Last weekend I left on Saturday to go to Florida through Tuesday. My sister was attending a training on Saturday so we spent that first night at a hotel in the airport after she finished her training. Sunday morning we rented a car and drove to Universal. My parents had given me tickets for my birthday. We later checked into our hotel (only a 5 minute drive from Universal) and then went to see Sisters and had dinner at Margaritaville. Monday we headed to Universal again and did the other park. I drove Rachel to the airport in the late afternoon and went back to Universal alone. Tuesday morning I spent some time at Sam's cousin Evelyn's school, where she is the Makerspace Coordinator. I then headed back to Universal for a few more hours. I went to the airport a few hours early to do some work on their wi-fi since our hotel wi-fi didn't work and my father picked me up at the airport at midnight. Thank you! All in all, it was a wonderful trip. It was cold (40 degrees!) but I had such a great time with Rachel and exploring a new theme park. We went on all of the rides, except for things like the Dr. Seuss elephants. ;) My favorite thing out of everything was warm Butterbeer. I had it three times, delicious! Thank you to Sam for making sure the kids and household ran smoothly. He had to deal with a rear window blown out of our car by a teenager with a BB gun. We still don't have the glass in it. Giant Glass was a fail, hopefully JN Phillips will come through tomorrow.
Hotel airport, we could see security check-in out of our window.
Entrance to Hogsmeade
Butterbeer - Delicious!
109 dollars and the robe is yours.
It was difficult to buy the kids gifts, but I saw a great book for Amelia in Seuss Landing, so I ordered it from Amazon for half the price and it arrived at my house the same day I did. She loves it and has spent hours filling it out. My Book About Me
The dragon blows fire at night. People stand for forever to try to catch it. I just got lucky as I was passing by one night, but I didn't get lucky enough to catch it on film.
My grandmother bought me a chicken puppet off of my Amazon list for Christmas. I first saw it at Barnes and Noble and knew I wanted it because it was a chicken, soft, and because I always love things that can be used at school.
Last week I greeted all of the students as they came in each morning with the chicken on my arm. The number one question was "What is the chicken's name?" followed by "Why do you have a chicken?"
This week we decided to have a naming contest. I will look through the entries on Friday and pick the one that I like best, none of that drawing a name stuff for this chicken, she deserves the best. As of Monday, I already have around 60 choices.
Amelia was thrilled about this. She has submitted "Honey" for a name. Even if I loved Honey, I'm afraid I can't pick it. How would that look? The principal picking her own daughter's name. Poor Milly.
We had a good weekend, much need relaxation after a week back to work, along with getting everything ready for the next week.
Saturday Sam spent the morning and afternoon putting in a new tensioner in the van. In the evening we went to dinner at Smokehouse Urban BBQ which was delicious. I had a great drink - Georgia Peach, and a Reuben with pulled pork.
After church on Sunday, it was piercing time. Lucy had her upper ear pierced and Amelia had her ears pierced. Fun! Amelia was so excited to go to school on Monday to show her friends.
I only made it through 11 minutes of Downton on Monday before I fell asleep at 9:30. I was asleep by 8:55 last night. Tonight I have a meeting so I won't be able to go to bed until later, but I am exhausted. This going back to school thing is tiring.
On a good note, Jet Blue was having their cheap fare sale, so I booked a trip to Washington D.C. for the kids and me. The downside is that Sam's spring break is a different week. But at least we have something to look forward to in March.
We did it! We made it through the first day back. We were up nice and early and made it to work early. I had a great day, showing the students my Christmas presents - my chicken puppet and my Ecosphere. They were fascinated by the Ecosphere.
I had organized an exercise class for my colleagues and our first one was yesterday after school. We had a trainer come in and she led us through a Beachbody dvd. It was tiring, and fun to be together as a group, 12 of us this week, but others interested for the coming weeks.
Then it was home to prepare the meal Mary M. had made for us for January. Clam chowder, delicious salmon, various side dishes and Cream Puff Cake. Fabulous! We'll have it all again for dinner tonight.
The kids went to bed early (minus Lucy who had basketball) and I watched Downton. I stayed up until 3am on Sunday night/Monday morning in order to finish "Gone With the Wind" so an earlier bedtime seemed doable.
Getting up this morning will definitely be difficult for all of us. Sam has his Retell class until 7pm and Lucy has basketball practice until 8. We're starting a weekly exercise class after school with the teachers and that starts today.
We had a good weekend. Toby didn't win his hockey game but he was chosen as the team captain for the week due to his playing the previous week. We went grocery shopping together and came home with clams, lobster tails, popcorn fish, and orange juice - all Toby items.
Lucy got a chance to try out her new bike.
I made my goals for the coming year. I watched Cinderella (2015) and the Call the Midwife Christmas special. Looking forward to watching Downton Abbey tonight.
Toby wearing the "C" for captain on his jersey
Let the fun begin! With this cold weather finally settling in, I'm concentrating on the fact that I'm heading to Orlando for a few days in less than two weeks!