Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies

Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies

Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies When we were bringing Bean home for the first time, I was a little worried about introducing him to our dogs. We have a big black lab named Big Molly who I didn’t worry about for a second. I was pretty sure that sweet Molly would let any baby climb all over her, pull her tail, or dress her up like a pony without ever batting an eye. Over the years, I have been proven right countless times. Big Molly loves babies. Even before…

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So… Yeah…

So… Yeah…

I started teaching three years ago with a temporary teaching certificate. Since I don’t have an education degree (though my masters is focused on educational leadership) but did have a degree in my subject area (I have a BA in English), I was able to apply for a temporary teaching certificate in the state of Florida that gave me three years to basically complete an educational degree program. So, for the past two years, I have been taking classes at night, on the weekends and online to get that degree…

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Photo Wall… FINALLY.

Photo Wall… FINALLY.

Chris and I have always wanted a photo wall in our house. Lucky for us, we have several walls that would be perfect for lots of photos. We thought about in our bedroom, but then no one would see that but us. Then we thought about the hallway going down to the playroom (which is actually just a basement until we fix it up, but it sounds better calling it a playroom). But we hardly ever go down there, and we never have company down there, so again it would…

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What.s in a Name?

What.s in a Name?

When Chris and I found out we were having a girl, we were super excited for a lot of reasons (Chris’s reason was mostly because I’d told him I was going to just keep having babies until I had a girl, so he was off the hook on that one…). One reason we were stoked was because girl names were easy for us. We had so many great options, it was just a matter of choosing our two favorites and then fitting them together in a way that was just…

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Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

I was worried about Thanksgiving this year, but it turns out that the few days leading up to the holiday were the toughest. I got a little sad when the kids were in daycare and I was home by myself. I missed my dad, and it seemed even stronger without anyone around to take my mind off of it. But thankfully (?) the kids got sick and had to stay home from school for Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, so I had some company… even if my company had some…

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A Thanksgiving Prayer

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Holy and Gracious Heavenly Father, I come to you in this season of grief with a heart full of thanksgiving for your unending peace, comfort and grace.  For the people you have given me in my life who carry me when I am weak.  For the family you have chosen for me who understand my heart.  For the children you have blessed me with who fill me with unending joy, even in times of great sadness.  For the friendships you have formed with people who lift me up and encourage…

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Fun in the November Sun

Fun in the November Sun

This past weekend, Chris painted some more on the outside of our house. He’s been doing it one side of the house at a time each weekend. It’s looking really good! Because he’s spending so much time outside by himself, the kids and I decided to set up our play area in the front yard so we could hang out with him. The kids are at this great age where they are playing so good together. Mostly because Bean is at the age here he loves bossing someone around, and…

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Seasons of Grief

Seasons of Grief

I had a rough day yesterday. I have this whole week off of work, and I planned to send the kids to school just on Monday so I could get some Christmas shopping done and go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. I was actually looking forward to some time by myself. But I keep forgetting that days to myself are really difficult. It’s hard to keep your mind busy the whole time, so I ended up thinking about my dad a lot. Especially because the things I was doing were things…

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A Thanksgiving List

A Thanksgiving List

1.  I don’t really want to talk too much about this topic, and sometimes lists are easier to use for things like that.  Lists make hard things easy. 2.  I’m not excited about Thanksgiving this year.  In fact, I’ve been dreading it for over a month now. 3.  Everything right now is focused on being thankful and family and cooking with loved ones.  I don’t feel thankful, my family feels incomplete, and I can’t imagine cooking on Thanksgiving morning without my dad. 4.  My mom and sister will be in…

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What.s the Priority Here?

What.s the Priority Here?

There are a lot of ways that being a mom has influenced me as a teacher.  I try to treat each student as one of my own.  I hold high expectations for them, try to teach them as much as I can, and then tell them how proud I am of them as much as possible.  In the end, you hope that results in a student who leaves your classroom knowing that they are actually smarter than when they entered and that their potential goes out the door with them…

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