Happy Belated to My Grumpy Beloved

We celebrated this hunk’s birthday this past weekend and it only proved my scientific theory that men do get better looking as they get older and that’s why women are moody. *eye roll* We took Chris bowling all afternoon because it was raining and because he is a closet bowler. He loves to bowl – always has. And he’s cute while he does it, so I don’t usually mind. I was kind of bummed because I’m not a GREAT bowler. Actually, I’m really, really awful. And this time, I was…

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#Fatherhood #DammitChris

Last night, I was tucking Gracie into bed when she turned her big, baby blue eyes up to me and said, “Mommy, are monsters real?” “Oh, no, sweetheart,” I said, gently brushing her hair back from her face.  “Monsters aren’t real.” She let out a worried little breath and smiled up at me. And then Chris stuck his head in her bedroom door and said, “Except for the ones under your bed,” and then he laughed and left. #fatherhood #dammitChris So, I spent the next five minutes trying to fill…

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Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

This past weekend has been the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.  We happen to be lucky enough to live right across the street from Bay Hill, so for the past few years, Chris and I have gone to the tournament with friends since it’s a short walk from our house (but, let’s be honest… we still drive…). (Martin Kaymer, above) Last year, we went to the “Wine and Dine on Nine” event.  You purchase a ticket package that gets you into this huge tent on the 9th…

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Weekends, Vertigo, and Marriage

I had so many plans for this week.  We kick of baseball practice, Gracie has gymnastics, our Cub Scout den is meeting on Tuesday, my classroom is active this week – none of these things work well with vertigo.  Oy.  I’ve had vertigo for the past three days.  It’s been tolerable, but frustrating.  Vertigo can present itself in different ways for different people.  Mine happens to come in the form of feeling like you are wearing broken 3D glasses.  My eyes feel like they move about .5 seconds after my…

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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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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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Greatness All Around Me

Two great things happened last week to two of the most important people in my life.  If that’s not blog-worthy, then I don’t know what is! First, my awesome sister did this awesome thing for an awesome high school friend.  And then our hometown news got wind of it and suddenly it’s all over my Facebook feed!  I’m so proud of Ginny AND Sean for both of their servant’s hearts.  This is just the sweetest story. Here is the entire news story: And as if that wasn’t enough celebration and…

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A Family Hero

In my 8th grade language arts classes a few years ago, we used to write essays on the topic, “What defines a hero?”  Students spent all quarter studying all different types of heroes, and from those various texts, they had to come up with their own definition of heroism.  Year after year, we almost always came to the conclusion that a hero is someone who puts others before themselves.  This might mean someone in a position to physically save lives, like a police officer or a doctor.  Or it might…

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Gracie in Home Depot

Chris had to run to Home Depot this past weekend, and in the interest of creating quality family time, I insisted that we all go along.  This always happens.  And it always proves to be an epic failure for a few key reasons:  Chris takes forever at Home Depot. Chris doesn’t talk to us while he is there.  He muses things over in his head, or counts imaginary measurements out loud, or mumbles about things I don’t understand and no one cares about. Chris takes forever in Home Depot. The kids…

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A Perfect Father’s Day Fore Us All!

On Father’s Day, the kids and I took Chris golfing.  It was the first time we have played as a family of four on an actual course, and not just at the driving range. I was a little skeptical at first.  I mean, golf is everything my kids are not – polite, quiet, contemplative, old.  And yet, they rocked it and had a blast in the process! I learned so much about them on the golf course, actually.  For example, I learned that baseball has completely ruined Bean’s golf swing.…

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