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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Slice of Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake

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http://www.food.com/recipe/cherry-cheese-coffee-cake-92632
 Have you ever been to a Pampered Chef party?  I accepted the invitation to go to a party hosted by one of my friends.  The room was filled with tasty snacks created to demonstrate the Pampered Chef tools.  

One of my favorite tools I purchased has been my round baking stone and rack/holder.  Since I purchased the stone, one of my favorite recipes is the one pictured above-Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake.  It's always been a big hit wherever I've brought it.  Yesterday was no exception!

My school staff had professional development training with Benchmark Universe.  I wanted to bring a "Birthday Treat" so I thought this would be the perfect choice.  I placed it in the conference room at the start of our p.d.  Throughout the day, teachers were asking for the recipe.  I found it linked here.  If you're interested, click on and try it out.  Everyone who tried it loved the little slice of "Cherry Cheese Coffee Cake"!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Still your Birthday?

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http://www.happybirthdaycake2015.com/chocolate-birthday-cake-images-pictures-and-photos.html

Yesterday, I celebrated another year older.  I will spare you the details of exactly what age I am...let's call it 29 and holding.  I have to share the events of my day because they were so perfect!

I woke up to my sweet little cherub-faced daughter saying, "Happy Birthday Momma!"  I think everyone should be able to wake up to happy little voice like hers with a special greeting every day.  Trust me, you would love it if you heard it.

The morning greeting was followed up with a special blessing at church on the way out after mass.  We always stop to visit with Father on our way out of mass.  It's such a special way to start off a new week.  Kam let it slip that we were going to celebrate my birthday.  So Father asked when it was.  I told him.  He blessed me with a special prayer and a send-off to a great year.  What an awesome birthday gift!

The day proceeded to be filled with greetings from friends and family via texts, calls and facebook messages.  These were examples of the wonderful ways my life is filled with blessings.

Next, we headed out to dinner at Nuevo Acapulco.  My family asked me if I wanted the waiters and waitresses to sing "Happy Birthday".  I decided, no, I didn't wish to be embarrassed in that way.  Our food was delicious and we were so full we could not head to Dairy Queen for birthday dessert.  Maybe tomorrow?

I laughed and smiled when I woke up today.  Nattie asked me, "Momma, is it still your birthday?"


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Mudness

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The strange look of the piles of mud in the yard (now that all the snow has disappeared) is concerning.  It looks like a cow pasture loaded up with cow dung...but we have no cows.  I mentioned to Kam when we pulled in the driveway tonight, "I wonder how those piles are going to get taken care of?"  

"Yeah, Mom!  Those piles do look bad!"

We'll just add it to the list of major yard work that needs to happen once the weather warms up a bit more.  It will be ok.  They will get taken care of!  The yard will look better-it's just not looking good now.

Fast forward two hours...

Kam raced outside to play basketball when his homework was completed.  While he was outside, he donned his Good Samaritan cape and started stomping down all the piles of mud (which we think are from moles).  As a result of trying to be helpful, his good basketball high tops became a mud-caked mess.  So when he came in the house, the mud came too!

Fast forward 20 minutes...

He tried and tried to clean them up down in the stationery tub without telling us and ended up spraying mud droplets everywhere so now the mud is in the yard and in the basement on the floor, wall, and washer.  I appreciate that he tried to stomp the mud but made more of a mess in the process.

March Mudness is making me crazy!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Belch Heard Round the World

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Oh. my. goodness...I attended my niece's birthday celebration tonight with my hubby's side of the family.  We all met at Chili's to surprise Lauren.  The kids were excited and prior to Lauren walking in with her dad, Kam and Nat looked the menu over and knew what they were going to order.  Nattie decided to get the kids pizza and mandarin oranges.  Usually, she doesn't order chocolate milk, but I let her since we were celebrating a special occasion. (Oh, Momma, what were you thinking?) 

