Saturday, June 21, 2008

Aaahhhhh, Summer...

So I'm officially on Summer Vacation! My last day of school was Thursday; it was clean up day. Time to take down all the decorations and artwork I displayed throughout the year.

Here are some pictures of my classroom...




And here's a before and after of me and my first year teaching...

First Day of School September 2007

Last Day of School, June 2008

I spent the first day of summer gardening, crocheting, relaxing and ordering some stuff for my business, Potluck Designs. I have a new blanket up for sale on Etsy, it was inspired by daydreams of the bright, sunny days ahead! Check it out at!

Kitty and Jerry were enjoying each other's company in the kitchen so I took some pictures of them snuggling. Kitty has one blue and and one green eye so they glow different colors in photographs. Jerry likes to snuggle her head by Kitty's butt so I was lucky to snap the shot of them side by side, it's a rare gem!

Thats all for now!
Happy Summer and Kisses,

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Hi everyone! Sandra and I are back from birthday celebrations, and now we're all set up on the couch with pajamas and two bottles of wine (!!!) and the DVDs of 90210 that she got for her birthday. We're going to watch a marathon! Jealous?

Rachel and Sandra

Special Breakfast Treat

When I woke at 9am to the sound of clanging and clunking in the kitchen my first thought before my eyes opened was Jerry's in the pantry.

Jerry is our 3 legged bunny who lives in the kitchen.

She likes to get into things like an open cabinet, under things like the refrigerator or behind things like the we have to bunny proof the kitchen for her safety. Sometimes, Charlie leaves the pantry door open (I probably do too but I don't think so) and I worry that she will get electrocuted chewing on wires under the fridge. Today I could tell by the clanging and clunking she might be in the cabinet with our baking pans and dishes. I was relieved that no electrocution would be happening today.

When I opened my eyes and saw the shades were pulled shut on the windows I remembered a conversation Charlie and I had earlier in the week about Saturday morning. It seemed like we made the plans ages ago even though it was probably 2 or 3 days ago. Charlie wanted to sleep late and make breakfast. The pulled shades and the dark room reminded me of our plans and I stayed in bed for a while listening to the action in the kitchen. The clunking turned into clinking of measuring spoons and cups and whisking.

I finally got out of bed and found Charlie whipping up a batter for waffles. I helped clean up the kitchen a little and made some coffee. Charlie said he woke up around much for sleeping late! I could stay in bed for hours and doze and drift in and out of dreams; Charlie wakes right up and starts his day. I hope our kids inherit my sleeping abilities.

Charlie cut the recipe in half since it made 12 waffles, and ours came out larger since we have a Belgian waffle maker. So we got 3 waffles from his concoction and they were delicious with black berries mixed in. As I was taking my first bite, he let me know there was an entire stick of butter in the batter.
The recipe said the butter makes the waffles really delicious so...

I ate a third of a stick of butter this morning.

And Charlie ate two thirds.

I'm going to crochet now and then we are going to my parents house for the rest of the day. Lauren's there with Ryan, we're bringing Grandma and Allan and Dad will be there later after they get home from work. Rachel and Mom are there, of course, and they are going to a church garage sale now! I hate missing out on steals, deals and finds. Oh well!!

We are going out for dinner to the Skylark Diner in Edison. Its so fun and yummy!


Friday, June 6, 2008

Still Celebrating

Hi! My Birthday was yesterday but I'm still celebrating! Maybe that explains the insane look in my eye in these photos!?!?!?
Last night we went to Magic Fountain for ice cream and I opened a present from my parents that came in the mail. Its a jigsaw puzzle of all kinds of candy!

I got a fun package from Mami and Papi in Florida today, it was full of Polish Pottery.

I also got the first 3 seasons of 90210 on DVD from Charlie because I love that show. Its on Soap Net weekdays from 5-7 pm but now I can watch it from the beginning and get obsessed with it all over again.Theres still a present on the way from Charlie, I'll have it tomorrow! I'll still be celebrating tomorrow with my whole family...this is the best birthday ever. I love getting presents...can you tell??!?!?!?

Work has been crazy between Teen Arts at Bergen Community College and the Art Show at my school. I set up my room and even had a guest book for everyone to sign. I am impressed that no one tore down or scribbled on any of the artwork. Here are some pics of the rooms all set up.
I guess cinder block walls are cinder block walls no matter what you do! It looks a lot better in person! Well, thats enough about me...until tomorrow when I celebrate my birthday some more!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandra!

Today is Sandra's birthday! Happy birthday!

Why don't you all pop over to her new Etsy store and buy a little something to make her day?