Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm Alive!

It's been so long since I blogged. Life has been so crazy busy with school starting and getting back into the rhythm of the school year. We've already encountered rounds of illness for each of us... Hello, germ factory! However, I have to say that I'm feeling much more balanced this year. I find that things are not so overwhelming this year. Maybe it's because I've been through a year of teaching at the elementary level. It's still hard, but not as hard.
Here are a few back to school photos:

First day of school morning!
What a big boy! My 1st grader

Okay, so school started and I was invited to attend the NYSUT (NY State United Teachers) Leadership conference in Lake Placid, NY. End of September, peak foliage, a weekend away with other professionals and adult conversation? YES! So, off I went to learn about the new teacher evaluation process (APPR) and talk to other union members about issues facing teachers today. It was a fun, educational, and interesting weekend. The weather was great and the shopping was awesome! I got 2 new pairs of boots at the Bass outlet. Nice! Okay, any time I find a deal on cute boots is good in my book! Here are a few photos from the view from our hotel.
Last weekend was our annual scrapbooking weekend away in Hamilton, NY at White Eagle Conference Center. My girlfriends and I packed our scrap bags and off we went to create art, drink wine, and eat good food! We were not disappointed! Fun times had by all! I lost my voice on Friday at school and it was not a healthy weekend for me, but that didn't stop the conversation or creativity! I was on a roll.. I finished 11 different artworks! Whew... I'll share some soon as soon as I'm sure they won't be picked up in a magazine! LOL!

That's it for now... I will update SOON! Promise!



Anonymous said...

Jen....happy to see you posted a new entry. :o) Love your pics from Lake beautiful this time of year. It was so nice seeing you at We B's scrappin' weekend. Wish I would have been able to chat more or sit at your table. You are SOOOO talented and I love to look at your creations. Hope to see you again soon! ~Kelly Franklin (w/ the Chanel :o)

Anonymous said...

What a picture of us! LOL Love the tag page you made, I think that was my favorite....but all of them were fantastic!

Bon Von Bon

Phyl said...

Ooh I'm jealous. I spent 10 years as my local NYSUT president and always loved those annual fall leadership conferences at Lake Placid (shopping between workshops of course). But our leadership conference (I'm in the Albany capital region) was held in Cooperstown this year (nice there, but no Lake Placid shopping plus I'm not a baseball fan) and anyhow, my union leadership doesn't send anyone anywhere any more. Just collects our dues and tells us to be happy we have jobs. Maybe I should get back on the exec committee...