newsflash!!!

Wow I can not believe it is Sunday already and I have not done my newsflash in a while. SO It is time to post about me, my life, and the happenings around here. First of all, I found the coolest new website for blog backgrounds. I used to use http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/ but it has been having issues and I can never get on there anymore. So I did a search for blog backgrounds and I found http://www.jellypages.com/ they have the coolest, brightest, backgrounds for blogs, myspace, etc. IT was cool. I found this really neat St. Patrick's Day background. Isn't it cute? On the side of page they have a ton of other pages of backgrounds. If you are looking for new backgrounds, go check them out. And to put it on your blog is super easy.
So today I weighed myself again and I am happy to report that I am Maintaining my 165 lb weight loss. It has been about 2 months since I have stayed the same and I am doing fantastic with everything. I feel incredible. When my taxes came in a few weeks ago, I went clothes shopping for myself, something I have not done in a long time. And it was wonderful to shop in the REGULAR section of all the stores. None of my clothes have an X or a # in front of anything. And none of my clothes have a W behind the # anymore either. That is HUGE for me cus I was a size 32W and a 3X now I am a size 18 and a L. Isn't that incredible. I feel fantastic.

Well I have to get off of here and get my suitcase packed. In exactly 48 hours from now, I will be on a plane headed to Las Vegas and I have to get all my stuff together for that. I am even setting my clothes out for tomorrow so that when Tuesday comes I will be all ready. LOL. I am so excited to be going to Las Vegas. I have never been there. It is going to be a lot of work but we will definitely have some down time and be able to hang out and play a little bit in the casinos. I have saved a bit of money for me to go there with hopefully I come home with the same amount I went there with, that would be wonderful.

~~~WELL EVERYONE HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK~~~
~~~IF I GET THE CHANCE I WILL POST WHILE I AM IN VEGAS~~~
BUT IF NOT
~~~~LOOK FOR A HUGE UPDATE WHEN I GET BACK~~~~
~~~LOVE YOU ALL~~~

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

7 Days to LAS VEGAS BABY!!!!

Wow I can not believe I am going to Las Vegas in exactly 7 days. I can't wait. Our plane leaves at 6:20 pm on Tuesday night and we get to Vegas at around 10:45 pm their time. I think it is like a 3 or 4 hour time difference, I am not sure. But I really don't care what the time difference is because I am going to LAS VEGAS baby!!! My best friend Margaret and I are going to the NEA ESP conference in Vegas and we are going on Tuesday night and not coming home till Sunday night. We are going to have so much FUN!! I saved some of our tax money so that I can play a little bit while I am out there. I heard there are slot machines EVERYWHERE even in the Bathrooms. LOL.
Anyway, this has been a very very busy week for me. I have had an appointment or meeting every single night this week and I hope to be able to get caught up in things before I leave on Tuesday. I will be able to get caught up hopefully this weekend. I don't have any plans this weekend, so that will be good.
I had my interview last night for the DSEA ESP of the Year. I think I did really really good. But I was extremely nervous. I have not been on that side of an interview in over 18 years and I was so nervous, I was lost for words at one point, YES ME I WAS LOST FOR WORDS can you believe it? But anyway, I am now anxiously awaiting the results to find out if I am the DSEA ESP of the Year. I am Super Excited about it. When I find out, I will be sure to let everyone know.

~~~Everyone Have a Wonderful Night & Happy Hump Day Tomorrow!!!~~~

Saturday, February 27, 2010

THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!!

I had the BEST Birthday I have EVER had in my Entire life yesterday. I loved Every single Minute of my Day yesterday. First of all, there was a 2 hour delay because of the snow. Thank God we didn't have to close School completely it would of been horrible not to go to work on my Birthday especially since I had the best day ever.

I walked into the Room at work and EVERY single Staff person in the entire school and All the Students had on Purple Shirts Just for me. Purple is my Favorite color. I wish we would have gotten a picture of all the staff together but no one got a picture of us. But anyway, I was so excited to see EVERYONE in their purple shirts and clothes.
Then if that wasn't enough Everyone gave me all kinds of Purple "things" for my birthday. I came home with about 75 items all purple. I had purple shirts, purple jacket, socks, necklaces, gloves, hat, soap, lotions, gum, pens, duffel bag, notebook, photo album, candy, blanket, light up eyeglasses, bracelet, soda, pom poms, umbrella, etc. ALL KINDS of Purple THINGS!!! I loved it. I even had Purple cupcakes, plates, cups, and napkins. Purple and #40 balloons, a #40 decoration on the wall, purple streamers on the ceiling, #40 confetti all over the place, etc. It was incredible. I had such a GREAT time. I was smiling ALL DAY LONG. Every time someone walked in the room, the kids would say, it is Ms. Patti's Birthday today. It was so cute. I loved it. I felt so loved and appreciated.
Then after a while, I put everything on and was dancing around the room with all my purple stuff on. IT was so funny. It reminded me of My GRAM!!!


I had such a Fantastic Day on My Birthday!!!
I am now 40 and FABULOUS!!!!!!







Then when school was out, we went to a bar and had happy hour. We had dinner and hung out for a while. Then we went to several different bars in the area and I DANCED MY ASS off all night long. I didn't get home until 1:00 am. And I don't even drink. LOL. But we had so much fun. About 8 of us were out all night long dancing and having a GREAT time. Then we ended up at the slots and I played $40 and came out of there with $112.00. SO I was super Happy about that.

So tonight it is Sam and My Time to spend some time together. We are going to have a DATE night~something we have not had in a VERY VERY VERY Long time. I figured since I won some money last night and it was his birthday on Feb 2nd and mine yesterday, we deserve to go out. So we are going out to dinner, see the horse racing, and then we will probably play some more at the slots and see what happens. I just want us to be able to go out and not have to worry about anything, and have a good time and relax.

~~~~THANK YOU ALL FOR THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!!!~~~~

Thursday, February 25, 2010

24 Hours & 12 Days!!!

24 Hours till My Birthday!!! 40 Years Old!!! Whoo Hooo!!! 24 Hours till my Big Weekend Get Away Starts!!! Whooo Hoooo!!! Can you tell I am excited today!!! I feel so incredible today and it is not even my birthday yet. Wait till TOMORROW, if I feel this good today. LOL.

