Beeeeeeeee Happy

Beeeeeeeee Happy

Today was the coolest. Okay, wait.  Let me back up. About a year ago, my mom mentioned to all of us that she would like to start keeping bees.  Now, as random as that sounds, that is not nearly the MOST random thing my mom has gotten in her head before.  She wanted a goat for a while (still does).  She wanted chickens for a while before that (still does).  She wanted a cow (still does).  But, thankfully, there are laws against her having barnyard animals in her neighborhood.  So,…

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It is Well With My Soul

It is Well With My Soul

This morning, I packed lunch and a quick beach bag, threw some beach chairs in the back of the Quest Love, and the kids and I headed to the beach.  I have been counting the days since last summer ended before I could get back to the beach again, and I was beside myself with excitement.  I love beach days! Growing up on the beach, you’d think that was just ingrained in me, but that’s not really true.  I wasn’t a huge beach fan when I was younger.  I loved…

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Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

This past weekend has been the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.  We happen to be lucky enough to live right across the street from Bay Hill, so for the past few years, Chris and I have gone to the tournament with friends since it’s a short walk from our house (but, let’s be honest… we still drive…). (Martin Kaymer, above) Last year, we went to the “Wine and Dine on Nine” event.  You purchase a ticket package that gets you into this huge tent on the 9th…

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Slowing Down the Growing Up

Slowing Down the Growing Up

Two things have happened this week that have made me want to shove my babies back in their cribs and stick a binky in their mouths.  First, Gracie went to the AR store at her school (which is where they get to spend their reading “points” they collect throughout the quarter) and came home with a tube of glittery lip gloss.  And not the chapstick kind of lip gloss that I let her use.  Like, real lip gloss.  Like, with a little sponge tip on the end and glitter in…

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Weekend Report

Weekend Report

(First of all, I can’t even explain all the updates and technical issues I went through to get these damn pictures on my blog tonight.  It has taken me two days of wrestling with my photo application and just when I was about to give up and throw my computer through the window, it started uploading pictures from my camera correctly again.  It must have sensed death.  Anyway, appreciate these pictures.) You can tell it’s getting close to spring here.  The weather is nice, the windows are open, and baseball…

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VROOM! VROOM!

VROOM! VROOM!

This past weekend, Chris, Bean, and I left Gracie at home with Nana and went camping with Cub Scouts.  Out of all the camping we have done so far, this might have been my favorite.  We camped in the middle of the Daytona Speedway! Like, right there in the center of the race track! We had never been to a NASCAR event before, so this was a lot of first-times for our family (one of the things I love about Scouts!).  I worried that since we weren’t racing fans, it…

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Weekends, Vertigo, and Marriage

Weekends, Vertigo, and Marriage

I had so many plans for this week.  We kick of baseball practice, Gracie has gymnastics, our Cub Scout den is meeting on Tuesday, my classroom is active this week – none of these things work well with vertigo.  Oy.  I’ve had vertigo for the past three days.  It’s been tolerable, but frustrating.  Vertigo can present itself in different ways for different people.  Mine happens to come in the form of feeling like you are wearing broken 3D glasses.  My eyes feel like they move about .5 seconds after my…

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Scouts for All!

Scouts for All!

This Saturday, we had Bean’s Pinewood Derby Race with Cub Scouts.  It’s an annual event that all the boys love.  They get a wooden block and some wheels in a little box and that’s about it.  What they do with the derby car is up to them.  There is a weight requirement and a few other restrictions on building, but other than that, the sky’s the limit. Bean and Chris worked every night last week in the garage on his derby car.  They sanded it down to make it more…

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Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

This past week, we have been dog sitting a friend’s dog.  Dash is super sweet, gets long well with our dogs, and is apparently smarter than them, too.  For Christmas, we got the dogs a dog door.  They want to go in and out all the time, and we thought this door would be the perfect solution to their freedom.  Turns out, Daisy is too dumb to use it and Molly is too stubborn. Daisy sits outside the dog door flap and just hits it with her paw a hundred…

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An Unexpected Lesson of Immanuel

An Unexpected Lesson of Immanuel

On Friday morning, while in the middle of teaching, I looked down at my email and saw a message from Chris.  It said, “I hope you’re having a good morning!  I’m kind of having a rough one.”  He went on to… well, to wallow a little bit.  And Chris never wallows, so I knew he must really be down.  Basically, Chris has been getting the short end of the stick for about a month now – both at work and at home.  We were weeks away from buying him a…

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