Excuse Me, Ms. Jackson

3. Write a post that begins and ends with the same sentence.

I’m always saying I could write a book of stories from my teaching career.

Today I was listening to Todrick Hall’s 4 the 2000’s when I heard some songs that remind me of my first couple of years of teaching.

One of those songs was “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast.

15 years, my office was in this little hallway with other offices and the teacher’s lounge.  It was a quiet out of the way room.  The heating unit did not work in that room but that did not matter to me since I was pregnant with the Imaginative One.  It was comfortable to me.

The problem with my room was on the other side of the wall was the assistant principal’s office.  The table where we worked was against that wall since it was the only place where the table fit in the room.  (It was not very big since it had originally an office.)

Whenever the students accidentally knocked that table against the wall, they would say “Excuse Ms. Jackson.  I’m for real.”

I should have told you the assistant principal’s name was “Ms. Jackson.”

Such a sweet story of a group of students who were like family.  I had taught the majority of them for two or three years by that point of time.  This is one of many stories from this group of students.

This story is why I always say I could write a book of stories from my teaching career.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Walt Disney Elementary, Park Avenue, and the Mall (Blog Post #2)

Join me on Wednesdays for photos from my trip to Rochester, New York.

After Molly, my friend, picked me up from the airport, we went to to the Walt Disney Elementary in the Gates-Chili School District.  I wanted a photo by the sign.

I was shocked to find out the schools in New York were still in session.  The last day of school was not until the third week of June.

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After we visited the elementary, we went to Park Avenue in Rochester.  Molly wanted me to try Stever’s Chocolates.  Boy, am I glad she did.  The chocolate truffles were delicious.

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My chocolate truffles – Yum!

 

Since I had been traveling all day, I needed some caffeine so we stopped at a place called Cafe’ Sasso.  I got The Stone Roller as my drink.  Molly got herself a smoothie.

Cafe’ Sasso was a cool place.

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Molly and I then stopped at Sweet Sammie Jane’s Pastry Shop for macarons.  Molly had never tried one so this was a new experience for her.  I had a pistachio one.  She tried the birthday cake flavored one.

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Here are some more photos from Park Avenue:

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After we finished on Park Avenue. we went to the mall so that we could get her phone fixed.

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Right next to the mall is a L.L. Bean store.  We enjoyed posing next to the giant boot.

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After checking out the store, we went back to her place for dinner.  (No photos of the dinner.)

Then after dinner, we went to Canandigua Lake for the sunset.  I’ll be sharing those photos next week.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Remembering Tanya on the One Year Anniversary of her Death

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my sister’s death.  I honored her memory by releasing a balloon at a local park.

I went to a local park to release the balloon instead of at her grave.  When I go to the Wegerzyn Gardens, I feel a lot of peace.  The gardens are absolutely gorgeous.

 

The forecast was for thunderstorms all day.  So I did not get the balloon until I was on my way from work.  Even though we did have some rain during the day, it was only overcast while I was at the park.  Luck was on my side.

Thank you for sharing in my special private moment.

Have a magical day,
Traci

P.S.  Tell your loved ones that you love them.  Tomorrow is not promised.

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 27, 2017 – Plus The Wee One’s Menu

I’m traveling to Pittsburgh next weekend to celebrate what would have been Tanya’s 40th birthday.

The Wee One loves to cook so he decided he wants to cook for his dad and brother while I’m gone.  So we sat down and planned dinners for while I’m away.  They need to be easy because he is a novice cook.

Here is what he’s planned for next weekend:

  • French Toast and bacon
  • Taco Salad for the Sunday night dinner – I already have the meat cooked.  He just needs to add the taco sauce.
  • Grilled cheese or cheese quesidillas

We are going to Save A Lot to get what he needs for those 3 days.

Last week I stated that I was going to put up these next two weeks’ worth of meals.  However I changed my mind.  I’ll share this week’s menu and then schedule next week’s menu.  It will go live next Monday.

My mom and I did a HUGE grocery shopping trip on Saturday.  Sam’s Club, Aldi, and Krogers.  I also went to Fresh Thyme on Friday night.  We are stocked up for the next two weeks except for the few items we need for the Wee One’s menu.  I’m also stopping at Aldi on Friday night to get a few items for my road trip.

