Saturday, July 19, 2014


Thanks to Ruth Ayers for hosting the #celebratelu each Ruth Ayers Writes! 

This week I am celebrating being Connected! 

Family Reunion- I had a chance to re-connect with many family members from the Papp family last Saturday at the Family Reunion.  It was great to see family, celebrate over good food, and remember those we loved. I made Texas Sheet Cake to share (everyone brings a favorite dish).  It turned out great!  The highlight of our event was the White Elephant Ticket give-away...We won a basket of Italian dinner items-pastas, sauces, bread, cheese, and spreads.  As a result, I made chicken alfredo last Sunday.  I also shared some of our dinner with our priest-so it ended up being a pay it forward share with others!

Children-I have enjoyed spending time re-connecting and playing with my children.  This I believe is a special part of having the summer off.  We played and did fun things together all week.  We read books, played in the water table (which Natalie tried to treat as a swimming pool :) heheheh).  We trekked out to the Great Lakes Science Center and also the Akron Zoo...

Twitter-Time to re-connect with other Twitter Tweeters and have a little fun as well as learn from the amazing PLN there.  Thanks to all for the favorites, retweets and learning this week.

Mom-I had the chance to re-connect with my mom.  We had an appointment with the Geriatrician this week and got an update on where my mom is with her dementia...she's currently in the mild to moderate stage.  The challenge is going to be trying to get her to commit to going to adult day care so that my dad can get a bit of a break as the primary care-giver.  It's so hard to see this happening.  The day went well though...she was in good spirits as we ate lunch together, shopped and went to the doctor.

The Educator Collaborative-A new website started this week by Super Star Educator Chris Lehman!  The site launched on Wednesday.  Anyone can join as a member and become connected to other educators with like interests.  I hope you'll consider joining as well.  This will be an incredible source for professional growth and learning.  I've already learned about using the "My Library" option on Google to create a record of books read.  Thanks Brian Sweeney!

Hubby!  We got to connect during "date night" last night.  We enjoyed delicious dinner out (just the two of us) and listening to a salsa band at the Galaxy...good times and good fun. 

You can see why my theme had to be "connected" this week!  As I reflect on the week, I am happy with the connections.  Things that I wanted to do and am still working on are participating in the #cyberpd2014 and writing with #teacherswrite.  I am behind on my reading, writing and posting...but it will come.

What connections have you made new or old this week?


  1. Wow, you certainly have been connecting! That's a great way to spend the summer!

  2. Wow at all the connections! I think I need to connect with friends and families! That always cheer me up!

  3. Amy, I love all of the connections too. My favorite is the one you mentioned with Brian on The Educator's Collaborative! I am so excited to figure out the Google option, My Library! This is an answer to prayer!!! I've been looking for something like this for SOOOOO long!!! THANK YOU!!

  4. Connections matter! I am sorry to hear about your mom, but it is good that you are working with her and with other family members to surround her with support. My dad and his partner just moved her mother into their home. She is also suffering from dementia. Recently, I tried to give Jane a break from caring for her mother for an overnight visit. A single day was exhausting, especially emotionally. I can only imagine how it would feel if it was my own parent. So, I truly feel for you, your mother, your father, and the rest of your family.

  5. What a busy week you've had! I'm glad you were able to enjoy a nice day with your mom. I just finished watching Chris' announcement, I think there are so many possibilities with this! I hope you had time to relax this weekend!

  6. Amy - We have been dealing with my mom's dementia and failing health for the past several years. I worry so much for my dad who is reluctant to consider any help other than from close family. Sending your mom and dad & family good thoughts and prayers.

  7. What a wonderful week of connections, especially the many family ones! Thank you for sharing your celebrations!


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