Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dare to Share #435

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share 

My computer is finally fixed! I just got it back tonight. I am so happy to be able to use it again. This week we finished our second week of school.  I am back to being a regular teacher and not a Spanish teacher.  Our new Spanish teacher speaks fluent Spanish and started this week.    We are starting to get used to being back to school and all the new rules. One positive thing to wearing masks all day is the kids are so much quieter than they used to be.  I don't know if it will stay that way as the year goes on, but we are enjoying it for now.  

Now that I have my computer back, I hope to get a few posts up this week.  

But since it is already after midnight, I better get the party started.. 

Link up and HAVE FUN!! 

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Dare to Share #434


It's Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!

Sorry I am a little late to post the party tonight.  I am having some computer problems this week. I had two posts planned that I had hoped to post but my computer has been stuck in a boot loop since Tuesday.  I am borrowing a computer to post the party tonight. Hopefully everything will be up and running soon on my computer so I can start posting again! 

In personal news, I had my first week back to school this week. It went pretty well. It was so nice seeing the kids again. We had half days to help with the adjustment back to school which was great for both the students and the teachers.  I did teach Spanish, and that also went pretty well. I taught them some basic words, numbers and colors. I was surprised that it came back a bit after so many years after learning it. The district did find someone who speaks fluent Spanish this week, and I met her today. She is supposed to start next week. She seems really nice, and I think the kids will like her. Since she is new to our school and district, I will assist her for the first day or two since she has quite a bit of information she needs to learn all at once.  

If you have been following me on Instagram, you saw I visited a few more places in Michigan this past week.  We went to the Tawas/Bay City area last weekend, and a sunflower/wild flower farm on Labor Day. Both places I can recommend if you are in the area.  

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Dare to Share #433

It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 

How is it September already?! I know I say that a lot, but this summer really did seem to fly by.  My school is starting in a few days, and as usual there is a new development.  It is not set in stone yet, but it looks like I might be filling in for a class that does not have a teacher yet.  The teacher who normally teaches this subject retired late in the game, and they have not found a replacement. I do know a little bit about this subject but took it years ago (Spanish), so there will definitely be a learning curve until they do find a permanent teacher for the job. Good thing I am up for a challenge and like to learn, because I will be relearning with the kids. 

Have you ever accepted a challenge that is way bigger than what you are ready for, but it turned out to be a really good thing in the end? 

Did you see my post about Our visit to Holland? It was the first stop on our amazing vacation all around Michigan. We hope to see a few more lighthouses this weekend.  Do you have anything fun for your holiday weekend? 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Our Visit to Holland Michigan

    As you may know, I recently got back from a vacation where we drove around the state of Michigan.  Our starting point for this wonderful trip was Holland, Michigan.  I was lucky enough to live in Holland 20 years ago.  Two of my kids were born there and we lived there for a few years. I have always had a soft spot for that area, and love to go back to visit when I can.  

We arrived in late afternoon, and our first stop was the Veldeer Tulip Farm.  The best time to see the farm is in the spring when they have millions of tulips in bloom. It was a favorite place to take pictures with my kids when they were young.  Even when it is not tulip time, it is still a fun place to visit.  They have a garden center where you can buy many kinds of bulbs, and other fun things for your garden.

Right next to the garden center is the De Klomp Wooden Shoe and Delft Factory.  There you can see wooden shoes being made and the beautiful Dutch pottery (Delftware)  being painted. It is the only production location for Delftware in North America  (hours have been adjusted for Covid, so they were not making anything at the time of this visit) 

After the farm we decided to walk around downtown before meeting friends for dinner.  We stopped in a quaint little clock shop that was full of cuckoo clocks. 

The clocks were all kinds of shapes and sizes, and from many parts of Germany. 

I wish I took more pictures of downtown.  It is such a pretty downtown, with many stores and restaurants to visit. In many ways it has changed since I lived there, but it also still felt familiar.

We ate dinner at Hops on 84 East. It was recommended by a good friend, and was not there when I used to live there.  She told me about their dill pickle pizza and it did not disappoint. It was really delicious! 

Because we did not plan on where we were going to stay for the night ahead of time, we did have some trouble finding a hotel room. (it was a Saturday night, during the busy season)  Its okay though, we traveled just a few miles down the road and found an nice, less expensive hotel in Grandville.   Grandville also had  very nice Dollar Tree where I found some of the items I will be sharing in another post. 

The next morning we went back to visit Holland State Park. It has a beautiful beach right on Lake Michigan.  I have many fond memories spending time here with my kids playing in the sand and the water. It was a red flag day (very windy), but that was okay because we did not plan on swimming.  We wanted to see the lighthouse and boats. 

Holland Harbor Lighthouse, AKA as Big Red is one of the most well known lighthouses in all of Michigan. It is also one of the most photographed.  One of my favorite things to do with my kids in the summer when we lived there was to pick up some food, and have a picnic at the lake watching the boats in the canal.  It was a beautiful warm day on this day so we sat for awhile and enjoyed the parade of boats. 

Our last stop on this trip was a visit to Captain Sundae. It has been my favorite ice cream place since we lived there.  I always get a buried treasure sundae. The treasure is finding all the cherries, buried in chocolate.  

They have a pirate ship at both locations were you can sit and eat your ice cream. 

Bye captain, we will be back to see you soon!  We have a lot more of Michigan to see.  Next stop Grand Haven! 
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