I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

I Was Mean Girled by My Own Daughter

We are heading to the Keys for a week-long vacation soon, and so I loaded the kids up late last week to head over to Target for the dreaded bathing suit purchase.  Can we all agree that fitting rooms are the devil?  The lighting makes me look like an eskimo, the three-paneled circus mirrors make my stretch marks (which I still have, six years later, thankyouverymuch children…) look like deflated balloons, and the super thin partition walls make it easy for everyone to hear me crying.  The experience simply can’t be…

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Little Seeds of Thought

Little Seeds of Thought

Lately, Gracie has become very interested in babies.  Specifically, where babies come from, how they get there, and how they get out.  I think this mostly comes from the fact that she plays with baby dolls all the time, and so she always has babies and mommies on the brain.  I think it also comes from us having so many friends right now that are having babies.  I am constantly crocheting baby blankets and she is forever asking me which baby they are for. When she and Bean were smaller,…

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Important Conversations and a Haircut

Important Conversations and a Haircut

I took Gracie to get a haircut after school today because she decided to cut huge chunks out of her own hair a few weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to do anything about it. To be honest, I didn’t really notice that she had cut all that much. She had this one really short clump of bangs that I noticed several weeks ago, but it wasn’t until we sat down to get her hair cut today that I realized she had several short strands all through her…

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Snippets from the Week

Snippets from the Week

HI FRIENDS!  Bet you thought I forgot about you!  I definitely didn’t, but this week was super busy.  I am taking a class for an endorsement I need for my teaching certificate this quarter, so I have classes on Monday and Wednesday nights.  It’s the last of the six classes I need for my ESOL endorsement, and, goodness, is this a horrible facilitator that I have!  She keeps us for the entire three hour block of time, even after we have finished our work for the night.  She just keeps…

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Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Gracie came home from VBS and told me this story: “Mom, Jesus was on the planet Africa (“It’s a continent, honey.”) and he had 100 sheep, but he lost one so he went out and found him on the planet Africa (“Still a continent.”). Jesus really loves sheep!” ********* “So, the earth flooded and Noah put all the animals in the ark to save them,” I said to Gracie. “Wow,” she said. “Did this happen when you were a baby?” “No, it happened thousands of years ago.” “Oh,” Gracie said…

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Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

We have been counting down for this birthday since the day after she turned four.  Tomorrow, Gracie Girl turns five years old!  “A WHOLE HAND!” as she has reminded us for at least the past six months.  I interviewed Gracie last night about the excitement of her birthday, and I love this video because you can see so much of her personality in it.  Plus, I love to watch her talk.  It never gets old to me.  I could listen to her talk for hours.  That girl cracks me up….

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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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From the Mouth of Babes

From the Mouth of Babes

For Gracie’s birthday, my mom gave Gracie her first real set of golf clubs.  She has given golf clubs to each of the “baby grands,” as she calls them, when they were old enough.  We all play golf in my family, and have for years.  But since my dad’s passing, golf has taken on an even more special meaning for all of us because it makes us feel closer to him. My dad was an incredible golfer.  Growing up, I thought all people were as good at golf as my…

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Bad Religion

Bad Religion

The other day, I was getting on to Bean for something.  I can’t remember what exactly right now, but it was probably for annoying Gracie. So, I say to him, “You’ve got one more chance to act right and then I’m taking your Legos away for the afternoon, Michael.” Without missing a beat, he replies in this snide little voice we have taken to calling ‘kinder-talk’ around our house, “God gives us as many chances as we need.  Why can’t you be more like God?” My eyes grew as wide…

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It’s Under the Log

It’s Under the Log

Some of my favorite conversations are the ones I have with the kids while driving around.  It’s pretty funny to hear what they think about things.  They are even getting to the age now where they have real conversations together, without me having to prompt them.  Those are even funnier. However, conversations between a kindergartener and a preschooler can spiral out of control pretty quickly… After school today, I picked the kids up from daycare and we headed over to Bean’s tee ball coach’s house to pick up his uniform….

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