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Taking one day at a time...

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  • Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Upside Down...

    One wayward Hello Kitty, found upside down in a pile...
    Poor kitty!

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013


    As is his nighttime routine, Jack sits at the kitchen table, plays on his Innotab 2S, and eats Goldfish crackers.
    Like clockwork.  It's his winding down time after a long day of learning.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013


    My boy has so much to say and is rarely ever quiet for long.
    He says it with his voice, his eyes, his body, and his smile.
    I soooooo love him and all I have learned from him.
    I wouldn't trade him for the world.

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    On My Bedside Table...

    No bedside table for me; just one very tired Chocolate Labrador with her head under the bed!
    Long day at Grandma's house...

    Sunday, February 24, 2013


    I love making word clouds!
    This is one I made using the URL of this blog.

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    A Word...

    I love writing this word on the dry erase calendar in my kitchen.
    It means I can pretend to sleep late.
    When is Spring Break?  Anyone know?

    Friday, February 22, 2013


    Meet Leia.
    She is always hungry and never full.
    She has a grown man's appetite.  Heh.

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Makes Me Smile...

    My daughter, Liv, is a voracious reader. 
    Nothing makes me smile more than her choosing NOT to watch TV just so she can read a book that's 150 pages long.  And, yes, she understands what she's reading.
    This girl is 6 and reads at a 5th grade level.  I tested her myself.  I guess I shouldn't be too surprised since her mother IS a reading teacher and a voracious reader, as well.  Apples don't fall far.

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Where I Stood...

    In my classroom...
    Exciting, huh?

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    I Am... tired.
    I can't imagine why.
    (insert sarcasm here)

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    Something I Don't Like...

    I absolutely hate having to explain to a class why they're getting this letter sent home.
    And I absolutely hate seeing these critters.
    It makes my skin crawl.  Ack!

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    In My Hand...

    Being a teacher AND having four young children of my own,
    we can never, ever run out of hand sanitizer.
    I even have a bottle on my desk at work.  Schools are, in fact, petri dishes.

    Saturday, February 16, 2013


    Java is in her spot.  It's at the foot of our bed. 
    It's not perfect for US, but it is perfect for HER.

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Inside My Fridge...

    I always make my lunch the night before. 
    I have chicken salad mixed with hummus (instead of mayo) on a bed of mixed greens
    with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Love Is...

    ...letting the dog sleep on the couch at night.
    She's earned it!

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013


    I remember just how hard something simple like walking was when I was pregnant with the twins.
    Hours after this picture was taken, my girls were born.
    It doesn't seem that long ago.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Where I Ate Lunch...

    Always at my desk, never in the teachers lounge...

    Monday, February 11, 2013


    This is the entrance to Jack's bedroom.
    Jack's birthday present from my Mom and my brother was this door
    with the wall you see in the picture.  Jack's room never had a wall or a door before.  It was a wide open space, which was not conducive to any sort of privacy whatsoever.
    With three younger sisters, a guy has got to have a space to call his own.  It's always been his room and it's a good sized one.  However, he never had the luxury of closing a door to keep his meddling sisters out of his stuff.  So, the picture you see above is the best present he's ever gotten his entire life and one he will use every single day.  It's one of the few things he's ever asked for in all of his eight years.  He's like a new kid now.

    Sunday, February 10, 2013


    Today would have been my Dad's 72nd birthday.
    We miss him so much.  November 2nd still seems like yesterday.
    To celebrate his life, we decided to have Jack's 8th birthday party on this day.
    I think Dad would have liked that.
    I love you, Dad.  I'm hoping you'll make an appearance today in some way.
    Happy Birthday, Dad!

    3 O'Clock...

    This is the time I live for each day.
    Dismissal time.  Heh.

    Saturday, February 09, 2013

    Guilty Pleasure...

    I made this smoothie with tons of mixed greens, berries, Greek yogurt, and coconut milk.
    It was so thick, that I had to eat it with a spoon!
    It became "dessert."

    It's not really a guilty pleasure, but it sure gave me the feeling of having one.  Heh.

    Friday, February 08, 2013

    My Little Man...

    My son Jack turns eight years old today.
    Where has all that time gone?

    I love you, Little Man!
    You bring so much joy to our family!
    If you know Jack, you know that I am a luckier Mama than most.

    Something Orange...

    This is one of my favorite pictures drawn by Liv.
    I love her use of the color orange in this picture.

    Thursday, February 07, 2013

    My Name...

    Yep, my name is on this baby!
    Earned with blood, sweat, and tears.

    Wednesday, February 06, 2013


    Liv has THE softest jammies in the world!
    And they're cute, too!

    Tuesday, February 05, 2013

    Something I Smelled...

    Yes, that is a diaper in my kitchen garbage can.
    With any luck, we won't be smelling any of those anymore.
    Liesl is officially potty trained.  Leia is a work in progress.

    Monday, February 04, 2013


    I see my children and that is where hope lies.

    Today, my husband and I celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary.  We've been together 20 years, yet it still, at times, seems like we met last week.  Our children are our hope for the future.
    They will bring great things to this world.  I know this because of the great things
     they have brought into our home.

    Sunday, February 03, 2013

    Something Beginning With "E...";

    My wonderful friend, Erika!

    Saturday, February 02, 2013


    This is the floor in our girls' bedroom.  I love Pergo!

    Friday, February 01, 2013


    Here we go again...
    This is an OT fork. 
    It makes it easier for little ones to learn how to hold a fork to get the food from their plate to their mouths. 
    We don't even use these or their matching spoons anymore.
    Sigh... Why must babies grow up?