Fall, You’re Late to the Party

I love seeing people’s pictures of fall on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.  I obsess over chunky, soft sweaters, warm, leather boots, orange and red foliage, and even Starbucks cups filled with pumpkin spiced whatever (even though I am not a coffee drinker, not a Starbucks customer, and not a pumpkin spice fan…). But, alas, fall is only a season of my dreams because I live in Orlando. It’s been so dang hot here in Orlando, it’s not even funny.  One day a few weeks ago, we woke up to…

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Hurricane Irma

This past Sunday, Hurricane Irma hit Orlando with a vengeance.  Thankfully, we had enough time to prepare, but we weren’t exactly sure what we were preparing for.  We knew we were going to get hit, but didn’t know if it would be a direct hit as a category 3 or 4 or if Irma would come up the state and hit us as a category 1.  For a while there at the end of last week, we weren’t even sure which side we would get hit on – from the…

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Catch Ups and Weekends

Last week I was back in school for preplanning and it basically kicked my butt.  I started to regret my afternoon naps and staying in my pajamas all day during the summer because I was not physically or emotionally ready to be awake, alert, and productive for that long.  Holy cow.  But I wasn’t the only one preparing to go back to school.  The kids had “Meet the Teacher” and were both really happy with the teachers they got.  They were also happy to see their friends again. This weekend…

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Regretting My Summer

I love teaching and I would do it whether we had summers off or not, but I do love having that time every year with my kids.  Summers have always been my favorite time of year.  I love the beach.  I love the pool.  I love lazy mornings and late nights.  I love leaving the house to run one or two errands and finding ourselves out all day long just on a whim.  And I’ve always been pretty good at summering.  For as schedule-driven as I am during the school…

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Blooming

A few weeks ago, Chris and I took the kids to the hardware store to get some supplies for our kitchen renovation.  Did I tell you we were renovating our kitchen?  Apparently, we are.  It was an accidental renovation, though, that started with a simple conversation: “I need a project,” Chris whined one Saturday morning. “What about painting the kitchen?” I responded harmlessly. And the next thing I knew, this was happening in my kitchen. In case you can’t tell, that’s Bean putting a hammer through our kitchen ceiling. Demo…

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Summer Schedules

A few years ago, I learned that the trick to enjoying my summer was to have a very loose, flexible daily schedule.  When I would wake up and just “see where the day took me,” it often didn’t take me anywhere.  The kids and I would stay in our jammies all day being lazy and driving each other crazy.  Don’t get me wrong.  We still have lazy days like that and they are awesome, but every day can’t be a jammie day.  And so I try to keep a general,…

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Chasing the Cruds Away

Thursday morning, I had a horrible headache, which is really uncommon for me.  By Thursday night, my throat was itching, and by Friday afternoon, I had a fever.  Yuck.  I came home Friday and slept from 7:00 that night (even skipping dinner!) until 8:00 the next morning.  And I STILL woke up feeling like I needed another good 12 hours sleep.  Fevers always make me tired. I spent Saturday morning at Bean’s baseball game, which was nice.  The weather was beautiful and it felt great to be outside in the…

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Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

I work with this spunky woman named, Jessica.  Not only is she a fantastic teacher, but she’s a stupendous mother to three beautiful girl from 5th grade to 10th grade.  I get lots of parenting tips and tricks from Jessica.  She’s a few years ahead of my in the parenting department, and so when she goes through something with her girls, I mentally file it away in my mind to use when my own kids are bigger. Her latest parenting hack might be my favorite, though.  She was lamenting over…

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An Un-EGG-Spected Morning

Saturday night, at 3:00 in the morning, Chris and I sat straight up in bed.  Something was hitting our house!  I did what I always do when I hear a sound in the night.  I immediately jumped out of bed and stood in my hallway, feet and arms spread wide and my eyes barely open, and yelled out, “SAVE THE CHILDREN!”  As this was happening, Chris (who had slightly more sense) went to the front door and peered out. It sounded like something hard was hitting our house, over and…

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#Fatherhood #DammitChris

Last night, I was tucking Gracie into bed when she turned her big, baby blue eyes up to me and said, “Mommy, are monsters real?” “Oh, no, sweetheart,” I said, gently brushing her hair back from her face.  “Monsters aren’t real.” She let out a worried little breath and smiled up at me. And then Chris stuck his head in her bedroom door and said, “Except for the ones under your bed,” and then he laughed and left. #fatherhood #dammitChris So, I spent the next five minutes trying to fill…

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