Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer is finally here...

This has been one crazy school year.Working on my administrative credential while teaching, took out a good chunk of my me-time.

However, we just finished with the school year the kiddos last Thursday. Not only did I say my goodbyes to my darlings, I also had to say my goodbyes to my Woodridge Family.

Today was my last day as a classroom teach at Woodridge Elementary School. Next year I will be an instructional support specialist. I will be work with other teachers on special assignment and schools in my district. I just don't know what schools yet. I

Since the 4th graders leave Woodridge to go to middle school, we have a secret dress up week to say good-bye. I didn't get a picture of us on art day, but here are some good ones from the rest of the week.

Super hero day - And yes were were one super team of teachers (if we don't say so ourselves).

Super Hero day

The funny thing is that so wasn't planned. Great minds do think alike!

Totally 80s day -  rocking the side pony brought back memories of my previous life as a Valley Girl.

Oh my god! My oh so awesome forth grade team so like rocked the 80's today!

I just have to say that I am so like glad I like got to teach with this like totally awesome team! (See Valley Girl, I grew up in the Valley during the 80s and may or may not talked that way. And no I am not sharing pictures!)

Our last day was Hawaiian day. Which is very appropriate for saying Aloha to our students. Each student got a lei and a Wildcat for Life certificate.

Hawaiian dayjpg

I will miss my team and the rest of the Woodridge family. Their support, friendship, and collegiality have meant the world to me. It has been a great 5 years. 

It is on to a new adventure for me. Next year, I will be a teacher on special assignment as a instructional support teacher with the district. I am not sure what schools I will be working yet, but I am excited to make a difference in a new way.

Less than a week until I have my final presentation and graduate from my administrative program. We had our rehearsal yesterday and I received some great feed back. Although, I now have some work to do on my presentation, I am hoping to get some sewing time in tomorrow. We will see about that.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Spin Cycle

My life just his the spin cycle.

My students know I have been feeling a little blue recently. Today was my second day back after bereavement leave for the second time in a month and one of my darlings handed me these and told me she missed me and that she hopes these help. Although I am


So much change in so little time, and it is all happening at once. Luckily it is a mixture of good and bad.

Let's just get it all out there and start with the biggest change. My father passed away on May 15th. He wasn't in the best of health, but it wasn't expected either. He went peacefully in his sleep. He is missed very much. However, I am trying to look at it as a blessing in disguise. Knowing that he didn't have to suffer this and and that it must have been his time, help a little bit. I am dealing with this the best I can and as my mom has put it "(I am) learning how to live with our new normal."

Dad

This wasn't the only death we dealt with this last little bit. My husband's grandfather also passed away at the end of April. His health was declining (as it does as we age) and he caught an infection that he just couldn't fight off. We got to say our goodbye at the hospital. He too is missed very much by all of us.

Gramps

Both of these men were very influential in my life and taught me a lot about love, hard work, trust, honesty and working towards success and happiness. I know they were both so proud of my accomplishments and who I have so far grown up to become. My dad was all there for me, supporting me and loving me especially whenever I needed that push to become the better me. Gramps filled the void of never known my own grandfathers and always treated me like his own grand kid. I am so glad and lucky that I got to have these people in my life. Although, they may not be with us any longer, what they have taught and share with all the loved will not be forgotten.

However, even with all this going on I do have some celebrations. I am almost done with my Administrative credential. In the last few days, I have written 3 papers and completed 2 field works, plus attended my last class. I have 2 finial papers left (one is make up for the time I missed in the last couple months), a final project and a presentation to go. Then I am done and graduate on June 21st.

Leadership Insitute Corsework

School is also almost out. It has been a great year with my bunch of fourth graders. They have grown so much and I am so proud of them. This year I also had a student teacher, it was great to watch him grow and develop his teaching skills. He made a great impact on my students and I am sure he will make a huge impact on all the students he has in the future.



These will be my few last days at my school site. While in LA on bereavement leave I got a call for an interview for an instructional specialist position. I was still in shock when I got the phone call (it was the day after my father's passing) and I almost didn't take the interview. However, after I thought about it a little more I realized how disappointed my father would have been in my for at least not trying. We made a quick trip back to Sacramento from LA and then back down, but it was well worth it. I am so excited about my new position. I know that I really enjoy working with adults to ensure the success of our students and the position will allow me to do that. The role isn't clearly defined yet, but I think it will be an amazing adventure and a great experience.


Now on top the funny yet some what annoy part of this whole spin cycle analogy.  When I came back up from to have my interview, I started doing laundry as we had already been in LA from almost a week. Well, that is when my washing machine decide to call it quits. The spin cycle broke and we purchased a new set of washer and dryer.

New washer and dryer

I have to tell you they are all pretty and new. However, they are different, just like my life, and this is going to take some getting use to.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

January Goals

Once again I am participating in A Lovely Year of Finishes. Of course that is in addition to my 2014 goals. Well or many in conjunction with.

A Lovely Year of Finishes


I am hoping this time around to make my goals a little more manageable. So this year I am going to set one goal each month and it maybe a big as finishing a quilt top, or quilting a quilt. However, most likely this year will be filled with little accomplishments, like cutting out a quilt, or sewing the blocks together.

I have a busy year ahead and don't want to overwhelm myself. However, I don't want to forget to be creative. So little accomplishments will have to do. Little things that I can actually finish. Things that will help me make progress towards my bigger goals.

This month I want to finish the borders for my sister-in-law's yellow and grey wedding quilt.

