Frankfort Time

Frankfort has changed so much and is also so much the same.  Isn’t it funny how that happened? Spending the week with my mom has been relaxing. Although I can’t help but organize. I am trying to help her organize her closet after she combined two households (she has a lot of clothes). We spent a few days organizing it so that we have everything in category and color order.  It was fun but my shoulders hurt from lifting clothes around the closets. We also did some other organizing around the place. Maybe I have missed my calling.

Sushi Dinner with the Caschetta’s was great and everyone but me went to see the newest Harry Potter movie.  Matt, Frank, Margaret and I enjoyed a Chicago Fire Soccer Game with Eileen, Erika and John.  It was beautiful weather even though the soccer was average (the Lady Mustangs could have helped them). Before the game we found an European restaurant that served mostly Polish food. We started with sauerkraut, beets and cucumber salad. We then had more perogies than we knew what to do with. Frank ordered chicken strips that were bigger than anyone else’s dinner. Everyone walked away very full.

We spent a few days with Mindy at her pool with Dan, Abby, JeanneMarie, Jaclyn, and Janet joining us when they could. I have been squeezing in Yoga when I can and Matt and I have taken walks almost every morning in evening around Prestwick.  Yesterday we cut over to the Plank Trail and walked surrounded by nature until.

The Body Worlds is at the Museum of Science and Industry. Margaret read every sign. Frank thought it was interesting but overwhelming. If you are interested in Anatomy it is a must see. Frank and I switched gears and took a flight simulation. I was the gunner. Frank was the pilot and likes to be upside-down. It was a little queasy for me but worth Frank’s excitement. I had six kills, which the worker told me was a pass. Dinner downtown at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba with Eileen was delicious. Frank even tried some new things. Tapas is heavier but reminded us of sushi. You order a bunch of things and share them all.

Another soccer game with Manchester United playing Chicago Fire started with tailgating in the parking lot at Soldier’s field. We stopped by Morry’s Deli for some good sandwiches that were yummy. Most families and groups there had games like soccer or football. We only had our tennis rackets so Frank and I played.  It had to look funny but it was really fun – no net -just volleying.

We came back to my mom’s with a house full of people and were able to visit with my sister Teri, Mindy and Jack and my sister Diane and Brook. We played Zip and talked. We then joined others at Janet and Kevin’s for a bigger game night and learned things about people that maybe should not have been shared (Thanks, Bran).

This morning  family pictures took more than two hours, but Nicholas kept us smiling. John and JeanneMarie opened their house to all of us for over 3 hours of pictures.

Haven't done this is 11 years!

Getting 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild together is not an easy task. But look at this picture:

We then had some rest time. We relaxed with Gert. Jim and Erin came over to visit and then it was PARTY TIME! Don and Mindy opened up their house for all of us to socialize, eat and swim.We had some fortune cookies from Erin and decorations from Gert. We played some rounds of Family Trivia created by Janet and Jaclyn. I won, but I was impressed with Matt, Margaret’s and Frank’s knowledge of the Olivieri family.

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About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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One Response to Frankfort Time

  1. Janet says:

    Thanks for sharing! We had a great time making new memories and remembering stories of the past. Keep up the great blog!

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