Dairy, Fathers, Doctors, and Lake Adventures

Last week we got to pass out dairy products to the community which was heartwarming. I liked seeing my kids and we enjoyed doing something good.

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A very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in my life. I didn’t get to see my dad or grandfather but will see them soon. 🙂 I did make some good food for Joe and mowed the lawn for him. Lovely day.

Remi just turned 6!


Both kids went to the doctor and got good reports. Remi lost 3 lbs. John Michael is growing like a weed and is now 3’4”! Wow.


We had a nice weekend up with Joe’s mom and dad at Boot Lake.

Boot Lake Photos

Had fun making that little video. I plan to make another one for my family in Elk Rapids coming up soon!

Some other random photos! Lots of sweating and exercising. Some amazing meals.


In other random news… there’s no denying this kid is my kid! (He looks a lot like my husband Joe from the side though. Good mix!)


And now we have this duck. We are at one with nature around here. Well that’s the update for now. I best be getting back to my jobs of work. Have a great week!





Whew, busy busy. That’s how it always goes. One thing ends and you think, “wow I’ll have so much time.” But that’s never the case. Something always fills it up. JM and I have been busy! And I am back doing a little summer re-teaching to get our music department pupils back on track.


We have been busy working, exercising, cooking, learning to ride bikes (JM), playing outside in the hot weather, trashing the house (again JM only), gardening (blah- picking up all those helicopters!), watching birds, falling down (JM of course), and taking walks.

In other news, today is exciting because today is Day 90! I am proud of this. A promise I made to myself to be active for at least 30 min. a day. (3 days a week I do intense workouts and I’m pretty firm with that. HIT training, jogs, sit-ups/push-ups, weights etc. The other days are dancing or pilates or walks/bike rides. The one rule is 30 min. a day no matter what.) I was going to celebrate with a mojito but alas, Joe accidentally threw all the fresh mint away. Oh well. Wine it is!


Joe’s cousin Jake has a little lawn care business that he recently sold shirts for and donated some money to a group of kids. That’s very cool of him! We bought some and we do our own lawn care, but happy to have some Imig swag!

Next week I have lots of work to do on photography projects!
Hope you all have a good weekend!

Last Day of School

Well here we are here on June 9th. I can say without a doubt that it’s been the craziest year  of all the years I’ve been teaching. So many twists and turns. Ups and downs. Heartbreak and happiness. Back in early March, I could never have fathomed all the changes we went through and continue to go through. I made some mistakes. I did some great things. Overall, I’m really proud of the resilience and tenacity I brought into this season. Not sure this will be written the best- just thinking as I go.

When all of this began, I set some goals. One of them was, that with the blessing of being given time that I would spend more of it with my son and husband. How have I done with that? The honest answer is that I was hit and miss. I had a hard time drawing already murky lines (I think all teachers can relate) between work and home life. It became even harder when we are lucky to have our jobs. The pull to stay always connected was ever there. It was incredibly hard to work full time at home with a husband that also works full time. With my son here full time. That said, I did a great job at times. We had many dinners at our table together which was something I really wanted to get going on anyway. The cooking was therapeutic. I had more conversations with my husband. John and I learned and played a ton more than we normally would have. Still have some more work to do with being 100 percent present with them and everyone. I will keep working on it. That gets into my technology goal of putting it down more.

Another goal was to get into a healthy morning routine again. I am proud of that. I didn’t make it every morning. I set a goal of moving my body 30 minutes a day in some capacity. MWF I do some running/peak exercises and push-ups/sit-ups. T/Th I alternate between dance and pilates. Sat/Sun is just a walk with Remi and/or John. Bike rides and walks interspersed when I can. I am proud to report that today was day 80 of moving my body every single day. Even if it wasn’t always intense, I moved everyday. Seems like a dumb thing but it can get easy to get gripped into work or just get tired and not address it the way it needs to be. So… day 80 for me!! I also wanted to sleep better. I have ups and downs with that. But mostly getting much more than I normally do.

As for school? We did the very best we could. It was incredibly sad at times to see kids go through things that they missed over and over again. It was hard as a teacher to miss those things. It is hard to see kids struggle with this new form of learning at times too. On the flip, I also saw some kids excel. We had laughs and tears. Music trivia and band lessons. Loss but also letters and unique events that ordinarily wouldn’t happen. I am really proud of the way my colleagues handled it, switching everything on a dime. We got some major curriculum writing done. Had some extremely inspiring and motivating band webinars for how we move forward. One more tonight about teaching band in the fall. Lots of work done in the band conference.

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So I guess to sum up this time- I tried my best. The house is frequently destroyed.  There’s alway something on the to-do list. I really think we did the best we could given the circumstances. We were lucky to have jobs and our health. We used them the best we could.

In funny news, I’m pretty sure JM is going to be working for Nate Mann one day. John: “I’m not gonna do just anything. I will just puff on the train.” (I know that doesn’t sound good haha, but he means the train puffing).

Also- John thinks it’s cool to sit and watch me exercise as a spectator.


Tomorrow begins summer school and I will be working a bit each day with students who still did not pass term 4. We may do some summer lessons/band camp as things change (if they do- we will have to monitor). Since my meetings should be a bit less during this time, I plan to get back into my photography projects. We also need to spend some time with my family and Joe’s. I feel really bad for not calling them these past two weeks- it’s just been a bit of a zoo. So plan to check in with them very soon (hopefully tomorrow or Thursday). I also plan to take some time for rest because I very rarely get to. Shut off the computer and recharge. Need a bit of a break.

I’ll be calling you soon, mom! 🙂




Wonderful, Busy, Happy, and Sad

It is Wednesday night and I last wrote on Saturday. Mostly because we’ve been slammed. Busy at work and all. There are genuine moments of frustration- kids just turning in blank assignments without bothering to read anything. Kids emailing without bothering to read anything. But then there are kids who are doing an incredible job that make it worth it. Lots of grades pouring in means lots of grading. Lots of forms. Lots of correspondence. Lots of curriculum to write. I wrote for hours. I am proud to say that the 5-12 Band Curriculum for Marinette has been completely roughed out. Now we tweak.

In other news, I found out my checking account has been hacked. Fun times. Tomorrow we deal with that. Ugh.

By contrast, the weekend was lovely. Seeing Joe’s parents again for dinner was wonderful. It has been a long time! Thanks for such a nice weekend, Oskeys 🙂


It’s been hot. My son seems to take after me. He likes to eat food and watch people exercise.  (I have been known to do this in the past) hahaha. Now I know what it’s like to be on the other side while people observe. Sweaty…

Some good foods.

Some letter writing.

img_7229John is happy.

Today I received really sad news. The father of one of middle school student and two high school students (2 trumpet players and 1 saxophone player) died last night in a motorcycle accident. One of the kids was riding with her dad. They hit a deer on the highway. Such a heartbreaking thing. They are a truly great family. So many thoughts.

The world seems to hurt. I wish everyone peace and understanding.