My gma was in town for a few days this week and we took the opportunity for an updated 4 Generation picture. We had one taken 3 years ago when Emme was an infant. While we were there, I asked them to snap a belated 2 year bday picture of Delanie. Sorry the quality isn't very good, I had to scan them.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Since probably 90% of our readers will appreciate this story, I thought I would share. This semester we added a second ELL (English as a Learned Language) teacher (Amy) at the school where I work. One of the reasons for this is that we have around 90 students that are refugees from the Chin state of Burma at our school. I started working closely with our ELL teachers a few months ago to develop some programs for these students and their families. They have really fascinating stories. Anyway, during this time, Amy and I just seemed to make a quick connection, get along really well, share the same ideas, etc. I knew she went to IU and had just finished her Masters, but we didn't talk many more details about IU initially.
A few weeks ago she and I were talking about IU and I finally asked her if she was in a house. I honestly expected her to say yes and that she was a Pi Phi or Tri Delt...obviously you can tell where this story is going...we realized we were both Gamma Phis! Granted, she is 23 and I am 30, so we were not in the house at the same time. Funny how realizing this common bond can make you feel connected to someone. Sending a shot out to all my GPhi sisters...I miss you:)
*I don't know if Southport High School can handle 2 Red Hot Tomatoes in the same building!*
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Oskay family had a great Easter weekend. Friday night we celebrated Libby Barron's 2nd birthday with dinner at the Barron's house. They are great hosts, our girls love going there and playing with Libby. When we were driving home, Emme asked, "Daddy, next time you go to work, can I stay at Libby's house?".
Saturday morning my mom took the girls to an Easter Egg hunt with our friends, Kathleen, Charlie and Lillian. I got in an 8.5 mile run that felt really good-mini countdown: 3 weeks!
I spent the rest of my day at the Southport High School Riley Dance Marathon. Our students raised $23,200.00 for Riley Hospital. It was a great success. It totally takes me back to my IUDM days. Jason brought the girls for the closing and then they helped clean-up.
Jason and I woke up this morning to Emme asking, "Did the Easter Bunny come?". After exploring their easter baskets, eating breakfast and putting on their Easter dresses (bought for them as a yearly tradition from their godmothers-Thanks Auntie Sarah and Auntie Laura), we headed to mass. Jason and I were determined to get their early. The girls did well in Mass, and we were even at church early enough to sit in the sanctuary instead of the Gym.
After Mass we made a visit to the cemetary to visit Matt's gravesite. It was the first time for us to see his headstone and it is really beautiful. It was a pretty emotional morning for Jason and I. It is still so surreal that he is gone and each new occasion that passes without his presence is heartbreaking.
Jason's parents, brother Jeff and his family, my mom and sister Jess joined us for Easter dinner. It was a great meal and we all stuffed ourselves with ham, mashed potatoes, and lots of other goodies.
Jason was pretty consumed all day with the Masters golf tournament, but did take part in cutting the ham and mashing the potatoes.
We had beautiful weather, so the girls and Elijah played outside for hours. We hope your day was happy!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The last 4 days of our trip were spent in Fort Pierce, FL with my gma (my dad's mom) and gpa Steve. My gma turns 80 this summer, but she and gpa Steve are very healthy and active. They live in a beautiful condo that overlooks the ocean and we loved every minute of our time with them. Jason especially loved Gigi's cooking. We are looking forward to our next visit to Ocean Village, we are hoping to make it a Spring Break tradition.
We spent all day Tuesday, March 31st at the Magic Kingdom. We started the day with Mickey waffles at our hotel (notice Delanie's Eye's in the picture!). We arrived at the park around 10 a.m. and left at 9:30 p.m. The highlights of our day included: "It's A Small World", "Cinderella's Carousel", "Dumbo", Mickey and Minnie's houses, lunch at the Crystal Palace with Pooh and Friends, dancing in the street with the "Celebration Parade"(twice), a special visit with Princess Aurora, Belle and Cinderella, a special visit with Mickey and Minnie, getting the girls their Minnie Ears, the Spectromagic parade and fireworks. To say we had a great time doesn't really capture it. I can't wait to take the girls back and I know we will be talking about this visit for months and years to come.
We are back from our weeklong Spring Break Vacation. We had an amazing time, survived a long road trip with two toddlers, spent time with family, celebrated Delanie's 2nd birtday at the Magic Kingdom, spent time at the beach and poolside.
Our first big outing of the trip was in Orlando at Downtown Disney. We arrived in Orlando around 4pm Monday afternoon and weren't visiting the Magic Kingdom until Tuesday. Our hotel was walking distance to Downtown Disney. It was a great introduction for the girls to all things Disney and a beautiful night to enjoy the Florida weather. We had dinner at an Irish pub and the girls picked out their first souvenir, baby Minnie Mouse dolls. The staff gave the girls buttons that said, "My first Visit" and Emme sported hers proudly that night.