Making the Dollar Store Work for Teacher Gifts!

This year, we have seven teacher gifts to give.  SEVEN.  That is one drastic downside of daycare.  There are so many teachers to thank!  Gracie has three alone in her classroom, and then Bean has two in his.  But I’m also giving gifts to Bean previous two teachers since he had them for more than half the year (and since I love them so much!). Seven gifts adds up to a lot of money.  I would love to be able to spend $20 or even $30 on one significant teacher…

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An Eyeball in Her Nose

Last Friday, I was sitting down to begin a training session I was attending all day for work.  We had barely gotten started when my phone rang at 9:00am.  It was the daycare.  Never a call you want to get at work. The voicemail was so funny that I recorded it: I was listening to this in the back of the media center where the training was taking place, and by the time the message ended, I was laughing so hard that I had to step outside. Seriously.  My child…

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New Friends. New Pins.

This past Saturday, I took the kids to an Easter party that was hosted by one of the parents from Gracie’s class in school.  Chris and I have gotten to know a lot of the parents from Bean’s class over the past few years as the kids have grown up.  We’ve seen the same families at birthday parties and trick or treating and Christmas pageants, and we’ve gotten to know people pretty well. But Gracie is just now getting to the age where we are having social events for her.…

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Driving a Bandwagon

Last week, Bean moved over to his new preschool class. It was not without some sadness and tears, let me tell you. But Chris and I did the best we could to support Bean as he transitioned. We tried to support his fears and anxieties, while still encouraging him to move forward. Mostly, though, we just prayed. When I picked Bean up from school on Wednesday afternoon, his teacher met me at the door with a big smile. “It was a good day,” she said warmly. “He had a really…

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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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The Happy Delinquent

Every night at dinner, we ask the kids how their days at school were.  They each get the chance to tell us what they did, who they played with, and what they learned.  Bean does much better at this than Gracie, but we still always ask Gracie the same questions.  And she’s getting really good at answering.  Usually, we get the same routing answers every night: “Gracie, how was your day?” “Gooooooood.” “Who did you play with at school?” “Ummmmmmmmmm…..  Fwends.” “And what did you learn?” “Ummmmmmmm… I read book.”…

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First Day of School, 2013

Today was the first day of pre-planning for me, and the first day back at daycare for the kids.  I worried for weeks about dropping them off.  I was sure there would be tears and pleas to not leave them.  But when I dropped them off today, both of them kissed me goodbye and walked into their classrooms without ever looking back.  Not one tear was shed. So, then I cried out, “DOESN’T ANYONE LOVE ME ANYMORE?!?!?” And then the daycare receptionist told me I should step outside so that…

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Potty Training, Step Two

Gracie has been showing signs of being ready for potty training for about a month now.  She can hold it for a while, sometimes even all night.  She tells us when she has to go potty, and she tells us when she needs a diaper change.  She loves panties, and has a healthy interest in the potty happenings of all our family members.  She’s been interested, but any time I would actually put her on the potty, she wasn’t happy.  She’s squirm or cry, and so I would immediately take…

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Hang in There, Momma

Bean was sick all weekend. He’s had a fever since Friday, which peaked on Sunday at 103 degrees (taken under his arm, so add about a degree to that reading… wowza). We just could not get that fever to break, even rotating between Tylenol and Motrin, which usually does the trick for Bean. Little Man was just puny. I took him to the doctor yesterday and the diagnosis was a sinus infection. Poor buddy. Then, this afternoon at school, our daycare called to say that Gracie had a low grade…

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