Honey Harvest Day!

I shared a while ago that my mom has become a beekeeper in the past year.  She has two hives that are out in the middle of a wildflower field and a peach orchard, which means she gets peach honey at certain times of year and wildflower honey at other times of year.  I go through her honey like crazy and am now using it almost always in cooking and baking instead of sugar.  It has so many health benefits!  Plus, it’s yummier than store-bought honey because the store-bought usually…

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Sushi, Scavenger Hunts, and Summer Night Shenanigans

This past holiday weekend, Chris was itching for a project.  Originally, I suggested that we paint the kitchen.  This, of course, led to an entire kitchen renovation, which is still ongoing.  More on that good time later… But Saturday night, we needed to make a trip to the hardware store to pick up one little thing for the kitchen project, so we decided to grab dinner at our favorite sushi place first and make a night of it.   We’ve taken the kids here before and they love the chicken teriyaki…

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Summer Schedules

A few years ago, I learned that the trick to enjoying my summer was to have a very loose, flexible daily schedule.  When I would wake up and just “see where the day took me,” it often didn’t take me anywhere.  The kids and I would stay in our jammies all day being lazy and driving each other crazy.  Don’t get me wrong.  We still have lazy days like that and they are awesome, but every day can’t be a jammie day.  And so I try to keep a general,…

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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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Double Trouble

The older kids get, the harder it is to keep a straight face when they are in trouble.  AmIright???? The other day, we were driving down the road and they were getting on my last nerve.  They had been in one of those playing hysterically moods where their “fun” can quickly become “murder charges” in the blink of an eye.  I had been getting onto them to leave each other alone, to settle down, to keep their hands to themselves…  Blah, blah, blah… Finally, I reached the last straw and…

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Car Conversations: Where Do Babies Come From?

YOU. GUYS. I am massively messing up my children in terms of reproduction and sexuality.  Seriously.  I don’t know what is wrong with me!  I turn into an embarrassed middle school girl whenever they ask me questions about it and I stumble through stupid answers that are definitely filed under what NOT to do in the parenting books.  Part of the problem is that A) Chris wants NO PART in talking to our kids about the birds and the bees.  So, I don’t have him to plan an attack with,…

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Back in the Groove

Man, you guys.  Last week was a doozey and a half and I am still recovering!  I don’t know why, but it seems that every committee that I serve on meets the second week of the month!  I had meetings every night last week, sometimes TWO in a night.  Plus, it was my last week of teaching before our state standardized testing begins, so I had kids in my classroom before and after school for tutoring almost every day.  Add to that the fact that it was Holy Week and…

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Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

I work with this spunky woman named, Jessica.  Not only is she a fantastic teacher, but she’s a stupendous mother to three beautiful girl from 5th grade to 10th grade.  I get lots of parenting tips and tricks from Jessica.  She’s a few years ahead of my in the parenting department, and so when she goes through something with her girls, I mentally file it away in my mind to use when my own kids are bigger. Her latest parenting hack might be my favorite, though.  She was lamenting over…

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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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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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