Country Living...Island Dreaming

March 16, 2015

Reason for the Unplanned Break

I usually blog just a few times a week so you might not have noticed I haven't posted in awhile.

Everything began with what I think was the flu a couple weeks ago.  After recovering, I had to rush around last week putting together a school event for Thursday night.  I was basically going non-stop.  Even the night of the event was crazy because after cleaning up at school, we packed up the car and left our house at 9:00 p.m. for a long ski weekend in Vermont.  Yeah, it's a 4 1/2 hour drive but we were all looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.  I was also looking forward to getting back to a more regular blogging schedule this week...

Sadly, while we were in Vermont, we received a call from family that my father in law passed away unexpectedly.  Needless to say, we rushed home immediately.

I don't get overly personal on my blog but I felt the need to share this heartbreaking news with you.  We have an extremely close knit family and this wonderful man was the epicenter of it all.  I loved him like my own father and we will miss him terribly.

I am going to take a few days or so to spend time with family so don't be surprised if I don't post for awhile.  On the other hand, I may be inspired to write more - or at least stop by some beautiful blogs to escape some sadness for a bit.

Please give your loved ones an extra hug today and remember to appreciate every moment you get to spend with them.


March 6, 2015

Emerging from the Storm

Quite the stormy week around here...

We began with a delayed school opening on Monday.
Then the big storm hit Wednesday night
and school was called off for Thursday.

The kids (and the dog)
were in the backyard playing in the snow by 8:30 am.

Rosie could have stayed out there all day!

And I think we ended up with 7 to 8 inches
on top of what we already had.

The boys worked hard on shoveling the sidewalk.

But by evening we wondered if the snow plow guy 
would ever show up and clear the driveway!

 Luckily by this morning we were plowed out
and back to school!
(With a 2 hour delay of course!)

But the snow wasn't the only "storm" I had to deal with this week.  Last Friday night I felt a little tired when we took the kids out to dinner.  Didn't think much about it...Then later that night I woke up with a slight fever which turned to chills, body aches, congestion, sore throat....Let's just say I haven't had the best week.

I can't remember the last time I was basically useless for days.  A couple of the days I literally stayed in bed almost continuously.  I really only started to feel better yesterday and even then (and now) I couldn't do much because I feel weak very fast.  Drinking tons of hot tea, resting and eating chicken soup has pretty much been my routine.  My eyes were watery and I had so much head congestion that I didn't even read much.  Basically, I flipped though TV channels, read some of my favorite blogs and scanned through Instagram.  So I want to thank all you bloggers out there who provided me with pretty things to look at and allowing me to keep my mind off of being sick.

And I want to thank Rosie for keeping me entertained....

I think she knew I wasn't feeling well 
because she was right by my side all week.
(When she wasn't prancing around in the snow with the kids!)

Love this dog.

And thank you to my wonderful husband for taking care of dinners, dishes, kids, homework...just about everything.  The house ran surprisingly smooth this week besides the occasional brother disagreements and bedtime shenanigans.  Thank you to my darling boys for "tucking me in" and making me love being your mommy even more!

Feeling sick really makes you appreciate all the things in life to be thankful for...just as a loooooooonnnngggg snowy winter really make you appreciate spring!  It's gotta be here soon....

How is your weather?
Has anyone come down with the flu in your house?

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