12 Days till I leave to go to Las Vegas!!! Whooo Hooo!!! Totally Awesome!!! I can not wait!!!

~~~HAVE A WONDERFUL THURSDAY EVERYONE!!!~~~~
~~~THINK OF ME WHEN YOU WAKE UP TOMORROW~I WILL BE 40 YEARS OLD!!!!!~~~~

Monday, February 22, 2010

One of the Best Weekends in a LONG TIME!!!!

I have to say and I just have to tell everyone that I had one of the Best Weekends I have had in such a long long time. It is no secret that I HATE shopping. I have said it a million times. BUT this weekend, I got my taxes back (Thank God) and I spent the WHOLE entire Day on Saturday SHOPPING!! But it was more than Shopping. I left my house at 10:00 in the morning. ALL by myself. And I went wherever, however, and for as long as I wanted to go. I went shopping ALL by myself. It was so wonderful. If I wanted to go to a particular store, I went, and when I was ready to leave, I left. I did not have an agenda. I did not have a purpose. I did not have to answer to anyone. I did not have to cater to anyone else decisions. I was ALL alone and I truly had a Fantastic day. I left at 10:00 in the morning and I didn't get back home till 11:00 that night. AND to top it ALL OFF~~~~~~ I bought 2 complete outfits, pants, shirts, shoes, and bras, and nightgowns, PLUS lunch and dinner ALLLLLL FOR Under $100.00. YES I did. I hit all the clearance racks of all the stores I went into and found the GREATEST sales. SO let me tell you about what I bought. I was so excited. I bought a Really nice Dressy type of outfit. I still don't ware dresses. LOL. But I got these black Dress pants, with silky looking stripes on them, really nice, you would have to see them. Anyway the original price on them was $54.00 and I got them for $7.00 Can you believe that? Wow that is what I said too. Then I got this silky dressy shirt and the original price on it was $32.00 and I got it for $6.99. Yea for real. Then I got some jeans and the original price on them was $29.99 and I got them for $8.99. And I got a regular shirt for $5.00 and the original price on that was $14.00. Yeah I was super excited at that point. So then I got two nightgowns buy one and get one free for $7.00. Another Clearance Rack special. Loved it. Then I got shoes and I hate shoes but I needed a pair of nice black casual shoes to go with everything. And I got black shoes for only $15.99 and the original price was $30.00 and another pair of shoes for only $11.99 and the original price was $27.00. So my point is that I had the best time ever in my entire LIFE ~~~~~ SHOPPING!!!! And I hate shopping!!! But I really wanted to go shopping on Saturday all by myself and it truly was a great day. But let me tell you that this will in NO WAY, SHAPE, or FORM convert me to a shopper. I was just in the mood to shop that day and spend some ME time alone all day. It was great. And then when I was done shopping, I went to my sister Angela's house and hung out with her for a little while talking about her upcoming wedding to Nelson. Then we played some games for a little bit. And then I finally went home it was about 11:00. Then the next day, I got all the boys together to clean the house for a little bit because after not being home all day, and all these boys in my house needless to say, the house was not up to my standards. Then when we were done cleaning the house, one of my best friends and her daughters came over to hang out and play some games and spend the day together. We made tacos for dinner and just had a great time hanging out. It was so fun. I was so happy all weekend long. It was great.
So with this shopping trip let me just tell you I STILL HATE SHOPPING!! But I am so glad I did it this weekend. I found some really really awesome clothes at some really really awesome deals and I did it ALL BY MYSELF and spent the ENTIRE day by myself. And after all the stress and busy work and meetings and all that I have had to do in the past two weeks, it was a great release to spend the day by myself.
Also I was excited to be able to get caught up on some of the bills that we have been behind on because of Sam not working. Not that paying bills is exciting, but it was nice to be able to pay some things up to date so that they aren't going to be taken away from us or be cut off on us. You know what I mean. Anyway it was a really good weekend and I KNOW Next Weekend is going to be Wonderful Too!! I can't wait. Only 4 more days until MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

~~~~~HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND~~~
~~& ~~
~~~HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK THIS WEEK~~~~~

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Birthday COUNTDOWN!!!!!

In Exactly 1 Week, February 26th, I will be 40 Years Old!!!! WooooHoooo I can not wait. First of all I LOVE celebrating my birthday. I ALWAYS Have. Second of All I will be 40 and I am in the Best Shape of MY entire Life, both Physically and Mentally. And Third of all I will be Partying with about 150 of my closest Friends. So I am SUPER EXCITED to be having My Birthday next week.

Every since I was little girl I have always loved my birthday. I can remember my mom making me feel so special on my birthdays. She used to make me little corsages to wear around all day long at school. And she would dress me up all pretty and do my hair and just make me really feel special on my birthday. She would make me my favorite dinner or let me watch my favorite tv show. We would play my favorite family game or sing my favorite songs. What ever I really really loved doing and what ever was my favorite thing to do on my birthday, my mom always let us do. I remember she made me corsages every year on my birthday and for the number I turned she would have that many "things" in the corsage. It was so unique, and only she can make it and make me feel special. Like when I turned 12 I remember she made me a corsage with 12 pieces of gum on it. And when I turned 13 she made me a corsage with like 13 life savors on it. Things like that. I don't remember the specifics of what was on each one each year, but I remember getting one every year and LOVING It. I wore it ALL day long at school all the time. And then for dinner she would make me SPARE RIBS. That was one of my favorite dinners growing up. Just little things like that that we did on my birthday really made me LOVE my birthday. And to this DAY I Still LOVE MY BIRTHDAY. I don't get the corsages anymore or have mom cook dinner for me when I get home. But I sure do get excited about my birthday. And I always remember when it was my birthday I would always want to be OLDER then I actually was. I still think that way. I always want to be older. I LOVE the fact that I am turning 40 this year. As you may know, I had gastric bypass surgery about 1 1/2 years ago. At first I was not sure that is what I wanted to do. But I was not getting any younger and I wanted to stay healthy and live a longer and healthier life. SO I did have that surgery. And I can honestly say, that is the best thing I have ever done in my entire life. I feel absolutely FANTASTIC, AMAZING, WONDERFUL and with that I am in THE BEST SHAPE of my LIFE. So Turning 40 feels EXCITING to me this year because I can actually do and feel and move and not have any problems. So that is one reason I am excited about turning 40. Another reason is that I am very very involved in my State Education Association and the Friday night, my birthday, I am going to a conference in Rehoboth Beach where about 150 other people will be there. And if you know me, EVERYONE knows me. When I walk in the room, it is like Norm from Cheers. LOL. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE knows me and says HI and hugs and kisses, and you get the picture. Well so there will be about 150 people there and on Friday, the first night of the conference there is always a DJ and a party that night. SO what more can I ask for on MY BIRTHDAY!!! Turn 40!!! Feel Fantastic!!! Dance my Ass off!!! 150 of my closest Friends!!! And at the beach for the weekend!!!

~~~So Next Friday when you wake up in the morning, Think of ME!!!! :)~~~
~~~For I will be ONE Happy 40 year old in Dover, Delaware~~~

Monday, February 15, 2010

L@@K WHO'S 14 Today!!!!



