Gracie’s First Sleepover!

Gracie’s First Sleepover!

Before today’s post, I just want to thank you for the incredible outpouring of encouragement and support for the student I wrote about last week.  While I appreciate every offer of assistance I received, I am not able to offer medical assistance to students.  I reported his skin condition to our school nurse and she will reach out to his parents and, if necessary, to the Department of Children and Families to see about getting him the treatment he needs.  Your kindness and generosity was inspiring to me at a time when…

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{Forced to} Play Ball!

{Forced to} Play Ball!

Bean played four seasons of little league baseball back to back.  So, when he told us last spring that he wanted to take a season off, we were happy to let him.  He played golf instead, and had a pretty good time.  He ended up with a strong little swing.  Summertime came after that, and we take a break from everything in the summer months. But by late summer/early fall, it was time to pick teams and sign up for whatever the kids were going to be doing. Chris and…

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Small Goodnesses

Small Goodnesses

Last week, I was hurrying through my 6th period class, counting the minutes until the bell would ring after 7th period.  It had been a long day of teaching argumentative writing to 14 and 15-year-olds who argued expertly with me all day that they didn’t really NEED to know how to write essays.  I was ready for my pajamas and maybe a Girl Scout cookie… or 12. I had been walking around my 6th period class for the past forty-five minutes, attempting to control a classroom of low-performing, high-energy students…

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Win Some, Lose Some

Win Some, Lose Some

Oh, Lord, y’all.  I’m about to tell you a really long, detailed story about how I messed up royally and it will make you feel better about your own life decisions. So, last Thursday, I happened to look at my family Google calendar and realized that I had mistakenly put Bean’s school’s Mother/Son event on the wrong date.  I had it scheduled for the following Wednesday instead of the very next day. This posed quite a few scheduling issues. First, I was supposed to be taking a planning day with…

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Questions With My Family

Questions With My Family

These have been going around Facebook, but I thought I’d share mine here, too.  Only, I asked the kids AND Chris.  I also added a few questions that I want to remember about them when they are grown up and I am rambling around in my nursing home. Here we go: What is something I say a lot?  “No.” (Gracie)/”Do your best.” (Bean)/”Don’t be difficult.” (Chris) What makes me happy?  Reading (Gracie)/Being loved. (Bean)/Getting your feet rubbed. (Chris) What makes me sad?  When I wipe your kisses away (Gracie)/When something…

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Little Seeds of Thought

Little Seeds of Thought

Lately, Gracie has become very interested in babies.  Specifically, where babies come from, how they get there, and how they get out.  I think this mostly comes from the fact that she plays with baby dolls all the time, and so she always has babies and mommies on the brain.  I think it also comes from us having so many friends right now that are having babies.  I am constantly crocheting baby blankets and she is forever asking me which baby they are for. When she and Bean were smaller,…

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Cub Scout Challenge: A Lesson in Serving

Cub Scout Challenge: A Lesson in Serving

This past Saturday, my Cub Scout den went to a local park to pick up trash as a community service project.  Bean wasn’t actually able to be there because he had a baseball clinic (three cheers to starting baseball season again!), so I took Gracie with me and we met the boys at the park ourselves. They did so good and picked up a ton of trash, but their biggest challenge turned out to be tennis balls.  At the park where we were, there was a tennis complex with lots…

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Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

This past week, we have been dog sitting a friend’s dog.  Dash is super sweet, gets long well with our dogs, and is apparently smarter than them, too.  For Christmas, we got the dogs a dog door.  They want to go in and out all the time, and we thought this door would be the perfect solution to their freedom.  Turns out, Daisy is too dumb to use it and Molly is too stubborn. Daisy sits outside the dog door flap and just hits it with her paw a hundred…

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The Whooshie Coonin

The Whooshie Coonin

For Christmas, my mom put a whoopie cushion in one of the kids’ stockings.  It has provided hours of entertainment at our house, and might be one of the best presents they got.  Even I think it’s hysterical when one of the skinny kids sits on it and a huge, deep Ffffftttt comes out. They don’t know that you’re supposed to try and trick people into sitting on it, so they take turns blowing it up and sitting on it themselves.  Sometimes, they switch it up by blowing it up…

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Un-Leadership

Un-Leadership

I am a leader.  I say that not in a bragging way, but in a very matter-of-fact way.  The way some people might say, “I’m shy,” or “I’m dramatic.”  I am a leader.  Leadership has come naturally to me since I was in high school.  And while I am sure that is seen as a positive character trait by most people, those who have a leadership capacity know that it is both a blessing and a curse to be the frontman.  When I’m sitting in a meeting or a group of…

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