All Boy

All Boy

My very wise mother-in-law once told me she was always hesitant to use the phrase, “He’s all boy!”  As a seasoned teacher for 25-plus years, Jackie has seen her fair share of “all boy” boys and she has also seen her fair share of parents who have used the phrase as an excuse for their son’s behavior. “Oh, he can’t help but make a huge mess everywhere he goes.  He’s all boy!” “Oh, he can’t help his rudeness and tendency to beat people up.  He’s all boy!” And ever since…

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I Broked It.

I Broked It.

On Wednesday night, Chris, Bean, and I headed up to the grocery store because the only options we had for dinner were a can of chicken and two slices of cheese.  When we pulled out of the driveway, we noticed a small river had formed under my car and was now running out of our garage and into the driveway. “Well, that’s not good,” I said. Something was leaking and pouring out of my car so we spent the rest of the evening looking for the leak. I hate watching…

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Edumacation

Edumacation

This week is like the perfect storm of middle school education.  Grades are due (which means I have to finish grading the papers first…), a big report on professional development is due, and it’s Halloween week, which to middle schoolers is like Woodstock.  As a new teacher, it’s all mumbo jumbo to me and so I’m doing the best I can to stay on top of it all.  But because of that, I’ve been super busy during the day and super tired at night, so I apologize for the lack…

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Well, This is New

Well, This is New

Bean has a new trick. He thinks it’s the most fun thing in the whole world. Chris and I disagree. I call it the Limp Noodle. Bean calls it Awesome. Here’s how you play. Whenever your mom or dad takes your hand to lead you somewhere, you go limp as a noodle and fall down on the floor. Let’s practice: It’s the end of the day and you are tired and so are your parents. They suggest that it might be bath time, so they take your hand and start…

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Everyday

Everyday

Everyday when Bean and I get home from school, we unload both our backpacks and then we head out to the driveway. Everyday I sit in a lawn chair while Bean collects acorns in a giant plastic pretzel tub. Everyday he sits in the driveway for what feels like hours, painstakingly collecting acorn after acorn. Everyday he fills his plastic pretzel tub, insisting on putting the lid on the tub after each and every acorn is delicately placed inside the tub so that no acorns spontaneously jump out when he’s…

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The Binkiless Bean

The Binkiless Bean

For a week we have been preparing for this past weekend when we would finally take away Bean’s binky. We prepared by cutting back the binky usage to just bedtime and naptime and that was pretty painless actually. I don’t think Bean even noticed, really. But, boy oh boy, did he notice when we took it away for real. At the suggestion of my mom, Bean’s daycare teacher, a lot of friends, a ton of blog readers, and just about everyone in the childbearing universe, we decided we would use…

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I’m the Mommy Because I Said So

I’m the Mommy Because I Said So

Last weekend when my parents took Bean to Disney, he came home with a new set of toys.  My mom said they were shopping in one of the Disney stores at the end of the day and she and my dad were looking for a t-shirt for Bean while he chilled in his stroller.  When they turned around, he was sitting there calmly, but he had pulled this little bag of rubber figurines into his lap.  She said he gave her his look like, “Well, I’ve got my souvenir.  Are…

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How Bloggers Say Thank You

How Bloggers Say Thank You

These past few weeks as we’ve been switching the website over to our nifty new look, there’ve been some kinks along the way. Little hiccups we’ve had to work through and some even bigger hiccups that we are still working through. Building a new website is kind of like moving. You’ve got to get all of your stuff from Point A to Point B and in the process, you’ve still got to keep the daily chores of the household functioning. And you guys have been like those incredible friends who…

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The Farewell Binky Tour

The Farewell Binky Tour

Last week Chris and I were at the end of our rope with the whining from Bean.  It was constant.  It was uncontrollable.  It was annoying.  And the worst part was that we couldn’t seem to pinpoint what was causing it or how to get a grip on it. I picked Bean up from daycare last Tuesday and his teacher (who is awesome, by the way – lucky, lucky us for finding TWO wonderful daycares in Bean’s short little life already…) mentions to me that he is whining a lot…

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