Look at those blues EYE!! Cody's Birthday is Today!!! He is Now 14 years Old!!!

Can you believe it!!! Look at him NOW Growing up like a WEED!!!



This picture was taken this past summer, I really need a new camera. But Cody has grown up even more this past 2 months. Wait to you see him when I get a new picture up on here.
~~~~HAPPY BIRTHDAY CODY~~~~WE LOVE YOU!!!!~~~~~

Saturday, February 13, 2010

YEAH I GOT OUT!!!!!

I hate staying in the house for too long it drives me Absolutely Crazy. I am not a stay home type of person. I always need to be doing something. So last night I posted on my Facebook if anyone wanted to go out to lunch with me. Well that didn't work. I guess everyone was busy today or didn't want to go to lunch with me. But oh well, I didn't take it personal and I didn't let that stop me. So I got up this morning, got myself together and I went out. I had no agenda, no destination, no nothing. So I ended up at Byler's Country Store. It is an Amish run store here in Dover. If you haven't ever been there and if you are ever in Dover Del you really need to go there. They just have the neatest things to look at and browse around. They have all kinds of homemade Amish food, baked goods, candies, etc. And they have all kinds of Homemade Crafts, and knick knack type of things, Collectibles. Just different things that would not normally see at like Walmart or Target. It is just a really neat store. So I browsed there for a little while, wish I had money to buy a whole bunch of stuff. I love all the wood things that have there. When I get my taxes, I want to go back there and maybe get a little something for myself. I love wood things. Anyway I came home with some homemade Amish Bread fresh out of the oven. Man the smell in my van was unbelievable. And I got some little mint things with the sprinkles on them. I love them little tiny things. And then I got some fresh cut meats there, they have the best spare ribs. Anyway after that store I went to the regular grocery store and got a few things from there and then I came home. I don't have any money and I really didn't want to go "shopping" anywhere if I didn't have any money. But it was nice to get out anyway and enjoy some fresh air and just some time by myself. So now I am home and back on the computer for a little while and then I am going to make Tater Tot Casserole for dinner. I love that stuff. My sister Peggy taught me how to make it and we all love it here at my house, except for Tyler. He doesn't like all his food touching each other and because this is a casserole thingy he won't even try it. What ever, more for us right.

Tomorrow is Valentines day and we have no plans for anything at all. Without much money to even do anything at all it is hard to do anything for Valentines day. So I am just going to make a nice dinner for us and just spend time together. When our taxes come back, then me and Sam will have a "Date Night". But until then, we are broke. So no plans for us on Valentines Day. If you all have plans for Valentines Day I wish you the best of happiness for Valentines Day and I hope you and yours have a Wonderful Time.

Monday is Cody's Birthday. He is going to be 14 years old already. So I am letting him invite like 3 of his friends over on Monday since we don't have school anyway and they can all hang out and play games or do what ever boys do and I will make a cake for him and all. But not a Party per say, because he said he is too old for a party. And then I was going to make his favorite dinner for him which is Hamburger Helper. No one else in this whole house likes hamburger helper except Cody. He loves that stuff. So I will make that for him and I will make something else for everyone else. If you ever talked to Cody he will tell you about this one time when he was at Aunt Ang's house and she made him Hamburger helper and he ate the entire pot of it, what ever anyone else didn't eat. And apparently she made like 3 boxes of it. So you can imagine how much was in there. But he loves that stuff and he will eat all of it if I let him. But I do not let him eat it all at once. He eats it and then has it for lunch the next day. So that is what Cody is getting for his birthday, friends over, a cake, hamburger helper, and a gift card for Walmart (when our taxes come in).

~~~~EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND~~~~
~~~~~H*A*P*P*Y*****V*A*L*E*N*T*I*N*E*'S*****D*A*Y~~~~~

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What day is it?

Man I have to tell you, by not going to work all week, I am sure loosing track of what day it is and what time it is. It is crazy. I am starting to go stir crazy sitting home all the time. I am NOT a sit home type of person. I have to be busy doing and going and doing and going ALL THE TIME!!! And being home ALL week, stuck in the house, is JUST SO NOT ME!!!!! I haven't gone to work, had a meeting, or a doctor appointment or ANYTHING ALL WEEK and it is starting to drive me CRAZY!!! I really did like it on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and even into Tuesday. BUT Now, I'm DONE!! I'm sick of staying home. I'm ready to get back to work and back to my life again. I am ready to be busy and out and doing things.
My boys have been getting along so good with each other all week and it has been so nice here that it has been so quiet so I really like that part. If they had been fighting and carrying on I think I would have gone crazy by now. One thing that has been good about me staying home all week is that my house is spotless and I have been cooking a lot. But that also leads to eating too much and munching cus I am bored. But what else is there to do right?? LOL.
Anyway so some really good news right now. Sam is out there working today. He is helping one of my friends husband who owns a contracting company and he is shoveling out businesses and different places and he is getting $12 an hour to shovel and he will be doing that for like the whole weekend. He went there at 7:00 this morning and he is working till 5:00 and doing it again tomorrow. He and the guy are getting a long really really good and said to Sam that when his business picks up in the spring he may hire Sam on as a carpenter to help him out. THAT would be totally AWESOME!!!! We shall see what happens. So far so good. He is out there making a little bit of money for now and he is enjoying himself so I'm happy. The boys are outside making tunnels and shoveling out my van and making a huge snowman and just having so much fun. Tyler insisted on wearing 3 pairs of pants. I told him it is not that cold out and that he didn't have to wear all that much stuff but he said he didn't want to freeze to death out there. Kids are so funny sometime. It just creates more laundry for me which is fine, cus I am caught up in that too and I needed something to do anyway.
Tonight I am not making anything for dinner. I know right. But no we have so much stuff left over from last night and the night before that we really need to clean out the fridge so we are going to just heat all that stuff up.

