Snow is back!

2013-01-24 08.13.39After last year feeling we may have moved to North Carolina without knowing it, as we had hardly any snow, we are making up for it now!  We started to get snow on Christmas Eve and had a gorgeous view when we went to our church’s Christmas Eve singing on the town square, and had various adventures driving and having cars stuck in driveways!  Then we had a brief break to green grass in January, and then about a week ago the snow machine turned back on!

2013-01-21 09.10.502013-01-21 09.11.062013-01-21 12.27.412013-01-21 12.27.482013-01-21 12.27.57We have had almost continuous snow since Monday – one week.  I love it, but myself had various misadventures driving in it, including having to turn around and come home last Monday when conditions were impassable to pick up my mother (who was to watch Ryan the next day so I could go to class, as he had no school).  So of course there are consequences of my lovely beautiful snow that are not so lovely!  I was really shaky when I got home from that particular dark, swirling, drifting, sliding, foggy window, trip… worst I’d ever driven in!

As I have vowed though, I never complain about winter, as I hate the extreme heat with a passion and have a privilege of complaining all summer about it!  ha ha.  So as I brush my car off AGAIN and have to go 15-20 AGAIN when the speed limit is 35, or 40, or 60, I will not complain!  Just hope we are all safe driving, and that we all have a healthy respect for the elements and stay home and look out the window when we can!

These are some of the scary consequences that can happen:

 I-90 pileup in our town — I almost was there.  I was coming home from taking Colleen to Lakeland for her college classes, and the roads were extremely bad!  I decided to take Route 84 instead, a parallel route, and it was terrible too, but after I heard about all the accidents I was so glad I chose 84 instead!

Well, it is a new year, and I am busier than ever.  I, however, feel that I definitely want to blog more than twice a year, which is probably about how much I blogged in 2012.  I am going to try and blog weekly, perhaps shorter posts.  I will probably never be less busy than I am, so shall try and start.

Next week, I will post about my new classes (Math Concepts II, Statistics [actually called Quantitative Methods in Psychology, impressively, LOL – a requirement for my hopeful future speech pathology major], Language Disorders (another SPA requirement for the future), and Characteristics of Special Education.)



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Christmas Letter 2012



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clip_image021Chris we love to see smiling as he enjoys things in his life, visiting with family, as we all share his care along with his aids that he has, and we are grateful for all who love him! He is in adult workshop now, and we are glad the transition was smooth without a long waiting period. Chris’s graduation was a high point of the year with a lot of events and good food to eat! Chris also got to go on fun trips to Atwood Lake Fall Festival and our trip to Kraynak’s in Sharon for Christmas. We are also soon choosing new applications for his IPad for his communication needs.

clip_image023Colleen continues to have a very busy life with college, her boyfriend Scott, and all her animals. She is seeking another job that is year-round and right now is enjoying her Christmas break. I recently heard her sing, and I must say she has a beautiful voice, and she sings well with her boyfriend who also has a great voice! She had an awesome graduation party with Chris – can’t believe our oldest are both done with high school! Her current menagerie consists of two cats, two geckos, two guinea pigs, two betas, six goldfish, about six frogs and two crabs.

clip_image025Ryan is unbelievably in his last year of elementary school – 5th grade. Academically he continues to excel, and he is putting more and more complicated puzzles together in only minutes. He still loves the Incredibles movie and also greatly enjoys the cameras on his IPad, computers, and the TV. Latchkey kept Ryan busy two afternoons a week last year through the spring, and he will be starting back at that three afternoons a week in January for my spring semester. (I didn’t have any afternoon classes this fall semester.)

clip_image027We are still carrying out 3 two-day trips every quarter, totaling 24 days away a year! We are busy all day with data entry then have some time to ourselves in the evening – the last one was December 19, and we did much of our Christmas shopping in Steubenville at a cute mall in the hills. I am in my last semester of “pre” advanced study special education courses at Kent, and hope to find classes next year for advanced study that are NOT at night – as at first glance at the catalog for THIS semester most are at night! That would make the next two years such a struggle with child care. I graduate now officially in spring of 15! I also am still working as a home health aide. Rog is hoping to return to school soon to major in human services.