The waitress brought out the drinks as we waited a little longer for the birthday girl to arrive.  We were all chattering away and having a grand time visiting and catching up on the latest with family.  The waitress also brought out some chips and salsa while we waited too.  In 15 little minutes, Natalie had slurped down her whole cup of milk.  Wow, she must have been thirsty.  She also gobbled down quite a few chips...and salsa.

"SURPRISE!" we all shouted as Lauren arrived.  And the visiting and chatting continued as the waitress took our dinner orders.  While we waited for dinner to arrive, Nattie was breathing on the window and trying to draw on it (please don't judge).  

Our dinner finally arrived.  Nattie started by eating her oranges. She started acting kinda funny and was not really interested in eating her pizza.  Surprise?..."Momma, my belly hurts!" she sheepishly admitted.

"It does?  I'm sorry."  I rubbed her back a little...
http://tinyurl.com/l8y39zq
Burping app Google Play Store

Surprise-B  E  L C  H... I was sure the whole world had just heard the most enormous burp ever by the smallest little girl in the room.  I immediately thought-Remove the child from the room! She's going to throw up!  Luckily we were seated near the carry-out door. I quickly whisked her out the door to some fresh air and away from the crowd.  Wow, all I can say is wow!  Thank God she didn't throw up and ended up being ok.  Never again will we mix salsa, chips, chocolate milk, and oranges together for dinner.  It was a bad combination that lead an enormous belch (I'm sure) heard round the world!


Prayerful Slice

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As Natalie and I quietly prayed our little prayers...

I started out, "Dear God, thank you for the beauty of this day.  Please watch over and bless all our family and friends-"

Nattie chimed in, "and please take care of my friends Justin, and Griffin and Katie.  And I am giving up my binky.  I am not going to use it anymore.  I will be good without it God."

Amen.  No more bink...please Lord, please help us get through this!  So the dentist doesn't strangle me for not taking it away sooner. So I don't go crazy while she gives it up...she's ready and I know she can do this.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Time

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Ding dong!  Ding dong!  Surprise!

"Hi, would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"

"Would I?  Would I?"  (should I?  my hips say no but my heart says yes!  Heart wins!)  "Yes, I would!"

"Here you go, here's the order form."

"Ok, where are those peanut butter ones-oh, yes, the Samoas.  Those are my favorites!"

"Thank you, Mrs. Rudd!

"You're welcome"

I can't wait for my cookies to be delivered.  On days like today, I want to eat the whole box and cry about it later...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Guilty or Innocent

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Voting is now open...
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Does this look like the face of guilt or the face of innocence? Vote in the comments below!


I'm asking because this is the culprit who's charged with destroying our internet services for almost a week.  He climbed into the box out at the pole and chewed through our cable line, exposing it to the elements and eventually shorting out our line.  Our cable connection is finally fixed and our new modem is up and running.  I hope the little cousin learned his lesson and never plays with our cable line again.  Don't get me wrong, I like squirrels but I don't like when they mess with my hobbies and my work because of their chewing habits.

Have you ever had squirrel trouble?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Route 91 Log Ride

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On the way home from picking Kam up yesterday, we were all smiles in the car!  The air was warmer than it has been for weeks and weeks.  The sun shined brightly and he walked out of aftercare carrying his coat instead of wearing it.  We buckled up and put our windows down a little as the temperature inside the car felt a little too hot!  We loved being able to feel the fresh air rushing past as we headed down the road towards home.
Kameron chattered on and on about how well he did on his health test!

SUDDENLY!

S-P-L-A-S-H!! through our windows and soaked us as if we were on the log ride at Cedar Point Amusement Park. 


 We both screamed in shock as the water hit our faces (we were both on the left side of the car).  And then we started laughing hysterically over what had happened and wiped the water off of our faces.  Kam giggled and shared- "Mom, I didn't know Water Works was going to be open today!" 

"Neither did I Kam, neither did I!" I laughed...knowing exactly what my slice would be!