~~~EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT THURSDAY NIGHT AND STAY WARM & SAFE~~~

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

No School till Tuesday

Well another big huge blast of Snow is hitting us right now and man it is so windy out there. I have never seen this much snow in all my life, one right after another after another like it has been. THIS is Crazy. AND I hear and see on the Weather Channel that another snow storm is brewing up coming this Sunday night into Monday. WHAT THE HECK are we going to do?? I'm just really Thankful that I live right off the highway if I really really did need to get out I could. But I don't have to go anywhere. I went out yesterday for a few things and I am set for a while.
They just called off school for the rest of the week here. We are not going back to school till Tuesday. Monday is President's day so it is a holiday anyway, so we are off till Tuesday. I hear there are 2 schools in Delaware where their roof has collapsed. Wow that is not good. Depending on what comes our way on Sunday and Monday, we will see if we go back to school on Tuesday. But I am not complaining. I have had a whole lot of time on my hands to do ME things. I been cleaning my house like crazy. I love a clean and organized house. I have been playing on my farm and face book a lot. I have been reading my People magazines. I get People magazines delivered because I support the Delaware Special Olympics. I have been getting People Mags for years. They always seem to pile up though because I don't get the chance to read them much. But this week, I think I have read 3 already. And I have been relaxing and COOKING. I made a killer faux Thanksgiving dinner last night. It was so good. Tonight I am making party food for dinner. That's what my boys call it anyway. I am making wings, meatballs, lil smokies, perogies, tater tots, and cut up veggie tray. I just feel like having finger type foods. I have been thinking of posting like a menu thing on here for a couple different reasons. One so that other people can get ideas for dinner and I can get ideas from other people for dinners and two so that I can share recipes for things that I really like to cook. Cus I LOVE to cook especially for other people the more the merrier. LOL. I think I need to have a SNOW party and invite all kinds of family and friends over so I can cook~~Anyone coming???

Today has been a Lazy day here. Me and Cody are the only ones awake right now. Lil Sam and Sam were watching a movie in my room and the movie ended up watching them. And Tyler was reading a book in his room and fell asleep while reading. But hey what else can we do on this snow day?? Cody is watching tv and I am on here. So it is so quiet in here right now and I love it.

~~~I THINK WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH SNOW NOW~~~
~~~IT CAN STOP ANYTIME NOW~~~

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday's Adventure

Good morning. I just realized that I have not posted anything on here since Saturday. I am slacking. So this morning it is Tuesday and Yes we are home from school again because of the snow. The roads are still very bad out there. They plowed but they didn't plow the whole road, there was no where to put the snow. So they only plowed like a lane or so for the cars to pass through. So needless to say buses can not get through them so we are off of school again today. Another day we will just have to make up at the end of the year. But anyway, we are expecting more SNOW tonight into tomorrow. I just do not know what we are going to do with all this snow. I was out there shoveling yesterday for like 5 hours. It is backbreaking work. I tell you. This morning I am so sore. But I had to get my van out from under the first snow before more got on top of it. So I am venturing out to the store before the next round of it leaves us in the house for a few more days. But one of the good things about being home all this time, is I have been COOKING up a storm. I LOVE To cook and I don't get the chance to do it too much with me working all the time. I made home made beef stew in the crock pot on Friday. I made Breakfast for dinner on Sunday night. I made home made baked ziti last night. And tonight I am making Cornish hens and stuffing just like thanksgiving. I have to get some cranberry sauce. You can't have faux Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce. LOL. So when I go to the store today I am going to get some things to make some killer dinners since I suspect we will be snowed in for a few more days.
I didn't get the chance to update on my blog this past Sunday but I did not loose any more weight again. I suspect I have hit my plateau. I have lost 163 lbs and no more. I have not gained any at all and I am maintaining my weight loss wonderfully. I am doing fantastic with all of this. I have bones I never knew I had before. LOL!!! I went from a size 30 W in pants and 3 or 4 X in tops to a size 16-18W in pants and a size L in tops. Can you believe that??? I am super excited about it. I have a ton of friends who have been giving me clothes, Thank God cus I can't afford to buy any right now. So I have a ton of clothes saved up in my closet and I can't even wear half of them right now cus you can only wear just so much. So I am doing ok on clothes right now thanks to all of my friends. I am going to take some of my taxes that I get back and buy me some snow boots though. I don't have any and shoveling snow in sneakers is not fun let me tell you.
Did I tell you that I am going to a conference the weekend of my birthday? My birthday is Friday February 26th and I am going to a conference that night in Rehoboth Beach. And that first night we always have a DJ and we party all night long. So I am looking forward to this birthday so much ~~ 1. because I will be 40 years old and I am super excited about that.
~~ 2. because I will be partying with about 150 of my closest friends. ~~ 3. and I will be at the beach with no kids, no husbands, no work, no nothing but my DSEA friends and family. I am super excited. ~~~ So while I am down there, if my taxes come in by then I plan on going a little bit of shopping for myself and spend some money on ME. Something I NEVER get to do. I always have to pay bills, or get things for the house but I never get the just spend money on myself. SO that is what I plan on doing for this year's birthday.
Well before I write a complete book, I better get off of here.

~~~Stay Safe and Stay Warm~~~More Snow is Coming our Way~~~

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow, and MORE SNOW!!!

WOW!!!! That is all I can say is WOW!!! This is sure a huge Blizzard we are having. We have not had this much snow in YEARS!!! Thank God I don't have to go anywhere, I wouldn't be able to. The state of Delaware along with lots of other states around the mid Atlantic are under a state of emergency. We have so much snow out here we can't even open either one of our doors to go outside if we wanted to. And it is still snowing. We have over 2 feet of snow already and they say we are going to be getting at least a foot more before it is all done. Good thing we got plenty of food and our electric is still on. I feel really really bad, almost half of the whole state of Delaware does not have power at this time. Over 36% of the state is without power. MAN and it is Freezing out there. I feel so helpless for all of my friends and family out there without electric right now. It must be so cold and miserable out there. I told everyone to come over here if they can get out, we will just all camp out and make the best of it but no one can even get out of their house if they wanted to right now. I just feel so bad for everyone. All the food in their freezers and fridge will be going bad. They all said they are going to put their food outside. And just walk around with layers of clothes on and blankets all day. Some have fireplaces, so that helps if they can open the door to bring the wood in. But I feel so bad for so many of the people in Delaware right now. I am so lucky and blessed that we are ok. I made a big breakfast and I have dinner in the crock pot already just in case the electric does go out anytime today, at least our dinner will be done. I have stew in the crock pot. It is pretty much cooking on high all day so it will be done by like 4 or so in case we run out of electric dinner will be done. And I have a ton of PB&J and bread and cereal in case we loose our electric. It is scary though to be going through this blizzard and not have electric, heat, water, or food.
But anyway, we are doing good. Hanging around the house, getting things done that I have been putting off for a while since I have been so busy. The boys and Sam are watching movies and hanging out all day. So everyone is safe, sound, and warm right now. Not going anywhere.
I hope all my friends and family out in VA, WV, PA, MD, NJ, NY, and NC are all doing ok throughout this blizzard. I think I will be calling some of them this afternoon.

