Pass Me My Mom Jeans

Pass Me My Mom Jeans

It’s official, y’all. At 6:00pm tonight, I became a soccer mom. Bean is playing pre-K soccer through the YMCA league in our neighborhood. Chris and I are beyond excited. The entire reason we became parents was so we could sit on a sideline somewhere someday. Seriously. Kid sports crack me up, man. And watching your own kid play sports is even more hysterical. I mean, look at Bean Man. Check out those shin guards. They hit him about mid-thigh. And those socks? Forgetaboutit. Tonight was the first practice, so when…

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5% of Middle Schoolers

5% of Middle Schoolers

Today in school I was teaching about tone in your writing. How to select the correct words to create your desired tone. This, in turn, creates the right mood with your reader. When you are able to command tone, you are essentially able to command the emotions people experience. Powerful stuff. My students ate it up. I was talking about how we can use the same words but in different ways to create different tones (tomorrow they will get a word bank of vocabulary words and they’ll have to write…

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Almost Back in Action

Almost Back in Action

Well, friends, I’m just about back in action here at Marriage Confessions. I had a rough time this past week as we formally said goodbye to my dad with his family and friends at a wonderful memorial service that truly did celebrate his life. It was wonderful to see friends of our family that I hadn’t seen in ages and to hear them tell funny stories about my dad. And it was really nice to meet some of his golfing friends that I hadn’t ever met before, but had heard…

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A Rip-ROAR-ing Good Time

A Rip-ROAR-ing Good Time

When I was asked to review the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos, I thought it would be a breeze. Send me some dinosaur transformers for Bean to play with? Are you kidding me? SIGN ME UP! The dinosaurs are actually transformers that morph into cars. Two of Bean’s favorite things in one toy. This was going to be a breeze. He loved them, and they are virtually indestructible (believe me, Bean’s tried…). Bean likes that the faces of the dinosaurs (or the windshields of the cars, depending on what…

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Sitting in My Boat

Sitting in My Boat

I’ve been hesitant to blog about real things this week for a couple reasons. Mostly, it’s because my mom and sister read my blog and I don’t want to write anything that upsets them. But it’s also because I don’t really know what to say. My mom and I were having a low little moment yesterday afternoon together on the phone, and we both agreed that it’s hard to talk to people because what exactly do you say? There are only so many times you can say that you’re sad…

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I.m an Aunt!

I.m an Aunt!

Last Thursday night, Chris and I left after work and drove to Atlanta to be there for the birth of my first nephew. We left our own kids in the very capable hands of my friend, Sarah, and her husband, Scott. Their adventures with our two kids are worthy of a blog post themselves, so I’ll have to work on that. But in a nutshell, they were well taken care of and happy in our own home, relaxing and playing after a really heavy week. Chris and I got to…

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Hands-On Fatherhood

Hands-On Fatherhood

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The biggest fight Chris and I ever got into was in the stroller aisle at Babies R Us. We were registering when I was six months pregnant with Bean Man, and the poopy diaper hit the fan. After YEARS of introspection, I finally figured out what happened on that god-forsaken shopping trip. In all my planning for the baby’s arrival, I hadn’t included Chris. It wasn’t that I intentionally left him out of the process, but I honestly didn’t think he’d…

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Meeting Your Baby

Meeting Your Baby

When Bean Man first joined our family, we wanted to do everything with him right away. We took him shopping with us… on beach-town getaways… and pumpkin picking with us. We felt like these little adventures as a new family were going to bring us closer together. A family that plays together, stays together, and all that. But as I think back through those first few months with Bean, and then again when Gracie was born, I realize the real way to feel more connected to your newborn is to…

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Big Grief in Small People

Big Grief in Small People

On the car ride to the hospital, even before I knew my dad had died, I worried about what I would say to Bean.  Gracie is really too little to understand or to even know that something is wrong, but Bean Man was a different story.  He’s old enough to know when something is going on.  And he was really close with my dad. I asked my mom the first night what she thought we should tell Bean.  I was at a complete loss, but I knew he would wake…

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A New Normal

A New Normal

Before I begin this post, I wanted to take a minute to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your comments, emails, texts, thoughts, and prayers.  My family has been touched and renewed by your presence in our lives this week.  You will never know how important every single kind word has been in the midst of our grief.  Thank you, dear, dear imaginary friends. ********** I went back to work today.  On Thursday night, Chris and I are going to Atlanta to be with my sister…

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