Throwback Post: Climbing Mountains and Visiting Kat

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August 14 2015:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. -John Muir … Guess where I get to be this afternoon? Subbing in Stillwater today. I love the amazing quotes covering the walls. xoxo

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First day back getting to go visit Ms. Kat!! Happy young lady!!! Thank you Kat McLain for inviting Lillian once a week again and oceans of gratitude for the Federal Reserve “Love Notes” …. You bless us in so many ways!! xoxo

Throwback Post: First Grade and Fourth Grade

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August 20 2012:

Both Team Member T & L are settled in their classrooms … Both excited and nervous!! 1st grade for Thomas and 4th grade for Lillian …. New school, New Adventures for the whole team!! Wooooooohooooooo!!

Pickin up Team Member T & L from their first day … YAY!!!!

Happy Team TLC Family Sunset Walk Adventures ….

Throwback Post: Adventures Before Parent Information Night

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August 21 2013:

Hanging out at the library before Parent Information night at HDMS … loaded with chapter books for Thomas and Lillian. These two go through some books!

Light dinner before Parent Information Night at HDMS … YUM! French fries for Lillian, Pepperoni Pizza for Thomas and Salad for me …. Happy Team!

December 7 2021: A note of reflection as I read what I wrote with these two posts. I did not have the gas money to drive all the way home after school, and then back to the school for Parent Information Night.

I also didn’t have enough money for a full dinner for us. However, I did have a coupon for a free personal size pizza. I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu for me (salad), and Lillian was and is always happy with fries.

Thomas and Lillian did not know this is why we had this type of evening, as I tried my best to always make things seem like an adventure.

Throwback Post: Subbing at the Library with Poirot

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August 21 2015:

Got to sub in Stillwater again this afternoon! Best part = getting a hug from one of the students before she left. xoxo

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August 21 2010:

Lillian and Thomas LOVE the library.

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August 21 2009:

Time for relaxing with Agatha Christie’s Poirot ~ “Taken at the Flood” movie, comfy clothes & glass of wine!

Throwback Post: In the High Desert With Cornichons and Peaches

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August 22 2013:

So very grateful to have the opportunity and option for Thomas and Lillian to attend High Desert Montessori! These are two of the quotes on the walls in Thomas’ building.

Thomas loves going there and loves his teacher, Mrs. Nicole. Lillian is happy and I love everything about it. This is our 2nd year at HDMS and it was such a relief to get rid of the constant back and forth about Lillian and her IEP at the traditional public school. Her IEP went from over 30 pages to about 7 pages when we moved to HDMS.

Thomas did have some rough bumps last year, but since he switched teachers after Spring Break last year, it’s been wonderful. Plus, over the summer the Friends of HDMS bought the building Lillian’s class is in AND the office building next door! Now, we’ve got the room for a HDMS High School (currently stops at 8th grade). YAY!! We LOVE HDMS!

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Cornichons! Bought these thinking they were just tiny pickles. WOW! They are tart! The more I eat em the more I like em! Definitely a different flavor. Just did a search online and found: Cornichons are pickled French gherkins and not cucumbers. They are related but not the same plant race. YUM and You’re Welcome!

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August 22 2012:

YUM!!! Thank you Kimberly Phipps-Nichol for always thinkin of Team TLC when you have too much fresh food … Yummy maters, fresh peaches and nectarines and even some delicious dried peaches!! Lillian took some of the dried peaches in her lunch today and I had the heirloom tomato and a fresh peach today with lunch … My mouth and tummy were happy dancin!!! I’m grateful for YOU and for yummy fresh food!!


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August 22 2010:

Poultry Seasoning – breakfast of champion monster trucks.

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August 22 2009:

Bloody Mary, boiled shrimp (tip: boil shrimp in beer (yummo)), salad, glass of wine, dancing with kiddos & step-father (Frank)! What a GREAT evening!!! YeeHaw!!!!!!!!!

Throwback Post: Celebration Between Where We Are and Where We Are Going

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August 31 2012:

This is where Team TLC is headed in just a few minutes …. Going to celebrate with our new school …. BBQ, ice cream, Bluegrass band … They are celebrating 10 orbits around the sun for High Desert Montessori School … 2002-2012 …. so HAPPY we are now a part of the community too!! YeeeeHaaawwww!

“Observe your children and learn from them” Dr. Maria Montessori …. 10 year anniversary celebration at High Desert Montessori School. YEP!!


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August 31 2009:

Parent tip: When you’re lovely 7 year old asks every 2 minutes “where are we” when traveling and you are in the same city you were in the last 20 times they asked, try this: “We are in between where we were & where we’re going”. It worked fantastic with Lillian this weekend – it slowed down the recurrence of the “where are we” question!! I was pretty proud of myself!

Throwback Post: It Shows Unity

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September 4 2015:

The end of a full week of moving, unpacking, and subbing every day. More wall wisdom from the classrooms. Best part: a middle school student asked if I liked the school. I told him that we liked it. He caught that I said “we”. I explained that I’m in the habit of saying that in referring to Team TLC. He said, “I like that. I like that a lot. It shows unity.” Seriously! I love these kids!