Welcome to Monday (ok, now Tuesday) and the end of September and the beginning of October. I have a busy week ahead, how ’bout you? Even though we are well into fall on anyone’s calendar, it was 101 degrees when I got into my car after school today. Really? Me in my little corduroy dress, trying to pull off autumn when it is still as hot as summer ever was.
Well, I am wearing fall clothes anyway. Here’s my Tuesday outfit.
So there, El Paso weather!
And here’s what else I am doing, currently:
Fluttering. My heart’s all a twitter. You might remember that I made this DIY message board for a Motivational Monday link-up with my buddy Carrie at Curly, Crafty Mom. You can take a peek here. Well, I have been leaving my Prince Charming loving notes on it faithfully every week. But guess what? This past week my PC left me a message!
Missing. My dad. I have probably shared with you that I am especially reminded of my father when I see butterflies, in particular, really pretty butterflies, although I notice all butterflies more since his passing and feel his presence even through a common moth! It seems that the world’s Monarch butterflies migrate through El Paso in the fall on their way to Mexico and warmer climes. Here are just a couple that have crossed my path this week.
While I was working last week as a substitute librarian at Crosby Elementary, I came across this book.
I have probably said a couple of times, at least, how much I love the end of October-beginning of November celebration called Dia de los Muertos. I plan to share a little more about it and some of my favorite children’s books about this Hispanic holiday throughout the coming month. In this sweet story, Lupita and her uncle enjoy watching the Monarch butterflies returning to Mexico. Their return is a sign that Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is near. When a Monarch lands on her hand, Lupita’s uncle cautions the girl to never hurt the insects as it is believed they are the spirits of the departed. Then when Lupita and her family begin preparations for the holiday, it takes on a deeper meaning. I hope you can find this book to read with someone special in your life.
Relishing. On Saturday evening, PC and I did something different for our weekend date. We went to El Paso’s one and only new Cinemark Movie Bistro. We are now officially spoiled for ever watching a movie at any other theater. The seats at the movie bistro were more comfy than our reclining furniture at home. Having our dinner served to us in front of the big screen was the ultimate experience in movie concessions. I had brisket and green chili tacos, PC had a cheeseburger and fries. We washed it down with a cold beer on tap. The movie was The Intern with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. Good food, good movie, good company = good time. Check us out!
Celebrating. My daughter Lauren and her husband Francisco are pregnant with their first baby. Lauren is in her fourth month of pregnancy and a few weeks ago, purchased a SneakPeek early gender test, then submitted the required DNA via a blood test to the company. She and Francisco received the results in an email day before yesterday (Sunday) but they didn’t open the email. Instead, Lauren forwarded the results to her sister Brennyn and me knowing that she had an ob appointment today and might learn then if she is having a baby boy or a baby girl. The plan was that Bren and I would come up with a clever way to reveal the gender of the baby to Lauren and Francisco this afternoon IF they didn’t find out during their appointment. Well, the doctor didn’t do an ultrasound so they left the office not knowing the gender of their baby. Lauren called me to tell me to send our reveal. This is the video Brennyn and her daughter Cady created for the reveal.
I couldn’t do anything as clever so I just bought a pink bunny towel that Lauren had on her Pinterest baby wish list in case she was having a girl. I had the towel sent two-day shipping so they will get it tomorrow but sent this picture of the towel in a text to Lauren and Francisco for the reveal.
While we love the baby no matter whether it is a girl or a boy, I have adored being the mommy of my two baby girls. I love that Brennyn is the mommy of her own baby girl, Cady. And now Lauren will be the mommy of a baby girl, too.
Anticipating. Today I started work at Guerrero elementary school library. I am subbing for the sub, my friend Lori, who started the school year there. The librarian, Mary, retired suddenly just as school began when her young adult daughter died unexpectedly. Mary was well loved by the faculty, staff and students at Guerrero and her retirement has left a sad, empty place on that campus. Lori and I are working to get the library ready for classes and kids. The principal approached me about staying on for a few weeks, maybe months, and I am hopeful HR will approve her request. There are new books to process, old books to weed, spaces to organize, and lessons to teach. So I might be back in a library again for a bit. Stay tuned.
And that’s what I’ve got goin’ on currently. How ’bout you? Would love for YOU, yes, YOU, to leave me a comment below sharing something you are currently up to this fall.
Hugs and kisses,