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Entry 23 ~ February 11, 2009
~ Today's the Day

It was a balmy 50 degrees here in Rhode Island this past Sunday. Monday--30 again! The snow is nearly melted but the remains are not pretty--in fact, they are quite sloppy and after we get a good melt and then a drop in temps, the ice is everywhere. I think this is one winter that people are quite ready to say "Good bye" to!

Usually, I don't mind the cold months of winter because I feel like those are my months to get caught up with my indoor life, the one that is practically non-existent when the ground thaws and the spring sports, oh yes . . . I'm referring to Little League . . . take over my life. I love to spend the months of January and February doing little projects like organizing all the kitchen cupboards and drawers, cleaning out everyone's closets and cubbies and then for added fun, I try and make sure all the areas where the kids keep their toys and games are straightened out so that we actually have games with all the pieces and toys that work such as trucks that have all four wheels and dolls that have all their limbs! This year, no such luck! I haven't even managed to get the Tupperware cabinet in order--if it doesn't happen sometime soon, I'm in trouble.

Next week is Winter Vacation week here in Rhode Island. My kids will be off all next week, therefore, I will be on all next week! It's crucial I make the next three days count in some small fashion or I might as well lie down next to Third Base on the field and allow myself to get trampled on! (I'm joking, just joking!) I think this coming Spring I am going to have to have an entirely different approach--waving my white flag of surrender. I may be an optimist but I'm also a realistic one. I know that now that I have a new business, life as I used to know it has changed, and as hard as it is right now, I do believe the end results are going to be well worth the sacrifice and long hours that I'm putting in now, so come Spring--I'll just have to have the right mindset, and "go with the flow" as they say!

CameronToday is actually an important day. Two reasons---one, it's my son Cameron's 10th birthday!! (He weighed 10 lbs 5 oz at birth (was two weeks early!) and did I mention he was not born via C-Section!!!) The other big event happening today is that I am helping to launch a new school newspaper at my kids' middle school. I was asked last year and I reluctantly said "ok" thinking it would never happen! Awful to admit that, but I know how these things work. I've been involved in PTO for over 10 years and know the ins and outs of how things actually happen. This project, however, was near and dear to our School Improvement Team's heart, and they never let it go, God Bless them!

So, this afternoon I will be heading to the Narragansett Pier School in all my glory to help establish and run a brand new school newspaper. You know what they say . . . "That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger!" I truly am very excited about it, I really am. Two of my own children have joined the newspaper staff so that in itself makes it worth it, but I think that the school is going to feel such a source of pride when these kids publish their first newspaper, on real newspaper paper! I told them if we were going to tackle such a project, I wanted the kids to have the real deal in their hands at the end of the two months! Wish me luck!

Now, I'm off to decorate the living and dining room with our traditional Birthday Banners that we always hang up for each child's birthday. Last night Cameron and I sat and wrapped up 41 Goodie Bags so he could hand them out to his classroom. You would know that he's in the "big classroom" this year where two teachers team teach so they are like two small rooms combined into one big classroom!

And of course, we cannot forget Valentine's Day is this weekend! Ah, love is in the air! Brian and I will go out to dinner on Friday night with my business partner and her husband. She and I spend more time together than we do with our spouses, so we figured this way the four of us could spend a nice evening together and maybe the topic will be something other than chocolate!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day and that your children enjoy all the hoopla of giving and receiving those funny little cards--I know in our house it's as big a holiday as Christmas practically!

Hope everyone is nice and healthy! Talk to you next week!

Take care,
   ~ Cheryl

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