Onto my menu plan for the next week:

Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice

Tangy Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Roast (Sunday night dinner), Roasted PotatoesRoasted Potatoes, Brown Sugar Carrots

Hash with left over roast

Sloppy Joes, Celery or Carrots, Chips

Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

 

Pork chops, hamburger, and roast was on sale this weekend so I utilized those three proteins in our meal plan.  Hubby enjoyed the Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan recipe from a few weeks ago so I decided we were going to have that on our menu.

My lunch plan for this week:

  • Chicken Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Carrots and Cucumber with Hummus
  • Blue Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Fruit

My breakfast plan for this week:

  • Green Smoothie or Granola with Yogurt
  • Fruit – Grapes, Blueberries, or Mandarin Oranges
  • Nut Mix (Snack)

Happy Eating,
Traci

 

 

The Night My Life Changed FOREVER

Warning:  This blog post is going to be raw and real.  It’s difficult for me to type up but necessary.

Some of the details are going to be a little blurry.

August 28, 2016 was a regular Sunday.  I had church in the morning.  Then we were going to eat dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  I had cooked balsamic pork roast for our dinner.  After dinner, the boys and I were going to go to see a Weird Al concert.  The Wee One had been to his first concert.  This was going to be the Imaginative One’s first concert.

My phone rang.  When I saw it was my mom, I decided to wait to call her back since we were going to sit down and eat.  Then my phone rang for a second time.  It was her.  I knew it must be important since she immediately called me for a second time.

I answered it.  That’s when she told me that Tanya had died.  I remember walking into my mother-in-law’s family room and sinking into her maroon chair after getting off the phone.  My body was numb and I might have yelled No.  No.  Hubby ran into the living room to comfort me as I tried to say the words that Tanya had died.

I was so numb.

My niece walked in from a Christian concert so bubbly and talking a mile a minute.  I remember someone telling her that what had happened.

I remember sitting on my mother-in-law’s rocking couch calling my best friend, Angie, to tell her that Tanya had died.  Then I went outside to the front area of the house to call my friend Molly.  While I was on the phone, the police from where my mother and sister lived called me.  They told me to get over to my mother’s house as soon as possible.

I remember sitting down and attempting to eat some of the dinner I cooked but not being able to.  I know I took a roll with me since I had to drive to their town.

Before I left, I wrote a vague Facebook update asking for prayers.  I didn’t want to put it out that Tanya had died until I got a hold of my aunt.

I took the longest way possible to my mom’s house.  It should have taken 45 minutes at the most.  Instead it took me close to an hour or longer to get there.

One of my co-workers kept in contact with me to make sure I had support while I was driving to my mom’s.

Once I got there, my mom looked as though she had aged 20 years.  She seemed so frail and fragile.  It was so sad.

(There is more to the story from the time I was at her apartment.  I don’t want to share it now.  Maybe I will share the rest of the story later.)

Mom was going to go home with me and stay with me until we could get her a new place that was closer to my house.

We went and got gas from the local Speedway.  I called my mother-in-law when I went inside to go to the bathroom.  She went to get some new clothes for my mom to make sure she was comfortable after the events from the day.

We drove home.  Suddenly I noticed rain clouds so we got off the highway and drove the side streets the rest of the way.  We needed to stop twice because it was raining so hard that I could not see the road.  In my grief stricken mood, I should not be driving when it was raining so hard.

After we stopped the second time, we drove through Wright State University’s campus.  I remember seeing a doe while we were stopped at the stop sign.

Finally we got home.  My mother-in-law showed up with the clothes.  Mom took a bath.

I walked into my garage and tried to call my aunt.  I was finally able to get a hold of her.  She made plans to come to Ohio to help support us.

I never ate that roll.  My blood sugar ended up tanking out in the middle of the night.

That night began the daily can’t sleep all night for the majority of the month of September.  I had to sleep with my stuffed Pumbaa from the Disney College Programs so that I could get any sleep.

My life changed that night.  For almost 39 years, I was a big sister.  Now I am an only child.