Moral of the story:  When driving near large flowing puddles in the Spring, anticipate the melting run-off to cause larger splashes of water than normal even if on the other side of the road and remember to put your windows up!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

11 Things Right Now

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Yesterday, the "inspire" Stacey shared was "10 things right now" and "currently"! Thanks to Mandy and Bev for these mentor ideas!  Here are my 11 things currently  starting with this huge issue that threatens to blow a large hole in the slicing process...

11.  Our modem is not working!! Ugh!  I'm slicing from my phone in Panera.  But I'm enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and nibbling on a little snack!

10.  I started my Easter basket shopping-found some cute stuff.

9.  I just got my hair trimmed!  I enjoyed catching up with Michelle-my stylist!

8.  I'm relieved that round 1 of PARCC and AIR assessments have ended.

7.  I wore a Spring jacket to work today! {fist PUMP}

6.  I played Kahoot.it with the fourth graders today to review Ohio History.

5.  I sat in on Math centers with Firsties today.  They showed off the knowledge of 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less!

4.  I observed a sweet moment when one of my office mates received flowers for her birthday from her daughter and grandsons.

3.  I enjoyed chatting at lunch with a coworker that has a job interview this week and speculating about what questions she might be asked...

2.  I loved watching Nattie kick the snow pile next to the driveway this morning.  Get outta here winter!

1.  I smiled watching Kam give an endearing hug to Nat, who he lovingly refers to as "Pip Squeak"!
My 11 on the 11th!

Shock-Jack Frost MIA

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Our driveway has been like the luge track at the Winter Olympics for about three weeks now!  The more we drove on it, the slipptier (Nat's word) it became.  The height of treachery came last Thursday as the temps again dropped at the near zero mark and I had to dodge the trash barrels while backing out!  SERIOUSLY HONEY?  Can we at least put them on the same side?  The whole family needed baseball spikes to maneuver mail pickups.  In fact, Nat had her boots on and still went down on her crown Friday morning...

I know get to the point, right?  I had to capture all of the slippery details first...fast forward to Monday morning!  
"Do you you want to put the garage door up?" I asked Nat. After all, it's one of her favorite morning routines.  
"Sure Momma!" Coat on, zipped and smiles from ear to ear! Click, door going up, she bounded down the steps to the driveway.
"HUUH?  Momma, where's Winter?  Jack Frost finally left our driveway!!"

SHOCK!! 

Where has he gone?  Oh, "I'm sure the devious little fella will be back soon!"
"Yes, Momma, I miss him!"  
Not.Me!!  


Monday, March 9, 2015

5 W's and the H of Maker Space

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A special thank you to Stacey for asking me to share my inspiration via Bitstrips!

Over the past week, I noticed different posts about Maker Spaces.  I thought a lot about my "Maker Space" and my work.  I had a bit of a revelation.  This could be a slice to tell since we're all working on slices at some favorite spot in our dwellings.

Where?  

Where do you like to work?
I reflected on where I work.  The more I thought, I noticed a theme emerging.  If I am doing things just for the "fun of it"-play but not real serious, I tend to be around where everyone else is hanging out.  If I have serious work to be done, I tend to hole up in the upstairs office with the door closed to stay focused.  Where are you inspired as you write?  I love looking out my windows on the world no matter where I am.  Looking through windows helps my mind to drift and dream.  I also thought about our students' writing.  Do we give them the freedom to choose a comfortable place as they write?

What?

What tools do you use as you're creating?
I thought about my tools.  I mostly use my laptops.  I have one for work (that I love) and our own for home.  I also now use my phone (iPhone 4S-which I've had for 3 years and now I don't know how I lived without it).  I sometimes snag the family ipad to work on too.  And, my new fav is my own mini-ipad.  I am using blogger for my platform, but I also love Twitter and my new favorite, Google+ as tools to share what I learn.  What tools are we letting students use?  Do they have a choice in tools for composing?

When?

When do you work in your space?  
I have learned that my favorite time to work is after everyone is retired for the evening.  I seem to work better in the quiet of the night or early in the morning when no one is up yet except maybe the sun.  I like to read comments on other slices throughout the day.  For students, do they have a choice in the time?  Is it open ended?  Could it be?

