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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“Mrs. Brown, we have your children.”

This week has been a whirlwind. I have been in a week long digital curriculum training for school, and will continue to be in it through part of next week. I have been equal parts really excited because I geek out over this kind of stuff, and equal parts really bummed because I had hoped I would be floating in the pool with my kids by now. But, I’m hunkering down and trying to focus on the positive instead… at least until next Wednesday. The digital curriculum sessions last from…

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Driving a Bandwagon

Last week, Bean moved over to his new preschool class. It was not without some sadness and tears, let me tell you. But Chris and I did the best we could to support Bean as he transitioned. We tried to support his fears and anxieties, while still encouraging him to move forward. Mostly, though, we just prayed. When I picked Bean up from school on Wednesday afternoon, his teacher met me at the door with a big smile. “It was a good day,” she said warmly. “He had a really…

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Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Wee Choir.

Bean joined the preschool choir at our new church. It’s called Wee Choir, and I am a wee bit obsessed with that name. It is just so darn cute that it makes me a wee bit giggly every time I say it. But you know what’s a wee bit cuter than the name? Hearing Bean say “Wee Choir.” It’s so cute that it’s a wee-ligious experience. Too far. I took it too far there. Anyway, here is a wee-diculously cute video of Bean’s Wee Choir debut at a performance this…

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Apple. Tree.

Last week as I was having a massive nervous breakdown about my job, Chris was also having a massive nervous breakdown about his.  He came home one night and unloaded all his frustrations and stress and worry about his job as we sat on the couch one night after the kids had gone to bed. “I just have too much on my plate,” he said.  “I feel like I’m not doing any of it well because there’s just so much of it to handle.” “You need to ask for some…

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Giveaway Winner and Bedtime

It was the first day of school for me today. I welcomed 120+ students into a new school year, and, let me tell you, that is some exhausting work! I am BEAT! And I wore super cute shoes, but I am not used to being in wedges again so my feet are swollen and blister-y tonight. A small price to pay, though. I needed the coral shoes to tie in my coral cardigan… duh! Bean had his first day of preschool today, too. He was so excited to start. Chris…

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First Day of School, 2013

Today was the first day of pre-planning for me, and the first day back at daycare for the kids.  I worried for weeks about dropping them off.  I was sure there would be tears and pleas to not leave them.  But when I dropped them off today, both of them kissed me goodbye and walked into their classrooms without ever looking back.  Not one tear was shed. So, then I cried out, “DOESN’T ANYONE LOVE ME ANYMORE?!?!?” And then the daycare receptionist told me I should step outside so that…

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The End of the Line

This is my last week home with the kids before they head back to daycare next week and I start my official week of preplanning at school. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I am about two seconds away from dropping my kids off at some ranch somewhere with a kindly farmer. I think they’ll be happier with wide open fields to run around in. That’s what my parents did for our family dog, Buddy, when we were in high school. My mom swears he was wagging…

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