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  • Sunday, March 31, 2013


    As you can see, I don't clutter up my desk at work with a lot of stuff.
    Yes, it is always that neat; if it's not, there's something wrong with me.
    Believe it or not, my students love this about me.
    Now, if only I could make my basement look like my classroom!

    Saturday, March 30, 2013


    A relaxing moment with Leia...
    I love that I'm raising a family who loves to read as much as I do!

    Friday, March 29, 2013

    Good Night...

    Java Beans had a day of beauty at the groomer the other day.
    She slept like a rock that night.  It was a good night of sleep for her
    after such a hard day.  Oh, how we love her!

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    In The Mirror...

    Yep. That's me.
    I love this picture.

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013


    Leia and Liesl...a pair of cuties!

    I took them for haircuts the other day.  Liesl has a chin-length bob that's
    all one length now.  Leia got subtle layers for her messy curls and her hair
    is just a bit longer than Liesl's hair.
    Both girls were great for their appointments and they look even better than
    this picture makes them appear!

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013

    Something I Did...

    I "hard boiled" some eggs in the oven today for decorating later. 
    Since I've found a recipe for cooking them in the oven, instead of boiling them,
    I will never go back to boiling eggs again.
    Just 325 degrees for 30 minutes, followed by an ice bath for 10 minutes...
    so easy to peel them this way.  It's the only way I'll ever cook eggs now.

    Monday, March 25, 2013

    In My Drawer...

    In my kitchen...
    Hubby cleaned this out, believe it or not.
    And now I can't find anything.  Go figure.

    Sunday, March 24, 2013


    My students are more than happy to give up their cell phones and iPods in my class
    because they respect my wishes.  It also helps that my class is their favorite one.
    I shut them off, keep them in a neat pile, and they get them back at the end of class.
    Rather than write them up for having them, I just collect them for the duration of my class.
    Life is so much easier when you pick your battles.

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    What I Do For Fun...

    I like trying out new recipes for fun.
    This is quinoa, which I have discovered I love.
    This dish has diced tomatoes, green chilies, and plenty of garlic.
    You can never go wrong with quinoa.

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    About Me...

    I am a great Mom.  Just ask all of my kids.

    Thursday, March 21, 2013


    This is my classroom.  I love it!

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013


    Therapy comes in two forms for me: cleaning or spending.
    I happen to hate shopping and only do it if I really, really must.
    I would rather clean the bathroom because I actually like to do that.
    Call me crazy.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    A Sign...

    Jack always puts this sign on the door to his room if he doesn't want anyone to come in.
    It's absolutely precious!

    Monday, March 18, 2013


    Yes, we do have some order in this house.
    We'd be lost without it.

    Sunday, March 17, 2013


    When we made our own baby food for Liesl and Leia, we would put them in little containers like the one in the picture.  Nowadays, I use those tiny containers for my lunch (red wine vinegar dressing, almonds, hummus, etc.).  They sure come in handy and I always think about my twins when I eat lunch.

    I miss making our own baby food.  One of the best things I ever did...

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    9 O'Clock...

    All four kids are in bed, fast asleep.
    It's Mama time.

    Friday, March 15, 2013


    What could be more fun for four kids between almost 3-7yo than to touch the shell of a living tortoise?
    At one point, Jack let it walk across his foot.
    Last summer was a great one.  I hope this summer is just as fun.

    Thursday, March 14, 2013


    This is my tasty lunch.  Ezekiel bread with hummus and spinach...
    I love that bread, even though it's not technically "bread."

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013


    Ommmmmm....  Ommmmmmm...
    Yes, that's my Liv meditating.
    I realize she is only 6 years old, but she has taken to meditating and doing yoga like no other 6-year-old I know.
    She is my mini-me.
    The sound of her "om's" is infectious; she's got her little sisters doing it, too.

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    In the Distance...

    In the distance, I'm sure my Dad is enjoying the best fishing of his life.
    One day, we will reunite in a place that looks a lot like the Northwoods.

    Monday, March 11, 2013


    Friends are so important.
    No man (or woman) is an island.  Ever.
    Thanks, Erika and Maggie, for letting me be a part of your lives.

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    I Want...

    This is all I want right now and it's two weeks away.

    Saturday, March 09, 2013

    Faceless Self-Portrait...

    This is the teacher in me.

    Friday, March 08, 2013


    My four favourite people...
    I grew them inside my own body.

    Thursday, March 07, 2013


    I fear this letter.
    I have sent this letter home so many times this school year and I have received it once as a parent.
    If I never see one of these letters again, it will still be too soon.
    If you can't see what this letter is about, it's a lice-in-the-classroom notification.
    And in about three seconds, you're going to be scratching your own head.

    Wednesday, March 06, 2013


    This chair has served me well at work.  It's my lucky chair.
    I have had three amazing pregnancies in that chair (actually, four pregnancies, but I wouldn't call a  miscarriage successful).  And my substitute for my first pregnancy got pregnant in that chair (not literally!), too.
    My chair is quite a legend in that school.  People have asked to use my chair just to see if it boosts their fertility.  No lie.

    If you want my chair, you can have it.  This baby factory is closed.  Heh.

    Tuesday, March 05, 2013


    We still keep a child safety lock on the cabinets under the kitchen sink.
    There are too many chemicals and cleaning products there for little ones to get their hands on.
    Better safe than sorry!

    Monday, March 04, 2013


    Our family is so lucky to have such a wonderful and loyal dog like Java.
    She has taken on the tough job of raising and protecting four young children.
    I can't imagine any other dog putting up with all their shit.
    Java is a saint, as far as I'm concerned!

    Sunday, March 03, 2013


    This is a very special key.
    It's the key Santa Claus uses to get into our house, since we don't have a fireplace.
    No one fucks with that key.

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    I Made This...

    I always make my own lunch.
    This picture just happens to be a whole grain tortilla wrap filled with hummus, spinach, and a hard boiled egg.  I could eat like this forever.

    I gave up all sugar eight weeks ago.  Funny thing is...I don't miss it.
    So, yeah, this is my lunch.  Don't knock it until you try it.  Heh.

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    "L" Is For...

    Yes, I'm doing this again.

    "L" is for Liv, Leia, and beautiful girls!