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Monday, August 22, 2016

Rough Days - Take 2

4 years ago - wow, can that be true?!? - I wrote about Jacob's Rough Days when trying adjust a new morning school routine. 

And now, 4 years later with two children going off to school, someone else is facing that same early morning problem.   

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gabrielle's Big Day

Ah, third grade.
No longer one of the big fish of the 'Primary' school, this year Gabrielle starts as the youngest grade at the 'Elementary' school. 
This year also brings more homework, vital and pivotal testing, switching classes, and (most important to her) better lunch choices.  Its going to be a tough year with lots of focus and dedication needed from both us and her.   

 And if we make it out alive, next summer will be all that more sweet.
THIRD GRADE 2016-2017

SECOND GRADE 2015-2016
FIRST GRADE 2014-2015
PRESCHOOL 2012-2013
PRESCHOOL 2011-2012

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jacob's Big Day

 After making the choice to keep Jacob in preschool an extra year, the time has finally come for him to start KINDERGARTEN!
I wasn't sad seeing him walk into that big school with his oversized book bag.... or maybe its a normal sized book bag on my child that falls in the 34% category for his height. 

I'm more worried about him struggling and how will I be able to help him without making his frustrations worse. 

Maybe that is a natural reaction for parents of boys.  The stigma is that boys struggle, they don't like to read, they don't catch on as quickly, etc.  But maybe instead of pigeon-holing him and worrying, I need to have faith in my child that he will do great.   

He may not excel in reading or math like his sister and that's okay.  He is not his sister.  He may surprise us with some uncanny academic talent.   

With as much encouragement and excitement towards school as we can muster, I know my baby boy will do just fine. 

Preschool 2015-2016

Preschool 2014-2015

Preschool 2013-2014

Sunday, August 7, 2016


To me, a game is a game. 
Someone has to win.  Someone has to lose.
It is the way of the world.
However, there is another member of this household that does not share the same frame of mind.  If someone is going to win, it better be his team. 
And I am supportive of that.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Life in Song

"Always look on the bright side of life."
"You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have.... the facts of life."
Its been a long, long rough week.  (Or a couple weeks... or maybe a month...  Okay, okay, there has been a problem that has been dragging out since the beginning of the year but whatever...)  And it's never until the next thing happens that you realize how easy you really had it.  It is that bittersweet moment that you need the bad to appreciate the good.  But right smack dab in the middle of this horrible, no good, rotten awful week, did this really have to happen?!?

Yep.  This is the capper, the shining moment of the week, the situation that makes me think... 
"You got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away

Know when to run."

Friday, July 8, 2016

What I'm reading this week

This book is quite the change from what I've been reading recently.
Instead of an adult non-fiction book, I chose a teen fiction novel. 
This young adult trilogy is actually three years old but as a Children's Librarian this set never crossed my path.  It was while watching a movie one day that this most peculiar preview came on that just so happened to be based on a book that caught my attention.  As I have protested many times before, I long to find the time to read the book before watching the movie! Well, I finally decided that the time is now.  I will read the book for this awesome looking movie before heading to the theatre (or more like waiting for it to come out on DVD and borrowing it from the library) and I did just that.  Now off to read books 2 and 3 in case the director decides to ruin the series by combining all three books into one movie.  'Cause you know, movie directors like to do things like that. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ball Stars

We did it!
They did it!
Together we survived!!
We lived through our second year of having two baseball stars in the house.    
Five weeks of games Monday thru Thursday and eating either early bird dinners at 4pm or sunset dinners at 9:30pm have come and gone.  Memories were made from hitting the coach with a line drive and earning an ice cream treat in return (Bree) to fine tuning first baseman skills (Jacob).  As much as I love the crack of a baseball bat knocking one into outfield, I am glad the rush of the season is over.  Now off to swimming, reading, and camping the summer away.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

It Works!

Growing up, my dad used good old distilled vinegar for household cleaning.  Its cheap. Its natural. Its antibacterial. But most importantly, its a universal cleaner.  Now in my adult years, I too have turned to using vinegar in my home in lieu of bringing in harsh chemicals that only do one specific job.  But one wonderful thing that vinegar can help with around the house, I was never taught - how to clean your laundry.  Those towels that don't smell so fresh, those sweaty clothes that have a lingering odor, the unfortunate load you left in the washer overnight and now have that musty smell.....  Vinegar can help!  But how??
After searching Pinterest, comparing different techniques, and asking people around me, I finally decided to just give it a go and see what happens.  Of course I started with a load of my least favorite towels though, just in case.
And guess what? 
Here's what I did:

Put your laundry in your washer as normal. 
Add two cups of distilled vinegar to the detergent spot.
Set your washer on HOT and let it go!
When the washer is done, rearrange your laundry, add the normal amount of detergent to the machine, turn the water to cold, and run it again.
After its done, throw it in the dryer. BUT. When drying your laundry, be sure it is 100% dry before pulling it out to fold.
That's it! 
I promise your towels and clothes will smell better and be fluffier.  Let me know if you give it a try.  Or let me know if you've discovered another super awesome use for vinegar!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Following Orders

Sometimes you just have to do what the fortune cookie tells you to do.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Adventures in the Great Outdoors

4 friends
2 canoes
3 hours
7 miles of winding river
 and only 50% experience on the water...
what could possibly go wrong?! 
Absolutely nothing!
Well... minus the freak rainstorm, getting the canoe stuck in a tree, somehow turning the canoe backwards (um....twice), being attacked by biting flies, and discovering that we can say we have been friends for over two decades.
Yep, absolutely nothing wrong with any of that.   
A sweet friendship refreshes the soul Proverbs 27:9