How to Pack for the Beach

How to Pack for the Beach

We are beach regulars.  During the summer, I try to get out there with the kids about once a week.  Though, they are revolting this week and refuse to go.  What sticks in the mud.  Anyway, after a few summers of beaching it every week, I have become somewhat of a packing ninja. The first thing you have to do is realize that sand is going to get everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  I used to hate the beach.  I grew up on the beach and still didn’t like it that much.  I much…

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Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Theology and Other Deep Thoughts With Gracie

Gracie came home from VBS and told me this story: “Mom, Jesus was on the planet Africa (“It’s a continent, honey.”) and he had 100 sheep, but he lost one so he went out and found him on the planet Africa (“Still a continent.”). Jesus really loves sheep!” ********* “So, the earth flooded and Noah put all the animals in the ark to save them,” I said to Gracie. “Wow,” she said. “Did this happen when you were a baby?” “No, it happened thousands of years ago.” “Oh,” Gracie said…

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ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

(Heads up:  My phone was having real problems overheating and so I went to the Apple store today and they replaced my phone.  But I hadn’t backed up my stuff to iCloud since December, so I lost all kinds of pictures.  Therefore, this post has old pictures for you to enjoy for the second time around. Thank you, Management) I have a new parenting project I’m working on right now.  It’s called, “Teaching My Kids to Sit Quietly in Public Without Any Entertainment,” also known as “TMKTSQIPWAE,” also known as…

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Summer Moments

Summer Moments

There’s not much to report from these parts lately.  We’ve been doing a lot of this… Which is one of my favorite things to do, so no complaints here. I had to get out of the pool long enough to go to a teacher workshop this Monday and Tuesday. I’m a nerd because I love workshops and trainings. They get my mind going 90 miles an hour. We did some intense planning for next year, and I was just beside myself over a crisis I am calling, “Planner Crisis 2016.”…

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Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

As you all know, Orlando has been in shock for the past two weeks as we deal with a horrific tragedy in our community.  Chris and I weren’t really sure what to tell the kids yet, and since we are home for summer, we weren’t really worried about them hearing about it from friends or anything.  So, we were completely unprepared when both of them came running into our bedroom one morning,  yelling, “MOM!  DAD!  49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ORLANDO THIS PAST WEEKEND!” Chris and I hardly ever have…

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When Bean is Away…

When Bean is Away…

For Bean’s 7th birthday, my mom took him on a trip to Washington, D.C.  They are having a blast, and I’ll share details about their trip once they get home and I can hijack my mom’s camera.  For now, she is sending me pictures on her phone every few hours, and I can just see the pure joy on Bean’s face.  It’s his first trip away from home without us, and so far, I think we miss him much more than he misses us! But no one misses Bean more…

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Reward Beads (with printable FREEBIE!)

Reward Beads (with printable FREEBIE!)

Now, I don’t want to hype this blog post up or brag too much, but this could be the GREATEST IDEA ANY PARENT HAS EVER HAD IN THE HISTORY OF PARENTHOOD. As summer began, I quickly realized that a) we couldn’t be on the go every single minute and b) I didn’t want my kids staring at TV or video game screens every minute that we WEREN’T on the go and c) I was tired of patrolling their free time.  I needed a solution.  Something that made them self motivated…

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The Mascot Games

The Mascot Games

This past Saturday, we took the kids downtown to see the Mascot Games.  I had no idea what this was.  Chris got tickets through work, and we figured, “Why not?”  Turns out, it was a lot of fun!  They had all these sports teams mascots there from all over Florida, but also from all over the country, even as far away as Toronto. (This is the bear from our Orlando hockey team, the Solar Bears. My kids LOVE Solar Bears games, and seeing “Shades” was the highlight of their day!)…

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A Perfect Father’s Day Fore Us All!

A Perfect Father’s Day Fore Us All!

On Father’s Day, the kids and I took Chris golfing.  It was the first time we have played as a family of four on an actual course, and not just at the driving range. I was a little skeptical at first.  I mean, golf is everything my kids are not – polite, quiet, contemplative, old.  And yet, they rocked it and had a blast in the process! I learned so much about them on the golf course, actually.  For example, I learned that baseball has completely ruined Bean’s golf swing….

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Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

Eff This Healthy Shizzzz

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how I have given up certain things in my life in order to simplify and make myself happier.  One of the things I gave up was dieting.  This was stupid. I have now reached a size where I don’t even feel like myself anymore.  You know those unflattering pictures that sometimes get taken of you by accident?  The ones where you are in the peripheral or the background and you were clearly not prepared to be photographed?  You’re hunched over in the most…

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