Wedding quilt progress

They used the blocks as signature blocks for their guest book.

Nicole and Paul's Wedding quilt/guest book table

This quilt has three borders. Yes three. Two normal borders and one saw tooth border.

flying geese for yellow and grey quilt

On the first day of the year I started the flying geese and finished them yesterday. That was 60 -  2 1/2 by 4 1/2 - flying geese my friends. These were not made the magic flying geese method or another fancy way. And I have to say I think I like it better.  So yes, that was 120 little squares sewed on to 60 rectangles. It was quite a project.

Now I just have to make them into 4 string of 15 flying geese each to make the borders. Plus cut out and sew the other two borders. And that will be my goal for this month. If I move on to sewing the blocks together than that will be great, but I really really just want to finish the borders.

How about everyone else? Do you have any goals for this month? Are they ambitious or small? Just wondering how everyone else is feeling about this year. 
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2014 Goals

As always with a new year means some new goals. Or at least for me an update on my current goals.


Since Pantone's color of the year just happens to be my all time favorite color ever, I decided that this year I would write my goals in shades purple :).

Many of these goals are the same as last year, some are more specific than last year, and some are ones I worked on in the past. I am looking forward to a very productive year with lots of accomplishments, change, and moving forward. My wish is for everyone to have a great year of happiness and love. 

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013

Another year is coming to an end, which of course means time for reflection.

Good-bye 2013

This year has been my least creative since I have started this blog. Mostly because I ended up taking a few months off from creating.

Going back into the classroom took more out of me then I would have thought it could have. It used up much of my creative energy (well most of my energy in general) It is so strange what one year off can do. It was like I was out of the flow of teaching. However, I am feeling much more confident again. So much so that I decided to take on a student teacher starting in the new year.

Getting my workout with the teacher's version of a stair master. And yes my ABC line was two sections to short of fitting, so I am redoing that!

That was one factor in the break, the other is that I started an administrative program. I am loving the program, but it does take up every other Saturday. Which was often my catch up on projects times. Saturday mornings were a great time for quilting/sewing for me because my husband plays hockey the night before and always sleeps in. The admin program being on Saturday also means I can not attend the Sacramento Modern Quilt guild meetings. I guess I didn't realize how much they inspired me to finish my projects.

So without further ado here is what I have accomplished this year.

First up Quilting:
Quilting 2013

And a little bit (very very little bit) of sewing too:

Sewing 2013

When I look at my UFOs for last year you can see I barely made a dent.

Projects 2013-finished noted

And my un-started projects... lets not even go there.

However, I did have some awesome things happen this year. We went to Hawaii to watch my sister-in-law get married and made a vacation out of it. I figured out that I wanted to go in to school administration and got into an amazing program. My dad had a quadruple bypass and is recovering well. I went to Texas to visit my nephew, brother and sis-in-law. Learned some new makeup and hair techniques. My husband got he position/promotion that he wanted at his work. Spent lots of time with family. Realized I was allergic to gluten and by not eating all my health problems magically faded away. Best of all my husband and I celebrated our 5 year of marriage/ 12 year together anniversary.

Even with all the ups and downs, 2013 has turned out to be a rather good year. I am looking forward to 2014 being even better.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

One last finish for 2013

My final finish for 2013 is High Five for Jaden.

High Five for Jaden

This is a very special quilt that I made for a friend's/co-worker's son who had a terrible accident. Her son, Jaden, had a bookcase fall on him and he was in a coma for a little while. Then when he woke up they were not sure if he would ever be the same.  Thank goodness he is recovering so well and is very much back to being a normal 5 year old little boy. Much more than they had ever expected.

High Five for Jaden

It just happened that this accident happened right before my month for the Sunday Morning Quilt bee. I used the opportunity to request high five blocks from the Sunday Morning Quilts book in boy colors. One of the ladies suggested fussy cutting boy type things for the centers.

I have to say this quilt turned out to one of the most unique quilts I have ever put together. All the dinosaurs, trains, superman, cats, fish, rockets, and you name it made this quilt amazing. The ladies all did such a great job and I couldn't have put this quilt together with out their help and there is no way it would have been so varied and scrappy if I had just used my own stash.

High Five for Jaden

However, the best feeling was giving the quilt to Amber. I have known/worked with Amber since my first year teaching (her second year). We both started same school site and years later ended up at a different site together again. She is a great person and I am so glad that I could give this special gift to her and her family. I know Jaden will enjoy this quilt and I am glad I was able to get it to him before Christmas.


Quilt Stats:
Name: High Five for Jaden
Size: 56" x 90"
Fabrics:  Scraps from Sunday Morning Quilt bee members
Binding: Not sure it was in my stash 
PatternHigh Five blocks from the Sunday Morning Quilts
Quilting: Free Motion Quilting - Stippling 
Completed: December 2013
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

High Five Work in Progress


I made a lot of progress on my high five quilt this week. I took it from a quilt top to a quilted quilt all in one afternoon. Which is quite an accomplishment seeing as this thing is 54" X 90".

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We had a bit of a wrestling match on my little janome, but in the end I conquered this lovely quilt.

High Five Top

I even started binding yesterday. I am hoping to finish today and get it to its new owner tomorrow, but we will see how that goes.

All I know is the more I work with it the more enjoyment I get out of all the prints that are included in it. I am so glad that I had my Sunday Morning Bee mates help me out in making these blocks. There is so much variety and I a really enjoy that.
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