Busy Doing Nothing Important

Busy Doing Nothing Important

I was going to sit down and write an apology for my sudden disappearance from the blog world.  I was going to explain how busy I have been and how much I have been doing.  But then, I realized… I haven’t been busy at all.  And I’ve loved every minute of it! The past two weeks have been full of deliciously unimportant-important time spent with my kids and Chris.  Afternoons are low-key and slow-paced for once.  I’ve been leaving work on time instead of staying later, which means afternoons with…

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Why You Should Always Shave Your Legs

Why You Should Always Shave Your Legs

Last Wednesday morning, I stood in the shower for a good ten minutes trying to decide if I had the energy to shave my legs.  I didn’t.  So, I rinsed out my hair and got out hairy. Eh, it happens. Later that morning, I went into first period and about halfway through teaching, I started to get dizzy.  Nothing really serious.  Just that dizzy like when you stand up too fast.  If I started walking around, it got a little worse, so I stood still for a few minutes while…

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Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Part of my February goals for my happiness project includes having a smoothie for breakfast during the work week.  So far, it has been going pretty good.  I’ve posted some pictures on Instagram (yes, I’m that person who posts pictures of their food…) and have received lots of questions about the smoothie operation.  I’m sure there are lots of other ways to make them, but here’s what I’ve been doing… I went to the grocery store and bought a few essentials – blueberries, bananas, spinach, a fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries,…

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Where I’m Supposed to Be

Where I’m Supposed to Be

We had this genius plan for how to keep Bean home all week without both Chris and I losing our jobs.  Chris was going to keep him Wednesday, my wonderful sister-in-law, Annie, was going to stay with him Thursday, and then I’d stay home on Friday.  Everybody wins! But then God saw my plan and laughed and said, “You silly thing!  You STILL think you are in charge here?” And in the middle of the night last night, Chris woke up with a RAGING fever.  Like Bean, Chris runs really…

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Working Mom Guilt

Working Mom Guilt

There is nothing like the completely helpless feeling that comes when your child is really sick. When they look to you to make them feel better, and you just can’t. That kind of helplessness makes you feel guilty and inadequate. Add to those emotions the complete pity and heartbreak you feel for your sick child and your emotional cup runneth over. Add to that already overflowing cup the stress and demands of a job for two working parents whose careers march on, no matter who is sick at home, and…

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The Saddest Day of the Year

The Saddest Day of the Year

On Wednesday afternoon, I got a call at school from our daycare. Michael had a 101 fever. This was sad enough in and of itself. But the REALLY sad part was that because he had a fever on Wednesday, he couldn’t come to school on Thursday. And Thursday, in case you are living under a rock, was Halloween. Before I had kids, I had forgotten what a big deal Halloween is for little guys. Bean had been talking about the Halloween party and parade at his school for weeks. He…

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Mom, M.D.

Mom, M.D.

One of my kids’ (and mine, too!) favorite television shows right now is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. The kids love Doc because of her cute little personality, but I love the show because it teaches them healthy habits. And goodness knows we need healthy habits around our house! As a working mom with two small children in daycare, I feel like I have earned at LEAST a PhD in pediatrics. Good Lord, my kids bring home all kinds of gunky funk. Over the years, I’ve learned when to call the…

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Driving Myself Crazy

Driving Myself Crazy

I’m having one of those weeks.  You know the ones.  They are the weeks when every traffic lane you change into on your drive home comes to a complete stop.  The ones where you look forward to having tacos for dinner all day, only to come home and discover you forgot to buy the meat.  The ones where you finally remember to go by the post office, only to realize you forgot the package you need to mail at home.  The ones where your hair gets frizzier as each day…

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The Easter Bug

The Easter Bug

For Easter this year, we were celebrating with my mom and Grandma on Saturday and at our house with friends on Sunday.  It was supposed to be a great weekend.  Easter is my favorite holiday, and I was ready! But then Friday night, about 15 minutes after we put Gracie down, we heard her calling to us.  And as soon as I scooped her up in my arms, she threw up all over me.  And then all over her bed.  And then all over her floor.  It was horrible!  I…

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Down For the Count

Down For the Count

Remember that day when Jenn Hopkins took our family photos and I looked like this? And then remember that time I got the flu and a double ear infection and looked like this? Oh, what a difference a 101.3 degree fever makes, friends. I have been in my bed since Sunday night and I think I may be here for the rest of my life. I dragged myself to the doctor today and the verdict was the flu, with a side of double ear infections. Which explains why I feel…

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