If You Give a Teacher a Summer Vacation…

If You Give a Teacher a Summer Vacation…

Last Friday, I had to go to the grocery store. Simple enough task, right? We had a ton of food leftover from the Fourth of July, and our family had been eating hot dogs and pasta salad all week long. We were in need of substance. And milk. I figured while we were out, we should go by this awesome camera store in downtown Orlando that I had been meaning to visit. Colonial Photo and Hobby has been an Orlando staple since God was a boy, I’m sure. And I’m…

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Rainy Summer Afternoons

Rainy Summer Afternoons

We have entered that time of summer in Florida when afternoon thunderstorms are part of the daily routine. Every afternoon around 3:00, the heavens open up and rain down on us. I actually love this time of year. Our yard does, too. After weeks of brutal heat, the water refreshes all of us. Even Big Molly loves the afternoon showers. Last weekend, Chris and the kids hung out in the garage during the afternoon downpour. I poked my head out there a few times to see what was going on,…

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Snack Happy

Snack Happy

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids are SNACK HAPPY these days!  Goodness!  That’s all they ever want!  Snack, snack, snack!  If someone asks me for a snack one more time, I might explode! (And, yes, all of those exclamation points were necessary in that paragraph.) At the beginning of the summer, I could tell snacks were going to be an issue. To save myself the battle of “no, you can’t have ice cream at 10:00 in the morning for a snack,” I made a mom-approved snack box….

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A Fabulous Fourth!

A Fabulous Fourth!

The Fourth of July is one of Chris’s favorite holidays. And with all the grilling, swimming, and firework action, who wouldn’t love it? We had a fun time with friends and – bonus! – my new camera came in on Wednesday, so I have pretty pictures again! Yay! Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures during the party, so you’ll just have to trust me that we had a great time! We have started putting a sign on our door during parties and having people walk around to our back…

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A Hypothetical Playdate

A Hypothetical Playdate

Let’s say – hypothetically – that there were two families who lived in Orlando and were tired of their own pools and had OD’d on the beach the week before. And so – hypothetically – the moms went in search of a different place to play for a day. And let’s say – hypothetically – that their soiled minds led them to break into a Disney resort with their children. If this were true, they would have had to lie to the security guard and say that they were meeting…

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But, Oh, Those Summer Nights

But, Oh, Those Summer Nights

Summer days around here are pretty awesome.  The pool, the beach, splash pads, ice cream trucks, skipping naps, library visits, play dates, movie days, Disney adventures, playground afternoons, swimming lessons, imagination camps… and the list goes on.  I look forward to all these things just as much as the kids do.  We are summer days people. Summer days go by quickly and are packed full of excitement. But summer evenings are a little different. (Yes, she’s wearing fairy wings.) Summer nights are slow moving and relaxing. The sun takes its…

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A Summer List

A Summer List

1.  Thank you all so much for your feedback about Bean.  Chris and I talked to him about his behavior, and he said he was missing his friends from school.  Even though he has only been out of school for three days now, I think he is looking ahead to a long summer without them and with Gracie instead.  I scheduled a few play dates for him, and Chris and I have talked about spending time with Bean one-on-one to give him a break from Gracie, too.  We explained that…

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If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If You Give a Boy a Swing Set

If you give a boy a swing set, chances are he’s going to ask for you to turn the sprinklers on so he can swing in the “rain.” And if the boy gets his clothes wet while swinging with the sprinkler on, then he’s probably going to want to go ahead and play directly in the sprinkler, too. He IS already wet, you know… And if he’s already wet from the sprinkler, then he might as well put his feet in the pool… And kick…   And yell loudly… And…

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First Swim of 2014!

First Swim of 2014!

Last Wednesday was a really crappy day.  I woke up late, got into a stupid argument with Chris over bounce houses (don’t ask…), left my cell phone at home, forgot my morning snack, taught a crappy lesson to kids who are completely OVER school right now, and then locked my car keys in my classroom on my way out that afternoon and had to find a custodian to let me back in. Blah. I picked the kids up from school, and when we walked in the house, I took one…

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