~~~BE SAFE~~~~&~~~~STAY WARM~~~

Thursday, February 4, 2010

All set for another big snow storm

Man Delaware and the entire Mid Atlantic states have sure seen their fair share of snow lately. We have not had this much snow in YEARS!! A few days before Christmas, we got like over 2 feet of snow, then a few weeks later, we got about 6 or 7 inches, then the other day we got another 4 or 5 inches on top of all that was still left from before Christmas. AND NOW starting Tomorrow afternoon and All night Friday into Saturday we are supposed to get SLAMMED with a Blizzard that they say can give us more than 2 feet of snow. DAM Delaware has not seen that much snow in one winter since 1957. And Winter is still not over yet. I don't know about you, but Dang enough is enough already. Now I know what my mom and dad and Lynn go through up there in the mountains of West Virginia. LOL. We are so not used to all this snow. So far we have to make up 3 days of school already at the end of the year and this snow storm coming this weekend, we will probably have to add more days to our count of make up days. AND then I hear we are in for another round of snow come Wednesday into Thursday. DAM where is all this snow coming from??? SO I went to the grocery store after work today along with about 5000 other people who live in Dover. MAN it was so crowed, OH MY GOSH!!! It was INSANE!!! What usually takes me about less then 1 hour from walking in to walking out the grocery store took me over 2 hours. AND I HATE GROCERY SHOPPING!!!!! Did you hear that people I hate grocery shopping and they kept me in that store for over 2 hours. After working all day and going to an appointment with Cody, yea so needless to say, when I got home, I was exhausted. So when I get home from work tomorrow, I WILL NOT BE going or doing anything until we have to go back to school again after this snow. THANK GOD because I really could use a break. I am so exhausted. I have to catch up on my farm LOL, and some paperwork and I want to read a book this weekend. I have not had the chance to read a book in a while.

~~~STAY WARM!!! STAY INSIDE!!! STAY SAFE!!! AND ENJOY THE SNOW COMING!!!~~~

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I am Going to LAS VEGAS BABY!!!!

I am so excited. I have just been notified that I got picked to go to the National Educational Association Educational Support Professional (NEA-ESP) Conference in Las Vegas!!! I am going to the Presidents workshop, which means that this workshop is for all the presidents of their local associations. And there are only 3 people from the whole state of Delaware that have gotten picked to go. There were over 50 people who put in for it to go. So out of about 50-55 people who put their interest letter in, I got picked to go. I am super excited. I am going on Tuesday March 9th till Sunday March 14th.
I have to say, with me being so active in my union, it sure is allowing me to travel a lot lately. I was able to go to San Diego last summer and now Las Vegas, and in July I am going to New Orleans. And is so cool. All expense paid to go and learn, have fun, and become a better leader in my local association. It is so wonderful.
AND I can't wait to find out if I have been selected as the ESP of the year in the State of Delaware. I hope to find out about that by the end of this month. Don't worry, I will be sure to post all about it if I win. Trust me!!!!!

Well, anyway, I don't know where you all live, but we are getting ready to be slammed with more snow tonight and into tomorrow. We got like 6 inches of snow the other day that is still out there and we are going to be getting more on top of that. AND I heard that we are in for a wild Blizzard like conditions this weekend and we could get like over 2 feet of more snow. OK so I have to say, I LOVE SNOW!!! BUT DAM ENOUGH already. I am so dam cold I can't take it anymore. I am always freezing all the time. But I will get used to it soon.

So just encase you didn't know, today is or was Sam's Birthday. He turned 43 years old today. We really didn't do anything at all. I had a meeting after work today and I didn't get home till about 7:30, which he was fine with, but that didn't give us much time to spend together for like dinner and movie or what ever. Because when I got home, I had to do laundry, dishes, and the boys needed their showers and now it is like time for me to go to bed. I don't have anything planed tomorrow so I plan on making him so killer dinner tomorrow night to make up for tonight. I think I am going to make him a cake too. He loves Chocolate cake. So I will have to make him that.
He is doing ok but we are still looking for a job for him. He really doesn't even work at the motorcycles place he was working at anymore. He was there for like 3 or 4 hours like 3 or 4 days a week, but he doesn't even do that anymore. They call him only when they need him and they said they don't need him anymore. It really sucks!!! We are so dam broke right now, I hate it. It is so dam stressful. We are trying our hardest just make ends meet and we are so far behind in all of our bills. It is crazy. I am just hoping and praying that we don't loose everything we have. But we only can take one day at a time.

EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR NIGHT!!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My ThreeReidBoys!!!

For the past few weeks, I have just been saying that the boys are doing good, they are fine and all that. I have been posting about how busy I have been and other things like that. So today I have decided to do a true update on my Threereidboys.