Why?

Why do you Slice or Make?
I thought about what is driving me to do this creating.  I want to write because I want to tell my story...I saw a quote on a planning brochure earlier in the evening that captured what this adventure is really about: "The magic is in the story."  I love knowing everyone's stories.  If I had more time, I would love to read every person's slice every day!  Do students have an authentic purpose for writing or making?

Who?

Who inspires you in your making?
I am grateful for some inspiring individuals who spur me on to try new adventures in my maker space.  I am grateful to all of the creative thinking that the slicers and writers are sharing @ Two Writing Teachers as well as Ruth Ayers, Cathy Mere, Julie Johnson, Kevin Hodgson, Bonnie Kaplan and Margaret Simon to name a few.  If you don't know them, please check them out!  How do students find others that inspire their work?  How do they learn from each other?

How?

How do you make your work?
Over the weekend, I made a video of my maker space.  I used the iMovie app to create the video.  I used the trailer format that already has an outline and a story map created.  The hard part is choosing the pictures and the zooms to create it.
Here's my "Maker Space".    

video

What can you share about your Maker Space? or students' Maker Spaces?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Our Today Show

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Waking up to the shining sun streaming through the windows
Sitting in the sunroom soaking in my surroundings
Looking out the window and seeing the cold, white piles of snow
Listening to the kids, playing with their games and toys
and then I noticed where normally the TV would be on but now off...
Kevin is eating breakfast at the table and his reflection is showing
on the TV screen!


Observing the breakfast routine on the TV screen of today's Birthday Boy!

Our "Today Show"
SUNNY-with a chance of

Reading the newspaper

E a t i n g brown sugar oatmeal

Gobbling down a banana

Sssssipping some tan-colored coffee
Setting the coffee mug back d
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ing through the next pages of The Beacon
Snicker-ing :)  at the latest news story
Lamenting over the latest sports reports (Cavs, Browns, Indians)
Pl a n n i n g for a relaxing Sunday
Enjoying a birthday his way...

Just a slice capturing nature's reminder of the importance of reflection...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Celebrate and Bake a Cake

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This week I celebrate learning!  
Monday-learning about jury duty
Tuesday-learning about how kids love to play Kahoot.it
Wednesday-learning about how trials work, questions, evidence and the like
Thursday-learning about other slicers
Friday-learning how juries go through deliberation
Saturday-learning about your celebrations

Also on Saturday, we'll be celebrating Kevin's (my hubby) birthday (even though it's really Sunday).  He told me this year he wants a chocolate chocolate cake...I went to the store yesterday on the way home from jury duty (which finally ended) and picked up the ingredients to make the cake.  I plan on making the double layer cake with chocolate frosting in the middle and outside.  I am going to bake in the morning, and frost and decorate by afternoon.  Natalie insists on helping so we'll dawn our aprons and get to baking...bake a cake!

I will add pictures as we go-a rolling slice and celebration...so check back for more sometime soon!








Friday, March 6, 2015

Jury Duty Detox

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De-stressing from a week of being on jury duty...

I am glad I went through this experience even though it was tough.  I learned some things during this week as a result of being selected for the jury and going all the way from start to finish.  I was also affirmed in knowing the importance of being true to evidence and observation.
Here are my take-aways in no certain order...

1.  Being a good listener-I kept thinking about how listen was my OLW for last year-it served me well.  I realized the importance of being present, in the moment...

2.  Take and keep accurate, clear, descriptive and timely notes.  They might be needed some day.

3.  Ask good questions!  If something doesn't make sense, ask for clarification.

4.  Re-read directions and step by step procedures as needed.

5.  Know what is going on in your child's life!  Keep open and honest communication about what they do and learn. Know who they interact with regularly.

6.  Be brave and stick to what you know is true and best for a situation.

7.  Be sensible yet sensitive.

8.  Know that eyes tell a lot!  They may not tell the whole story but they really are the windows to the soul.

More to come as I process...what a week!