Saturday, September 30, 2006

Apple Picking

Today a group of us went apple picking at Nashoba Winery. It is a favorite fall activity here in New England. The day was absolutely gorgeous, a perfect day to pick apples. Eric & I now have our requiste bushel of apples, which I will hopefully turn into something yummy. I took numerous pictures and was unable to cut them down to just a couple... So I apologize, but this entry is a little large! Hope the pictures can convey what a perfect afternoon this was.

Lovely tree against a lovely sky.

I love the redness of these apples.

Got to have my typical shot of one in focus with the soft background.

Yum. Getting to chow is the best part of picking! Nothing beats a bite out of an apple straight from the tree. The whiteness of the flesh is so pretty against the color of the skin of the apple.

Erica and Colleen trying to decide if they should pick more of these apples.

Jamie nicely holds the bag open for Cate. Those of you who've gone apple picking know that bag gets mighty heavy by the end of the trip.

The group heads on to a different part of the orchard, while I fall behind to take their picture.

Being that it is a winery, we couldn't leave without trying some of their fruit wines and different beers! Nashoba is no Napa, but it's not too bad for New England.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Wine & Crafts

I just got home after a very fun evening at Spark Crafts. Kate, Cate, and I enjoyed a night of wine, cheese, and beadwork. I liked my necklace and bracelet so much I wanted to share them with you all tonight! I never realized before how challening it is to take a picture of your own arm...

New Classroom Furniture

My wonderful and talented husband built me a fabulous new piece of storage for my classroom. I've highlighted it in yellow below. Thank you Eric! It has lasted well through the first week of abuse from the kiddos, and now my markers and glitter glues happily have a place to live =)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Which desk was yours?

It never fails to amaze me how some children keep their desks spotless with no instruction, while others are hopelessly messy even after I have repeatedly shown them how to stay neat and organized! Which kind of student were you?

He has not even a crayon out of place.

This is after I had just helped him get organized this morning!!

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Additional thought for the school day: The kids can be amazing. I had one of those mornings where nothing seemed to go my way. I left my water bottle at school the previous day. I couldn't find my keys. I had 5 wardrobe changes as nothing seemed to match or be clean. I got stuck in traffic and almost missed my meeting with my principal. I was disgruntled and out of sorts and was still wearing a brown shirt that didn't really go with my grayish pants and definitely didn't go with my yellow socks. My children came up from bus line noisely and I felt the day was just not going to go well... Then one little boy shot me a beautiful grin and said, "Mrs. Jewart, I like your outfit today." We sat down, got to work, and what do you know? It wasn't such a bad day after all =)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


The Boston Chapter (Erica, Cate, and myself) partook in a traditional GAVs event of melted cheeses and chocolate this past Saturday in celebration of the Melting Pot opening its doors in the Boston area. The food was fabulous, and the company was even better!

Sunday, September 24, 2006


...while Eric and I wandered the island and took pictures. We saw the amazing sight of pelicans feeding on all the little fishes that live by the shore. I was so entranced that I forgot I had a camera! We strolled through little thatched cottages, volleyball courts, and mangroves. This resort island was so idyllic. It was amazingly peaceful and most of all...beautiful.

Friday, September 22, 2006


On the beach, Zeth & Deirdre promptly found hammocks...

Deirdre being a little more comfortable in them than Zeth, who we found out on this trip is hammockly-challenged.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Out of the water...

...And onto the beach. We snorkled from our boat over all those amazing fishes and coral to this lovely beach. Horace brough the dinghy to the shore, and we maxed and relaxed until it was time to sail off to another beautiful caye. This was truly living the good life.

This is one of my favorite shots from the whole vacation. It just feels like a travel poster. I love it!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Edward's Birthday

This weekend, we had a birthday gathering for Edward. Good times! Happy Birthday Edward!!

Blowing out his candles. Aren't those the coolest candles you've ever seen?

Annabelle tries to hypnotize Edward with her glowing eyes as he tosses wrapping paper for her to play with.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Goldielocks & the 3 Snorkelers

You can tell this is the first day out snorkeling as we quickly learned to don shirts and shorts to protect our sensitive northern skin!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Zeth's Purple Fans

Zeth found this purple fan surrounded by other coral and loved it so much I let him borrow the underwater camera to capture it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Coral for Friday

Woo Hoo! Made it through an entire week of school!! Here is some more of my favorite soft coral to celebrate that fact!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Parrot Fish

Today was a big improvement. There were still tears, but at least they weren't mine! Here is a pretty parrot fish in all his lovely colors to brighten your Wednesday. And a Happy 30th to Garrett!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tough Day

Too tired to type much, I hate buses and last block preps. Here is some flowing soft coral to make me feel happier.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Tile Fish

Unfortunately, I don't remember the real names of the fishes we saw down in Belize. We asked our captain about a million different kinds and he told us, but my brain is like a sieve these days. I really liked this guy, and his scales remind me of a tile mosaic... So, 'tile fish' seemed as good a name as any!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Return to the Deep

After an incredible weekend of outlet shopping, Red Sox watching, and Erica's birthday (Happy Birthday EMags), I'm looking forward to getting back to the kids and really starting to teach. Here are some pretty fishes and coral formations to end the weekend!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Recess Duty

I thought I'd take a brief hiatus from the vacation pictures, to bring you a glimpse of my wonderful Friday afternoon. The first 'week' of school was great! Good kids, minimal academics, and a totally disorganized fire drill! It was tiring, but great none-the-less =)

Everyone is having a good time on the play structure.

I taught some of my first graders how to hopscotch. Too fun!!

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Going Underwater

On this fine, cold, rainy morning (blech), I will welcome 18 students into my classroom and over the next 180 days of school try to teach them something! Today also marks the arrival at the first of the underwater pictures from Belize. Without a doubt, this was the best snorkling I've ever done. It was so good, it finally convinced Eric that we should get PADI certified!

I'll start you off with my favorite of the soft coral. I could watch this wave in the current for hours... (And sometimes I did!)

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Monday, September 04, 2006


A lovely little island resort we sailed past on our first morning out. Don't you just love thatch roofs?

Sunday, September 03, 2006


The first night we spent on the boat, I was too excited to fall asleep. So instead, I took pictures! It was so lovely and so peaceful, watching the stars and the coastline of Placencia while gently floating on the water... These weren't what I had in mind when I first was trying to capture that feeling, but I ended up liking them better than what I had envisioned initially.

I can't decide which I like better... Thoughts?

Friday, September 01, 2006


This is the little point that those beach houses from yesterday where sitting on. I'd love to look out my window and see that every morning!

The beach.

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