I moved to Harpswell, Maine two years ago in August. I will say that I for the first time in my adult life I feel like I have found home. I love being close to the water, to be surrounded by such beauty, but most of all I love the woman and families that I have met. It is so hard to then be faced with such silliness when it comes to community decisions and education. First it is good to be part of a small school. A small school that is ranked number one in our county. Yet a school that is part of a district that seems to talk out of both sides of its mouth depending on the daily agenda. Ugh! I will not let this keep me from loving my home, my neighbors, and my community. Our school board may be misdirected, but I will fight for my girls, they deserve the best and we will not settle or except (or is it accept) narrow minded, money driven, personal agenda seeking individuals that mascaraed as having children's best interest at heart. I have best interest at heart. How could I not with such wonderful young girls in my life.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This is it for me. These lovely young people just make it all work. Of course I don't want to not mention my other lovely family members, but right now it is these fine young people. I called this post "joy" yet really I feel so sad and frustrated. I attended yet another school consolidation meeting tonight, where I sat as the parent representative for my girls school, and I left feeling so disappointed. I come from a family of public school educators, I am a social worker and I respect and appreciate communication and public schooling. However, tonight I am ready to send my girls to private school. I actually cried during our meeting. Not to mention the embarrassment I feel, I am so frustrated an disappointed at how money, egos and personal agendas can impact soooo much.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We had lots of bunnies at our house this Easter. I have enjoyed creating my own Easter Bunnies the last few weeks. The six in the basket went with me to Ella's Kindergarten class and went home with each of the six kids in the class. The two at the top were gifts for our friends Kirk and Judy, and their 15 year old daughter and their exchange student 17. They came to our house tonight for Easter and I crossed my fingers that - you never grow out of liking stuffed animals. I think they were a hit. I still have about five more that are in progress. I wish my grandmother was still alive. She use to love embroidery and I am definitely in need of a lesson. Maybe my Aunt Kathy will visit this summer and help me out?????
I wasn't looking forward to Easter this year. I usually love any holiday/ reason to celebrate. Bart and I didn't even get the Easter baskets out. The truth of the matter is that we just organized our basement and we couldn't find them!!!! Imagine that. Lucky for me I had purchased four small canvas tote bags at Renys a few weeks ago and they worked perfectly.
Nina and Ella were excited to try out their new beach toys. We had planned to go to Wolfe Neck Farm to go hiking, but went to Cedar Beach instead. It was pretty cold, but fun. I spent the afternoon sorting socks. Heidi usually comes over and does it for me. She has this sock sorting talent that I seem to lack. I ended up throwing a bag full away and kept the ones that I am hopeful will resurface. If they don't, I think they will need to become legs on a new doll.
I am suppose to have firmed up my summer plans today. Time keeps getting away from me and I didn't get to it. I am going to stay home tomorrow - do laundry, firm up my calendar, prepare for the school consolidation meeting, and make a mermaid costume. I am actually pretty excited.
I hope everyone had a great Easter. Something about flowers and green grass that change an attitude.
Posted by Hannah C Beattie at 9:45 PM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here we are all in our late 30's.... To think that Laurie and I have been friends since we were three and I met Becka in Kindergarten. They are my oldest friends, or should say longest friends? Other then my husband of course, I met him in Kindergarten too. What a great town Winthrop was back then. I wonder if my girls will stay friends with their little buddies? There is something to be said about having people in your life that remember you from when you were so young. Laurie and I use to dress a like. Her mother would make us matching clothes. Becka and I had our bedrooms wallpapered in the same paper, just different colors. Such fun stuff.
My Nina and Becka's Meredith are close in age and it was so great watching them play. Manny, Laurie's baby, kept me very happy. I just love him so. I am going to hate it when they move to Texas.
Speaking of friends. We are having a craft fundraiser tomorrow night in Harpswell and I hope to see you all there. For $20 you will make four great make and take crafts, eat yummy food and enjoy other great people.
Posted by Hannah C Beattie at 10:52 PM