A Fabulous Fourth!

The Fourth of July is one of Chris’s favorite holidays. And with all the grilling, swimming, and firework action, who wouldn’t love it? We had a fun time with friends and – bonus! – my new camera came in on Wednesday, so I have pretty pictures again! Yay! Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures during the party, so you’ll just have to trust me that we had a great time! We have started putting a sign on our door during parties and having people walk around to our back…

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How I Learned Bravery From My Five Year Old

I am constantly amazed by my kids.  Aren’t all parent, I guess?  Every time they experience something new or learn something or are randomly nice to each other, my heart just explodes with pride. “Look at my sweet son!  He chose not to tackle his sister when she stepped on his Lego car.  What a sweetheart!” If parenthood had a suit of armor, pride would be the visor on our helmets.  It’s what blinds us to their imperfections.  It’s what we look through and out of when we look at…

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A Hypothetical Playdate

Let’s say – hypothetically – that there were two families who lived in Orlando and were tired of their own pools and had OD’d on the beach the week before. And so – hypothetically – the moms went in search of a different place to play for a day. And let’s say – hypothetically – that their soiled minds led them to break into a Disney resort with their children. If this were true, they would have had to lie to the security guard and say that they were meeting…

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Summer Supplies at the Dollar Store

We are still actively using our game closet on a daily basis around here.  Never more so than in the summertime.  The trick to maintaining this closet, I have found, is to keep rotating through the toys and activities.  Even if the kids outgrow an activity from the closet, I still keep it in there.  You never know when a set of wooden blocks will be needed for a superhero fortress, and we have used counting monkeys as armies, paper weights, dive toys, students in a classroom, and the list…

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But, Oh, Those Summer Nights

Summer days around here are pretty awesome.  The pool, the beach, splash pads, ice cream trucks, skipping naps, library visits, play dates, movie days, Disney adventures, playground afternoons, swimming lessons, imagination camps… and the list goes on.  I look forward to all these things just as much as the kids do.  We are summer days people. Summer days go by quickly and are packed full of excitement. But summer evenings are a little different. (Yes, she’s wearing fairy wings.) Summer nights are slow moving and relaxing. The sun takes its…

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Life Happens

Oh, imaginary friends!  How I have missed you this past week!  I did not intend to take a break from blogging, but sometimes life just happens.  And, boy, was it happening last week!  I have so many things to share about this week!  We had weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthday parties.  Get ready for lots of pictures this week on the blog! Let’s start in chronological order with my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Are you ready? Are you sure? There are lots of pictures. We might be a while. You…

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Making the Dollar Store Work for Teacher Gifts!

This year, we have seven teacher gifts to give.  SEVEN.  That is one drastic downside of daycare.  There are so many teachers to thank!  Gracie has three alone in her classroom, and then Bean has two in his.  But I’m also giving gifts to Bean previous two teachers since he had them for more than half the year (and since I love them so much!). Seven gifts adds up to a lot of money.  I would love to be able to spend $20 or even $30 on one significant teacher…

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Family Pictures – A Success!

We have been planning our family portraits with Jenn Hopkins for a few months now.  I took time to plan out what we would each wear.  I scoured Pinterest for props and pose ideas (which were not necessary at all with Jenn…).  I was determined to make these our best family photos yet. And then, I ruined it last Tuesday. One morning, I was having major technology issues in my classroom, and while we waited for tech support to arrive, my students and I were just chatting and hanging out…

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A Visitor and a Project

This past weekend, Chris’s dad, Mickey, came to visit us for the long weekend.  It was his first visit to our house, and I know how excited Chris was to have him here and show him around. Mickey came down to help Chris move our air conditioning unit to the side of our house and install a new unit. It’s a project Chris and I have been talking about since we bought the house. Our AC unit is over 20 years old. It was constantly leaking freon and then the…

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Overjoyed With Under-Scheduling

As parents, one thing Chris and I have purposefully shied away from is over-scheduling our kids.  Remember last summer (or was it two ago now?) when I over scheduled Bean as soon as he turned three?  Three is the magical number when it comes to extra-curriculars, and as soon as he was able to participate in anything, I signed him up. He was in soccer, swimming lessons, Vacation Bible School, and a summer imagination movement camp at Chris’s theater.  By the third week of his new schedule, Bean was OVER…

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