Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some Spa Time!!

Decided to go and relax with a spa pedicure today. Lauryn, my niece and I went to Pri Madonna Salon on Hwy 581 near my brother's home in Inverness. It was Lauryn's first spa pedicure and she loved it!!






I on the other hand have had a few and this one was especially good! She took her time and it was very nice!
It was a great way to relax and enjoy the day!
What beautiful toes!!! Ready for the graduation ceremony tomorrow!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Kayaking on the Crystal River

Spent some time kayaking with family on the Crystal River. It is just so beautiful in this part of Florida, with the springs that you can visit as you paddle your way through parts of the Crystal River.
We went to A Crystal River Kayak Co. and rented 4 kayaks, 3 singles and a double for 2 hours to spend investigating and enjoying the wildlife.

So we all grab our gear and get a few pictures to get started and we head out. Taking the canal and going under the culvert to get to the River and on to King's Bay area. Within 10 minutes of leaving the dock at Crystal River Kayak Company, we were at Three Sisters Springs and the entrance is quite deceiving, but once you go in it's absolutely gorgeous. The water is so clear and it's 72 degrees all the time. It's just beautiful! There were some people go through diving certification. It was so peaceful here. 
So as we leave the Springs area and head out to Kings Bay we are looking for Manatees and we see at least 3 as we move into the area of the Bay. We see all kinds of wildlife including, osprey, turtle, manatees, fish, and even a couple of porpoises playing. We actually paddle around Banana Island which is part of the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge area.
Since we only rented our kayaks for 2 hours, we begin to head back and we stopped at Three Sisters to enjoy one more time......and then we head back to the shop to head for a nice lunch at Cracker's.
Definitely a very enjoyable first day of relaxation time!!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

May has been busy!

Well May has been so busy, every weekend has been full of things going on! Traveled to Florida to be with family and friends as another graduation year is winding down!! Stopped in Macon to see nephew Zack graduate on Friday night and attended Baccalaureate for Ben in Inverness today. It's been lots of years since my own graduation from the same high school that Ben is graduating from and you know not much has changed.......Oh yes Inverness has changed bunches, in fact the high school that I attended is not the same building. It burned down back in the mid 1980's so everything about Citrus High is new and different than when I attended,  but what I was thinking about as I say not much has changed is that what happens at this time of year has not changed. The things said by adults, parents, and the kids is basically the same! Since I'm going to retire this next school year and have been involved in education for the last 29, it is a May ritual and definitely a rite of passage for the Seniors. Now that I'm on the "back-end" of this time and seeing nieces and nephews graduating and knowing that Jordan will be graduating from UGA next May, it's interesting how everyone handles it. 
I thought my sister-in-law Janet would have the hardest time, but my brother got very emotional during the church service this morning recognizing the graduates. It is emotional when you begin to think how your life is changing.....not ending by any means, we're old but not ancient......but for the Seniors it's a new chapter in their lives and they must move onward to their own adult lives. But as parents letting go of these kids, especially college grads, it's also a new chapter in our lives......empty nesters as they say. With my decision made to retire after one more final year of education I'm looking forward to doing what I want to do without first consulting the school calendar, which I've done ALL of my life. I can spend some time doing all those things that I never could get round to because there just were not enough hours in the day! Or there were papers to grade. I am going to embrace this year with as much gusto as I can......because we have some serious changes going on at Gwinnett Online Campus. I am going to try and enjoy the ride one last time of my chosen career path for 30  years and then who knows what I will be embracing next........if you have any really good ideas or suggestions for part time work you MUST let me know!!
More this week since I'm off and spending it with family.....got some crazy things I want to share with you about my fabulous family!!
Here are a few pics from the Bacccalaureate and party afterwards!  Enjoy!

Ben and his girlfriend Bethany










Ben with the cookie that Aunt Kay made!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I've Won a Prize!!

Well I have just found out that I have won a prize on Persnickety Prints!! I entered their National Scrapbook Day Week giveaways and I actually won!!! Check it out!! Persnickety Prints scroll down to the bottom and I am on the 4th prize on the right side! I won a 16 x 20 gallery wrap.....if you have never bought one of these you should take your favorite picture and have it done!  It is awesome!!
I am so excited!! Now....to decide which picture to use......hmmmmmmmm!!
Thank you Persnickety Prints!! If you've not ever ordered from them you should try them out. The pictures and prints come out great!! I've now added their badge to my website to make it easier to use them!! Try them out!!