Sunday, February 27, 2011

Exercise? 58/365



Did that title say EXERCISE?


Today was a gorgeous day.  Somehow the sun and warm temperatures were calling me to join them.  I decided to pull my tennis shoes out of the closet and go for a walk.  My daughter and I were glad to get out and get some fresh air.  Those of you who know me will be surprised my tennis shoes made it out of the closet, and will be even more surprised that I actually used them.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dublin Literacy Conference 57/365

What a great day!  Today was the Dublin Literacy Conference.  Yes, it was a Saturday....but well worth the time.  It's always the perfect way to rejuvenate as the winter months drag on in Ohio.  My teaching partner, Deb, was supposed to join me.  Unfortunately, she has been sick.  Luckily Carolyn was able to go in her place.  It's always much more fun to attend with someone else.  There's so much learning that goes on you have to have someone to bounce all of it around with after it is over.  Now Deb will have to listen to us both.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Animal Parade 56/365


Animal Parade 56/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
The students had a great time today for our animal parade. They made these masks in art and were quite excited to parade them around the school.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Here Comes the Sun 55/365


Here Comes the Sun 55/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
For awhile I realized every post I made (or wanted to make) was about food. I didn't think that sent a very good message. Now it seems every post is about the hope that winter will soon end. Hopefully it will.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rain Rain 53/365


Rain Rain 53/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
You have to love Ohio. You just get all kind of weather. This is the view from our back patio. We don't usually have water in our backyard. Plenty there today.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Peeps!!! 52/365


Peeps!!! 52/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
Peeps have arrived. Get your microwaves ready! Love the new trendy colors.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

XBox Match 50/365


XBox Match 50/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
John had some friends over this evening to hook up for an XBox match. It's quite entertaining. Cords run throughout the house connecting television to television. Friends come in carrying televisions and Xbox stations. They are all talking to each other through headsets all around the house. I'm not sure who won, but I'm always happy to have everyone hanging out to play.



We also got to go to Cincinnati today to see my nephew, Joe, play basketball. We picked quite a game. The game was close the entire time. We got see Joe make a sweet basket and make his foul shot. Joe's team lost in the last seconds, but they played like champions. Always fun to hang out with the Cinci family.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Yard Work 49/365


Yard Work 49/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
The weather was beautiful today. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to clean up the flower beds a bit. That's better.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Burning the Candle at Both Ends 47/365

It's Parent-Teacher Conference night. Probably the best picture for the day would have been the delicious food our PTO parents provided for us, but I was too busy to think of that. So I guess it's this photo....burning the candle at both ends.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day 45/365


Happy Valentine's Day 45/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
Happy Valentine's Day.  My first graders came in quite excited about exchanging cards later in the day.  In the afternoon we passed out cards and had a treat.  "This is the best Valentine's party EVER!" exclaimed one of my students (which is a bit funny since they are FIRST graders).   The kids exchanged cards and were thrilled with the cards they received.




Jeff spoiled us for Valentine's Day.  He had flowers sent to school (and Reeses on the counter for me this morning).  He had purchased chocolate and a little something for each of the kids.  They loved it.  It's hard to believe that 25 years ago he proposed to me over dinner on this night.





For dinner I made crab legs, baked potatoes, and a vegetable.  We had strawberry short cake for dessert.  It was an enjoyable evening spent with three of my valentines (don't worry, Cort, I ate a little dessert for you).

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Grocery Sites 44/365


Grocery Sites 44/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
I've always been a Pepsi fan, but I have to admit this Coke display at Kroger caught my eye. That had to take some time!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Enough Cold!!! 41/365


Enough Cold!!! 41/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
Today's temperatures were once again in the single digits. Enough cold! We've been inside for recess since December. Everyone needs to get outside. Thank goodness for my scarf. It keeps me warm on these cold cold days.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Purple Pens!!! 39/365


Purple Pens!!! 39/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
Today was a professional development day for our first grade team. We were learning about the new Math Core Standards, and determining changes we would need to make in our instruction.

At one point, I reached in my purse to get a pen and pulled out all of these. PURPLE!! Some days my purple pen is what gets me through. Unfortunately, I needed to fill out a form and needed a blue or black pen. I didn't have one on me.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Packers! 37/365


Packers! 37/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
Well, I kind of watched the Superbowl this evening. I'm glad the Packers won. If I am to be honest, I suppose I mostly paid attention during the commercials. I loved the Dorito commercials. Hilarious! Of course, the best part of the game was following all of the tweets on Twitter.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Biscotti 35/365


Biscotti 35/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
My dad, crazy guy that he is, decided to take the grandkids to a hockey game. Cortney came home from Cleveland to join the mayhem. Poor dad, 5 grandkids aged 22 - 12. Dad having the kids meant a night out for the parents. Chad & Lisa came up and we went to dinner in Columbus. Yum!

Lisa, my sister-in-law, treated me to some homemade biscotti for my birthday. I'm becoming quite addicted to this treat. Thanks, Lisa.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Frosty Morning 34/365


Frosty Morning 34/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
After two days off for ice, I arrived in the school parking lot ready to get back in the groove. As i was getting out of my car I noticed these frost patterns in my rearview mirror. Sometimes looking back is a beautiful view.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Another Icy Day 33/365


Another Icy Day 33/365
Originally uploaded by Catmere
More ice! A lot of tree branches are down in our yard and in the neighborhood. We're lucky to still have power. We did everything we could to prepare last night for being without power. We brought up wood, located candles and flashlights, filled containers with water, but were lucky to not need to worry about any of that.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ice Day! 32/365


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Originally uploaded by Catmere
February enters with the same fury we remember from January. This morning we woke up to ice covered trees, cars, and roads. Some areas are without power. It's supposed to continue to provide this rainy snowy mix into tomorrow. We're off today because of the weather. Perfect day for catching up. Thanks, Mother Nature!!

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