5 Boys, 3 Pizzas, 2 Girls, and a Gallon of Ice Cream

5 Boys, 3 Pizzas, 2 Girls, and a Gallon of Ice Cream

I blogged a few weeks ago about our Date Night Co-op group.  This weekend was mine and Chris’s first time to host all the kiddos at our house.  I’m still recovering.  I counted heads so many times that night that I’m still counting to seven in my sleep! We had five boys and two girls, with ages ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade.  It was organized chaos in our house from 6:00-10:00! When the kids first got there, we planned to have everyone swim, but only a few of them…

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The First Tee

The First Tee

For the past three seasons, Bean has played Little League baseball and our whole family has loved it!  We became dugout parents and spending three or four days a week at the ball park was not an inconvenience at all.  We truly loved it.  So, it kind of broke our hearts just a bit when Bean said he didn’t want to play this season. My first instinct was to insist I knew better than him. “You’ll love it!” I coaxed.  “You’ve always loved it!” “Maybe you just need a little…

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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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Date Night Co-op

Date Night Co-op

My friend, Jamie, has four boys.  They range in age from kindergarten to fourth grade.  The kindergarteners are twins.  And Jamie is a preschool teacher.  If anyone needs a date night every week, it’s this woman.  And if anyone knows how to do date night right, it’s this woman. Jamie let me in on this super awesome thing she calls her “Date Night Co-op.”  She and three other families got together and decided to rotate homes every Saturday night.  So, the first Saturdays of the month, all the kids went…

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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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Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

Extra-Curricu-Grrrrr’s

It’s that dreaded time of year when we all sign our kids up for extracurricular activities.  I’m a big fan of activities, as a whole.  I think they help build character in kids.  They teach them about being part of a team, about personal responsibility, about trying your best, about being a good sport, and all that other stuff that makes them well-rounded people. But, HOLY COW, is it a very expensive pain in the arse to get them all signed up! This year, both kids are going to be…

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Another School Year

Another School Year

Oh, friends!  So much has happened while I have been away!  First of all, THIS happened this morning. (Ignore the years being wrong. I saved the file on my computer last year and didn’t pay attention this morning!) Wasn’t this picture just taken yesterday? And now, Gracie is in kindergarten?!?! IT’S ALL HAPPENING TOO FAST! We dropped Gracie off this morning and she was a champ. It was like she was a professional kindergartener. She walked right in, hung up her backpack, gave Chris and I kisses, and then sat…

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Hashtag Squad Goals

Hashtag Squad Goals

My summer is quickly drawing to a close and I can feel it slipping away!  NOOOOOOO!!!!!  I have been back to work this week to work on getting the new year planned and on getting my classroom ready.  I’ll post pictures when it is finished.  It’s been nice to be back, but after two months of wearing pajamas and reading books all day, it’s exhausting to be productive for hours at a time! It has required happy hours with my sweetheart to help me survive. Last weekend, in one last…

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My Keys to Happiness

My Keys to Happiness

Last week at the gym, I tried listening to a podcast instead of music while I was running.  I didn’t like it.  I need the beat of the music.  But, the podcast I listened to was really interesting.  It was a TedTalk on the study of happiness.  This guy had done research and found that people were happier when they were focused on the task at hand, even if it wasn’t a task they were particularly fond of.  When minds wander, we become less happy, according to the study. Considering…

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Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games

Parenting Mistake #2,659: Video Games

For Bean’s seventh birthday this past June, we made a big step and bought him a Disney Infinity.  I’m not a video game person.  I didn’t grow up with them in our house.  Chris did, but he wasn’t that into them.  But, neither of us were morally opposed to our kids playing video games.  We thought, like anything else in life, in moderation, it would be fun.  And it has been.  Bean LOVES having it. I thought the issue with video games would be the actual games themselves.  But we…

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