#Fatherhood #DammitChris

#Fatherhood #DammitChris

Last night, I was tucking Gracie into bed when she turned her big, baby blue eyes up to me and said, “Mommy, are monsters real?” “Oh, no, sweetheart,” I said, gently brushing her hair back from her face.  “Monsters aren’t real.” She let out a worried little breath and smiled up at me. And then Chris stuck his head in her bedroom door and said, “Except for the ones under your bed,” and then he laughed and left. #fatherhood #dammitChris So, I spent the next five minutes trying to fill…

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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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Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Daddy/Daughter Dance!

Last Friday was the Daddy/Daughter Dance at the kids’ school.  I was initially kind of against most of it because it seemed kind of like a big deal over nothing, so we really tried to make this as low-key as possible.  She got a dress (sort of by accident, it was just a  new spring dress that we happened to get the week of the dance completely by coincidence), Chris gave her a tiny wrist corsage, and then he took her to a restaurant of her choice. She chose our…

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Weekends, Vertigo, and Marriage

Weekends, Vertigo, and Marriage

I had so many plans for this week.  We kick of baseball practice, Gracie has gymnastics, our Cub Scout den is meeting on Tuesday, my classroom is active this week – none of these things work well with vertigo.  Oy.  I’ve had vertigo for the past three days.  It’s been tolerable, but frustrating.  Vertigo can present itself in different ways for different people.  Mine happens to come in the form of feeling like you are wearing broken 3D glasses.  My eyes feel like they move about .5 seconds after my…

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A Family Hero

A Family Hero

In my 8th grade language arts classes a few years ago, we used to write essays on the topic, “What defines a hero?”  Students spent all quarter studying all different types of heroes, and from those various texts, they had to come up with their own definition of heroism.  Year after year, we almost always came to the conclusion that a hero is someone who puts others before themselves.  This might mean someone in a position to physically save lives, like a police officer or a doctor.  Or it might…

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Curmudgeon

Curmudgeon

Saturday was a weird day.  We had to get up early to go to Bean’s baseball game, and we had a lot of errands to run to get ready for the Cub Scouts Crossing Over ceremony on Sunday night.  But Gracie had strep throat, so she was moving a little slow, and Chris and I were both in bad moods.  There was no real reason for either of our moods.  We were just kind of snippy and short. Those are the days when you KNOW you’ll get a lot done… S’not….

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Middle of the Night Shenanigans

Middle of the Night Shenanigans

Around 5:00am this morning, there was a bump in our house.  It sounded like something plastic falling and it came from downstairs. I immediately sat straight up in bed and whispered, “What was that?” “Dunno…” Chris mumbled as he rolled over. “What WAS that?” I whispered, kicking Chris in the leg because everyone knows that “What was that” in the middle of the night is wife code for, “Go look and see.”  But Chris only grunted and went back to sleep.  So, I got up and did what I always…

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80%

80%

This boy and me? We’re doing good. I like him.  He likes me.  We make out a lot.  Life is pretty good. After almost sixteen years that Chris and I have been together (WHAT?!?!?!), I recently discovered something new about our relationship.  Don’t you love when that happens?  When you’ve known someone for so long and then, out of the blue, you learn something new about them? I’ve learned lately that the most important thing I can do for my husband is actually one of the easiest things I can do for him….

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Lowering the Bar on Motherhood and Raising Standards for My Children

Lowering the Bar on Motherhood and Raising Standards for My Children

Every so often, someone emails me to ask what I think the secret to marriage is.  Chris and I usually have a good chuckle, share a beer and laugh at how we have fooled everyone into being “experts,” and then finally sit in somber silence and stare into space as we realize that our marriage is built on a pretty crappy philosophy.  In all honesty, VERY seldom do I even give the real answer as an answer because I’m so embarrassed that Chris and I have adopted THIS as a foundational pillar of…

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