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Friends and family Friday


My granddaughter is recovering nicely after surgery to repair a cleft palate. For six weeks she has to wear braces on her arms so that she can’t bend her elbows to put anything into her mouth. They can be removed as long as some one is watching her and she’s only got four weeks left to go.

I came home from work on Friday to find that my brother and his fiancé, Larry and Heather, had left a gift for me on my coffee table…Mumpkins!

I put them in the front window and I see them when I walk into the house. So sweet.

One day at work I glanced out the window to close the blinds at nap time and noticed a giant praying mantis on the deck. I haven’t seen one in years.

I have been taking a class to become certified as a Montessori teacher. It is every Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00 and runs through June. We follow the academic calendar so if there is no school then we have the Saturday before off.

Still though….it’s a lot of Saturdays that I would rather be doing something else, even if it’s laundry.

The nice thing is that once I get there I really enjoy it.

On Sunday I spent the day with my grandchildren. My daughter and son-in-law were hosting a turkey dinner for a group of friends and everyone was helping to cut away some tree saplings from the fences along their property line.

I love being with them. It’s so inspiring to see how their group of friends help one another.

The windows in our apartment are finally done! Because the house is in old town Marblehead the owner had to get permission from the historical committee and the choices were limited. We love what they chose and they look so pretty! They are very efficient as well and that will help with our heating costs this winter.


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8 thoughts on “Friends and family Friday

  1. Sounds like a nice week of family, surprises and house stuff checked off!
    You will love having the Montessori certification as then you’ll make more! At least the ones around here do, much more than my special ed preK salary! Good for you!! Are you also state permamnet certification certified? My NY one is for ed psych/special ed at the masters level and i was told MA would accept it but my pay would be lower! So in NY we stay!
    Have a nice weekend!

  2. I love the name Mumpkins! Is Abigail able to eat normally during recovery? The praying mantis would blend in so well with the ground and leaves. I’ve never seen one that is both brown and green. The class is nine hours!

  3. I’m so glad your granddaughters surgery went well! That would be hard to have braces on for so long, but I can see why they’re needed.

    The mumkins are cute!

    Wow, that is a big praying mantis.

    It would be hard to give up so many Saturdays. But I am glad you enjoy the classes while there. Glad you got to spend the last one with grandkids!

  4. So much beauty here in this post. I have never seen a praying mantis in real life, they are not native to my country. I love the view from your window, all those beautiful trees. I am glad to hear that your granddaughter is recovering well, it must be hard for her to have those braces but she looks really happy in that photo!

  5. Six weeks is a long time, but your granddaughter looks like she’s handling things quite well and is very happy! We see a praying mantis just every so often. They are so fascinating and to me it feels like good luck when I spot one. The mumpkin is adorable! Your comment about enjoying the class once you get there — that happens to me so often. I feel like I have to drag myself somewhere, but then once I’m there it’s just great. I’m sure it will be a worthwhile commitment for you. Enjoy the weekend!

  6. How fun to spy a praying mantis. My daughter finds them several times a year. The last one she saw was an albino. And I happened to be with her.
    That is certainly a full Saturday. It would be hard as I imagine you sometimes miss family outings or just relaxing in your beautiful surroundings. Oh, but won’t June be a special celebration.
    What a special gift the munchkins is. I’ve never heard it called that before. Did you make that up? Or is it a thing?
    Your granddaughter looks joyful and beautiful. I hope she doesn’t get too frustrated with not being able to put things into her mouth. So glad her healing is going well.
    Have a good week.
    Susan at fruitfulWords

  7. Oh, the mumpkins are so pretty! I know you will love watching all those flowers bloom over the next week!
    I’m so glad your granddaughter is healing so well. She will certainly be happy to not have those braces on next month!
    Hurray for you working on your certification. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but in the end you will be glad you did it and there will be that huge sense of accomplishment!

  8. So glad to hear your granddaughter is doing well after surgery. I didn’t realize children who had that surgery had to wear arm braces. That must be so hard on her. She’s a cutie! Very nice little pumpkin container and a very sweet gift left behind. Love those windows.

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