OH MY GOD! I’M IN MY 30s!!!!!!

OH MY GOD!  I’M IN MY 30s!!!!!!

The absolute WORST thing happened to me today. I realized how old I am.  More specifically, I realized how young I am NOT.  And, let me tell you.  That’s a heartbreaking realization. So, here’s what happened. I had to attend a professional development training after school today.  I got there on time, moseyed into the classroom where we would be having class, and looked around for a place to sit.  Most of the tables were full, but I spotted a seat at a table full of youngish women who seemed…

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#oneword2015

#oneword2015

Hello again, imaginary friends! I missed you so while I was away, but I did enjoy a much needed break from my blogging grind stone.  I have been soaking up time away from work and responsibilities and just focusing on playing with my kids, spending time with my sweet hubby, and hanging with my family.  It has been refreshing and renewing for my mind, body, and soul, let me tell you. I’ll post about what shenanigans were had over our Christmas break soon, but the New Year has been on…

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The Christmas Spirit

The Christmas Spirit

When the afternoon bell rang last Friday at school, I was out of work for an entire, heavenly week! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! Chris headed to New York for a bachelor party this pas weekend, so I loaded the kids and Big Molly up and we headed to my mom’s for a weekend-long visit. When I found myself sitting in her sunroom on Saturday morning, drinking my morning coffee (which is really my morning Diet Coke because I don’t drink coffee…), I knew I had made the right choice. We spent the…

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When My Story Beckons

When My Story Beckons

About once a year, I go through the blogging blues. Usually, it happens when my real life picks up pace for one reason or another, and blogging becomes a burden rather than a release. I’m in that phase right now. I think anyone who chronicles their daily lives for any length of time probably experiences these blues every now and then. I’ve been blogging now for almost EIGHT YEARS. That’s a lot of experiences. A lot of change. A lot of laughing. A lot of crying. And a whole heck…

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When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

When Parenting Loses It’s Patience

I’ve been struggling with parenting lately.  Bean is at this age that constantly tests my patience and, if I’m completely honest, I have not exactly passed those tests.  I’ve been quick to snap at my kids, quick to anger, quick to discipline.  Sometimes those actions are needed, but sometimes I go to them because they are easier than having the patience to parent kindly. Gosh, that sounds horrible when I write it out. This Sunday, our minister gave a sermon about individualism. She talked about discovering who God calls us…

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I Try Not to Rant, But…

I Try Not to Rant, But…

Normally, I try not to use this blog to make unproductive rants about my husband or family.  True, I complain a fair bit, but I hope readers can see through that and know deep down how much I love my husband and my family.  If I blog about issues or fights we have had, I try not to do so until I have some kind of nugget of wisdom I have learned about the situation.  After all, if we aren’t learning something, then we are just wasting our time. Having…

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

First of all, let me thank you for the outpouring of support yesterday!  You all made me feel much better and gave me some confidence about stepping up for my kids.  In answer to a lot of your comments, I received an email last night from the principal thanking me profusely for my email and asking for a description of the staff member so that the incident would not be repeated with other children.  I am really glad Bean is attending this school and I know that this is not…

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Puke and Rally in My 30’s

Puke and Rally in My 30’s

Yesterday, I started my first workout of a three-week bootcamp.  For three weeks, I am going to be doing these crazy intense workouts and eating like a squirrel. Please notice the extreme excitement in my voice. (Pssst… there is no excitement in my voice.) I let my friend, Danielle, convince me to not only participate in this torture, but to PAY for this torture.  And then Danielle went out of town for the first two sessions, so I showed up yesterday to the first work out BY MYSELF.  She’s a…

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Learning Through Listening

Learning Through Listening

One of the areas I have been trying to work on in my marriage has been truly listening to Chris and then reacting to his needs.  You’d think that would come naturally in a marriage, but it has taken surprising focus on my part.  The listening part I have really been working on and that is becoming much more natural to me.  But the second part that I have discovered our marriage needs is for me to react to Chris’s needs when I hear them. I had gotten in this…

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A New Kind of Mother’s Day

A New Kind of Mother’s Day

My first Mother’s Day was super special to me. I hadn’t even had Bean yet. After an insane day of nesting and spontaneously needing to clean things that I had never felt the need to clean before in my entire life… …I promptly fell asleep on the couch where I snored and drooled for hours, the way only an eight months pregnant woman can. When I woke up, I discovered that Chris had gone out and bought me flowers. His card said, “I love you because you are already such…

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