Sunday, January 16, 2011

Milestone Mastered!

Tiffany came home this weekend so we could celebrate a major milestone in her life -- the completion of her master's degree!  ~~\o/~~

She has undergraduate degrees in Music and in Spanish, but did not get certified to teach, so after securing a job as an elementary school teacher, she began to work on her MAT online.  It has been an extremely Demanding two years and she has survived a super-human schedule to reach this point.  This past fall was especially grueling, as she has been teaching her third grade class, plus all of her school's elementary electives -- Music, Spanish, Art and Computer, while also "student teaching" and finishing the requirements for her master's program.   On top of that, she was continuing her piano studies with a teacher that lives two hours away, while also serving as a church pianist.  The biggest understatement of the year is to say that she has been one BUSY gal!!


So, we are all relieved to see her workload being eased and her graduate studies completed!!!  Of course, this accomplishment called for a special celebration!!

On Saturday afternoon, Alan took us down to the Riverfront area of Savannah, where we walked along River Street, exploring some of the shops, and enjoying the sights, smells, and tastes of this unique location.  I can't begin to capture the appeal of this area with a few snapshots, but perhaps the following pictures will give you some idea. 

In the first picture, you can see Paula Deen's famous restaurant   -- "Lady and Sons."



One of several street musicians:



I love the cobblestone streets!




The graduate!



Strolling along . . .



One of the candy kitchens . . .



G.R.I.T.S. = Girls Raised in the South!





Alan let each of the children pick 1/4 pound of candy from the candy barrels!





He managed to locate every place that was giving out free samples of pecan pralines!



(Too bad blogger doesn't have a scratch and sniff feature!!)  The pralines were still warm and literally melted in your mouth!



Daddy and daughter moment . . .


Joe, Tiffany and Hannah . . .

Another street musician . . .



After working up an appetite at the Riverfront, we went to The Olive Garden for a special dinner.  Unfortunately, we had to wait an hour and a half for a table!!!  Can you believe it??




By that time we were Really Hungry!~!  Fortunately, it didn't take long to receive our bottomless salad and bread sticks!! 



And our entrees soon followed.  Tiffany and I both ordered this dish -- Lasagna Rollata al Forno.  Yummo!  :)




Congratulations Tiffany -- we are so proud of you!!

14 comments:

Noel said...

Smart Girl!! and congratulations to the mom who raised her :D

Linda B said...

Go, Tiffany!! You have every right to be proud.

tlmalcolm said...

Congrats to Tiffany and to her parents for raising a wonder young lady. The teaching profession is a difficult one but a rewarding one as well. A dedicated teacher is a wonderful resource!! Her students are very lucky! And on another note, have you eaten at the Paula Deen resturant?

busymomof10 said...

Tiffany is indeed one smart cookie . . . but I do want to add that more importantly, she LOVES God and others! She is very sensitive to the needs of others and extremely compassionate and caring! She also has impeccable character -- and these qualities are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than any college degree! Nevertheless, we applaud her for achievements and for her perseverance through some very difficult times!!!!! :) Just wanted to clarify! ;)

busymomof10 said...

Terri,
I have not eaten at Lady and Sons, but Alan has. There is always a Very Long Wait to eat there -- and he personally doesn't feel that it is worth the wait. Not sure how that wait compares to our wait at The Olive Garden! ;) It is always worth the wait there, and the prices are reasonable for our crowd. Hmmm, some day I should share the story about the time some random person picked up our entire tab at The Olive Garden . . . .

tlmalcolm said...

I do know that story of the Olive Garden! That was so cool!! We have some very good privately owned Italian places in the area so we rarely eat at the Olive Garden. I've heard the same review from others about Paula's place!
And Tiffany's character traits are exactly what makes a great teacher and her students will thrive in her classroom not because of her brain but because of her heart.

Christie said...

How fun! Isaac and I are leaving tomorrow for a business trip he has in Savannah - I'm looking forward to it :) Congratulate Tiffany for me... it sounds like she's been working VERY hard!

Donna G. said...

Congrats to Tiffany on her degree and to you and Alan for raising such a fine daughter! It's not usual these days for "kids" to work as hard as she did during the last year. And Savannah looks fabulous!

missy said...

Congratulations to your daughter. she is very lovely and I'm srue you are very proud. We were in your area back in September. We mostly stayed at the beach but wanted to tour the tourist part of Savannah but couldn't figure out what area to visit. We did ride down that road that you all were walking on, we were in a 15 passenger van and I have never been bumped so much. Wish we could have been to Paula Deans place. I enjoy reading your blog and I also wanted to tell you I have tried your biscuit recipe several times but can't get mine to turn out right. I'm awful with bread recipes. Missy

Oh Sew Good said...

Talk about accomplishment. Nicely done. Congratulations!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Great post! I loved the pics of both the location and the family (some of them anyway!) Tiffany is such a beautiful woman. She actually reminds me a lot of you at that age! She must have inherited your gene for tackling too many tasks in a day! She makes me tired with her schedule...as does Ashlyn! (BTW...can you bottle that and send it to me? I never have the energy to think about tackling so many things in a day...I would much rather take a nap!)

Congrats to Tiffany for completing this overwhelming task in such a short time! It took Burlin six years to complete his MBA. He was only taking a couple classes a year in the beginning (that is what the hospital would pay for), but then realized he wasn't going to finish in the required time, so he had to pick up the pace, and pay the additional classes per year out of our own pockets! It is a great milestone to complete! :)

Savannah looks beautiful! We had always talked of visiting there when we lived in Charleston, but never seemed to find the time to go! (Besides, why leave the beauty of Charleston!) It looks like you had a great time there, and enjoyed lots of free entertainment and food! I hope you ate a few pralines for me. (BTW, Burlin's new plan is taking me out to lunch on Saturdays...to Sams... as there are so many free samples!)

I can't believe you didn't eat at Paula Deen's restaurant! I would love to visit there, as I have enjoyed watching her cooking shows! She seems to have such a neat personality, as well as a touching personal life story. Olive Garden is a great alternative though. I love their salad and bread sticks! (BTW, if you ever see a recipe for their bread sticks let me know!)

I love the picture of Tiffany in front of the grits sign! I have a "grits" t-shirt ... it reminds me of my "southern" roots! (I know, maybe technically I wasn't born in the south, but I still consider myself raised there!)

Looks like you had a great family outing! I know how difficult it is to find a day everyone is available to do something as a family, and we have half the family you do!

Finding Balance mommy said...

Very exciting for your family!

MamaAnt said...

Congrats! Looks like you all had a wonderful celebration!

I am coming to visit one day. I love the riverfront and the Olive Garden!

Hugs...

Kathy - mom of many said...

Wow, she teaches so many different subjects...I can't imagine how hard it is to switch gears like that with a whole class full. I've been to that candy shop in Savannah. We took a trip several years ago via train to visit the home of the Girl Scout founder which is just blocks from the Lady and Sons restaurant. Looks like you had a fun weekend. Congratulatiosn to Tiffany.

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