Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What I'm Loving

I am linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving Wednesday.  Its my favorite post of the week!!

I am Loving - that our 7th grade boys basketball team plays in Sectional tonight - if they win they play in 7th grade 4A State on
Saturday at Normal Kingsley.  GO KNIGHTS

I am Loving - that I am riding the fan bus tonight to the game.  I am excited that I still get excited for fan buses and anything to see a smile on the students faces.

I am Loving - that the weather is so nice - I am getting spoiled!!!  Friday is post to be 2 degrees out.

I am Loving - that Friday night Shelly and I are volunteering for One Winter Night -  change the lives of many who are living on the streets in the most desperate circumstances. Many will brave the cold winter night outside in a cardboard box, just a taste of what it's like every night for so many in our community

I am Loving - Kardashian Glow™ Tan Extender Rich Flower Oil offers deep moisturizing, while providing powerful antioxidants to protect the skin from damaging elements - it makes me feel important :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I am Loving - that the 7th grade boys Franklin Basketball Team won its first game in regionals last night.  So we play for the Championship game tonight at 5:00 p.m.

 I am Loving - that today we had our Honor Roll assembly at school.  I did the shopping for the prizes.

I am Loving - being a mom to Ashley who is full of energy!

Have a Great day!!!!  Stay warm its freezing in IL............

Friday, January 18, 2013

Slim by the Summer

I am going to join Anna and Lanaya's Who's in? You know you want to!  So ... get to the gym, get running, pull out those dusty workout DVD's, chase your kids and work up a sweat! Whatever you have to do. They are using My Fitness Pal as a tool to help us track our workout goals and how many pounds we have lost.
Go over to their blog and check it out.  The link-up starts Monday!


    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    What I'm Loving Wednesday

    I am Loving - that 7th grade regionals start next Tuesday for our 7th graders.

    I am Loving - that Ashley had a wonderful time at the cheerleading clinic

    I am Loving - that my dad is doing a little better after having some fluid drained off his heart yesterday.

    I am Loving - Lip Balm of the Month Club - these were great for the month of January.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    My Little Cheerleader

    Tonight Ashley was a mini maroon for Central.  She got to cheer and do a dance at half time.  In the Fall she was a mini maroon for football.  She loves it.
    This picture was from Sunday's Clinic.  These lovely girls were my students at Franklin when they were in Junior High.  I am so thankful that they take Ashley under their wing.  Desiree ran XC for me!! 
     This is Friday night - Ms. Ashley has her eyes closed.
     Tonight was also Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Project Purple was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices.
    The Project Purple concept was developed when Chris spoke at a local high school in 2011 and the front row of students were wearing Purple shirts. After Chris shared his story, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. As snickering and laughter could be heard throughout the auditorium, the student said “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captured by the courage it took to not only stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts, but was inspired to make a difference amongst adolescents across the United States.
    Tonight the gym was filled with purple shirts.  I even had my purple shirt on.
    This is who Ashley thought was great all evening.
     Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Back to School

     This is Jan 4th 2012  - first day of school after winter break.

     This is Jan 8th 2013 - first day of school after winter break a year later.  Where does time go?

    I can not believe that its time for me to register Ashley for Kindergarten.  Next Wed I can go on school tours 9:00 -9:30 and 1:15 - 1:45.  How do they expect me to visit 11 schools in that time?  February 27 I can enroll Ashley for Kindergarten.
    I just want to cry that my baby is growing up.  I am really obsessed with the entire kindergarten process.  I keep telling myself I am teacher it will be fine.  It is just so different to be on the other side of the coin.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    What I'm Loving Wednesday

     Today I am linking up with Jamie on What I'm Loving Wednesday!

    I'm Loving - that I had a wonderful break!

    I'm Loving - that at school we have started 3rd qt.

    I'm Loving - that this morning I had breakfast at Panera with my mom before school.

    I'm Loving - the warm weather we are having for Jan.....

    Then for the first time I am linking up with Michelle .  I am excited for my Valentine Pinterest finds.  I hope to make Ashley Valentines.  Or maybe even have a Valentine Party for her friends.