Tanya now visits me as a Monarch butterfly instead of me calling her on the phone.  I will forever miss her.

Dear God,

Please grant me peace as I remember Tanya’s life on Monday.  Grant me peace when I go and celebrate her 40th birthday next week.

In Jesus’ name,
Traci

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P.S.  The boys did go to the concert.  In my haze, I got a hold of one of their friends.  We offered my ticket to him for free.  It ended up being his 14th birthday present from us.  He became a Weird Al fan after the concert.

Jellyfish and Interactive Walls – Day 2 Part 4

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Today is our last post from the Greensboro Science Center.

Before we left for the day, we decided to walk through the aquarium. Boy are we glad that we did that walk through because we found the coolest room.

It had various tanks with fish divided into different ecosystems such as coral reefs. The jellyfish display were in this room. The neatest part of the room was the interactive walls.

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This is the computer animated fish at the beginning of the cool room.

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The jelly fish

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The lionfish – They had another area that you could climb into to get closer to the lionfish. The Wee One thought it was cool.

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This was from that cool room.

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Top Left – The wall that was the entrance to the room

Middle – A seahorse sculpture

Top Right – An interactive wall about coral reefs

Middle Right – Another interactive wall – This one is about adaptations.

Bottom Right – The sign listing all of the fish that were located in one of the tanks.

Bottom Left – Hubby trying out another interactive wall.

Middle Right – A light display on the floor.

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More photos of the octopus

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The Wee One and Imaginative One wanted to touch the manta rays once again before we left for the day.

Here are some shots of the various fish, stingrays, eels, seahorses, and sharks that we saw in the aquarium.

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The fishing cat – We did not get to see him earlier in the day. We were so happy that we got to see him that afternoon.

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The penguin and golden lion tamarin

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Some of the signs

Join me next Saturday as we explore the Greensboro Arboretum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Museum) Part 3

Dear Tanya, (August 22, 2017)

Dearest Tanya,

It’s been FOREVER since I last wrote to you.  Can you believe it’s almost a year since you gained your Heavenly body?  Okay, I don’t know if you actually have a body but I think you know what I’m talking about.  At least I hope you do.

I’m typing this on your laptop.  Actually I think it was Mom’s but whatever.  Hubby finally found a cord that would work with this laptop.  We sent it over to Dave to figure out the password.  You put a hint for the password but we still could not figure it out.  Dave finally fixed it and then upgraded the laptop.  Mom gave it to me because she knew Hubby and I will sometimes fight for the computer.  She wanted me to have something that was mine.

I’m heading to Pittsburgh Labor Day Weekend to celebrate your 40th birthday.  I know you probably rolled your eyes when I went on the Disney Cruise on my 40th.  Well, I wanted to go somewhere to celebrate your birthday.  After much thought, I decided Pittsburgh would be a good idea because we traveled there several times.  Many memories were created there.  Like me pretending like I was going to jump off the overlook after Grandma B.’s funeral or listening to Grandma B. complaining about the fact people were not at church while we were at the Pancake House.  I plan to visit Phipps Conservatory on your birthday.  Do you remember going there in 2004 with Nick?  Instead of Grandma riding in the wheelchair, I thought it would be funny for me to ride in the wheelchair.

I miss you so much!  Thank you for sending the Monarch butterflies to show me that you are still watching over me.  Please continue to watch over me.

Give our loved ones in Heaven a hug from me.  Tell them I love them.

Your annoying sister,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 20, 2017

It’s that time of week again.  It’s time for the menu for the week.

Last week after I made the menu, we had some difficulties with the dinners.  The meat I got from the grocery store expired much too quickly.  I had to get new meat in the middle of the week.

I decided to change up how I did dinners this week.  I made freezer packs.  Each night, I’ll get the next days’s meal out of the freezer to allow it to defrost.  The majority of our meals this week are going to be cooked in the slow cooker.  One is going to be cooked on the indoor grill.

Next week, I’ll have the menu for the next two weeks.  I’m going to be going away during Labor Day weekend.

