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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FEVAH!

FEVAH!

Oh, man.  The fever has hit our house. There’s nothing I hate more than a fever in one of my kids.  They are so darn scary!  Neither Bean or Gracie run fevers very often, but when they do?  Wow!  Those suckers are HOT and HIGH! November, 2014 – Asthma flare There’s a little fever virus going around the daycare, so I’m sure Gracie has brought it home from there.  Thankfully, this time, both kids are sick at the same time, which is nice because it will mean that once it’s…

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Happenings and Shenanigans

Happenings and Shenanigans

This week has been one of those weeks where you turn around and say, “Where have the days gone?!”  I can’t believe it’s almost Friday already!  What have I done?  Where have I been? What year is it?  In case you missed any of it, here’s what has been happening in my world: 1.  The kids started swimming lessons again.  Bean did great, as we expected.  That kid is a natural swimmer.  He’s like a fish.  I check behind his ears every night for gills.  Gracie did really great, too!…

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Irresponsible, Immature Pirates

Irresponsible, Immature Pirates

On Saturday night, Chris and I were in our living room together, looking at our finances.  The kids were asleep after a long day and fun movie night, and the two of us were going over our money and plans for our trip to Italy this summer for our tenth wedding anniversary. Have I told you we are going to Italy?  We are!  I am so excited!  We have been planning and saving for almost two years now.  We even opened a special savings account at a different bank from…

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Bad Mommy

Bad Mommy

Did you see me driving around town today?  No?  I was the one with the music blaring loud enough to drown out my two children in the backseat asking me 10,000 questions. I know.  I’m a bad mommy. But I can’t help it.  The questions!  THE QUESTIONS!  You guys.  The.  Questions. Do turtles go to school? (No.) Do cows go to school? (No.) Do dogs go to school? (No.) Do cats go to school? (What do you think?) Can I eat this? (No.) What’s that girl’s name? (I don’t know.)…

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