"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

27 June 2014

End of School Year Faves


It arrived last Saturday according to the calendar and yesterday was my first day of summer vacation....no more going into the classroom until September 5th!  I have really looked forward to this season, especially after the very long NY-winter we had this past year!

I'm looking back at this week and finding many blessings...some big, some small...and joining in with others via Susanne's blog.  Come on over and check it out!


photo courtesy of colour box website
  • BACKYARD BADMINTON!  It's been glorious weather....no humidity, temps in the high 70s and mid-50s at night, and of course, last Saturday evening, was the "longest" day of the year...due to the summer solstice....it stayed light out until about 9:15 pm!!  The girls and I play after dinner on the deck...it's a great game to play in the backyard and is fun...we have always enjoyed playing.
Ready for the big game

  • DAUGHTERS!  These 2 daughters of mine...oh my goodness....they have always been great at making Dave and I laugh. They are just so much fun. The youngest (Claire, age 15, on the right) especially has brought much laughter to our home.  Courtney (age 20) has always been more of the serious one but her sense of humor is awesome, too.  They found their old Red Sox caps and dug them out.....came and showed me while I was in our bedroom on Sunday.  Next week, the 4 of us will be on vacation in Boston and we are heading to a game at Fenway.  We can't wait......and these 2 look adorable in their caps.  They had so much fun posing for photos. These daughters are true blessings. We can't imagine our lives without them.

Dave and I
22 June 
  • DINNER CRUISE! On Sunday evening, our church hosted a river cruise (dinner and dancing) for all the small group leaders. My husband was my guest as I'm a small group leader and he is on sabbatical from serving in the Youth Group ministry.  We had so much fun with our friends and met some new people, too.  The dinner was ok (the desserts and drinks were great!) but the dancing was the most fun. We also spent some time on the upper deck enjoying the cool breeze and river sights.  It was a fun 3 hours cruising down the Hudson River.  We are blessed to serve in our church.  I can't believe we have been there for 8 years already!!

  • THANK YOU GIFTS!  The classroom teacher where I assisted this year gave me the cutest little "thank you" gift.  I worked with the special needs children in her 1st grade class.  There were 5 children I worked with every day.  She gave me the little flip flop coasters (stemware fits under the flip flop straps) and a margarita mix.  Such a fun gift!  The special education teacher I worked with also gave me a "thank you" gift:  a nice bottle of Chardonnay which we will have with dinner tonight.  I'm thankful to have worked with wonderful students and colleagues this past school year.

photo courtesy of the website for futuro
  • RELIEF!  All week I have been battling heel pain. I've had it on and off for several years but usually, after a day of rest and no work-outs, it goes away.  This time it was very painful and the symptoms presented like plantar fasciitis. So I began treating it every day after work with the home treatments.  I finally found some good relief with these arch supports that I wore in the late afternoons/early evenings for 2 days. My foot is starting to feel better and I'm praying it is all healed up by Sunday when we begin our Plymouth and  Boston vacation....because we will be doing a LOT of walking in the city of Boston!  I'm thanking God for prayer, good arch supports and ice packs!

Those are the highlights of my week..........I hope you take the time to find some blessings in your week..........and happy weekend!!


Deb said...

Glad you had a nice end to the school year. Teachers in our district go back to the classroom July 31 and students follow the first week in August. It seems like summer gets shorter and shorter, but I am still happy for the time off. I have had plantar fasciitis - very painful. Glad you are finding something that works for you. The dinner cruise with you church group sounds really fun. Have a wonderful vacation in Boston. I would love to go there some day!

Susanne said...

I love badminton but have not played in years. It is usually too windy around here to play outside.

We enjoy the sense of humor our grown up children bring to our home too. Taking in the game as a family sounds like it will be lots of fun! Glad you found some relief for your foot pain.

Joyful said...

I hope you have a wonderful summer break! There is nothing more necessary for our educators than some rest and relaxation time!
Also, enjoy your trip to Boston. That is one city out east that I would like to visit.

Jerralea said...

How nice to have the time off! Hope your heels feel better in time for your trip.

It's always nice to receive gifts of appreciation!

I love laughing with my kids, too. The best family times include laughter!

Barbara H. said...

I haven't played badminton in years. I'm not at all athletic or coordinated, but that's one game I used to be able to play somewhat decently.

The dinner cruise sounds like fun! There's one on a nearby river here that I'd like to explore some day, maybe for an anniversary.

Glad your foot is getting some relief! Hope you have a great vacation!

Paula said...

Hooray for sumner vacation starting! Love the pics of the girls with their caps on--GO SOX!! Hope you have a wonderful vacation. ;)

Willow said...

SUMMER! YAY! Those are wonderful words: last day of school. Usually teachers look forward to it more than the students :)

The cruise sounds like it was a great evening.

Enjoy your week in Boston--I hope your heel is healed :)

nikkipolani said...

Sounds like some great celebratory moments this week, Faith. Especially the release of summer!

janet roseberger said...

I love badminton...miss not having ours set up in the yard yet. The dinner cruise sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to check out those arch supports...I've been having the same problem with my heel. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie Lopata said...

OH MY GOSH I remember playing badminton at gram's all the time growing up!! I miss that.

Awesome daughters, awesome husband! Sounds like you're going to have a great summer :)