Riding the Struggle Bus with Bean Man

Riding the Struggle Bus with Bean Man

Bean has always been a fairly easy child to raise.  He has a gentle, quiet, laid-back nature that keeps from from getting too wired or upset about much, and he’s a rule follower to no end.  If you draw a line in the sand, not only will that boy not cross the line himself, but he’ll monitor to make sure no one else does either (especially his sister…).  He’s got the sweetest little heart and loves nothing more than hanging out with our family.  He’s just a happy guy and…

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#MCreads Spring Edition

#MCreads Spring Edition

I don’t know how it happens, but the busier I get, the more I tend to read. I think it’s because reading is a great way for me to settle a busy mind. When my mind is racing at night, focusing on a good book can help me fall asleep. When I’m sitting at baseball practice or gymnastics, it’s a great way for me to pass the time, while giving me a break from the day-to-day grind. Without reading, my life would literally be working and then driving all over…

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Teacher Friends Are the Best Friends

Teacher Friends Are the Best Friends

I’m not usually one to put teaching above any other profession.  Every job is different and taxing in complete unique ways.  If I stood in your shoes, I might not make it until lunch on a regular work day.  If you stood in mine, you may murder a teenager before 2nd period ended.  To each their own.  But, let me tell you, I would put teaching up against any job as being one of the most exhausting career paths. We plan lessons and track data, of course.  But the real…

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Car Conversations: Where Do Babies Come From?

Car Conversations:  Where Do Babies Come From?

YOU. GUYS. I am massively messing up my children in terms of reproduction and sexuality.  Seriously.  I don’t know what is wrong with me!  I turn into an embarrassed middle school girl whenever they ask me questions about it and I stumble through stupid answers that are definitely filed under what NOT to do in the parenting books.  Part of the problem is that A) Chris wants NO PART in talking to our kids about the birds and the bees.  So, I don’t have him to plan an attack with,…

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Back in the Groove

Back in the Groove

Man, you guys.  Last week was a doozey and a half and I am still recovering!  I don’t know why, but it seems that every committee that I serve on meets the second week of the month!  I had meetings every night last week, sometimes TWO in a night.  Plus, it was my last week of teaching before our state standardized testing begins, so I had kids in my classroom before and after school for tutoring almost every day.  Add to that the fact that it was Holy Week and…

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Easter Recap 2017

Easter Recap 2017

We have had a glorious Easter today, friends.  I hope your families were able to spend time together, like ours, soaking up God’s love and Ultimate Sacrifice. Chris and I were ushers at one of our church’s services this morning. I was a little worried because Easter has one of the largest turn outs all year, but it turned out to be a perfect day to serve. I loved welcoming people into one of my favorite places on one of my favorite days. Plus, I was checking out all the…

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Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

Audio Books for Kids – Who Knew?!

I work with this spunky woman named, Jessica.  Not only is she a fantastic teacher, but she’s a stupendous mother to three beautiful girl from 5th grade to 10th grade.  I get lots of parenting tips and tricks from Jessica.  She’s a few years ahead of my in the parenting department, and so when she goes through something with her girls, I mentally file it away in my mind to use when my own kids are bigger. Her latest parenting hack might be my favorite, though.  She was lamenting over…

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When Boggle Boards Go Wrong

When Boggle Boards Go Wrong

One of the bulletin boards in my classroom is an extra credit “Boggle Board” assignment.  Every Monday, I put up new letters and students have until Friday to submit their Boggle Board worksheet for extra credit. (FYI: This picture is of the first week of school, not this week…) Normally, I check and double check that sucker for bad words.  For example, I NEVER put an “F” and a “U” in the same Boggle Board.  (Teaching Middler Schoolers Tip #3,921: Know your audience.) This week, I messed up ROYALLY and…

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Your Day is Done

Your Day is Done

Today was a busy day.  I was actively on my feet, talking and teaching all day long (as opposed to other teaching days when I am circulating and helping individual students while they work in groups).  By the time I got home, I was tired of talking and walking and smiling and communicating.  But my day was not done.  In fact, it was just getting started. I rushed home to get Bean to his baseball practice by 5:30, which meant we had to grab a quick dinner.  Chris and I…

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An Un-EGG-Spected Morning

An Un-EGG-Spected Morning

Saturday night, at 3:00 in the morning, Chris and I sat straight up in bed.  Something was hitting our house!  I did what I always do when I hear a sound in the night.  I immediately jumped out of bed and stood in my hallway, feet and arms spread wide and my eyes barely open, and yelled out, “SAVE THE CHILDREN!”  As this was happening, Chris (who had slightly more sense) went to the front door and peered out. It sounded like something hard was hitting our house, over and…

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