Guilt’s a Punk

Guilt’s a Punk

So, the guilt beast showed up this week with guns blazing.  I’ve been feeling pretty great lately about our family, and that guilt bastard sniffed out my confidence and was like, “WHOAH, THERE SISTER.  It’s been a while since I’ve whacked you with mom guilt.  My bad.  Here you go.” WHAM. Guilt’s a punk.   Today, Gracie had a spaghetti lunch for parents in her classroom.  Chris and I have known about this for a few weeks now, and since it is really hard for him to get across town…

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Happy Campers

Happy Campers

This past weekend, we went camping with some families from our Cub Scout pack at Ft. De Soto National Park right outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. This was our second time camping with Scouts, and it only confirmed to us how thankful we are that we have become part of this group of friends and families. Chris and I took the day off work on Friday and kept the kids home from school so that we could head over to St. Petersburg around lunch time. We got to the campsites…

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Report Card Predictions

Report Card Predictions

Bean got his report card last week. All A’s, of course. Even in math. He gets it from his daddy. His favorite subject is math. And his favorite part about math is counting money. He’s a BEAN COUNTER!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, man. I should stretch before I pun. In the comments section of Bean’s report card, his teacher had written a little note: “Michael continues to be a positive role model for all students at our school.” All students, huh? Not to shabby, Beanie Man. Chris and I were reading over the comment…

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Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

Adventure, Exploring, Laughing, and Growing

One of the things I did in the past year without blogging was to plug into my kids activities more.  One of those was getting involved in Cub Scouts with Bean.  He was a Tiger Scout this past year, and we have loved every single minute of it. One of my favorite things about Cub Scouts is how family-oriented it is.  Our whole family participates, even Gracie, and that not only makes it Bean’s extra curricular activity, but really a family commitment. Chris and I are the den leaders of Bean’s…

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My Blooming Husband

My Blooming Husband

Last week, Chris was in tech rehearsals almost every night, which means he didn’t get home until about 11:00.  And I was fighting a cold, so I was going to bed when the kids did around 8:00 every night.  Chris and I basically saw each other over breakfast in the mornings, and that was about it. (Have I mentioned how much I hate tech weeks?) On Thursday night, I was finally feeling a little better, so I stayed up late to see him when he got home.  We sat in the…

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Where’s My Baby?

Where’s My Baby?

Good Lord.  I can’t even handle this picture.  How old is that kid? Surely, that’s not my little baby boy?   The one who used to say that dogs “woofed” instead of bark. The one who used to call sneezes “achoos.”   The one who use to ask me to “snuggle” him when he needed an extra hug or two at night. Oh, I just can’t handle this picture.

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Boyhood Knows No Age

Boyhood Knows No Age

On Easter Sunday, my children were actually easy to get ready.  Talk about an Easter miracle!  They put on the clothes I laid out, didn’t complain when they had to wear a belt or church shoes, and even brushed their teeth and hair with minimal complaints. “This is going great!” I thought to myself, as I headed back to my bedroom to get myself ready for church. Standing in the middle of my bedroom was Chris.  He was wearing beautiful gray slacks, nice dress shoes, and a white oxford shirt with…

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Quit Yer Beachin’

Quit Yer Beachin’

Last week, my one and only goal was to go to the beach.  I think it’s leftover from my high school and college days when Spring Break meant sunshine and tan lines.  Since Chris was working all week, I loaded up the kids by myself for the day and headed to New Smyrna Beach for a little day trip. I love NSB because it’s one of the rare beaches that lets you drive out and park. And when you’re taking kids by yourself, parking right on the beach has a lot…

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Tips for Raising Children Who Love to Read

Tips for Raising Children Who Love to Read

As a middle school language arts teacher, I see every day the difference between those kids who love to read and those who don’t.  When a child loves to read, school comes easier for them.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they are the smartest in the room, but their reasoning and processing skills are much quicker compared to a child who hardly ever picks up a book.  Reading is a complex process in the mind of a child.  Not only are they visually deciphering images, but they are reading words, comprehending what…

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Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Happy Easter, friends!  A better blogger would have scheduled an Easter recap on Easter Sunday instead of a birthday recap.  But… half-assed.  So instead, let me just tell you that we had a lovely Easter here at our house.  My mom came to church with us in the morning, and in the afternoon we had a big lunch with friends of ours.  It was relaxed, casual, and focused on what mattered.  Just the way I like to spend holidays. Easter was actually the ending of a really busy weekend at…

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