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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Friendship Knows No Country

Friendship Knows No Country

A little over a year ago, Gracie’s bestest little buddy in her daycare class moved back to Italy.  Her dad was here working for two years, but when his contract was up, they packed their family and sadly headed back to Rome.  Gracie was heartbroken.  We tried doing a few FaceTime sessions with the girls, but it was hard.  Sara was having a tough time adjusting to the language in Rome and Gracie was really missing her friend, so we stopped those.  But still, Sara’s mom and I stayed in…

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Hashtag Squad Goals

Hashtag Squad Goals

My summer is quickly drawing to a close and I can feel it slipping away!  NOOOOOOO!!!!!  I have been back to work this week to work on getting the new year planned and on getting my classroom ready.  I’ll post pictures when it is finished.  It’s been nice to be back, but after two months of wearing pajamas and reading books all day, it’s exhausting to be productive for hours at a time! It has required happy hours with my sweetheart to help me survive. Last weekend, in one last…

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Remix: A Laugh A Day

Remix: A Laugh A Day

Last night, I was browsing through old blog posts from way back when Bean was born because he has been a total turd this week and I wanted to be reminded of a time when he was soft and squishy and didn’t know the phrase, “I already know that, MOM.”  Five-year-olds are such know-it-alls. Anyway, I came across this post about my friend, Emily, and I almost wet my pants.  I laughed so hard I gave myself a headache.  I can still remember this phone call like it was yesterday….

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A Perfect Girl’s Weekend

A Perfect Girl’s Weekend

Last summer, my dear, sweet friend, Sarah, moved from just down the road from me back to our hometown.  As sad as I was to not have her here in Orlando anymore, I certainly understood wanting to raise your family closer to family.  That’s the reason we ended up in Orlando in the first place ourselves.  And so, when her moving truck pulled away last summer, I did my very best to put on a happy face and send them off with love and best wishes. But inside, I was…

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I Hate Goodbyes

I Hate Goodbyes

The time has come for me to say goodbye to my dearest, oldest friend.  Sarah and her sweet little family have decided to move back to our hometown in order to raise their daughter closer to family.  It is hard to blame her, considering I am living where we are because of the same idea.  Nevertheless, it is such a hard thing to say goodbye to her. I don’t handle goodbyes well at all.  I just avoid them.  And I’ve been doing that to Sarah.  She has spent the past…

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10k On-the-Fly

10k On-the-Fly

I’m slowly getting back into running again.  I’m up to three or four times a week, and it feels so good.  Well, mentally, at least.  Physically, I’m freaking sore!  My calves are throbbing, my back is aching, and my thighs feel like they’ve been put in one of those paint shakers at Home Depot.  As my dad always said, getting old is hell!  But, I’m doing it one step at a time.  If I don’t feel like running on a day when I planned to run, then I walk.  If…

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I Should Have Stayed in Bed

I Should Have Stayed in Bed

This past weekend I made a bunch of plans, forgetting that Chris was scheduled in be in tech rehearsals all weekend long. Thankfully, my mom came down for the weekend, so I didn’t have to be by myself. I’m doing pretty good emotionally right now. I’m not crying a whole lot anymore, and I’m able to think about my dad without feeling incredible sadness. I think all of that is good and definitely progress, but I’m not sure I’m ready to do a whole weekend without someone around to talk…

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Reunited and It Feels So Nice

Reunited and It Feels So Nice

When Chris was in college, one of his best friends was a guy in the same program as him named Tramaine, or Tray. Tray was, like Chris, wild but with a good heart. A few years ago, Tray married his college girlfriend, Yoni (who I think is one of the most beautiful people ever), and they moved out west so Tray could go to graduate school, oddly enough in the same degree program that Chris pursued at Yale. Chris and I have loved watching Tray and Yoni’s life unfold over…

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Dear Sarah

Dear Sarah

My best friend, Sarah, is in Michigan with her husband’s family for the summer.  I miss her like crazy.  She’s been in Canada at their family cottage for the past two weeks, which means I haven’t been able to talk to her because she’s technically “traveling internationally,” according to AT&T.  But I know she read my blog every day, so this is my attempt to reach out to her.  Because I miss her.  A lot. Dear Sarah, You’ve been gone for almost half the summer.  I miss you so much! …

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