    Valentine Cake Pops via @ bakerella
                        Freeze pink milk in a heart ice cube tray, then place in their milk for Valentine's Day.
     Please come and follow me on Pinterest @saveleki

    Monday, January 7, 2013


        Today was back to work.  We did not have students.  We had meetings.  We had a good time  we got to play with the new Polar WearLink®+ transmitter with Bluetooth.
     Ashley and I went to the Y tonight.  I had a great class I went to Body Pump.  Ashley played when we got there it was crazy.  It was first day of swim lessons and the New Year.  I dropped her off at the place she plays and she said look "100 kids to play with".  When I went to pick her up she was drenched with sweat.  Ms. Nicole and Mr. Q could not believe how much she was sweating.  She said she was "exercising".  She drank entire Gatorade when she got home.  I should put the heart monitor on her.
    Ashley is the talker - all the Y workers know Ashley by name.  When she enters the Y - she lets them know she is back...  LOL they are ready to put her to work.
    I am ready to see my students tomorrow!!!!



    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Play Date - Break is Ending

      ****  I have pictures to post except the computer is not letting me load the pictures....  Hopefully can update soon.

    It's Friday and I go back to work Monday....  I guess I am ready for Monday and it will be back to work.

      Thursday we just hung around home.....  Ashley had a play date with Lillian.  We know Lillian from church and she is also in our life group.  So we are super excited we will be going to Destin with Lillian and the others for Spring break.....  We are starting to count down the days....

      We also went to Franklin to watch the Franklin Volleyball team scrimmage the staff.  The volleyball team has is first match on Saturday.  I can't believe its volleyball time......

      We also went to dinner with Amy and Lillian.  We went to the Olive Garden.  It was good.  Except it was too long for the girls to sit.  Ashley is getting better in restaurants but tonight was not one of them.  I think she just excited to have a friend out with her.

      Yesterday I was all set to make smore's brownies that I saw on a web site this week.  Except when I went into the cabinets - I could not find any brownie mixes only all these cake mixes......  I have 10 cake mixes.....


    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Easiest Cheese Soup Ever

        This year I am going to try and post more recipes on the blog.  I find such good stuff on Pinterest.  That I would love to try.  Hopefully in the new year I will invite people over to try some of the stuff I make.
        Hopefully you could share some of yours......favorite dishes...
        Few years ago for Christmas my cousin Shannon gave us Friends and Family Cookbook she put together along with her co-workers at Jim's Family steak house in Normal IL.
        So over the weekend I made Allison Smith - Easiest Cheese Soup ever.

    Easiest Cheese Soup Ever
    3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
    4 quart water ( I would use less)
    1 cup chopped Celery
    1 cup onion - diced
    2 1/2 cups Potatoes - cubed
    1 cup diced carrots
    1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables ( 10 oz)
    2 small cans chicken broth
    2 - 10oz cans cream of chicken soup
    1 lb Velveeta cheese  ( I used 2lb)

         ( I know its a new year and you may not be cooking with Velveeta - but the soup did turn out really good)

       These are the vegetables I used - I used two bags......

      I cooked the soup in the crock pot.........

      If you use a crock-pot, place all ingredients in the pot except for cream soup and cheese.  Cook on low all day and add soup and cheese before serving.  Heat to simmering until cheese melts.  If you do not have all day cook on stove top 1.5 hours then add soup and cheese.

    To cut calories you could use fat free cream of chicken and light Velveeta.

     To spice it up - add chicken, garlic, a little red pepper and any vegetable that's in the frig. For the single folks cut the recipe in half.  You still have plenty for dinner and lunch the next day....

      Or make a big batch and share with your mom!!!!!

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    What I'M Loving Wednesday

     Can you believe its the first 2013 What I'm Loving Wednesday  post with Jamie

    I'm Loving - that I took Ashley skating on Sunday.... I want her to be able to skate before she goes to kindergarten in the fall......

    I'm Loving - that I signed up for the Half - I Challenge again.  I will run the 5 K on Friday night and the half marathon on Saturday.
    April 25-27th.  114 Days!!!!!

    I'm Loving - that in July - I am going to do the Color Run in Indy - with some girl friends from Champaign...... Its July 20th,,,,,,,,
    I'm Loving - that I am trying to do 2013 Siesta Scripture Memory - on Beth Moore blog. It would be neat to find some other blogger's that are doing this and meet up at the Fiesta at the end........  I am not good at memorization......
    I'm Loving - that I had a wonderful Christmas with my family....
       *** probably not the best picture with the boys and their dart guns.  My dad is just out of it - his health is not the best..........  I have always said we are the Griswold family. 


    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Happy New Year

    I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year............

    Ashley and I had a nice evening at home last night.  Ashley is going to be the party girl.  She kept asking at the age of 5 - what New Year Eve's party are we going to?  How I am ever going to keep up with her?

    I can't wait to see what the New Year Brings!!!!!!!