Purging My Schedule

Purging My Schedule

The other day at lunch, I ran up to the grocery store near my school to pick up a few things for an ice cream party I was throwing some of my students.  At the grocery store, I ran into a teacher that I used to teach with.  She has kids my own kids’ ages, and she quit teaching last year to stay home with them for a while.  I asked her how she was doing and what she was getting herself into these days. “Nothing,” she said.  “I gave…

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I’ll Miss This One Day

I’ll Miss This One Day

This past Saturday afternoon, we were all in the kitchen having lunch.  We had a baseball game to get to, and Chris and I were hurrying around trying to get ready to go and the kids were goofing around while they ate. And I thought to myself in the middle of the shuffle, “I’ll miss this one day.” I’ll miss the normalcy of intense Pokemon discussions and negotiations over how many carrots have to be eaten. I’ll miss the countless, half-dressed baby dolls that I have to share meals with…

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You Look Like a Troll

You Look Like a Troll

Tonight as I was cooking dinner, Gracie came into the kitchen holding her hair in her hands. “What’s wrong with you, chicka chicka boom boom?” I teased her. Silence. “Gracie?” I said, giving her my full attention now.  “What’s wrong?  Why are you holding your hair?” “Well, MICHAEL was jumping on his bed and then my mouth was open and it got all in my hair.” “What got in your hair?” “Gum,” she whispered, looking down to her feet. “And where did you get gum?” I asked, knowing full well…

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A Boy’s World

A Boy’s World

Bean got a new bed last week.  We traded his queen sized bed (which he loved and we had to promise would be replaced with something infinitely cooler…) for a bunk bed. He and Gracie absolutely love it.  They climb all over that thing, and I constantly find myself saying to Chris, “Someone’s going to break an arm… Someone’s going to break a leg…” We are talking about really redoing his room this summer to make it into an actual big kid’s room. But for now, we are leaving the…

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Family Labor

Family Labor

This past weekend, Chris’s mom and her boyfriend, Charles, came to town for a quick visit.  We hadn’t seen them since January, and it was time for Grandmomma snuggles. Coincidentally, the day before their arrival, two pallets of sod were delivered to our house for our backyard. How convenient! I think it was pretty darn kind of us to save such an honored task for our visiting family. I mean, that’s, like, noble of us or whatever. Chris’s granddad and sister came over to help later that afternoon. Well, actually,…

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Weirdness on a Thursday

Weirdness on a Thursday

Is there a full moon?  Because today was weird, y’all.  Was it just me or was everyone just slightly off their rocker all day long? My students at school were weird.  There were numerous fights (which rarely happens in my school), a drug search (also a rarity for my school), crying girls in bathrooms (happens ALL THE TIME in ANY middle school), and one of my favorite, struggling, challenging, love-him-so-much-I-might-beat-him students cursed out an administrator and was suspended.  It breaks my heart when my students make poor choices, not because…

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No Fences Make Embarrassing Neighbors

No Fences Make Embarrassing Neighbors

We are replacing the fence in our backyard.  This requires several steps.  We had to take down the existing fence (because even though we are already paying thousands of dollars for a new fence, Chris refuses to pay an extra $200 for them to remove the old fence… Boys…).  We did that part this weekend.  Chris had a friend come over to help him and Bean, while Gracie and I stood on the sidelines and cheered. (Side note:  Gracie has strep throat AGAIN.  Third time in two months.  We have…

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Boyhood Knows No Age

Boyhood Knows No Age

On Easter Sunday, my children were actually easy to get ready.  Talk about an Easter miracle!  They put on the clothes I laid out, didn’t complain when they had to wear a belt or church shoes, and even brushed their teeth and hair with minimal complaints. “This is going great!” I thought to myself, as I headed back to my bedroom to get myself ready for church. Standing in the middle of my bedroom was Chris.  He was wearing beautiful gray slacks, nice dress shoes, and a white oxford shirt with…

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Out and About

Out and About

Life has been jumping here in our corner of the world.  When there is so much going on like right now, it actually makes it harder to blog because you don’t even know where to start!  So, I’ll just give you little updates on life. We took the kids last weekend to an outdoor symphony concert with friends.  It was a collaboration between the Orlando Symphony and the theater where Chris works, so we knew a lot of the people there.  And I even ran into some teachers that I…

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You Catch It, You Keep It

You Catch It, You Keep It

Tonight after dinner, I went out to the pool to swim some laps.  About ten minutes into my swim, I ran into a friend. We get frogs around our pool a lot. It’s a Florida thing. But this sucker was big, even by Florida standards. I freaked the freak out and squealed so loud that the kids and Chris heard me from inside. Naturally, when they got out there, Bean immediately wanted to catch the frog. “Wait!” he shouted. “Let me get my trapper!” And he ran inside to get…

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