Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

Hard Work Pays Off! January 12, 2020

David’s school had their nine weeks award ceremony earlier this week. We knew David had made the A honor roll because his grades had been brought home a few days before. David loves school and is doing excellent in his work. He has had a few days this year where his behavior gets the better of him, especially when there is a substitute teacher and he thinks he can get away with things. Boys will be boys! Notwithstanding we are very proud of David and pleased with his progress and conduct at school. He even surprised us with a couple extra awards. One I just hadn’t thought of, which was his perfect attendance. The other was the excellence in Spanish class award. David is all the time talking about things he learns in Spanish class and he has an obvious interest in learning the language. We are so proud of him!

I’m afraid we might blow that perfect attendance award for the next awards ceremony. When I picked David up from school Friday, something was visibly wrong with David. I usually get gigantic smiles and hugs that nearly blow me over. However, I only got a somewhat hug and hardly any smile. I asked him what was wrong. My first thought was “what happened?”, “did you get into trouble?”! Actually his day was the opposite, getting the highest behavior marks. When we got home he asked for a snack like he usually does. He wanted Oreo cookies. I conceded since he got such high marks at school. He only ate half a cookie and said he didn’t want anymore. Something was definitely wrong! Terribly wrong! I took his temperature and sure enough he was running a fever. He went straight to bed. It’s Sunday and he is still running a fever. Fortunately, there have not been any other symptoms other than a slight cough. When the Tylenol kicks in he even acts pretty normal. I guess we will wait and see what the rest of the day holds. Hopefully he will be on the mend by this afternoon.

I had my first week back teaching piano this week!  I much needed the three week break, but now I’m excited and ready to be teaching again. My students did well this week and I’m very glad to have a full schedule this semester. Hopefully I can inspire them to practice even more this year!

I tried some new recipes this week! This one is Steakhouse Pasta By Ree! Mine looks slightly different from hers. I didn’t mix at all together. Our kids are a little picky sometimes, and I wanted them to be able to find something to eat. 🙂 They probably would not have touched it if it were all mixed together. I loved the tomato cream sauce with the big noodles. The steak is also a very flavorful cut.


Also last night I made rice, honey-soy glazed salmon, and roasted tomatoes! The rice is Asian rice cooked with some lime zest and cilantro. The salmon is seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled on a hot griddle with some olive oil. The glaze is made up of two tablespoons of butter, three tablespoons of honey and soy sauce, and juice of two limes. When the sauce comes to a bubble and thickens just spoon it over the cooked salmon. It tastes amazing! The roasted tomatoes where a list minute idea because I had several tomatoes that needed to be used. I had recently watched Ree roast some tomatoes on her show and they looked amazing. It was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I cut the tomatoes in half, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle some minced garlic on top. In a bowl, mix a tablespoon of parsley, half a teaspoon oregano and a quarter teaspoon of salt, along with a quarter a cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake at 400 degrees for about fifteen minutes.



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