A Boy’s World

A Boy’s World

Bean got a new bed last week.  We traded his queen sized bed (which he loved and we had to promise would be replaced with something infinitely cooler…) for a bunk bed. He and Gracie absolutely love it.  They climb all over that thing, and I constantly find myself saying to Chris, “Someone’s going to break an arm… Someone’s going to break a leg…” We are talking about really redoing his room this summer to make it into an actual big kid’s room. But for now, we are leaving the…

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The Magic of Teaching

The Magic of Teaching

This past Friday was our school’s 8th grade Gradventure to Universal Studios.  Did you have a class trip when you were in 8th grade?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  These kids don’t know how good they have it.  Why, in my day, we carried pagers and walked to school both ways uphill in the blazing Florida heat. But today, kids get to leave school on a big fancy tour bus and go play at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from 3:00 in the afternoon until 1:00 in the morning. Which…

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Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

As the kids get older, the Mother’s Days become even better. They are filled with more handmade artwork and lots of “you’re the best mommy ever’s.” My Mother’s Day celebration actually began Friday morning when I had “Muffins with Mom” at Gracie’s preschool. It is the seventh year I have had this breakfast at this school, and every year it gets sweeter and sweeter. (This is Gracie’s painting of me. I am particularly fond of the pink hair.) On Sunday, we packed up and headed to the beach. My favorite…

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I’m Becoming My Mother

I’m Becoming My Mother

Growing up, there were things my mom did that I just could not understand in my juvenile, young adult mind.  In fact, I didn’t understand them fully until I became a mother myself. She rode in the car without music on.  This used to drive me crazy.  She would never turn the radio on.  In my young mind, I could not fathom how you could drive around all the time without music blaring in your ears.  And then, a few months ago, I was driving around with music blaring in…

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Family Labor

Family Labor

This past weekend, Chris’s mom and her boyfriend, Charles, came to town for a quick visit.  We hadn’t seen them since January, and it was time for Grandmomma snuggles. Coincidentally, the day before their arrival, two pallets of sod were delivered to our house for our backyard. How convenient! I think it was pretty darn kind of us to save such an honored task for our visiting family. I mean, that’s, like, noble of us or whatever. Chris’s granddad and sister came over to help later that afternoon. Well, actually,…

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Recital Pictures So Cute, It Might Break the Internets

Recital Pictures So Cute, It Might Break the Internets

You. Guys. Gracie had her tap recital this weekend.  Holy cow.  Cute doesn’t even begin to cover the extent of the pink, fluffy, adorableness in these pictures. As you all know, Gracie is quite the riot.  She is feisty, energetic, loud, and bossy…  But only really in our house with our family.  When she is in school or out somewhere with friends, Gracie tends to be more on the shy side.  And these pictures capture that so well. Look at her sweet little face.  She looks terrified.  And she really…

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Talking to Middle Schoolers

Talking to Middle Schoolers

Here’s what I love about middle schoolers.  They, like me, don’t like small talk.  Not at all.  So sometimes, when adults try to talk to them about school or sports or something generic, middle school students just won’t participate in the conversation.  And, let’s face it.  Most adults would probably prefer not to participate in small talk, either.  It’s just that we are mature enough to know we have to suffer through it sometimes.  But middle school kids are like, “That’s stupid.  I’m not going to talk about that.”  And…

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An Itemized Statement of Gracie

An Itemized Statement of Gracie

Item #1:  Gracie has her preK graduation in a few weeks.  I hyperventilate every time I say that.  I can’t believe she is going to be in kindergarten this fall.  We have her kindergarten registration next week.  I hyperventilate every time I say that, too.  Part of me is so excited, but the other part of me thinks, “She still says ‘she shells.’ How can she be in kindergarten and still say ‘she shells?’”  As part of her graduation ceremony, she will be reciting two poems, singing a few songs, and…

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A Sad, Fun Weekend

A Sad, Fun Weekend

We moved my mom out of her house this weekend, which was kind of sad.  But it was made infinitely less sad by the presence of my sister and her family.  Ginny and I laughed as we unloaded box after box of kitchen supplies and discovered lost memories of my dad in each one.  Take these crab claw crackers (or whatever they are actually called).  To anyone else, you might see these and think, “Crab.”  Duh.  But my sister and I saw them and remembered my dad cracking pecans with…

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Weirdness on a Thursday

Weirdness on a Thursday

Is there a full moon?  Because today was weird, y’all.  Was it just me or was everyone just slightly off their rocker all day long? My students at school were weird.  There were numerous fights (which rarely happens in my school), a drug search (also a rarity for my school), crying girls in bathrooms (happens ALL THE TIME in ANY middle school), and one of my favorite, struggling, challenging, love-him-so-much-I-might-beat-him students cursed out an administrator and was suspended.  It breaks my heart when my students make poor choices, not because…

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