Happy 8th Birthday, Bean!

Happy 8th Birthday, Bean!

Yesterday Bean Man turned 8 years old.  He was lucky this year and his birthday happened to fall on the first day of summer vacation, which was a coincidence that definitely needed to be celebrated.  So, our family spent the afternoon at Disney and Bean set our entire itinerary. He just finished reading the first book of the “Kingdom Keepers” series, which is an adventure series that takes place in the parks of Disney World.  The first book is set in the Magic Kingdom, so that’s where Bean wanted to…

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Hello, Summer!

Hello, Summer!

Today was the last day of school for our family.  Hallelujah!  I woke up super early just so I could have time to get these pictures taken, which involves scouring all my computer files to locate the little signs that I have used for the past few years.  Can you see the 2015-2016 year on them?  I tried to mark it out with a gray marker this morning because who has time for Photoshop (and also because I don’t know how to use Photoshop… Summer goal:  learn how to use…

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Back to Yale

Back to Yale

This past weekend, Chris and I took a quick trip back to Yale.  The chair of Chris’s graduate department was retiring after 40 years.  Ben Sammler is a giant in the field of technical theater production.  When Chris was an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, he studied text books written by Ben.  It blew his mind when he was accepted to Yale for graduate school and realized he would be taking classes with none other than Ben Sammler himself. (SIDE NOTE:  The Buddha ice sculpture is a…

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Gracie is Six!

Gracie is Six!

On Saturday, Gracie turned SIX!  Holy moly!  Where has the time gone?! (Please notice that it is still dark outside in the picture below…) Gracie wanted a Moana birthday party, which I assumed would be easy to throw together because Moana seems to be everywhere right now, right? WRONG. There is absolutely NO Moana birthday party stuff in stores right now. There’s a little bit online, but I waited until two days before her party to start getting anything ready, which left me scrambling together a birthday party theme on…

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It is Well With My Soul

It is Well With My Soul

This morning, I packed lunch and a quick beach bag, threw some beach chairs in the back of the Quest Love, and the kids and I headed to the beach.  I have been counting the days since last summer ended before I could get back to the beach again, and I was beside myself with excitement.  I love beach days! Growing up on the beach, you’d think that was just ingrained in me, but that’s not really true.  I wasn’t a huge beach fan when I was younger.  I loved…

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Lego Bedroom

Lego Bedroom

For the past six months or so, I have been on a mission to fix Bean’s room.  He had outgrown most of his toys and was still using furniture that came with his nursery set from when he was born!  Mostly, though, something had to be done about the Lego situation. They. Were. EVERYWHERE. Bean has a blessing and a curse in that his bedroom is almost the size of the master bedroom.  Thankfully, neither he nor Gracie have noticed the size difference in their rooms yet, but I’m sure…

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Slowing Down the Growing Up

Slowing Down the Growing Up

Two things have happened this week that have made me want to shove my babies back in their cribs and stick a binky in their mouths.  First, Gracie went to the AR store at her school (which is where they get to spend their reading “points” they collect throughout the quarter) and came home with a tube of glittery lip gloss.  And not the chapstick kind of lip gloss that I let her use.  Like, real lip gloss.  Like, with a little sponge tip on the end and glitter in…

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Gracie’s First Sleepover!

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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Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

Teaching Your Preschooler to Read

A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a short video of Gracie reading a book on the day before she started kindergarten.  I am super proud of her for being a pretty darn good little reader before she even starts school.  There were a few people on Instagram who asked how we taught her to read.  I thought I would share a few things that we do in our house to encourage reading. 1. Start early!  Unlike other life skills our kids learn (such as riding a bike or tying…

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Friendship Knows No Country

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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