Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Facts of Five and Updates...

If you are a new follower let me give details of Facts of Five. It was a model I used when I taught students with special needs in a self contained classroom. I presented a category such as ‘Five Cartoons’ or ‘Five flavors of Kool-aid’ and the students had to consider an idea that fit the group. It was fun and thought generating yet in the meantime, I was able to get to know what was important to my students.

So our category for today is ‘Five Updates from happenings in my life~ okay, I’ll begin…

1.) Little Ethan- The following message is from my niece, Katie: “Ethan seems to be doing much better. He is up playing and acting like every two year old should. He does wear down quickly, but I am sure his strength will be stronger over the next few days. He did have a fever tonight but I believe it’s from him running around so much. Thank you everyone for asking about him and keeping him in your prayers. It has been one stressful week. I could not of done it without my family. Thank you Tracy for the blog and the support. I will keep everyone updated. Much love.”

Ethan with his little sister, Mia at the Doctor~
Ahhh, the power of prayer...So she thanks you and I thank you deeply…

2.) My sister-gosh, it’s been a banner day, I also received this message from my sister, whom you were all privileged to meet and she sent the following message: “I am going to bed now...we have conferences tomorrow and Thurs. and I am way behind on some much needed sleep. I will talk to you about your "sisterly" blog later. Don't you have any stories to tell except the one where YOU fell and broke YOU arm b/c YOU were not doing what YOU should have been and YOU even admitted it in your story that you were a bit of an instigator. Duh....just a little bit of an instigator....I would say you got most of what you deserved. “

Don't I look thrilled?
Well, golly gee, people can be so testy now, can’t they? I guess I will have to ‘try’ to come up with some story I’ll admit to, although it will be very difficult, being the ‘perfect’ child I was; UH-huummm!

3.) Spring is here! And well, it continues to be here as I showed you a few blogs back. I don’t want to brag or anything but goodness, the weather has been beautiful and how can I deny the temps of 70’s and 80’s? (Well NOT every day!) But a good taste of what is to come… Therefore, a few more photos to share…




4.) Track out is almost over~ Oh, this makes me incredibly sad. Thursday will be my last ‘free’ day, and then it’s back to work on Friday. I have had three weeks of bliss: I slept in when I so desired, took preferred naps, did a great deal of reading and writing, cleaned, or well, NOT cleaned if I so desired but however, it is back to reality! Which, I suppose given that I have a tendency to glance at the bright side of circumstances, I thrive in a structured environment and track out is anything but routine so it will be productive for me to return to exertion. Most excellent of all, I will be encircled by my kids who cause me to laugh, smile, think and feel; a true day’s employment!

5.) I’ve got a secret….

38 comments:

texwisgirl said...

Teaser!

Love your sis. :)

So glad Ethan seems to be regaining his health. Your spring photos are GORGEOUS!!! Hurray!

Out on the prairie said...

Fun thoughts, glad the baby is doing better.Now you have a secret to keep me in suspense.

Wanda's Wings said...

Glad he is doing better and I just love the "older" pictures.

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

So glad the little one is doing better. He's adorable. :)

We all have secrets Tracy. Can you keep yours? :)

Pat Tillett said...

Loved the old photos!
We went for a long walk yesterday and based on the number of flowers blooming, spring is just about sprun! Great post!

Simple "T" said...

So good to read Ethan is doing so much better.

What a hoot, I so remember those hair rollers.

Patty Ann said...

So Glad to read that Ethan is doing better. Love the spring pictures. It is NOT spring here, so I am just a tad jealous. Our warm days are in the 30's.

Jules said...

Great news Tracy and yes the power of prayer. Love the photos and children have to love them :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Brian said...

Hooray for Ethan! Oh no, a secret!

Carol Riggs said...

Whaaaat, you can't say you have a secret and leave us dangling! grumble, grumble...

Happy Wednesday, Tracy!

The Teacher's Pets said...

Your "Facts of Five" idea is truly a great way to share your most important moments and to help us get to know you a little better! So glad little Ethan is feeling much better now and let's hope he continues to heal quickly!

Peggy K said...

I like this idea! I may have to come up with a version of my own.
Glad to hear the good news about Ethan. More and more prayers = stronger Ethan!

Ginny said...

SO glad sweet Ethan is doing better! Unlike adults, kids can get so awfull sick so quickly, then snap right back. You two girls in hair curlers crack me up! How cute! You sister needs to write a rebut, which you will agree to post, then we will get both sides!!

LV said...

A very touching story. Trust everything keeps going well for this young fellow and his family. You trees were breathtaking.

The Words Crafter said...

Yay for Ethan doing so much better!!!!!!

Ah, the 'perfect' ones were usually the ones that were better at covering up....just saying, lol!!!

So, what's up? *looking around, trying to spy something out of the ordinary...*

Debra W said...