Instead of assigning days to the meals I’m just going to list the meals:

Baby Back Ribs with Corn on the Cob and Roasted Potatoes

BBQ Shredded Chicken (Sloppy Chicken), Potato Chips, Veggies

Chicken Taco Soup

Orange Ginger Shredded Beef, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken, Quinoa, Peas

 

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Lunch for this week:  Greek salad, Olive Hummus and Gluten Free Rosemary Crackers, Applesauce with Cinnamon, Hard Salami

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In other news, did you see the eclipse?  I only got to see it for a couple minutes.  When I got to see it a second time, it was so cloudy so I was fortunate to actually get to see it.  I’m in Dayton, Ohio which will be in the path of totality in 2024.

 

For more menus, please visit I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday.

Happy eating,
Traci

Monarch Butterflies (Dealing with Grief)

As many of you know, I have a monarch butterfly tattoo on my left shoulder.  The top of the tattoo has purple dots because that was my sister’s favorite color.  One top wing has 2 dots which represents the fact there were 2 of us and she was 2 years younger than me.  The other wing has 4 dots which represents the fact that her birthday was on September 4th.  Our birthdays were also 4 months apart.  I was actually 2 years 4 months older than her.

 

Why did I get a Monarch butterfly on my shoulder?  One year ago on August 28th, Tanya left her Earthly body for her Heavenly body.  Every since her death, I’ve seen Monarch butterflies when I’ve needed her.

Today’s post is going to list the special times I’ve seen a Monarch butterfly since August 28th, 2016.

August 30th – We were cleaning out her apartment.  I was sitting in my car when a Monarch flew by me.

September 2nd – Right after her funeral, a Monarch flew by my aunt and myself.

September 5th – I was waiting at Young’s Dairy for my family from Pittsburgh.  A Monarch flew by me.

Sometime in September – During dismissal duty, another Monarch flew by me and up into the sky.

Last weekend in October  – Hubby and I were visiting Louisville to give me time away from all of the pressure I was feeling.  It was the 2nd month anniversary of her death.  There were a lot of Monarchs flying around purple flowers.

Thanksgiving – This one was truly when I realized it was her.  I cried tears in the bathtub in Cabana Bay Beach Resort because I was missing her.  Later that day, I was at the entrance of Animal Kingdom.  I saw a Monarch butterfly.  Then at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I saw another one by giraffes.  She knew I love Disney and giraffes.

August 5th – I finally visited her grave.  Later that day, she visited me when I was working at a tent for DeMolay and Rainbow.  We are both majority members.

August 20th (Today) – I was missing her.  I went to talk to the Imaginative One who was outside.  Suddenly a Monarch was flying around the yard.  When she came to visit me, she would sit outside on our little patio.

Also in June – I was walking on the beach on the 10th month anniversary of her death.  Suddenly I felt a tap on my shoulder.  No one was there.  I know it was her telling me “Traci, I’m here with you.  I’m walking through life with you.”

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Even though I know she is still with me, I still miss her.  I often have the urge to call her because I want to talk to her.  No one will ever understand the feeling of emptiness that I feel.

During the next week, I’m going to be sharing my feelings as the year anniversary of her death approaches.

Here’s the schedule for this coming week:

Monday – Menu plan Monday

Tuesday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Wednesday  – New series – My visit to Rochester, New York

Thursday – Writer’s Workshop

Friday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Saturday – More of my Folly Beach trip

Sunday – Dealing with Grief Post – Don’t know what yet

Monday – The night my life changed forever 

Have a magical day,
Traci

Finally the Museum – Day 2 Part 3

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

We have two more posts about the Greensboro Science Center. Today we are going to explore the museum part of the Greensboro Science Center.

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The gem they have in the atrium.

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They have a lab downstairs that we visited. The boys were able to pet a snake while we were in the lab.

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The alligator snapping turtle – We swear it’s the alligator snapping turtle that was a special exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery a few years ago.

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The rhino nosed lizard (I think it’s the name of the lizard.)

The Imaginative One was intrigued by it. He could have stared at it for a long time.

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Random displays downstairs

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A poison dart frog and a person showing off the skulls of different reptiles.

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The pendulum and area where visitors could sit and eat.

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The murals they had in the atrium of the museum.

