A Day, A Week

A Day, A Week

It’s been an odd week.  I’ve been out of sorts.  Things feel out of control and a little overwhelming.  But when I try to put my finger on what exactly is off, there isn’t anything I can point to.  I’ve had some big things going on, but none of them are necessarily overwhelming.  Every decision I’ve made has been well thought out and I feel good when I lay my head down at night.  But something is just… off. I know what it is, too.  My dad’s funeral is on…

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Gracie Update: Age 22 Months

Gracie Update: Age 22 Months

Gracie Girl is 22 months old this week.  In some ways, I can’t believe she is almost two-years-old, but in other ways it is hard to believe she’s ONLY two-years-old.  Gracie Girl is a happy, passionate, dramatic, funny, determined, independent little girl.  I love her spirit.  If Gracie wants something, that girl is going to GET it.  And chances are she’s going to get it all by herself, for herself.  At times, that can be incredibly challenging as a parent.  Gracie wants to to everything by herself, from brushing her…

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Grocery Fail

Grocery Fail

A lot of things have become easier now that my kids are getting bigger.  Grocery shopping is not one of those things.  It is official.  I can no longer take both of them grocery shopping with me.  For one thing, Bean is too big to fit in the buggy anymore because he smooshes all the food.  But letting Bean walk means Gracie will demand, “WALK!  WALK!” the entire hour we are shopping.  And there are other things, too.  Take my trip this past Saturday morning.  It was terrible.  Bean was…

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Bean Update: Age 3 1/2

Bean Update:  Age 3 1/2

I’ve never been really good at doing milestone updates on my blog.  Which is weird because most bloggers use their blogs as a way to catalog milestones.  Now that I think about it, maybe I SHOULD have been doing milestone updates…  Velly, velly interesting… Anywho, I haven’t done any kind of developmental post on the kids in a while, so I thought I’d one on Bean today and another on Gracie tomorrow.  Because they are growing like weeds, and I should probably do an update before they go off to…

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Overrated Fairy Tales

Overrated Fairy Tales

I wrote the following for something (probably Southern Weddings?) but never published it.  At least, I don’t remember publishing it.  So, I’m not really sure if you’ve already seen this one somewhere.  I figured I’d go out on a limb and recycle it here today.  Sorry for re-gifting you a blog post, imaginary friends.  Don’t take it personally.  ******* Once upon a time, a handsome blonde boy fell in love with an incredibly attractive and intelligent redhead, and they decided to get married. “Let’s live happily ever after,” the redhead…

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How to Pick Your Battles

How to Pick Your Battles

I realized the other day that it had been a while since Chris and I had a good knock down, drag out fight. Which is saying something because we are smack dab in the middle of our 7th year of marriage, and isn’t that supposed to be the big one? The seven year itch one? The one that every young couple dreads? The seventh year. (insert high pitched, horror movie scream here) But we are in the middle of Year Seven, and I would say that this year we have…

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An Unexpected Staycation

An Unexpected Staycation

This weekend was a four-day weekend for me.  On Friday we had a teacher planning day.  At our school, it is optional for you to come in as long as you’ve gotten your grades submitted.  I came in that morning for a few hours to finish up my grades and get my lessons together for my next unit (we start our writing unit tomorrow!  My favorite!).  Friday afternoon I unknowingly began an unexpected staycation weekend.  I met a friend at the movies to see “The Hobbit,” one of my favorite…

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I’m a Godmother!

I’m a Godmother!

This past weekend we packed the kids up on Friday after work and headed to Atlanta.  That’s right.  A seven hour drive after work with two wee ones.  What in the world could make us do something so insane? THIS GUY! My sweet little nephew, Tillman, was baptized this weekend. The little booger boo looked so handsome in his gorgeous baptismal gown. Can you see it in this picture? It is really simple with a cross embroidered on the front and a tiny bit of detail in the trim. I…

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School Picture Day

School Picture Day

This past fall, the kids had school picture day.  One of the teachers suggested that we do a siblings picture, too, so I could have one of the kids together.  That sounded great, so I signed them up.  This was going to be great! Or not… So, let’s talk about this picture. a) Gracie is crying. Obviously. b) Bean has this creepy look on his face. c) Gracie is wearing her light up, hot pink shoes with her pretty little church dress. d) Bean is wearing camo shorts and Spiderman…

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Revenge Grocery Shopping

Revenge Grocery Shopping

I am equal parts ashamed and proud of the story I am about to tell.  You should just know that. I am swamped right now.  It’s just one of those weeks when the sun, moon and stars align and suddenly I am needed in 300 different places at once.  At school it is exam week for my students, which brings it own *special* problems (i.e. we have been reviewing for our exam for the past week, and at least 6 students walked into my classroom today and said, “WHAT????  We…

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