Fall, You’re Late to the Party

I love seeing people’s pictures of fall on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.  I obsess over chunky, soft sweaters, warm, leather boots, orange and red foliage, and even Starbucks cups filled with pumpkin spiced whatever (even though I am not a coffee drinker, not a Starbucks customer, and not a pumpkin spice fan…). But, alas, fall is only a season of my dreams because I live in Orlando. It’s been so dang hot here in Orlando, it’s not even funny.  One day a few weeks ago, we woke up to…

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Go, Go, Go, STOP.

Oh, friends.  What a wonderful problem I am having right now.  ClassMax is doing so incredibly well.  So much better, so much earlier than we expected.  Which is AMAZING and we are so grateful for this weird journey we are on, but it has thrown us for quite a loop here in the homeland.  Our days are full and our nights are even busier as we work to enter the next phase of development for ClassMax, which only leaves those precious afternoon hours of shuffling kids from one place to…

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5 Little Moments

1. Twice a week, I sit in my van for an hour while Gracie goes to tennis lessons.  Bean stays in the van with me.  And it is torture for both of us.  He is bored.  I want to read.  He is fidgety.  I want to sit quietly.  He is eight.  I am thirty-four.  Those are becoming the two longest hours of my week.  Bean agrees. 2. At church this past weekend, I was waiting outside the restroom for Gracie in the children’s building and I noticed this sign on…

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Catch Ups and Weekends

Last week I was back in school for preplanning and it basically kicked my butt.  I started to regret my afternoon naps and staying in my pajamas all day during the summer because I was not physically or emotionally ready to be awake, alert, and productive for that long.  Holy cow.  But I wasn’t the only one preparing to go back to school.  The kids had “Meet the Teacher” and were both really happy with the teachers they got.  They were also happy to see their friends again. This weekend…

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Regretting My Summer

I love teaching and I would do it whether we had summers off or not, but I do love having that time every year with my kids.  Summers have always been my favorite time of year.  I love the beach.  I love the pool.  I love lazy mornings and late nights.  I love leaving the house to run one or two errands and finding ourselves out all day long just on a whim.  And I’ve always been pretty good at summering.  For as schedule-driven as I am during the school…

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Texts With My Sister

The kids and I are heading to my sister’s house in Atlanta tomorrow.  We are making a pit stop at my mom’s house today first, though, to help her harvest her second batch of honey from her bee hives.  We are going to help her collect and process the honey and then tomorrow morning, my mom, me, and the kids will load up in my van and head to Atlanta.  The plan is to be there by lunch. Pretty good plan, right?  Unfortunately, Ginny refuses to accept this pit stop.  She…

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Family Theme Nights

We try to have some kind of family-themed night just about every Friday in our house.  It’s a nice way to end the week and the kids really look forward to them.  They talk about them and plan them all week long.  After busy weeks (and lazy days during the summer), it’s nice to be able to connect with each other for a while as a whole family.  Usually, we have dinner at the kitchen table together and then we go down to the family room and let the games…

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Sushi, Scavenger Hunts, and Summer Night Shenanigans

This past holiday weekend, Chris was itching for a project.  Originally, I suggested that we paint the kitchen.  This, of course, led to an entire kitchen renovation, which is still ongoing.  More on that good time later… But Saturday night, we needed to make a trip to the hardware store to pick up one little thing for the kitchen project, so we decided to grab dinner at our favorite sushi place first and make a night of it.   We’ve taken the kids here before and they love the chicken teriyaki…

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Raising Stubborn Children (named Gracie…)

My mom gave Chris and I the very best piece of parenting advice ever when the kids were about two and three years old.  She said that she and my dad spent a whole lot of time teaching and disciplining when Ginny and I were really young so that they could enjoy the time with us when we were a little older.  Chris and I took that advice straight to heart and it became our mantra through the really tough ages and stages of having two little kids.  We were…

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Makin’ Waves and Catchin’ Rays

Our last day in the Keys we rented a pontoon boat for the day. We rented ours from Pontoon George and I have mixed reviews about it. I mean, technically it was a boat that floated. It wasn’t anything fancy or even completely dependable… but it did the job of getting us around the islands. So, if price is your concern, go with Pontoon George – $300 for a full day rental for 7-10 people, and that’s the cheapest deal we found. But if we had to do it again,…

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