Finally catching up on my favorite blogging friend! I smiled while reading your "five" list:) Your bantering with your sister reminds me of the way that my brother and I used to talk to each other. So much history, so much love, so much affection:) I have stories to share, but I would have to be "fair" since he is no longer here. Hmmm, come to think of it...

You sound relaxed and happy and ready to go back to your kids! What books did you read during your break?

Thank you so much for your concern and prayers for Jack. He is such a beautiful boy.

Hugs,
Deb

Dawn said...

Beautiful SPRING!!!!
Secret? I love secrets.....

Daisy said...

I'm so glad to hear that Ethan is doing better. Loved the curlers in the hair picture! I have one somewhere very similar of my sister and I.

I also loved the spring photos. It is 28 degrees here right now, and although some of it has melted, we still have quite a bit of snow left on the ground. I can't wait until spring arrives here. :)

Stuff could always be worse said...

I am glad that Ethan is doing better, also spring is budding. Love the pics
kim

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

So glad Ethan is better! I had to laugh at the picture of you and your sister--my mom used to put mine and my sister's hair in those same rollers, well after 1964!
A secret? Do tell! ;)
Have a wonderful spring week!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Trac, So glad Ethan is better.... Your Sis is GREAT... I think I like that woman!!!!!! ha

Spring is coming here also. We don't have that many blooms yet--but the weather has been great...

I know your secret...... You are PREGNANT. Tee Hee Hee hee...

Loads of Hugs, my little friend...
Betsy
Sorry that you have to dig back into school... That's a bummer... But--the kids need you!!!!

Tracy said...

Oh Dear God, NO, NO, NO!!! I am NOT pregnant Ms. Betsy; bite your tongue :) It will be revealed but not just yet...

Thanks for all your continued prayers and Ginny, ummm, a rebuttal...I'll propose that to my sister and certain she'd jump at the chance! Well, perhaps with a little side-bet or blackmail, she wouldn't???

Hang in there everyone, YOUR spirng will be coming soon with a step in your heart and a song in your being~

Rural Rambler said...

Hmmmm. A secret. I hope it doesn't stay a secret long because I'm all wanting to know what the secret is!

So happy Ethan is doing well. Makes this day so much brighter!

Spring is beautiful in your bit of country!

Penny said...

So glad to hear that Ethan is doing better. It is always hard to deal with when our little ones are ill.

I wish we were showing signs of spring - but your signs of spring look great.

Hugs,
Penny

KathyA said...

OMG!! Spring certainly IS there. I'm amazed at all the blooming!!

Arkansas Patti said...

So glad Ethan is doing so much better and hope he is 100% soon.
Still laughing over Betsy's comment. That will teach you to throw out such a teaser.
Loved your sister's comeback.
Number 5 tomorrow I hope???

Talli Roland said...

A secret? Do tell!

Glad to hear Ethan is better. And yay for Spring!

Angela Felsted said...

Beautiful pictures, and I am so, so glad that Ethan is starting to feel better!

Pat - Arkansas said...

I'm glad to read that Ethan is better. It's so scary when a little one is really sick.

Your sister's response to your post reminds me a bit of my own sister. :)

June said...

Tracy I am so glad to read that Ethan is doing much better. My little g-daughter had RSV when a baby and it is such a scary condition.

Oh it must certainly be a trial to be the perfect child...but what am I saying, I WAS the perfect child too. Another thing we have in common! LOL!
ANd yes...you are making me a bit jealous of your weather..watch it or I'll be on your doorstep with bags in hand.
hugs

Dianne said...

your signs of spring are beautiful
not much of it here in NJ but I'm hopeful

so glad that Ethan is feeling better :)

Rita said...

Ethan is adorable! Love your flowers and now I am anxious to hear about #5.
Rita

LTM said...

#5-! What a tease. And I think your sister might secretly be my brother... :D But I love your sponge curlers. I slept in those, too... <3

Jim said...

Hi Tracy,
Sounds like you had a much deserved and needed break! I loved the luxury of sleeping in and doing what I wanted when I wanted. Those spring pics are beautiful! Good to hear Ethan is feeling better.
How did today go? Back at it? I loved the kids I worked with and always looked forward to seeing them again after a break. I really did.

Julie Harward said...

Those little ones are so so sweet..I love the name Mia! Interesting comments here and I loved your pictures, gives me hope for spring! ;D

Krista said...

Well.... it's before 5 a.m. so I am going to give you facts of two:

1. I am THRILLED to hear that Ethan seems to be doing well and feeling better. what a precious little man and he deserves to feel good all the time.

2. I am jealous, to the point of turning green, that it is spring where you are. It's -8F here right now and the really sad thing, this is an improvement over the first half of the week. LOL!

I hope you have a great day at work today. You deserve it! :o)

Len Lambert said...

Glad the baby is doing better! Sorry haven't visited for quite awhile but have been a follower. *waves* have a nice weekend! :)

DoanLegacy said...

So very glad to hear that Ethan is better, and what a touching story!