When Floridians Vacation

When Floridians Vacation

This weekend, we took our family to Treasure Island with some friends of ours for a beach weekend.  It was heavenly, and just what I need to get me through the last seven days of school (SEVEN!). It was a perfect weekend filled with just the right amount of family, friends, kids, adults, beverages, adult beverages, pool floats, boogey boards, staying up late, sleeping in, and even a birthday cake thrown in there for fun.  It just hit the spot. Sadly, while we were playing in the Gulf on the…

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Relax. It’s Little League.

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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You Look Like a Troll

You Look Like a Troll

Tonight as I was cooking dinner, Gracie came into the kitchen holding her hair in her hands. “What’s wrong with you, chicka chicka boom boom?” I teased her. Silence. “Gracie?” I said, giving her my full attention now.  “What’s wrong?  Why are you holding your hair?” “Well, MICHAEL was jumping on his bed and then my mouth was open and it got all in my hair.” “What got in your hair?” “Gum,” she whispered, looking down to her feet. “And where did you get gum?” I asked, knowing full well…

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The Magic of Teaching

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…

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Weirdness on a Thursday

Weirdness on a Thursday

Is there a full moon?  Because today was weird, y’all.  Was it just me or was everyone just slightly off their rocker all day long? My students at school were weird.  There were numerous fights (which rarely happens in my school), a drug search (also a rarity for my school), crying girls in bathrooms (happens ALL THE TIME in ANY middle school), and one of my favorite, struggling, challenging, love-him-so-much-I-might-beat-him students cursed out an administrator and was suspended.  It breaks my heart when my students make poor choices, not because…

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Curmudgeon

Curmudgeon

Saturday was a weird day.  We had to get up early to go to Bean’s baseball game, and we had a lot of errands to run to get ready for the Cub Scouts Crossing Over ceremony on Sunday night.  But Gracie had strep throat, so she was moving a little slow, and Chris and I were both in bad moods.  There was no real reason for either of our moods.  We were just kind of snippy and short. Those are the days when you KNOW you’ll get a lot done… S’not….

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Report Card Predictions

Report Card Predictions

Bean got his report card last week. All A’s, of course. Even in math. He gets it from his daddy. His favorite subject is math. And his favorite part about math is counting money. He’s a BEAN COUNTER!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, man. I should stretch before I pun. In the comments section of Bean’s report card, his teacher had written a little note: “Michael continues to be a positive role model for all students at our school.” All students, huh? Not to shabby, Beanie Man. Chris and I were reading over the comment…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Boyhood Knows No Age

Boyhood Knows No Age

On Easter Sunday, my children were actually easy to get ready.  Talk about an Easter miracle!  They put on the clothes I laid out, didn’t complain when they had to wear a belt or church shoes, and even brushed their teeth and hair with minimal complaints. “This is going great!” I thought to myself, as I headed back to my bedroom to get myself ready for church. Standing in the middle of my bedroom was Chris.  He was wearing beautiful gray slacks, nice dress shoes, and a white oxford shirt with…

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