What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

Alarm Clock

These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break

Another Fabulous Christmas in the Books

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Today started out with great news on the family health front and I couldn’t be more grateful.  I’m blessed to have been born into an amazing family, and even more blessed to have married into an equally wonderful one.  Flying high on the good vibes, my husband and I sweat it out at the gym, me focusing on a great low body workout.

Low Body Blast Workout

After the gym, we got cleaned up and had breakfast and worked on a crossword puzzle together.

Fresh Fruit Crepes


After breakfast, I decided that it was time to de-Christmas our house.  It’s always the worst chore to do, so I figured if we started while the motivation was there, it would be done before we knew it.  I read a blog (I’m sorry I’ve forgotten which one!) that showed an ornament storage system that I was looking forward to trying: lining a storage bin with Solo cups, each one housing an ornament.

Expectation: Maybe it will work

Execution & Conclusion: MAJOR success!

Ornament Storage

I put a layer of cardboard over the top of the cups and added a second row.  I was able to condense my decorations down to one bin!  The Christmas tree was taken down and stored in a second bin.  BING, BANG, BOOM!  We’re done!

Christmas Storage

Each year I say this, but it’s true: this was the greatest Christmas ever!  My husband and I have so much to be grateful for and this holiday was no different.  We’re blessed beyond our wildest dreams with wonderful family, supportive and fun friends, an adorable puppy, a warm house to live in, and rewarding jobs.  I know that I am incredibly lucky and I take nothing for granted.  Not everyone has what I have, and I try to remember that before, more times than not it’s during, I complain that other people are less fortunate and worse off than I could ever dream of being.  I hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season and many blessings going into the new year.

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A 5-3-1 of Our Holiday Cruise

Five photo collages







(All photo collages were made with the PhotoGrid app)

Three books I read while I was at sea

download Not That Kind of Girl Yes Please

One beautifully festive ship: