monday ramblings

i feel like i have to hit the ground running today, but my feet are walking instead.  i have a list a mile long and no energy to do it!


sometimes it just feels good to sit in a coffee shop, eat a yummy feta/spinach croissant, drink a hazelnut latte, and pour out my thoughts.

spring break, well any break, does that to me!  i so enjoy the time off of teaching that its really hard to get back into the swing of things and back to a routine.

how was your spring break?  mine started out great – even involved a couple days of deep cleaning!  but then it went a bit south.  i think the lack of any schedule sent my kids into a bit of a tailspin and every day was filled with more and more bickering, which is exhausting for me!

but we had some wonderful family come and visit us from wednesday to friday and that perked us all up quite a bit!  sometimes a good distraction is all we need!

then this weekend we packed in a little more fun and went to santa cruz, about 3 hours north of us.  my sister, if you don’t know already, lives in australia with her family.  she and my almost-2-year-old nephew are going to be up in santa cruz for at least a couple months!  i am so excited!  its been a year since we saw them last, so even though we only had a couple days to see them, we packed up the car and made a weekend out of it.

only problem with being spontaneous like that is the aftermath.  we’re exhausted today.  i drove the kids home late last night (thankfully they all slept the whole way), while sean headed north for work until tonight.  getting the kids out of bed today, silas especially, was really hard.  their normal bedtime is 7:30 and we are pretty consistent with that.  but for the whole week off, they never got to bed before 8:30, many nights much later than that and i think they are going to be exhausted this week getting re-aclimated.

so while the kids are at school today, i am going to do as much catch up as i can.  wanna see what’s on my list for this week?

– set up blog calendar for the week

– cut for new products

– pack for france.  wait, did i not tell you about that yet?….

– write blog posts for while we’re away.

– write kids schedule for while we’re gone

– do spring decor installment at the kids’ school (this is going to be a fun one!)

– prep products for a photo shoot this week (!!!!!)

so, france.  yeah i am pretty excited about this!  just sean and i in france for 9 days.  all expenses paid.  sean owns a company that sells hunter douglas window coverings and when you sell a certain amount of products you earn trips, and this year we get to go to france on a river cruise up the seine.  a few years ago we went on a mediterranean cruise with the same group.

i am so excited to be with just sean.  he is my favorite, after all ;)  but the prep for being gone is going to be insane.  so i should probably say good bye to you and start checking things off my list!


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    WOW, that’s something big and exciting to look forward to! The girls and I are enjoying our first day of spring break today. I’m doing some cleaning while they’re busy crafting and the sun is out with temps supposed to be near 70 today!(that’s big for NY:))
    Hubby just booked our tickets for our summer “missions trip”(its actually a teaching trip-in Bible schools and churches). Last year we went to El Salvador & Honduras in eight days. This year we’re headed to a Caribbean country and I could not be more thrilled! Its one of my favorite places I’ve ever traveled to. We’re tacking on three extra days at the end to celebrate our 12th anniversary.
    Wishing you a good week-hoping everyone settles back into the daily routine sooner than later.:)

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    France! What a treat! I know I don’t need to tell you this but some time alone with you’re hubby can be so refreshing to your relationship. I’m jealous! Hope you have a wonderful time. In the meantime, don’t stress too much on the planning!

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    I feel the same way this morning. My to-do list is long but my my body is revolting. Typical monday morning after a crazy weekend!

    Ps. I love reading your blog! I’m new to the blogging world and am so happy to have stumbled across the pleated poppy!

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    What a treat to get to go to France. One of my favorite places to be. I’ll be taking a group of students there in a couple of months, so I get the mix of excitement AND the extra work of making arrangements for the kids. May the excitement outweigh the preparations et bon voyage!

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    Oh my gosh I didn’t know that Sean was in the interior window coverings business! My dad is a small-business owner who also sells Hunter Douglas – it has been so wonderful to take trips over the years. Usually it is just him and my mom but some years he sells enough that he can take my brother and me with them! Enjoy France!!

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    My hubby & I are also traveling to France this summer! Well, we are actually swapping homes with a family in the Netherlands. But we are driving the short distance to Paris and staying a few nights at a hotel. We are pretty excited.

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    FRANCE??!?!! OMG! That is fabulous!!!!! Way to go Sean! Y’all will have a wonderful time I’m sure! Good luck with your lists! At least you have a vacay at the end of them!!!!

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    Oh, France! That is so fabulous! The first time I went it was for a 10 day trip by myself and I loved it. I know you will be so inspired and have the best time!


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    Crystal says:

    That’s so awesome that you get to go to France alone with your hubby!! That will be a memorable trip for you two!!

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    France, how wonderful!! I’m sure it will be lovely and romantic and fabulous! Spring break and lack of schedules do that to us around here too. Stay strong!!

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    We’ve only been on real ‘destination vacation’ as a couple {Maui for our 10th anniversary} but it was SO AMAZING and SO GOOD for us. It’s something I will encourage all couples to do as often as possible to re-kindle and cultivate that love for each other away. So I am SO excited for you!! I’ll understand if I don’t hear from you until sometime in May! ;D XOXO

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    Michele says:

    What a small world! I just had my windows measured for roman shades and plantation shutters from a woman who owns a company that sells Hunter Douglas! She said she would contact me when she got back from her trip to France–the one she earned from Hunter Douglas for a great year! I wonder if she is on the same trip as you guys are!!

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    Happy to support Sean’s business as we’ve purchased several blinds in the past couple years from S-M (not saying her whole name here!). So happy he earned the trip to beautiful France. Enjoy your quality, romantic time together.

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