Can You Hear My Tears?

Can You Hear My Tears?

Can you hear that? Listen again. There.  Did you hear that one? Those are my tears falling down my plump cheeks and onto my plump tummy as I think about leaving two boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my kitchen pantry uneaten because… I’M STARTING A DIET DETOX. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the HUMANITY of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Imaginary friends, come sit on my couch with me for a minute.  Kick off your shoes, have a glass of red wine (even though I have four bottles of white in my fridge right now that…

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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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Puke and Rally in My 30’s

Puke and Rally in My 30’s

Yesterday, I started my first workout of a three-week bootcamp.  For three weeks, I am going to be doing these crazy intense workouts and eating like a squirrel. Please notice the extreme excitement in my voice. (Pssst… there is no excitement in my voice.) I let my friend, Danielle, convince me to not only participate in this torture, but to PAY for this torture.  And then Danielle went out of town for the first two sessions, so I showed up yesterday to the first work out BY MYSELF.  She’s a…

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Busy Doing Nothing Important

Busy Doing Nothing Important

I was going to sit down and write an apology for my sudden disappearance from the blog world.  I was going to explain how busy I have been and how much I have been doing.  But then, I realized… I haven’t been busy at all.  And I’ve loved every minute of it! The past two weeks have been full of deliciously unimportant-important time spent with my kids and Chris.  Afternoons are low-key and slow-paced for once.  I’ve been leaving work on time instead of staying later, which means afternoons with…

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Why You Should Always Shave Your Legs

Why You Should Always Shave Your Legs

Last Wednesday morning, I stood in the shower for a good ten minutes trying to decide if I had the energy to shave my legs.  I didn’t.  So, I rinsed out my hair and got out hairy. Eh, it happens. Later that morning, I went into first period and about halfway through teaching, I started to get dizzy.  Nothing really serious.  Just that dizzy like when you stand up too fast.  If I started walking around, it got a little worse, so I stood still for a few minutes while…

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Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Part of my February goals for my happiness project includes having a smoothie for breakfast during the work week.  So far, it has been going pretty good.  I’ve posted some pictures on Instagram (yes, I’m that person who posts pictures of their food…) and have received lots of questions about the smoothie operation.  I’m sure there are lots of other ways to make them, but here’s what I’ve been doing… I went to the grocery store and bought a few essentials – blueberries, bananas, spinach, a fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries,…

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Mom, M.D.

Mom, M.D.

One of my kids’ (and mine, too!) favorite television shows right now is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. The kids love Doc because of her cute little personality, but I love the show because it teaches them healthy habits. And goodness knows we need healthy habits around our house! As a working mom with two small children in daycare, I feel like I have earned at LEAST a PhD in pediatrics. Good Lord, my kids bring home all kinds of gunky funk. Over the years, I’ve learned when to call the…

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Down For the Count

Down For the Count

Remember that day when Jenn Hopkins took our family photos and I looked like this? And then remember that time I got the flu and a double ear infection and looked like this? Oh, what a difference a 101.3 degree fever makes, friends. I have been in my bed since Sunday night and I think I may be here for the rest of my life. I dragged myself to the doctor today and the verdict was the flu, with a side of double ear infections. Which explains why I feel…

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Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

Toddler and Preschooler Meal Ideas

I said I was going to do a post on meal ideas, but then I realized that most of my meal ideas have been covered in my post from last week. But in case any of you out there are visual people, here are a few pictures and descriptions of recent kid meals at my house… Steamed broccoli with a little butter Fresh sliced pineapple Steamed, diced sweet potatoes (I think it is easier to dice it first because steaming) This was a snack one afternoon for the kids and…

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Fresh Eating Makes Life Simple

Fresh Eating Makes Life Simple

After months and months of trying to get a handle on how to get my kids to eat, I think I finally – FINALLY! – have figured it out. I STOPPED COOKING! That’s right.  Turns out, the less preparation I put into the kids’ food, the more they ate it.  I’m still working out psychologically what this means about my cooking, but for now, I don’t really care what it means.  They are eating, darn it! Before, I was fixing big meals for my kids.  Spaghetti and meatballs, tuna noodle…

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