Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Things you never thought you'd say as a Mom....

Sam's been rather mouthy lately...just chewing on things he might normally not be doing. I'm guessing maybe his 2 year molars are finally coming in. I was cooking dinner the other night when I looked down into our family room and said,

"Sam, stop eating the curtains!"

I couldn't have guessed those works would come out of my mouth for a million dollars. ;)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Read Freddy...

What a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been. I finished getting my classroom up and ready a few days early so I could spend a weekend with my college buddies in Nashville. (has it really been like 9 years since college?!?) We had a great time. Pics to come with that.

I started school last week and things are looking pretty good. MUCH better prospects than last year. (phew...that was a tough class!) I had open house tonight and my own kids are transitioning great to a new babysitter.

We're excited for the start of school even if it does mean rushed mornings and a house a *slight big messier than it is in the summer. :) Addie starts at her new preschool in two weeks!

Hope your August is wrapping up welll....j

Monday, August 15, 2011

Book 1 Done

So I've been pretty obsessed reading a new book that someone recommended called The Hunger Games. It's a series of three books. They take place in the future and the United States has been reduced to dictatorship. Most of the country lives in twelve impoverished districts while those in the Capitol live comfortable, futuristic lives. To assert their power each year, the Capitol hosts a huge sporting event called The Hunger Games. Children between the ages of 12-18 and randomly entered into a lottery, 24 are selected, and then shipped off to huge "arena" where they fight to the death until only one remains. It sounds horrible, and it is, but the book was fantastic and crazy addictive. It's nothing like Harry Potter or the Twilight series, but it read just as well.

I'm currently deciding who to make read it. Mike's already on deck. Then I'll probably make Megan read it, and then Kellly. Maybe you'll be next. I'm on to book 2. Luckily I have lots of airport/flight time to start book two on my girls' weekend. Why didn't I start this in the beginning of the summer when my job wouldn't be getting in the way of my reading?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ready, Set, Go...

So in the last week, I....
  • went to 2 wedding showers
  • attending a dear coworker's wedding
  • went to a baby shower of my favorite soon-to-be Mama friend
  • planned all the activities in first grade for 10 days
  • visited 2 teacher stores
  • went to a farm
  • got my hair cut and highlighted
  • tutored a little girl
  • paid for 3 pony rides
  • went to the county fair
  • took Addie to the dentist (not her fav)
  • started (ugh) my classroom (thank God for my Mom!)
  • visited the dr. myself
  • visited a new church (impressed)
  • went to Target like 16 times (I lose count)
  • made Mike go to Target too
  • obsessively read my new favorite book series, The Hunger Games
  • talked to my dear sis on the phone
  • crazily read teacher blogs to get psyched for school
  • started preparing for my super fun girls' weekend on Thursday. (ahhh!)
No wonder I'm so sleepy today. Good thing we have no plans tonight. Something tells me the teacher work I have to do won't wait much longer

Monday, August 8, 2011

Daddy Moment

Yesterday as I was mowing the lawn, I had what I suppose is a universal parenting experience. Addie was riding her bike back and forth between our neighbors' driveways. When she got to the point where she would have to turn around, 50% of the time it almost resulted in her falling off her bike because she doesn't understand how to make a turn like that yet. As I watched, I would cringe every time she made the turn around and at one point was about to yell to her to get off her bike and just turn it around manually when a thought occurred to me... how will she ever learn to turn around? I had a severely deep moment while watching her - trying to think through the balance of parenting between risk and safety when you're raising your kids. I want my kids to be bold, confident, but not stupid. The first time you do anything it will involve risking pain - riding a bike, playing a sport, dating, driving a car, anything can have negative consequences. But it is worth the risk.

Ultimately I just held my tongue because I thought it was worth the risk of a skinned knee to have a daughter who could confidently work her bike. Plus, I wanted her to know I believed she could do it. As she would go flying by, pink streamers flying on her handlebars, huge grin on her face, I had to stifle an urge to tell her to slow down. Oh boy.

But you know what? I don't want to be the dad of that 17 year old that hasn't gotten their driver's license yet because they're too scared (or lazy) to drive. I guess that means I've got to start getting used to the internal cringe that happens when my daughter does things which risk pain.

Cedar Point!

So for my birthday last weekend we spent the day at Cedar Point with Addie and Sam. It was a bit weird passing up all of our favorite coasters and seeking out the kiddie rides, but the looks on their faces were absolutely worth it. Here are some of my favorite pics:

Thursday, August 4, 2011


"Wook, mama, I hanging wike a monkey."
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Cinci Trip...

Top 5 events of our recent Cinci trip to visit Aunt Shell & Uncle Steve:
1. Catching lighting bugs outside
2. Getting matching tatoos with Aunt Shell
3. Going to the Cinci Children's museum (it really was spectacular)
4. Sammy seeing his first fireworks
5. The 'squishy bed' (inflatable mattress affectionately named by Addie and Sam)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wild Summer...

I could spend all summer at farms and nature centers with my kids. Here are a few favorite shots for the cheapy farm we go to in Brunswick and the Nature Center in Bay. We took Kayla and Isaiah too!


I watched Rachel Ray cook this today on her show. If wanting to eat this is wrong, I don't want to be right:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Neighborly Love...

So Mike and I know we live in a pretty cool neighborhood. We know lots of the families and appreciate the friendly atmosphere around the block. Our Community Group decided to put on a food drive to try to alleviate the Strongsville Emergency Foodbank. The bank is always really low in the summer when schools are out and civic groups aren't doing too many food drives. We delivered the bags one week and went back to pick up the groceries the next week.

We weren't really sure how much food we'd actually get and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the minivan couldn't even hold it all. What a blessing! :)