First Day of Kindergarten

Today was Bean’s first day of kindergarten!!!!! He was so stinking excited! We all were, really. There have only been two times in the kindergarten preparation that made a little teary. The first was the night we went shopping for Bean’s school supplies. When he put that backpack on and started walking around, I was a blubbering mess. He just looked so big! And then this morning I was absolutely fine laying out his school clothes, getting him breakfast, packing his backpack. But there was just something about packing him…

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All Good Things Come to an End

Last week was my first week back at school.  Boooooooo!!!!!!  Hisssssssssss!!!!!  Students don’t come back to school until August 18, but we had to go back early for a two week training and then our regular pre-planning the week of August 11.  It’s just no fair, I tell you! I spent all last week teaching other teachers about digital technology in the classroom.  My master’s degree was in Educational Leadership and my focus area was in technology in education, so digital curriculum is a passion of mine.  I’ve been lucky…

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Sideline Momma

Last week, I took the kids to the Downtown Disney splash pad. It’s one of our favorite summertime places. We went early in the morning (before 9:30) to avoid the summer Disney traffic. But since it was the week after Fourth of July, the crowds were a little slimmer. That’s actually a good insider tip for Disney. Plan your vacations the week AFTER a holiday. Most people come during the holiday week, so the lines are a lot shorter in the parks the following week. I’m still trying to learn…

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Where Did My Sweet Boy Go?

The past week or so with the kids has about driven Chris and I insane.  Gracie is at a pretty decent stage right now, actually.  She is happy and loud and active and life is good.  But Bean?  Whew.  Something has hit him hard in the past few weeks. That dude has become so grumpy!  He is always complaining about something.  “But I don’t want that for dinner!”  “Gracie is annoying!”  “I don’t want to go grocery shopping!”  “Why do I have to give him a birthday present?” Mostly, I…

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A New Kind of Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was super special to me. I hadn’t even had Bean yet. After an insane day of nesting and spontaneously needing to clean things that I had never felt the need to clean before in my entire life… …I promptly fell asleep on the couch where I snored and drooled for hours, the way only an eight months pregnant woman can. When I woke up, I discovered that Chris had gone out and bought me flowers. His card said, “I love you because you are already such…

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Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.

On Saturday, we said goodbye to my sweet Lucy Girl. About six months ago, Lucy had liver failure and while she was able to get back to a point where she was functioning again, she just never fully recovered. She continued to have accidents all over the house, which we could have dealt with. But it was her aggression that prompted us to make the call to the vet about end of life options. Lucy had become so aggressive in the last month. She was snipping at all of us,…

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Kindergarten Paperwork

Baby fever.  I’ve gots it in a bad way. The other night, I was talking on the phone with a girlfriend who has a four-week old son.  She was talking about how hard it is to adjust to the lack of sleep and the responsibilities of becoming a mother.  We talked about colic and reflux and fussy babies. And I hung up the phone and I STILL WANTED A BABY!  That’s how I know baby fever is an illness.  When nighttime feedings and lack of sleep sound sweet to you,…

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Surviving Survival Mode

Oh, my. The last two weeks have kicked my booty, friends. We have been in survival mode around here lately, but I think we are finally coming out of it.  I can’t remember being this stressed out, frustrated, or challenged professionally in quite a while. Without going into too many details, my school is going digital this year. I have been extremely optimistic since the announcement at the end of the school year last year because I love using technology to teach. In fact, my masters thesis was a study…

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Giveaway Winner and Bedtime

It was the first day of school for me today. I welcomed 120+ students into a new school year, and, let me tell you, that is some exhausting work! I am BEAT! And I wore super cute shoes, but I am not used to being in wedges again so my feet are swollen and blister-y tonight. A small price to pay, though. I needed the coral shoes to tie in my coral cardigan… duh! Bean had his first day of preschool today, too. He was so excited to start. Chris…

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