Talking to Middle Schoolers

Talking to Middle Schoolers

Here’s what I love about middle schoolers.  They, like me, don’t like small talk.  Not at all.  So sometimes, when adults try to talk to them about school or sports or something generic, middle school students just won’t participate in the conversation.  And, let’s face it.  Most adults would probably prefer not to participate in small talk, either.  It’s just that we are mature enough to know we have to suffer through it sometimes.  But middle school kids are like, “That’s stupid.  I’m not going to talk about that.”  And…

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An Itemized Statement of Gracie

An Itemized Statement of Gracie

Item #1:  Gracie has her preK graduation in a few weeks.  I hyperventilate every time I say that.  I can’t believe she is going to be in kindergarten this fall.  We have her kindergarten registration next week.  I hyperventilate every time I say that, too.  Part of me is so excited, but the other part of me thinks, “She still says ‘she shells.’ How can she be in kindergarten and still say ‘she shells?’”  As part of her graduation ceremony, she will be reciting two poems, singing a few songs, and…

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A Sad, Fun Weekend

A Sad, Fun Weekend

We moved my mom out of her house this weekend, which was kind of sad.  But it was made infinitely less sad by the presence of my sister and her family.  Ginny and I laughed as we unloaded box after box of kitchen supplies and discovered lost memories of my dad in each one.  Take these crab claw crackers (or whatever they are actually called).  To anyone else, you might see these and think, “Crab.”  Duh.  But my sister and I saw them and remembered my dad cracking pecans with…

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Weirdness on a Thursday

Weirdness on a Thursday

Is there a full moon?  Because today was weird, y’all.  Was it just me or was everyone just slightly off their rocker all day long? My students at school were weird.  There were numerous fights (which rarely happens in my school), a drug search (also a rarity for my school), crying girls in bathrooms (happens ALL THE TIME in ANY middle school), and one of my favorite, struggling, challenging, love-him-so-much-I-might-beat-him students cursed out an administrator and was suspended.  It breaks my heart when my students make poor choices, not because…

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Good Job, Katie Girl

Good Job, Katie Girl

I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot recently.  I think about him all the time anyway, but lately it has been more than normal.  My mom is selling her house.  In fact, she closed on her new one just yesterday.  I’m so happy for her, but, as it turns out, seeing her move out of the house she shared with my dad is harder than I thought it would be.  On the day that she closed, she texted us the good news and we all celebrated with her.  But…

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Curmudgeon

Curmudgeon

Saturday was a weird day.  We had to get up early to go to Bean’s baseball game, and we had a lot of errands to run to get ready for the Cub Scouts Crossing Over ceremony on Sunday night.  But Gracie had strep throat, so she was moving a little slow, and Chris and I were both in bad moods.  There was no real reason for either of our moods.  We were just kind of snippy and short. Those are the days when you KNOW you’ll get a lot done… S’not….

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No Fences Make Embarrassing Neighbors

No Fences Make Embarrassing Neighbors

We are replacing the fence in our backyard.  This requires several steps.  We had to take down the existing fence (because even though we are already paying thousands of dollars for a new fence, Chris refuses to pay an extra $200 for them to remove the old fence… Boys…).  We did that part this weekend.  Chris had a friend come over to help him and Bean, while Gracie and I stood on the sidelines and cheered. (Side note:  Gracie has strep throat AGAIN.  Third time in two months.  We have…

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Daisy Doo

Daisy Doo

I wanted a third baby.  Real bads.  I begged Chris for months.  Actually, almost a year.  But he was adamant that we should not be outnumbered.  “Man to man coverage,” he would say.  “Can’t take that spread offense, Mom.” Just before Christmas, we finally agreed on a solution.  We would get a puppy.  And I could snuggle and cuddle and sniff her forever and ever amen. Which is how Daisy joined our family. We got Daisy from a rescue society in Orlando.  It was the craziest process I’ve ever been…

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Guilt’s a Punk

Guilt’s a Punk

So, the guilt beast showed up this week with guns blazing.  I’ve been feeling pretty great lately about our family, and that guilt bastard sniffed out my confidence and was like, “WHOAH, THERE SISTER.  It’s been a while since I’ve whacked you with mom guilt.  My bad.  Here you go.” WHAM. Guilt’s a punk.   Today, Gracie had a spaghetti lunch for parents in her classroom.  Chris and I have known about this for a few weeks now, and since it is really hard for him to get across town…

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Happy Campers

Happy Campers

This past weekend, we went camping with some families from our Cub Scout pack at Ft. De Soto National Park right outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. This was our second time camping with Scouts, and it only confirmed to us how thankful we are that we have become part of this group of friends and families. Chris and I took the day off work on Friday and kept the kids home from school so that we could head over to St. Petersburg around lunch time. We got to the campsites…

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