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They had an interactive display about health.

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They also had an exhibit about weather. I enjoyed reading about different extreme weather.

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The dinosaur exhibit

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Random Shots of the museum

Join me next Saturday for more photos of the aquarium.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Ropes Course and Zoo) Part 2

August 2007 . . . A blast from the past

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from August 10 years ago and write a poem or a blog post.

I went on a mission this week to find photos from August 2007.  I finally found them tonight!

10 years ago, the boys were 2 and 4 and as cute as can be.

The Imaginative One started preschool.

I moved school buildings once again.

Now to the photos I’ve chosen from August 2007.

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This is the Wee One dressed as Goliath from the Playhouse Disney’s show Jo Jo’s Circus.

The Imaginative One was obsessed with the show.  I bought him this Halloween costume one year.  It was on sale so it was cheap.  Both boys wore it non stop for years.  Best money spent.

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The boys were outside underneath our maple tree.  The Wee One was eating a yogurt and apple.  I love his eyes in this photo.

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We went to Krispy Kreme for donuts and to watch the donuts being made.  I think they were excited to eat some delicious treats.

The Imaginative One no longer believes in smiling so it’s great to find a photo of him smiling.

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This is the Wee One’s first day of preschool.  He was at the preschool for two years.  Now he is getting ready to go to 8th grade which is crazy.

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That’s not how you play corn hole, the Wee One.

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Playing in the park.  The Wee One has lost one of his sandals.  This is nothing new because he still loses shoes ALL the time.

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The Imaginative One took gymnastics for a few years because of his lack of coordination.  This was taken on his last day of gymnastics.

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Playing in the water.  So much fun!

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He got to meet this giant frog while he was playing in the water.

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Playing in the rain – One is in his diaper while the other put on his rain coat.  Such a difference in personalities.

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The Imaginative One got to pose with this cool car.  The Newport Aquarium is located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Wee One got a hair cut.  He was so mad about that.  Tears and a tantrum followed the decision to cut off his baby hair.

It looks as though he had just had some yogurt or cotton candy ice cream before the clippers were brought out.

These two are now going to be middle schoolers.  They say those are the most difficult years.  It has been so bad with the Imaginative One.  I hope it’s not that bad with the Wee One.

I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

Monday Afternoon – Big Red Lighthouse

Join me today for photos of Lake Michigan and the Big Red Lighthouse.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill

Continue reading “Monday Afternoon – Big Red Lighthouse”

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of August 13, 2017

Monday starts school for the students so this week is going to be interesting.

Sunday

Eat out at Steak and Shake

 

Monday

Beef and Cabbage Soup, Homemade Gluten Free Bread

Tuesday

Mongolian Beef Sheet Pan, Rice

 

Wednesday

Meatloaf Muffins, Mashed Potatoes, Rice

 

Thursday

Apricot Chicken, Rice, Veggies

 

Friday

I’m going out to eat with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.

Leftovers

 

Saturday

You are on your own.

 

Bento Box for this week:

Mexican Theme – Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing (box 1), Black Bean and Corn Salad (box 2), Kiwi Fruit (box 3), and Tortilla Chips (side) with Salsa (box 3)

For more menu inspirations, please visit Menu Plan Monday.

Happy eating,
Traci

A Teenager, More Family Secrets, and a Dollhouse

I’ve now listened to the third book in the Tradd Street Series.  (Family Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More Ghosts and Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery)

The Strangers on Montagu Street begins with Jack dropping off his daughter, Nola, on Melanie’s doorstop.  Yeah, Jack has a teenage daughter.

Nola and Jack were constantly fighting so he thought it would better for Nola and his relationship if they did not live in the same house.  Nola had been estranged from him for all of her 13 years so they were not off to a good start.

Melanie took Nola to Jack’s parents’ antique furniture store.  While they were there, Nola took interest in a dollhouse so Jack’s mother gave it to her as a gift.  Suddenly strange things began to happen in the house.  Angry ghosts are now haunting Melanie and Nola.  Except Nola does not realize it yet because she does not realize ghosts are real.  All she knows is the dolls in the house keep moving around.

