Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

One of our favorite things to do on this trip to the Keys was to eat!  We had lunch and dinner out every day and I didn’t regret a single dollar we spent.  Every place seemed to be better than the one before.  We were lucky that we went with friends of ours who had family that used to live in Marathon, Florida, so they gave us a solid list of restaurants to try and we happily obliged. Here are all the places we ate, ranked in order: 1. Lorelei’s…

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Can You Hear My Tears?

Can You Hear My Tears?

Can you hear that? Listen again. There.  Did you hear that one? Those are my tears falling down my plump cheeks and onto my plump tummy as I think about leaving two boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my kitchen pantry uneaten because… I’M STARTING A DIET DETOX. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the HUMANITY of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Imaginary friends, come sit on my couch with me for a minute.  Kick off your shoes, have a glass of red wine (even though I have four bottles of white in my fridge right now that…

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Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how I have given up certain things in my life in order to simplify and make myself happier.  One of the things I gave up was dieting.  This was stupid. I have now reached a size where I don’t even feel like myself anymore.  You know those unflattering pictures that sometimes get taken of you by accident?  The ones where you are in the peripheral or the background and you were clearly not prepared to be photographed?  You’re hunched over in the most…

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A Dinner Idea

A Dinner Idea

Last week, I let the kids help me meal plan for the week. They each got to pick a dinner we would have one night, and then on the night we had their dinner, they got to cook it. It was a blast! Bean picked BBQ chicken and “macaroni and peas,” which is something he used to have in preschool. Basically, you mix peas and macaroni and cheese together. He was pretty excited to show us his own special idea since none of us had eaten “macaroni and peas” before….

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The Thanksgiving Scramble

The Thanksgiving Scramble

The Day of the Turkey is near, friends.  I can tell because the laundry piled sky-high in every room of our house is taunting me and the hairballs on our kitchen floor are actually laughing at me.  Clearly, family is coming to town. Tomorrow, we happily welcome Chris’s family into our home for Thanksgiving.  And I do mean happily.  I’m one of those people you hate, who somehow managed to secure a lovely mother-in-law, and I am always happy when Jackie and Charles come to visit.  This year, we are hosting not…

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Things I Love Right Now

Things I Love Right Now

1.  Bean’s soccer games.  I love cheering for him on Saturdays at his soccer games.  It has been so fun to watch him grow and learn this season.  He doesn’t seem to have a competitive bone in his body right now, but he has so much fun out there!  This weekend, he was taking a throw in from the sidelines.  He took his time finding just the teammate he wanted to throw it to, getting himself all lined up and in good form, and then he raised the ball over…

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Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

Hi Friends! I feel like we have been apart for so long! If you’ve been around here for any number of years, then you know that the weeks leading up to school starting for me are C-razy, and this year as been no exception. I was going to try to do a post about everything I’ve been doing since I’ve been away, but that sounds boring to me and I can’t image it would be interesting to you. Just know that my classroom looks great, my lessons plans are going…

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Raising Boys and Girls

Raising Boys and Girls

Y’all, my sister is having a GIRL!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for her family! Especially for Tillman. He is going to make an awesome big brother! See? His shirt even says so! Thinking about Ginny’s family this weekend has made me stop and think about my own kids. Raising a girl and a boy is very different. Potty training girls is easier than potty training boys. They use physical touch differently.  Bean shows physical affection very roughly and usually through playing.  Gracie shows physical affection by snuggling up and getting…

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Snack Happy

Snack Happy

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids are SNACK HAPPY these days!  Goodness!  That’s all they ever want!  Snack, snack, snack!  If someone asks me for a snack one more time, I might explode! (And, yes, all of those exclamation points were necessary in that paragraph.) At the beginning of the summer, I could tell snacks were going to be an issue. To save myself the battle of “no, you can’t have ice cream at 10:00 in the morning for a snack,” I made a mom-approved snack box….

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A Fabulous Fourth!

A Fabulous Fourth!

The Fourth of July is one of Chris’s favorite holidays. And with all the grilling, swimming, and firework action, who wouldn’t love it? We had a fun time with friends and – bonus! – my new camera came in on Wednesday, so I have pretty pictures again! Yay! Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures during the party, so you’ll just have to trust me that we had a great time! We have started putting a sign on our door during parties and having people walk around to our back…

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