It is Well With My Soul

It is Well With My Soul

This morning, I packed lunch and a quick beach bag, threw some beach chairs in the back of the Quest Love, and the kids and I headed to the beach.  I have been counting the days since last summer ended before I could get back to the beach again, and I was beside myself with excitement.  I love beach days! Growing up on the beach, you’d think that was just ingrained in me, but that’s not really true.  I wasn’t a huge beach fan when I was younger.  I loved…

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Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

Me, Pookey, Arnie, a Drunk Guy, and Friends

This past weekend has been the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.  We happen to be lucky enough to live right across the street from Bay Hill, so for the past few years, Chris and I have gone to the tournament with friends since it’s a short walk from our house (but, let’s be honest… we still drive…). (Martin Kaymer, above) Last year, we went to the “Wine and Dine on Nine” event.  You purchase a ticket package that gets you into this huge tent on the 9th…

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One of These is Not Like the Other

One of These is Not Like the Other

So, Chris and I are working on this new classroom management system that we are designing with a web team that we have been lucky enough to put together.  Last night, I was logged into our backend program, looking at some of the initial designs from one of our web designers.  There is a place for us to chat and leave feedback and comments to each other on the program, so I went over there to make a few notes on some of the work she has done. And that’s…

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Wednesday Wonderings and Emojis

Wednesday Wonderings and Emojis

I don’t want to be on my diet anymore.  I just bought Ezekiel bread.  Ever heard of it?  The Bible verse Ezekiel 4:9 is printed on the bag: “Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…” I’m mean, I’m all about some mad Bible verses, yo.  But what the hell is spelt and why is it in my bread?  Jesus, bring me dark chocolate.  Amen. When I whined to Chris that I didn’t want…

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Small Goodnesses

Small Goodnesses

Last week, I was hurrying through my 6th period class, counting the minutes until the bell would ring after 7th period.  It had been a long day of teaching argumentative writing to 14 and 15-year-olds who argued expertly with me all day that they didn’t really NEED to know how to write essays.  I was ready for my pajamas and maybe a Girl Scout cookie… or 12. I had been walking around my 6th period class for the past forty-five minutes, attempting to control a classroom of low-performing, high-energy students…

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Win Some, Lose Some

Win Some, Lose Some

Oh, Lord, y’all.  I’m about to tell you a really long, detailed story about how I messed up royally and it will make you feel better about your own life decisions. So, last Thursday, I happened to look at my family Google calendar and realized that I had mistakenly put Bean’s school’s Mother/Son event on the wrong date.  I had it scheduled for the following Wednesday instead of the very next day. This posed quite a few scheduling issues. First, I was supposed to be taking a planning day with…

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Questions With My Family

Questions With My Family

These have been going around Facebook, but I thought I’d share mine here, too.  Only, I asked the kids AND Chris.  I also added a few questions that I want to remember about them when they are grown up and I am rambling around in my nursing home. Here we go: What is something I say a lot?  “No.” (Gracie)/”Do your best.” (Bean)/”Don’t be difficult.” (Chris) What makes me happy?  Reading (Gracie)/Being loved. (Bean)/Getting your feet rubbed. (Chris) What makes me sad?  When I wipe your kisses away (Gracie)/When something…

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Little Seeds of Thought

Little Seeds of Thought

Lately, Gracie has become very interested in babies.  Specifically, where babies come from, how they get there, and how they get out.  I think this mostly comes from the fact that she plays with baby dolls all the time, and so she always has babies and mommies on the brain.  I think it also comes from us having so many friends right now that are having babies.  I am constantly crocheting baby blankets and she is forever asking me which baby they are for. When she and Bean were smaller,…

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Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

Doggy Boarding and Other Family Activities

This past week, we have been dog sitting a friend’s dog.  Dash is super sweet, gets long well with our dogs, and is apparently smarter than them, too.  For Christmas, we got the dogs a dog door.  They want to go in and out all the time, and we thought this door would be the perfect solution to their freedom.  Turns out, Daisy is too dumb to use it and Molly is too stubborn. Daisy sits outside the dog door flap and just hits it with her paw a hundred…

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Un-Leadership

Un-Leadership

I am a leader.  I say that not in a bragging way, but in a very matter-of-fact way.  The way some people might say, “I’m shy,” or “I’m dramatic.”  I am a leader.  Leadership has come naturally to me since I was in high school.  And while I am sure that is seen as a positive character trait by most people, those who have a leadership capacity know that it is both a blessing and a curse to be the frontman.  When I’m sitting in a meeting or a group of…

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