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

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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The Merriest of Times!

Since we’re still catching up, I thought I would share some pictures from our holidays.  We had such a good two weeks with all different parts of our family!  Nothing beats a full house at the holidays! My mom and Chris’s granddad (who now lives in Orlando!  Lucky us!) came over for Christmas Eve dinner and church with us.  Christmas Eve is one of my favorite services of the year, and our church does it spectacularly.  Don’t you love this picture of our church’s sanctuary?  One of our friends took…

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A New Year Calls for a New Blog Post!

So, I promise I haven’t stayed away to build some of kind dramatic suspense story.  The truth is, my six month absence was an accident.  And then it got awkward.  Have you ever not seen a friend for so long that it becomes embarrassing?  And then, you want to reach out to them, but it’s been so long that that would be even MORE embarrassing?  Yeah.  That’s what happened with my blog.  But I’m hoping that, like all good friendships, we can just pick right up where we left off,…

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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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The Sound of Music

Our church is blessed enough to have two places of worship on Sunday mornings.  We have a traditional church service in the sanctuary and then a simultaneous contemporary worship service in the gym.  Chris and I prefer the contemporary service, but, sadly, the gym’s air conditioning unit had to be replaced this summer, and so our church has been meeting as one congregation in the sanctuary for almost two months now. Coincidentally, I have been struggling to hear God’s voice for the past few months, too.  I talk to Him daily,…

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Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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12 Hours on a Couch

The first few weeks of school have been overload for our family.  We hosted five large parties at our house in three weekends.  It was lots of fun and we loved every minute of it, but when we realized our first weekend without any plans was also a three day weekend, we felt like we deserved something really great.  Something really special.  Something AMAZING. I sat on the couch for 12 hours and it was everything I hoped it would be. Friday night was rainy and mushy, thanks to the…

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Date Night Co-op

My friend, Jamie, has four boys.  They range in age from kindergarten to fourth grade.  The kindergarteners are twins.  And Jamie is a preschool teacher.  If anyone needs a date night every week, it’s this woman.  And if anyone knows how to do date night right, it’s this woman. Jamie let me in on this super awesome thing she calls her “Date Night Co-op.”  She and three other families got together and decided to rotate homes every Saturday night.  So, the first Saturdays of the month, all the kids went…

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Busy Weekend, Happy Family

This weekend was packed full of all different kinds of fun.  I love weekends like that.  I’ve been having a rough start to my school year for the past two weeks, so my weekends have been just the right kind of fun and relaxation that I’ve needed.  Friday night, we headed to downtown Windermere for dinner at the food trucks.  This is just half of the food trucks that were there. I had korean BBQ and Chris and the kids had Philly cheesesteaks. Everything was delicious! We have heard about…

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