~~~My Lil Sam is now 16 years old. Can you believe that? He will be 17 in June. He has his driver's license and can drive all over the place. He does not have to have a parent or guardian in the car with him anymore. I can not believe my boy is driving. He is a Junior in High School already and he will be graduating from Polytech High School next June. He is doing fantastic in school. Polytech is a Technical high school, kind of like a trade school. They go in and do all kinds of shops and trades to better prepare them for their future. I love Polytech. He is in the Carpentry field at school and is EXCELLING At it. The teacher said he has natural talent in wood working. He hopes to become a carpenter when he graduates and the good thing about this school is they line up job interviews and help find jobs before the student actually graduates so that when he does graduate he will already have a job. He is learning both outside carpentry and inside. Like building houses, sheds, barns, etc. And also building cabinets, tables, entertainment centers, shelves, etc inside. So when he graduates, he will be able to find a job either outside or inside because he will be certified to do either one. And that is fantastic in today's world. He is on the honor roll at school with his academic grades too, and the teachers just LOVE him. He is the most respectful, outgoing, loving person. He is doing fantastic. He does not have a girlfriend at all yet, he said he does not need those kind of headaches LOL his exact words. He is into working out and exercising lately too. He wants to join the wrestling team in school next year. I hope he can. I am just so incredibly proud of the boy he is and the man he is becoming. This is him this past summer, but he has gotten a hair cut since then.

~~~My Cody is 13 years old already can you believe how fast they are growing up. He will be 14 on February 15. Cody is in the 8th grade already and we just found out that he has now been accepted into Polytech High School too. He is Super Excited about that. Back in October, we did the tour of the school, and although I know what the school is like because of Sam going there, Cody didn't and he was very interested in it. So when we did the tour and filled out the application, he was so excited he wanted to go there right then and there. LOL I told him we had to wait to see if he gets accepted or not. See Polytech, because it is a technical/trade school they only take a handful of kids, they don't accept everyone. It is not like a normal public school. You have to fill out an application, have really good grades, and go through and interview. And when your there, you have to maintain good grades, and can't be a "problem" student.

Cody has never been a Problem student EVER. He goes along with the flow and a very easy going student. Very Respectful, shy, loving child. All my boys are very respectful. If there is anything I have demanded out of my children is they respect people and I think we have accomplished that. Cody is finishing out the 8th grade with honors. And he is doing fantastic. He wants to go into Electronics or Aviation when he goes into high school. He said he either wants to find out how things work, like TVs, computers, radios, etc. Take them apart and put them together again and see how they work. Or he said he would like to be a Pilot. He is very much into MATH & SCIENCE. He is so dam smart in Math and Science it is crazy. He is extremely good with his hands too. Doing fine motor activities and working with tiny pieces, he can be entertained for HOURS. He loves fiddling with things. That's why I really think he is going to go into electronics or maybe even become an engineer. Who knows but I do know Cody is a Smart, smart kid and he will go very far in life. As long as he doesn't argue with everyone. If I have to say one negative thing about Cody, is that he has to Argue Everything. He always wants to have the last word, and always thinks he is right all the time. Sam said he is definitely MY Son. (I guess I can not deny that). Oh and since this picture, which was taken in June, Cody has lost 10 lbs and has grown like a weed. He is almost as tall as Sam, he passed Lil Sam in height already. He is growing into his body. He is maturing a lot. And his hair is super curly right now.


~~~My Tyler Baby, No longer a baby anymore, but will always be my baby. :)


Tyler is 11 years old already and will be 12 in June. His birthday is the day after lil Sam's. Tyler is in the 6th grade and will be in Junior High school next year. I can not believe how fast my boys have grown up. He is on the HIGH Honor Roll this whole year. He has not gotten anything lower then an A in school this whole year. And the year is halfway over. He has always been on the honor roll in school since he started school, but he got some B's here and there, but never has he has nothing but A's on his whole report card. Like all 4 marking periods, he would have an occasional B. But this report card, he has ALL A's can you believe that? HE is so, so, so, smart. Tyler LOVES to READ. He is in the 6th grade and reads well above the 11th grade level. I would find him in his room all quite and not knowing what he is doing and he would be curled up on his bed with a book. He gets that from me, I love to read. And the stuff he reads is way beyond his age. He said he just loves to read and imagine he is in the story. He wants to be a writer when he gets older. And as long as he has loved to read and has excelled in Reading, I truly think he will become a writer one day. He even has written 2 "books" already. And of course they are of TURTLES!!! Tyler is Passionate about Turtles. LOVES turtles, wants to know everything there is about turtles, has a huge collection of turtles. From stuffed animal turtles, books on turtles, toy turtles, just Turtles Turtles Turtles. SO with Tyler's two passions in live, Reading and Turtles he may become a Marine Biologist Author. All I know is he will go far in life because of how smart he is and how much he loves reading and turtles. He is doing fantastic, the only problem he is having is with Peer pressure. Because he is so smart and wears glasses, the kids at school are picking on him so much, it hurts me to see him like this. He is depressed a lot to go to school and especially eat lunch with all of them in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is so loud and crazy and they all pick on and bully him. I hate peer pressure. Kids can be so mean sometimes. I wish he can eat lunch by himself, but he needs friends too and I don't want to isolate him. So we are dammed if we do and dammed if we don't. But he said he knows that those kids are just jealous of him and as long as it doesn't interfere with his school work, he really can care less about what other kids say about him. Great Attitude if I do say so myself.

I am Extremely Proud of how my boys are turning out. They are all doing Fantastic in School. They are all EXTREMELY Respectful Individuals. And they are all turning into very Responsible Men. It has not always been an easy road, but if I were too look back on it, I think they have turned out to be Great Kids. I thank God to have them in my Life!!!!

~~~~ENJOY YOUR CHILDREN WHILE THEY ARE STILL YOUNG~~~~

~FOR NEXT THING YOU KNOW~

~~~THEY ARE GROWN YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN~~~~~

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Night with a cup of HOT TEA

YEAH!!! I can not tell you how happy I am that it is Finally Friday Night. As you know, I LOVE TO STAY busy, but DAM every single night this week after work and during work and in the morning and all dam week long, I have had meeting after meeting after meeting. I am not complaining in any way, shape, or form, but with all those meetings, I have not been home much this week at all. So my house has missed me. Along with keeping busy, I can NOT STAND a messy house. I am one of the most organized, neat freaks. Everything has a place and everything has to be in order, (just ask my sister Peggy). LOL. So with all these meetings, things are getting piled up at home and I NEED this weekend to get caught up. Laundry, paperwork, grocery shopping, ect. Just everyday things that I have not had that much time to do because I have had so many dam meetings this week. SO right at this moment, I am sitting here on a Friday night enjoying a very hot cup of tea (something I have become addicted to, I might say), and enjoying that fact that it is the weekend and I will have 3 days away from meetings. Next week I only have 3 meetings so that isn't too bad. This week, NO LIE, I had 8 meetings in the course of one week. Some days I had two and three meetings in one day. Thank GOD I am an organized person so I can keep things in order for each meeting I was involved in. LOL. I don't know how I do it sometimes. I have to change hats a lot during the course of these meetings because some things are for school, some things are for my boys, and somethings are for DSEA. So WOW I'm exhausted just talking about it. So I'll get off of here and enjoy my hot tea. LOL.

