Monday, May 14, 2012

This merry, merry month of May!

Two weeks in and this month is going strong! 
Here is a brief recap of the monumental month we have had so far:
Sarah and Ben finished up their college semester classes with finals. Sarah is working and studying for the MCAT this summer.  Ben is finishing his high school semester and has been playing a lot of baseball games.


Emily graduated from the university.


We had a great party to celebrate.

John has decided to retire from the judiciary and start teaching as a full time university professor in August.  This will be a huge lifestyle change for us.  It is going to be very, very nice.



This past weekend was prom and as the parent of a junior, I was in on the decorating.  It ended up looking just beautiful! I wish I could take credit for it, but I just took directions. My youngest sure is growing up! That's him on the end towering over everyone else.  Get out of the way John Travolta!



We put up the porch awnings this week and finished the painting of the porch ( I have to admit that I hired someone to do it!).  New porch furniture was purchased and now I'll have all summer to put my finishing touches on it.  I can't wait!


We celebrated Mother's Day at church with our traditional breakfast fixed by the fathers.  I love that time of fellowship.  It was low keyed at home in the afternoon.  I enjoyed a cup of tea on the side porch, sitting on the new, comfortable chairs, and listening to the rain.  I love being a mom, and we finished off the day with a family movie (minus Emily who is on her way to her summer job as a white water rafting guide!).

My own garden is somewhat neglected, but plodding along.  It's not too weedy, but my seedlings are looking a bit weak.  Sweet peas are growing like crazy, but I haven't had time to give them anything to climb up. Lettuce is ready to be harvested and I'm hoping to plant more before the hot weather hits us. Two weeks ago, we were hit by a hail storm that our plants are still recovering from. 
This is a picture out the back door.


The school year is winding down, and today, I got my assignment for next year.  Same room, same subject......big relief.  Only two more days of work and then a long, long summer off to work on things I have been looking forward to doing at home.

I'll be traveling some this summer and the first trip will be to Lehman's non-electric store in Kidron, Ohio and the Longaberger basket factory with my mom.  Mom and I may be able to work in a visit to my brothers (who happen to live in opposite directions), and hopefully to the national quilt museum in Paducah, KY.  If you ever get a chance to go there....it will absolutely take your breath away! 
Charlottesville is also on the agenda for John and me.  It's one of my favorite places to visit.  I get to take in the sites while John works the days away at the JAG school. We'll have time in the evenings to do some exploring. The gardens at Monticello are high on my priority list. I may even get the chance to spin up to Washington to visit family. There may also be a couple of weekends at Fort Knox, but that will depend on John's leave time.

The summer ahead is looking just as busy as the first two weeks of May, with National Guard commitments, college visits, family visits, and just plain soaking up the season. I'm looking forward to it all.




Monday, May 7, 2012

Celebrating!

Yesterday we watched our oldest cross the graduation stage for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education! 


WOW!  We are just so proud! 



With Father Al and Bryce.


Ben, Emily, and Sarah.

It was just a wonderful, wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!