It is up to Nola, Melanie, Melanie’s mom, and Jack to find out the identity of the ghosts and what message they were trying to relay.  During the course of the book, you will meet Julia Mantego (spelling) and discover how she is related to those tortured souls.

Meanwhile there is another ghost hanging around.  This ghost is more benign than the other ghosts.  Who is this wandering lost soul?  Why is she still hanging around?  As I always say, you need to read the book to find out about this ghost.

Do Jack and Melanie eventually get together?  I’m not going to say.  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

There is a big cliff hanger at the end of the book.  Makes you want to know what is going to happen next.

 

I enjoyed the book.  There was a different feel to the book with more emphasis on the relationships between the characters being the primary focus of the story.  The ghost story with the dollhouse was a secondary story at different points in the book unlike the first two books.

In the beginning, I did not really enjoy Nola.  She was a moody teenage girl.  During the course of the book, she matured and became more likable.

 

At one point in the story, the story mentions the Circular Church’s Graveyard and this exact sign.  I had taken this photo during our visit in June.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

A Ropes Course and Zoo – Day 2 Part 2

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Ropes Course

Here is a video of the Imaginative One on the ropes course.

And the Wee One on the ropes course –

The boys were given a two hour block of time that they could be on the ropes course. During that time, they could be on any of the courses – beginner, medium, and advanced. They ended up lasting for 1 hours and 45 minutes before they decided to be done with the course.

It was well worth the money we spent. At one point, the Wee One thanked Hubby for having him do the course. He really enjoyed doing it.

Here are three collages of them on the course.

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Zoo

Gibbon talk

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Animals in the Discovery House – The animal on the bottom right is a chinchilla.

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From left top clockwise to left middle

Chickens – They were given free reign of the area.

Meerkat

Wallaby

Tortoise

Some sort of bird that was up in the rafters

Alpaca

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The farm area was sponsored by Levi jeans. They had this cool jeans sculpture.

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More of the Gibbons

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Random Shots

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Tiger

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There was a goat in the back of the truck and a dog statue in the front of the truck.

Join me next Saturday for photos of the museum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

Grandpa’s Favorite

6. Share a favorite quote (or group of quotes) that you enjoy and describe what they mean to you.

I’m actually going to share a hymn not a quote.

This summer I had a chance to visit many places.  One of those places was Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York.  It’s been rated as the number one state park.  The park has been described as the Grand Canyon of the East.

We stopped throughout the park so I could admire the views.  Lots of photos were taken during our time during the time we were in the park.

The lyrics from “How Great Thou Art” haunted my mind during our visit to the park. Is though the lyrics were written about Letchworth.

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This was taken at the bottom of the Helena Trail.  So beautiful and peaceful.

“How Great Thou Art” was my grandpa’s favorite hymn so anytime I hear the words I think of him.  He was a father figure of mind who was one of my heroes.  I was fortunately to have him in my life for 28.5 years.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

Mama’s Losin’ It

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Windmill (Photos and Video)

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the authentic windmill.

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos.

 

Sunday Night – The Town

Sunday Night – Sunset

Monday Morning – Downtown area

Monday Morning – Statues

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Monday Afternoon – Windmill Island Garden Park – Flowers, Dike, and Canal

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Mom, What’s For Dinner – August 6, 2017

This is my first week back at school so it’s going to be CRAZY.

The Imaginative One and I have a dental appointment on Monday morning.  The Wee One has a doctor’s appointment also on Monday morning.  (Hubby is taking him.)

I have a chiro appointment on Tuesday.

Then work on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Friday evening is our Open House so I will be coming home late.

I decided to shop my freezer for my meals this week.  All of these meals are going to be made in the slow cooker.  We are going to utilize leftovers for the majority of the week.

Sunday

Church picnic

Monday

Italian chicken over pasta for Hubby and the boys
I’ll eat my Italian chicken over zoodles.

Tuesday

White Chicken Chili with gluten free cornbread

 

Wednesday

Chicken and Peppers over rice

 

Thursday

leftovers

 

Friday

leftovers for Hubby and the boys
I’ll have a frozen dinner since I have to stay at work.

Saturday

To be determined

Happy eating,
Traci