St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon

St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon

Bean and Gracie’s daycare is participating this year in the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon.  Each of their classrooms has a goal of $400.00 in donations.  So, we figured rather than bug our family and friends (which we’ve already done), I’d ask you kind folks to open your wallets instead. Hey – at least I’m not trying to sell you wrapping paper… Bean and Gracie will ride their bike and scooter down to the end of our very long street on Friday as part of this trike-a-thon.  How much will you pay…

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The Longest Week

The Longest Week

I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.  I have been craaaaaan-key.  I am in the middle of the longest week ever.  I feel like tomorrow should be Thursday of NEXT week.  There hasn’t been anything going wrong, it’s just a lot of activity this week.  We are in the middle of vacation Bible school, which is going wonderfully.  Actually, it is going so well I am beginning to wonder what we have forgotten because it should not be this smooth (…although today we did…

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One of THOSE Blogs

One of THOSE Blogs

In this corner of the internet, I try to keep things real.  I try to tell the truth.  The whole truth.  And nothing but the truth.  Sometimes, that means I tell people about temper tantrums and 3 hour meals and time outs and meltdowns because those things are just part of being a parent.  I try my best not to omit those instances because if I only showed the high-resolution pictures with perfect lighting where everyone is looking at the camera…well, quite frankly, this would be a very short blog….

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Mom Speak

Mom Speak

“Don’t pick that up.” “Where are your pants?” “Where is your sister?” “Where is your father?” “Quit biting your toenails.” “Why aren’t you wearing a diaper?” “Can I have my iPad back, please?” “Don’t touch the TV screen.” “No, Baby Jesus did not have teeth when he was born.” “No hitting.” “Use gentle hands.” “Why is Bunny in the potty?” “Who tied the shoelaces to Big Molly?” “Don’t touch the presents.” “Don’t touch the Christmas ornaments.” “Don’t touch the nativity.” “What happened to Joseph and Mary?” “Yes, Santa Claus can…

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Sadness, Advertisements, and Books

Sadness, Advertisements, and Books

I feel like all my blog has been lately is sadness and advertisements.  Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those.  Sadness is normal and healthy, and advertising helps pay the bills, yo.  Teddy Grahams are not cheap.  But when I try to think of something else to write about, my brain just kind of sits there.  It’s been doing that a lot lately.  Just sitting there.  It’s kind of driving me crazy, actually.  I’d really LIKE to be doing something, but my brain is not on board with…

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Body Image

Body Image

It has been a jarring day, to say the least. I am spent. And my body image has been battered down to my sixth grade self. Several things happened today which led to this middle school regression in self confidence. Allow me to share. 1) Remember that inspiring post I wrote last week about my running and healthy eating habits? Yeah…. about that… I haven’t run since that post and I’ve decided to go all the way and just JUMP off the wagon by eating like crap on top of…

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Hair of the Blog

Hair of the Blog

When I was in Atlanta with my sister a couple weekends ago, I did a series of videos with her on her fashion and style. Mostly it was about her hair. A lot of blog readers ask about Ginny’s gorgeous hair when they see pictures of her, so I figured we’d go right to the source and ask her to walk us through her hair routine. It wasn’t as complicated as I was expecting. Which frustrates me. I wish she’d said she used some rare, ultra-expensive product that made her…

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MamaBear 5k

MamaBear 5k

This past weekend, we went to Atlanta to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. On Saturday morning, we got up early because John Michael and I were running a local charity 5k with a friend of mine from high school. I’ve mentioned before that I am a new runner and one of the goals I’ve set for myself is to run a 10k in November. This 5k was a little warm up just to see how I was doing with my first round of training. We met my…

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Little Random Confessions

Little Random Confessions

1. I hate wearing pants. I usually wear skirts or dresses to work, and on the days when I absolutely must wear pants (usually laundry days), I take them off the second I get in the house and walk around pantless until the doorbell rings or I have to go out to the mailbox to get the mail. 2. I am in training for a 10k that I am running in November. This has been week one of an eight-week program. I’m doing the training so early just in case…

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Se Habla Espanol

Se Habla Espanol

When we were in Costa Rica, everyone spoke Spanish. (Side note: I just re-read that sentence and it is the dumbest thing I’ve ever written. No crap they spoke Spanish…what else would they speak?!?!) Anyway, I remembered how much trouble I had learning a language in school. In high school, my mom made me take Latin because I wanted to go to law school and she told me that Latin was the root of all language – even legal language. I didn’t learn anything. My Latin teacher was also the…

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