Tomorrow, after I sleep in, I am not LEAVING MY HOUSE AT ALL. I need a break and my house is calling me.

~~~~EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND~~~~

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A very busy week

I really don't know what I would do if My life was not so busy. I don't ever get the chance to be bored. I remember when I was younger I used to always tell my mom "I'm Bored." Well mom, I am NEVER BORED NOW!!! LOL!!!

I work all day every day, and I am (as one of my co-workers called me today) a Meeting Queen. LOL. I am so involved with Delaware State Education Association. I totally believe in the Union for protection and power. So I have had meetings every night this week. And being the president of my local union sure keeps me busy. SO YES I AM NEVER BORED. IF anything, I am TOO BUSY at times. But you know what, I LOVE It that way. I Love being busy, I love being active, I love helping people and I Love what I do. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't busy. I think it must be some kind of ADHD or something, I don't know, LOL.



So if you have been reading my blog, you read that I am being Nominated as the ESP (Educational Support Professional) {teacher's aide} of the Year in the Whole State of DELAWARE!!! I am SUPER EXCITED about that. I had to create a professional portfolio to submit along with the application for my nomination . Well, I just submitted this portfolio today and It came out wonderful. I am extremely proud of the work I did on it and the work I do everyday. If I get selected as the ESP of the Year for the whole state, what an incredible HONOR that will be. I will be on a cloud for DAYS!! It means so much to me to be nominated for this position you have no idea. The next step in this nomination is to be called in for an interview. And that will happen sometime in Mid February. And the results of this selection will be by the beginning of March. I will be calling EVERYONE I know if I become the ESP of the year. I will be honored at a Banquet dinner, I will receive a plaque, a monetary gift, and I will have to make a speech and everything. I will then be the State Representative for all ESP in the state of Delaware. I will be invited to do different speaking engagements, I will do a whole lot more traveling. And then I will be in the running for the NATIONAL ESP of the Year. OH MY GOSH if that happens, WOW. So as I go through this next month or so, I will be on pins and needles waiting to find out the results of this nomination. I do of 5 or 6 other people in the state that are being nominated for this position. You have to be extremely the best in your job classification and several other criteria in order to be nominated, it is not just anyone and everyone can be nominated. It has to be like the best in your field type of thing. And you know what, after doing this for 25 years, I am the best in my field. LOL. If I win this, I want my mom and dad and everyone to come the banquet dinner to see me receive this award. I am just so excited about this right now.

SO I will keep you all posted as to how it is going.

Anyway, other then that, everything is going great here. Wish Sam had a DAM JOB though. It really sucks. One day soon I hope we find something I just don't know what we are going to do. But we are managing.



WELL~~~EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR NIGHT AND HAVE A WONDERFUL THURSDAY~~~

Saturday, January 23, 2010

HI From the Beach

Too bad it is too cold to enjoy the beach. But I am in Rehoboth Beach for the weekend doing a training with DSEA and enjoying the "break" per say from my everyday "home" life. We are on our lunch break now so I thought it would be nice to check on my blog, farm, email, and my facebook. LOL
I will be here just till the end of today and then be going back home tonight. Too bad I didn't have any money or anything I would be going shopping, or stay another night in the hotel and enjoy some ME time. But I can't do that right now. So I will have to go back home and back to the every home life I have to experience. LOL.
So I called Sam this morning to see how things are going at home and see what's happening. He says they boys are fighting as usual. Cody and Tyler have been FIGHTING seems like NON STOP. I just don't know what to do about it anymore. I Know when I was younger, my mom and dad said that me and Angela used to fight ALL the time too. Now I guess I am getting my payback for giving my parents such a hard time while I was growing up. BUT DAM does this ever end???? Lil Sam doesn't fight with either one of them and he is fine with all of them. But the other two, I sware, I WANT TO HANG THEM UP BY THEIR TOES!!!!!!! Sam also told me that Tyler was tired of waiting and it was bothering him that he had to wait so long that he CUT HIS OWN HAIR!!! He needs a hair cut really bad, I will give him that, but I told him I will be going away for the weekend and that on Sunday I will take him to get his hair cut but he just could not wait any more and I guess it was getting all his eyes and all. SO he took the scissors and chopped off a big chunk off the top of his head by his forehead. So needless to say, I was not too happy to hear about that. Now we have to basically give him a BUZZ cut in the middle of winter and I don't like the idea of his hair being that short in the middle of the winter. But he brought it on himself so he will have to deal with it. Kids, man what the heck were we thinking. LOL.

Anyway, I will post more tomorrow. I have to get back to my trainings and all.

~~~~EVERYONE ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR WEEKEND!!!!~~~~

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday's Newsflash!!!

Well another weekend has come and gone. Can you believe how fast this weekend has flown by. I had a lot of paper work to do for this honor that I am being nominated for. And I had some paper work to do for the para stuff. SO I have been pretty busy this weekend. Can't believe the weekend is over already. But the good thing is We are off of school tomorrow because of Martin Luther King's bday. So we have another day to rest up. I got most of my work done this weekend so I will be spending tomorrow just resting and chilling. I did manage to get all of the laundry caught up, so I won't have to do any of that tomorrow. My plan tomorrow is basically Nothing!!! Lol. I am such a planner, organizer, things have to get done type of person. So when I don't have any plans it is so funny and unbelievable. But it's true all the work I had to do is caught up, the house work is caught up. So I think I am going to watch my new movie that I won on ebay. It is called Nights in Rodanthe. It is a movie based on the book by Nicholas Sparks. Not only do I have EVERY single book Nicholas Sparks has ever written, I also have every single Movie that was done based on his books. SO I just got that movie in yesterday and I think I will actually watch it tomorrow. Sounds like a plan. LOL. I feel better, I have a plan. LOL.

Anyway, again I did my weigh in and did not loose any more weight. I am going to start having to think of something else, weekly, to post about because not loosing anymore weight and posting about it will become monotous. I am certainly NOT complaining that I did not loose any more weight. I think 163 lbs lost is Incredible. And I think It is outstanding and I feel fantastic. But not loosing any more weight and keep posting about it will be boring.

It has been raining all day long today. And it is that cold, cold rain. Brings chills right through you. I have had a jacket on in the house all day long. I have been so cold. And I only went out for like an hour today. But it was so cold out there today. I hate winter. I hate being so dam cold. I have to say that since I have lost all of this weight, that is one of the side effects that is taking a long time getting used to. I am ALWAYS cold. Doctor said it is normal and will take about a year to adjust. If you think about it, I had so much insulation when I was heavier and now I have lost it all so I have nothing to protect me anymore from the cold weather. But I would rather put on a few layers of clothes then put a few layers of insulation back on. LOL. SO I am sitting here drinking a really nice cup of HOT tea, wearing my jacket and slippers and I feel really good right now.

