The Magic of Teaching

This past Friday was our school’s 8th grade Gradventure to Universal Studios.  Did you have a class trip when you were in 8th grade?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  These kids don’t know how good they have it.  Why, in my day, we carried pagers and walked to school both ways uphill in the blazing Florida heat. But today, kids get to leave school on a big fancy tour bus and go play at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from 3:00 in the afternoon until 1:00 in the morning. Which…

Read More

Remix: A Laugh A Day

Last night, I was browsing through old blog posts from way back when Bean was born because he has been a total turd this week and I wanted to be reminded of a time when he was soft and squishy and didn’t know the phrase, “I already know that, MOM.”  Five-year-olds are such know-it-alls. Anyway, I came across this post about my friend, Emily, and I almost wet my pants.  I laughed so hard I gave myself a headache.  I can still remember this phone call like it was yesterday.…

Read More

Weddings + @Instagram = #truelove

Chris and I went to a wedding this past weekend that rocked my socks.  First of all, it had a crucial element to all successful weddings:  A happy couple.  Ashlyn and Josh are the sweetest, kindest, nicest, down-right-perfect couple. Example:  Last year when I was going through a rough time after my dad had died, the two of them decided they wanted to do something to give our family a day of pure happiness.  So, they showed up at Chris’s office one morning and gave him four tickets to Sea…

Read More

Small Moments, Big Love

There hasn’t really been much blog-worthy stuff happening on the home-front lately.  Life has just kind of been creeping along.  And, I have to say, I kind of love that.  Last year, I remember we over-committed ourselves during this time of year.  This year, though, we had a conscious effort to keep the first few weeks of school kind of low key, and it has been wonderful.  We have truly gotten to focus on the few things we wanted to focus on.  Such as… Bean started playing soccer last week.…

Read More

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…

Read More

New Mom Bag

I went to visit a sweet friend of mine last week who has just had her first baby.  The little pooper slept the whole time I was there (the baby; not my friend), so I haven’t gotten to snuggle him up yet.  But I’m waiting to pounce on him the next chance I get! I love going to visit new moms, but I never like to go empty handed.  Of course, food is always a welcomed gift to bring a new family, but I like to really do something nice…

Read More

A Perfect Girl’s Weekend

Last summer, my dear, sweet friend, Sarah, moved from just down the road from me back to our hometown.  As sad as I was to not have her here in Orlando anymore, I certainly understood wanting to raise your family closer to family.  That’s the reason we ended up in Orlando in the first place ourselves.  And so, when her moving truck pulled away last summer, I did my very best to put on a happy face and send them off with love and best wishes. But inside, I was…

Read More

Let’s Hear It for the Arts!

As a theater wife, it should be no surprise that I am a huge supporter of the arts.  As a teacher, it should be even less of a surprise that I am a huge supporter of the arts.  I have seen the power of the arts over and over and over again in my life and in the lives of others around me. For a long time when Chris and I were first married, I never knew what to tell people my husband did as a job.  I couldn’t really…

Read More

#MCreads

I was sitting in a meeting this afternoon next to a new young teacher.  He can’t be more than 22 or 23 years old.  I was waiting for the meeting to begin, and while I waited I sat with my nose in a book, as usual.  He politely asked what I was reading, and when I told him a little bit about it, he kind of snorted and went back to sorting through emails.  “I don’t have time to read,” he said smugly.  “There’s too many important things to be…

Read More

I Hate Goodbyes

The time has come for me to say goodbye to my dearest, oldest friend.  Sarah and her sweet little family have decided to move back to our hometown in order to raise their daughter closer to family.  It is hard to blame her, considering I am living where we are because of the same idea.  Nevertheless, it is such a hard thing to say goodbye to her. I don’t handle goodbyes well at all.  I just avoid them.  And I’ve been doing that to Sarah.  She has spent the past…

Read More