The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I've missed you!

Hello again friends! It has been over a week since I last posted and I have missed you! You may remember me mentioning that you will know when life is busy in the Kofford Household as you won't be seeing me around "Blog World" much. That has been the case this week!

We are all doing just fine, and have had a busy week which explains my
absence. :-) Let's see if I can summarize in a few sentences since it is now after midnight! I am helping organize the 2nd grade Valentine Party in a few days. Classroom parties today are not like the ones from our childhoods. Remember having cupcakes and punch and being thrilled to have such a special snack during the day? Well, today's school parties involve much more...think games, crafts, treats, activities, helpers, a meal or multiple food choices, and more! Organizing these parties is like planning a bridal or baby shower! Ha Ha

I'm hosting two tables for Valentine's at our weekly Women's Bible Study this week, and have been busy trying to pull together a mini vacation for our spring break. Since these breaks no longer coordinate with Easter, I thought the timing when the kids are off at the end of March meant it would be easy to book a trip. How wrong I was. We've been rushing to get passports for a week long get away to the Bahamas, but then realized a day before booking the trip that the great package deal was not so great after all. So, we're back to the drawing board. Any ideas?

On a fun note, my friend Sofia has been visiting us! We've had a lot of fun catching up, and showing her the area. In addition to Sofia being a friend, she is also a decorator and came to help me focus on something cheerful after a challenging year! We've been decorating this big house....4,000 sq. feet in 4 days! Whew! From shopping for accessories, paint, fabric, window treatments, new lighting, etc...we've got this house looking great! It's fun having someone else to bounce ideas off of, and I have missed having a girl friend to take on shopping outings! Poor Sofia has been working like crazy putting up valances, hanging pictures, climbing ladders, etc...she'll be ready to go home just to get some rest! :-)

Lastly, we just got our package from the post office box with your kind letters and donations for the scholarship fund! Thank you so much for your generosity! This package had your envelopes and correspondence from mid January, so I am anxious to contact each of you to extend our thanks and keep you informed on how the funds will be used in the coming months! Please check our new scholarship blog at: http://appletreefund.blogspot.com for updates. If your name is not listed on the contributors sidebar please let me know. I can't thank you enough for your generosity in supporting this fund that will help many students and teachers in the months to come.

Off for now to get back to work...it is now morning and Sofia has got the paint brushes out...before and after photos to come! Have a wonderful week and remember to live fully and savor every moment today!

13 comments:

Beth said...

We've missed you too!!

We just booked a trip to an all inclusive in Mexico for spring break; I thought it was a great deal. I can give you details.

Welcome back..

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You could always travel to St. Augustine. It's a family friendly place. Children of all ages enjoy the Alligator Farm (which in addition to gators, has birds, monkeys and endagered species), the St. Augustine Lighthouse and lightkeeper's museum, the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, Potter's Wax Museum, the beach, the tour train and the various re-enactors depicting life in what is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States. And of course, we have an ancient fort, the oldest house (which is a fascinating tour), the Spanish Hospital (which was one of my favorite tours), the Fatio House (depicting what life was like in territorial Florida for a woman inkeeper, her guests, and family), the Ligthner Museum with a wonderful music box and porcelain collection, Henry Flagler's Ponce de Leon Hotel which is now Flager College and was decorated by Louis Comfort Tiffany, having one of the largest collection of Tiffany light fixtures in any building, and other things, too, which I'm sure I'm forgetting. LOL! I'm all about helping the U.S. economy in these days and times. :-) Oh, and there's some good outlet mall shopping, too.

Of course, Orlando is about two hours away, and there's Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios, etc. :-)

XO,

Sheila

It's Always Something Around Here said...

Can't wait to see the pics!!!!

Missed you and glad you are back.

Lucy Marie said...

I've missed you too. I was waiting to hear from you. I'm glad to hear you are keeping busy. Enjoy your time with your friend ... my best friend who moved to Scotland in September for a year surprised me by coming home for a 2 week visit last Wednesday. I'm soaking it up!

Kim said...

I'm with the rest of the group...we have missed you! It sounds as if you have been more than busy though with school, church and home! Can't wait to see new decorating pics after you get everything done! If you already have passports then I would have to agree with Beth about going to Mexico. An all inclusive resort is really nice!

Sue said...

Hi Denise!!

So good to hear from you. I'm sorry that your vacation plans fell apart. What do you like to do?? I'd love to help, but don't know what you like to do.
How fun that your friend came and helped you decorate. I sure need that! haha
Enjoy your Valentine's Day parties... and know I'm sending a bunch of love your way!!

Love ya,
Sue

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

Welcome Back!!!

nbadevlin said...

Hi Denise,

So glad to hear you are doing so well. You are a pillar of strength and an inspiration to all. Can't wait to see the before and after shots of your house!

Mitzi

LvPoohBr2 said...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your vacation plans falling through! But you must be having so much fun with decorating!! I would love to be able to do that!! God bless the Sophia's in our lives. My "Sophia" is my sister. She is so creative and is able to make the things that I love, cheap as they are, look so wonderful in my home! I hope you are able to figure out an alternative vacation destination. Mexico may be nice?? Take care!

Shannon said...

Welcome back after a busy week! :) I can't wait to see what you and Sophia accomplished!

We went to Riviera Mya for our anniversary and never wanted to leave! :) Grand Sirenis Myan Beach Resort.

DeClercq said...

Hi Denise!

I knew you were busy decorating with Sofia. I can't wait to see the results.

How about taking a cruise?? I keep seeing those fun commercials and keep telling Paul we need to take the kids on a cruise...they would love it!

Maybe next year we can book family cruises together! The Disney Cruise perhaps?

Laura

glitzen said...

Denise, so happy to hear how you are doing. You are constantly in my thoughts! :)
Your house was already so special, but I cannot wait to see the pictures. Sofia sounds like a wonderful friend indeed.
Oh my goodness, you are busy with parties, planning etc. You sound really good..but don't try to get too busy, to avoid emotions. You will end up physically ill and then you will really crash. Do I sound like a worried mama? I really care so humor me. :)
Have a wonderful Valentines and I bet the party is a HUGE success. Have fun!

Liz said...

Glad you're back! :)