WELL EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR MONDAY, IF YOU ARE OFF OF WORK ENJOY IT!!!
IF YOU HAVE TO WORK MONDAY, ENJOY IT!!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's Almost Friday

Tomorrow is Friday and that would complete a very full week of Work and Meetings for me. I have been so dam busy this week, it is crazy. I have a meeting all day long tomorrow. I am not even going to work. I am an Exec Brd Member for DSEA and we have a meeting tomorrow. SO when that is over, I will be so happy that it is the weekend. I have a meeting or an appointment ever single day after work all next week too. It's crazy how I can actually keep up with it all. I don't know how I do it either. But I do. And next weekend I will be in Rehoboth doing a training all weekend so Sam and the boys will be home alone all weekend. They will be fine just as long as there is food in the house. LOL.

Not much of anything else has been happening around here. Work, school, meetings, and appointments. Get up and do it all over again the next day.

Sam is still looking for a job and it really really sucks. He still works part time which that does help but dam it is sure tight right now, I don't know how we are going to be able to survive and keep all the things we have, like the house, the van, the electric, etc. It really sucks. I sure do wish this economy will pick back up again and soon!!!

No plans for this weekend except to finish up my portfolio for the nomination for me the DSEA ESP of the year. Other then that, I am going to hang out with one of my very best friends. She had surgery right before Christmas and she has been out of work since then and won't be back till Feb 1 and I sure do miss her a whole lot. And she is finally feeling better and able to drive (short distances) and she wants to come out of her house so dam bad. She said she needs to see other 4 walls other then her own. So her and her daughters are going to come over on Saturday and hang out and have dinner and play games and all. So that is going to be fun. Other then that I have no other plans. I just want to chill and relax and get rested up for the next full week of by busy life.

SO EVERYONE HAVE A WONDERFUL FRIDAY TOMORROW
~~~AND~~~
A FANTASTIC WEEKEND!!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today is Tuesday, it's really Tuesday!!!

LOL every morning at work, we sing this song. Today is __________ (M,T,W,T,F) etc. It's really _________ from early morning to late at night, while we are working, while we are playing, don't forget it's Tuesday today!! (sung to "you are my sunshine). WELL I can not get this dang song out of my head today to save my life. I have been singing it all day long. I need to get it out of my head. LOL. So when I clicked on to my blog and wanted to post about today's happening, that song is still in my head. So I said~~ok that's the title of my post today. :)

Today was a silly day. I have been in a silly mood. My kids at work just are so dam cute, so dam fun, just so dam loveable. They were playing with blocks on the floor today and a lot of the times they are playing on the floor and we (adults) are up and about and moving around doing what we need to do. Well this one little boy said "Ms. Patti, come here and look at this big building" So I decided to get on the floor with them. WELL they all started pushing me down and then the next thing I know, I have 8 little kids ALL climbing on me and laughing and playing and just absolutely LOVING IT!! It is one of those priceless moments with my kids. That really made me love the day, love my kids, love everything about it. It doesn't happen very often, but it was just a spontaneous thing that the kids would remember for a long time. It was another thing to validate how much I LOVE MY JOB!!!

Anyway, for the rest of this week and all next week, I am going to be very busy with meetings and appointments and that kind of stuff so I am not sure how much posting I am going to be able to do on my blog. BUT one of my new years resolutions is to keep this blog going because I really like doing it and I got out of it for such a long time that I want to keep going this year. So I am going to try my hardest to put a couple things on here a couple times a week. It may not be every day but at least 2-3 times a week.

WELL EVERYONE ENJOY THE NIGHT AND HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW!!!
HALF WAY THROUGH THE WEEK!!!
THE WEEKEND WILL BE HERE SOON!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday's Newsflash!!!!!

Hello how is everyone doing today? Today is and was Sunday. It is almost over now. We ended up not going to school on Friday. Right after I posted that we had a 2 hour snow delay, they called us and told us that is was canceled. Which was kind of crazy since there was hardly any snow on the ground at all. But I did not complain because it gave me the chance to get caught up on some paper work and things that I have not had the chance to do. Friday was one of the most productive days I have had in a long time.
Saturday I went to visit one of my friends and we worked on my Official Resume. I have never ever wrote a resume before. I never really needed it. Well I am being nominated for the Educational Support Professional of the Year in my State. Let me explain a little about what that means. You see, if you don't know, I work as a Teacher's aide for Children with Disabilities. I have done that all my life. I have been doing that for over 25 years. Well, we are no longer called "aides" we are called educational support professionals. Well every year, Delaware picks a person as the educational support professional of the year. And that would bring some outstanding recognition, honor, and all that kind of things. It is something that if you were in my shoes and have been doing this for as long as I have been, you would want to be recognized for your work. And if I do win ESP of the year, I would be included in the National running too. Every state sends their ESP of the year to the National Education Association and I would be in the running for this recognition Nationally. So as you can probably assume, I am super super ecstatic about this. So I have been putting my portfolio together for all of the things that I need to have in order to be in the running for this. So part of this portfolio has to include a REAL Resume. And because I have never wrote one before, I needed a little help with it. And if I must say so myself, My Resume is very impressive. I sure do have a ton of experience working with children with disabilities. That is truly what I have been placed on this Earth to do. So that is what I have been working on and if I must say so myself it is coming out Really really nice. I can't wait to put it all together and hand it in. It showcases who I am and what I do on an everyday basis and shows how truly gifted I am to the children I work with. Sometimes it is really hard to write about yourself, but sometimes it is a reflection of what God has created. And I have to say without boasting, He created someone extremely gifted when he created me. Not too many people can work with handicapped children and do what I do. Not too many people can communicate with people who have no means of communication at all. Not too many people can handle the type of things that goes along with a person who has physical disabilities. BUT I CAN and I DO and I LOVE IT!!!!!!! It is truly my PASSION IN LIFE. Seeing those children light up when they have accomplished something they have been working on is absolutely amazing. So when I get everything together and get ready to hand it all in, I will post bits and pieces of it on here for you all to read. ok.
On to my Sunday's Newsflash. I did my weigh in again and I did not loose any more weight. I have been the same for over a month. I think it is safe to say that I am done loosing weight now. And I am not complaining at all. I have lost a total of 163 lbs and I am doing wonderful. So I would have to find something else to post about on Sundays. LOL.

WELL EVERYONE ENJOY YOUR NIGHT AND HAVE A GREAT MONDAY TOMORROW!!!