Happy 7th Birthday, Bean!

Last Wednesday, Bean turned seven years old. SEVEN. As in, the number between six and eight. As in, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?! On his birthday, we sprung him out of school and went to Universal for the day. My inner teacher self was totally opposed to this idea, for the record. But I was overruled by my family. And I’m so glad I was because we had such a fun day! Chris’s best friend was in town for the week from New York, so Justin came long, which was great…

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The Magic of Teaching

This past Friday was our school’s 8th grade Gradventure to Universal Studios.  Did you have a class trip when you were in 8th grade?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  These kids don’t know how good they have it.  Why, in my day, we carried pagers and walked to school both ways uphill in the blazing Florida heat. But today, kids get to leave school on a big fancy tour bus and go play at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from 3:00 in the afternoon until 1:00 in the morning. Which…

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An Unexpected Staycation

This weekend was a four-day weekend for me.  On Friday we had a teacher planning day.  At our school, it is optional for you to come in as long as you’ve gotten your grades submitted.  I came in that morning for a few hours to finish up my grades and get my lessons together for my next unit (we start our writing unit tomorrow!  My favorite!).  Friday afternoon I unknowingly began an unexpected staycation weekend.  I met a friend at the movies to see “The Hobbit,” one of my favorite…

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Happy Birthday, Chris!

This past Sunday was Chris’s 29th birthday. Have I ever told you about how I never remember the date of Chris’s birthday? I don’t know why I have such a problem with it, but we’ve been together for 13 years, and I bet I’ve gotten the date wrong at LEAST five times. I always think it’s July 7. I could try to explain my logic behind that mistake (which is that I remember his birthday is a memorable number – 7/8 – but I can’t ever remember if it’s memorable…

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Universally Fun

On Sunday, we went to early church, came home, changed, had lunch, and then headed to Universal Studios for a family fun day. I was talking to my friend, Whitney, the other day and told her that the greatest part of living in Orlando is that you probably know someone who works at either Disney or Universal. We are lucky enough to know co-workers of Chris who work at Disney and Chris’s sister, Annie, works at Universal. Last week, I called Annie to see if she had any comp passes…

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Best Laid Plans

This weekend we had friends in town from New York. It was going to be a killer, fun-filled, action-packed weekend. Chris and I took off on Friday and the plan was that while they boys all went to play golf, I’d take the kids up to my parent’s house for the weekend. Saturday we were going to Universal Studios and then that night to a nice dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. Sunday, I was supposed to go pick up the kids from my parents. The first thing…

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Fun Family Things for Free

Today, I loaded up the kids in the car to run some errands. As soon as we pulled out of our driveway, Bean got all excited. “Go see Mickey Mouse?” he asked. I know what he was thinking. Lately, it seems like every time we get in the car, we are heading to Downtown Disney for something or other. For those who aren’t familiar with Disney World, Downtown Disney is an area right outside the park that is free parking and free admission. There is a big boardwalk and then…

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