Hurricane Irma

This past Sunday, Hurricane Irma hit Orlando with a vengeance.  Thankfully, we had enough time to prepare, but we weren’t exactly sure what we were preparing for.  We knew we were going to get hit, but didn’t know if it would be a direct hit as a category 3 or 4 or if Irma would come up the state and hit us as a category 1.  For a while there at the end of last week, we weren’t even sure which side we would get hit on – from the…

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A Different Kind of Summer

In the first few weeks of summer, I quickly realized that this summer would be… different.  For one thing, Bean and Gracie are starting to separate themselves from each other in some ways.  Not that they don’t still play together all the time or not get along anymore; they are still best buddies and, thankfully, get along really well.  But their ages and genders have just now started to separate them a little bit.  For example, I signed them both up for gymnastics camp for a week because they have…

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Endings and Beginnings

I always get nostalgic at the end of the school year.  For my own babies, it marks the passing of time and growth, which to a parent is bittersweet.  I’m so proud of how my kids have grown and changed over the past year in school.  Bean has tested boundaries and pushed himself when his best wasn’t good enough, and he’s learned throughout those processes that growing up is sometimes about more than just having a later bedtime.  He’s learned to work hard for things he really wants and he’s…

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Teacher Friends Are the Best Friends

I’m not usually one to put teaching above any other profession.  Every job is different and taxing in complete unique ways.  If I stood in your shoes, I might not make it until lunch on a regular work day.  If you stood in mine, you may murder a teenager before 2nd period ended.  To each their own.  But, let me tell you, I would put teaching up against any job as being one of the most exhausting career paths. We plan lessons and track data, of course.  But the real…

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Gracie’s First Sleepover!

Before today’s post, I just want to thank you for the incredible outpouring of encouragement and support for the student I wrote about last week.  While I appreciate every offer of assistance I received, I am not able to offer medical assistance to students.  I reported his skin condition to our school nurse and she will reach out to his parents and, if necessary, to the Department of Children and Families to see about getting him the treatment he needs.  Your kindness and generosity was inspiring to me at a time when…

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5 Boys, 3 Pizzas, 2 Girls, and a Gallon of Ice Cream

I blogged a few weeks ago about our Date Night Co-op group.  This weekend was mine and Chris’s first time to host all the kiddos at our house.  I’m still recovering.  I counted heads so many times that night that I’m still counting to seven in my sleep! We had five boys and two girls, with ages ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade.  It was organized chaos in our house from 6:00-10:00! When the kids first got there, we planned to have everyone swim, but only a few of them…

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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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Friendship Knows No Country

A little over a year ago, Gracie’s bestest little buddy in her daycare class moved back to Italy.  Her dad was here working for two years, but when his contract was up, they packed their family and sadly headed back to Rome.  Gracie was heartbroken.  We tried doing a few FaceTime sessions with the girls, but it was hard.  Sara was having a tough time adjusting to the language in Rome and Gracie was really missing her friend, so we stopped those.  But still, Sara’s mom and I stayed in…

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Hashtag Squad Goals

My summer is quickly drawing to a close and I can feel it slipping away!  NOOOOOOO!!!!!  I have been back to work this week to work on getting the new year planned and on getting my classroom ready.  I’ll post pictures when it is finished.  It’s been nice to be back, but after two months of wearing pajamas and reading books all day, it’s exhausting to be productive for hours at a time! It has required happy hours with my sweetheart to help me survive. Last weekend, in one last…

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Relax. It’s Little League.

Bean’s team had playoffs this weekend.  They played on Saturday and Sunday and won both games, which means they are headed to the championship game this week. I’m so proud of him because he played both games really well.  Base hits, a couple good RBIs, great fielding, and he even made the final out to end the last playoff game. More than that, I was proud of him for his sportsmanship. You guys should have seen some of the parents and coaches at these two games.  I was embarrassed for…

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