Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

Talking to My Kids About Tragedy

As you all know, Orlando has been in shock for the past two weeks as we deal with a horrific tragedy in our community.  Chris and I weren’t really sure what to tell the kids yet, and since we are home for summer, we weren’t really worried about them hearing about it from friends or anything.  So, we were completely unprepared when both of them came running into our bedroom one morning,  yelling, “MOM!  DAD!  49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN ORLANDO THIS PAST WEEKEND!” Chris and I hardly ever have…

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Reward Beads (with printable FREEBIE!)

Reward Beads (with printable FREEBIE!)

Now, I don’t want to hype this blog post up or brag too much, but this could be the GREATEST IDEA ANY PARENT HAS EVER HAD IN THE HISTORY OF PARENTHOOD. As summer began, I quickly realized that a) we couldn’t be on the go every single minute and b) I didn’t want my kids staring at TV or video game screens every minute that we WEREN’T on the go and c) I was tired of patrolling their free time.  I needed a solution.  Something that made them self motivated…

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Gracie’s PreK Graduation

Gracie’s PreK Graduation

Yesterday, my sweet, sassy, spitfire Gracie graduated from preschool!  WHAT?!?! We are so very proud of her and all she has learned this past year.  She had the same preschool teacher as Bean and we could not have been more pleased.   Gracie can write her name (and anything else, if you spell it for her), write uppercase and lowercase letters, knows numbers up to 200, can sound out words, can read the Step One beginning reader books, and can even tie her shoes.  She knows all about China and…

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A New Adventure: Rock Climbing

A New Adventure:  Rock Climbing

We got the sad news a few weeks ago that Bean’s best friend is moving out of the country right after school ends this year.  Bean’s pretty devastated.  He and his buddy have been in both kindergarten and first grade together.  Not to mention, he lives right around the corner from us and goes to our church.  So, they see each other a lot.  They go to our youth group meetings on Wednesday nights at our church sometimes together, and Bean’s friend even came to watch Bean’s baseball games with his…

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I’ll Miss This One Day

I’ll Miss This One Day

This past Saturday afternoon, we were all in the kitchen having lunch.  We had a baseball game to get to, and Chris and I were hurrying around trying to get ready to go and the kids were goofing around while they ate. And I thought to myself in the middle of the shuffle, “I’ll miss this one day.” I’ll miss the normalcy of intense Pokemon discussions and negotiations over how many carrots have to be eaten. I’ll miss the countless, half-dressed baby dolls that I have to share meals with…

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Relax. It’s Little League.

Relax.  It’s Little League.

Bean’s team had playoffs this weekend.  They played on Saturday and Sunday and won both games, which means they are headed to the championship game this week. I’m so proud of him because he played both games really well.  Base hits, a couple good RBIs, great fielding, and he even made the final out to end the last playoff game. More than that, I was proud of him for his sportsmanship. You guys should have seen some of the parents and coaches at these two games.  I was embarrassed for…

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You Look Like a Troll

You Look Like a Troll

Tonight as I was cooking dinner, Gracie came into the kitchen holding her hair in her hands. “What’s wrong with you, chicka chicka boom boom?” I teased her. Silence. “Gracie?” I said, giving her my full attention now.  “What’s wrong?  Why are you holding your hair?” “Well, MICHAEL was jumping on his bed and then my mouth was open and it got all in my hair.” “What got in your hair?” “Gum,” she whispered, looking down to her feet. “And where did you get gum?” I asked, knowing full well…

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A Boy’s World

A Boy’s World

Bean got a new bed last week.  We traded his queen sized bed (which he loved and we had to promise would be replaced with something infinitely cooler…) for a bunk bed. He and Gracie absolutely love it.  They climb all over that thing, and I constantly find myself saying to Chris, “Someone’s going to break an arm… Someone’s going to break a leg…” We are talking about really redoing his room this summer to make it into an actual big kid’s room. But for now, we are leaving the…

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Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

As the kids get older, the Mother’s Days become even better. They are filled with more handmade artwork and lots of “you’re the best mommy ever’s.” My Mother’s Day celebration actually began Friday morning when I had “Muffins with Mom” at Gracie’s preschool. It is the seventh year I have had this breakfast at this school, and every year it gets sweeter and sweeter. (This is Gracie’s painting of me. I am particularly fond of the pink hair.) On Sunday, we packed up and headed to the beach. My favorite…

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Recital Pictures So Cute, It Might Break the Internets

Recital Pictures So Cute, It Might Break the Internets

You. Guys. Gracie had her tap recital this weekend.  Holy cow.  Cute doesn’t even begin to cover the extent of the pink, fluffy, adorableness in these pictures. As you all know, Gracie is quite the riot.  She is feisty, energetic, loud, and bossy…  But only really in our house with our family.  When she is in school or out somewhere with friends, Gracie tends to be more on the shy side.  And these pictures capture that so well. Look at her sweet little face.  She looks terrified.  And she really…

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