August 20, 2014

A Birthday Treat

I celebrated my birthday last month. One of the surprises I received was a very cold box from one of my favorite places to frequent in Ohio - Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams originated in Ohio and founder, Jeni Britton Bauer, attended my Alma mater. Jeni's uses the freshest ingredients, from local farms and fair trade around the world. The ice cream is so yummy, the flavor so rich, and tastes like it was made so intentionally. (Not sure that I know any other way to describe it!)

My mom ordered me a box of yummies from the fabulous ice cream shop. If you've never tried Jeni's, I highly recommend it! Although there are only a few states that have Jeni's Scoop Shops, their pints are available in many grocery stores. And of course, if you can't find them in stores, you can always order online.

The flavors my mom ordered were Wildberry Lavender (yum!) and Grapefruit Frozen Yogurt (double yum!)

I'm also a huge fan of their Chamomile ice cream (although I think it is only a seasonal flavor) and I'm dying to try their Goatcheese with Red Cherries.

My mom also ordered me an assortment of ice cream sandwiches. I was kind enough to share with my hubby and we both agree that they were all so delicious we couldn't pick a favorite! Although, I am kind of partial to the Orchid Vanilla just because it is so pretty...

If you're looking for a fun sweet treat to try as the last days of summer wrap up, try Jeni's. It's fab! :)

August 15, 2014

Places and Spaces: Switzerland

Since we weren't able to do any traveling this summer, I was being a little sentimental and going through some old travel photos. A little over a year ago, I took an amazing vacation with my dad. It's always great fun traveling with him because he takes me to really neat places that I would never think to go. Last year we went to Switzerland. This wasn't one of my top choices for a summer vacation. First of all, I love summer (like how Olaf loves summer) and I'm not a huge fan of outdoorsy types of activities (like climbing mountains!) nor do I like heights very much. But this trip was amazing. I can't even describe it in words and quite honestly, the photos don't do it justice!

One of the strategies I like to teach my students when they need a break is to take a mental vacation. I suppose looking at these photos is quite like taking a much needed mental vacation. 

We toured the country by train. This is one of the many trains that we rode. I love this photo that we snapped as we stopped for a quick break in the quaint little Swiss station.

Here's the train in "action." We're actually turning round a bend and were able to see the front end of the train from where we sat! I'm going to apologize now because most of my scenic photos are taken by train, so you might notice some blur or reflection from the windows...

This is the view from the window of our hotel in Interlaken. It was so pretty to see the church outside the window.

On one of our first days, we stopped at Jungfraujoch, where we climbed to the Sphinx observatory, one of the highest in the world. Outside, I found myself looking down into a metal grate that stood above nothingness.

The inside was lots of fun too, including an ice sculpture room with cute little arctic scenes like this one.

And of course some yummy food and deserts! :)

This is Gornergrat, the Matterhorn Observatory, which boasted some gorgeous views. Unfortunately, the clouds got in the way and we never did get to see the Matterhorn. 

But, we did get to have lunch al fresco (brrr) under some warm blankets, with this fabulous view. 

Once we returned to the hotel and the clouds decided to cooperate, we were finally able to catch a glimpse of the Matterhorn from none other than our hotel window!

On one of our final days in Switzerland, we stayed in St. Moritz, and after taking a walk though the resort town, we spotted a rainbow at just the right moment that a train was coming through.

Hope you've enjoyed the virtual vacation... Now back to reality... Back to work on Monday!

August 11, 2014

Virtual Hugs

You never cease to amaze me! The outpouring of love from you guys has been so absolutely incredible. I've received so many kind comments, e-mails, cards, and texts from you guys. I feel so loved! Thank you :) Here are a few of of the beautiful, heartfelt and handmade cards that I received.

My sweet friend, Naki sent me this lovely card. 

Here's the lovely card that I received from Susie, a Sweetie from the Cupcake Inspirations Design Team.

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This card is from Mary Fish, of Stampin' Pretty. I do miss being one of the Pals.

Here's a pretty card from Lynn Hoyt, one of the Stampin' Pretty Pals

And a lovely card from Windy Ellard, another Pal.

It's so nice to be surrounded by such kind and thoughtful friends. When I entered the blog world, I never imagined that I'd meet so many lovely people! Your kindness is more than I could have ever expected and I appreciate you more than you know. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and well wishes.