Take a Bow, Mom

Take a Bow, Mom

Tomorrow, February 28, is my mom’s last day as a working woman.  She’s retiring after a lifetime of being a full-time working mom.  I am so darn proud of her. Sadly, I don’t think my mom is as excited about this milestone as the rest of us are for her.  A year ago, retirement was the golden finish line and she couldn’t wait to have free time filled with crafting, golfing, her grandkids, and my dad.  But like in a million other ways, my dad’s passing has left her to…

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Hypothetically

Hypothetically

Y’all.  Something terrible has happened. I have discovered Zulily.  And my life will never be the same. My sister and my mom have mentioned Zulily to me before as having great deals, but my budget is usually a bit tighter than theirs and so a “great deal” to them is sometimes not so great for me.  BUT!  Zulily is for me, too! I stumbled on it tonight when I accidentally clicked an ad in the sidebar on Facebook.  And my mind was BLOWN.  Seriously.  I am embarrassed to admit how…

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Nagging vs. Communicating

Nagging vs. Communicating

Chris and I are coming off the heels of a tough month for our marriage.  We go through these periodically, and I’m hoping that’s fairly normal.  About once a year, there’s a big explosion in our marriage where everything that’s been piling up gets aired out.  Our big one was last month, and, boy, did it encompass a lot of issues.  We’d just been through the holidays, he was going through a really hard time at work, I was feeling the pressure of a standardized test my kids were preparing…

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Rambunctious

Rambunctious

Soooooo, Bean’s three and a half.  And if I had to describe three and a half year old boys in one word, it would have to be “rambunctious.”  Like, REALLY, REALLY rambunctious. Bean has always been a pretty mild dude.  He gets that from his dad.  He’s a laid back, go with the flow, playing-with-my-action-heroes kind of a guy.  But lately, it is like someone is pouring buckets of testosterone into his system and the BOY is just BURSTING out of him!  He’s running and throwing and yelling and climbing…

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How to Be Kind

How to Be Kind

Around the holidays, I participated in something unofficially called “26 Acts of Kindness.”   In the days following the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ann Curry (one of my favorite people in broadcasting, for this reason among many, many others), suggested that we all do 26 acts of kindness for random strangers in honor of the 26 lives that were taken.  Suddenly, my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds were full of people sharing different random acts of kindness they either did for someone else or had done for them….

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Another Great Weekend

Another Great Weekend

Mark another fun, productive and exciting weekend down in the books for us.  The kids are at great ages right now for getting out and doing, and we are taking full advantage!  Saturday started with a birthday party for one of Bean’s friends at the Orlando Science Center.  We don’t go often to the Science Center because admission is outrageous ($27 for adults; $20 for kids).  The birthday party was a lot of fun, though, and included free admission to the Science Center for all party guests.  Bean’s best friend,…

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The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable

This week and next I’m sharing some changes Chris and I have made in the past couple months to how we parent Gracie. On Tuesday, I talked about our new public time out. Today, I thought I’d share about one of the things we’re doing at home. One of the things you all kept mentioning and that I remember from Bean when he was Gracie’s age is that this period of crying and whining and temper tantrums is common in two-year-olds because they lack the communication skills to be able…

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The Public Time Out

The Public Time Out

Several weeks ago, I blogged asking you all for some help with my tiny spitfire, Gracie.  She was becoming more than Chris and I could handle, and we were out of ideas for how to parent her.  You all came through like you always do, and we tried out a lot of the things you suggested.  Over the next couple weeks, I’ll share some changes we’ve made around our house that have fairly quickly resulted in a much more peaceful home life and a much happier Gracie. One of the…

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Enough.

Enough.

I’ve been a little down for the past two weeks.  Chris and I were going through some stuff that I’m not quite ready to share yet.  I’ve had a terrible cold.  We’re closing in on a big standardized writing test for my students in the next week, and I’m worried about them.  And on top of it all, I’ve been missing my dad more than normal.  I just feel all out of whack.  My house is a mess, my purse is a mess, and my hair is a mess.  It’s…

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Fun Things on a Lazy Day

Fun Things on a Lazy Day

I’m off work today for President’s Day (thank you, Mr. Washington). The kids have been at Nana’s house since yesterday, which gave Chris and I time to: A) Play golf B) Have a super fun date night last night (Y’all, I wore heels AND red lipstick!) C) Work on Gracie’s big girl room We’re moving Gracie over into a different bedroom because her current room gets so much direct sunlight that it is steamy hot all day in there. We figured we’d take this opportunity to set up her big…

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