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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

Nature’s first green is gold…

The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Green. For some of you, in the northern hemisphere, you may not be seeing green for a while. Let’s celebrate all things green!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

Little boy.
Big laughs.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

Sticking to my commitment to post pics of the kids for the Weekly Photo Challenge, here is my idea of near and far. 


Hey Dee!! Wait for me!

I love Tweedle Ian’s short little legs and his arms reaching high as he chases Tweedle Dee up the beach.

He is near.

She is far.

7 years later, they remain such opposites in every way.

He’s wild and loud and she’s quiet and reserved.

She is the dreamer.

He is the doer.

She is the unexpected witty remark.

He is the punch line you totally see coming.

How can two little bodies have such different spirits

yet both be so very much like me?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Merge

There is nothing easy about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

My first reaction was to just skip it. With school starting next week, I have too much on my plate to think about something this difficult.

Then I remembered it is a challenge.

And then I realized that the obvious was right in front of my face….the “merging” of families.

Here is an artsy shot of Tweedle Dee and Delilah at the park this past spring. They wanted to do a “photo shoot” while all the boys played at the baseball field. The girls are only 8 months apart and were both 12 at the time. Working with teenage girls at school, I know we are so lucky that they get along so well and have gotten so close in the past year.

This was their favorite shot of the day. It represents their friendship, their “sisterhood” and a “merge.”


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong


Mom, this isn’t neat!

Who would have thought that dressing up and getting lots of candy could be so wrong?


Tweedle Ian was not scarred for life after wearing this costume. Once he realized chocolate was involved, he was fine.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

The Weekly Photo Challenge is something I look forward to every Friday. It provides a break from my regular teacher talk and with school just around the corner, it feels more pressing than ever to savor every moment.  I’ve made it a personal challenge to relate each theme to my kids.  Looking through old photos reminds me of both the good times and the bad ones. It also reminds me how much we all have grown.

Their smiles are my sunshine.

Their tears are my rain.

My love will help them grow.


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July was a Good Month

I set some big goals for July in terms of number of posts, views, and followers.

July Goals:

  1. Post at least 20 times. (Check! 30!)
  2. Reach 1,000 views. (Check! At the present time: 1, 949!)
  3. Get 75 followers. (Check! 76!)

I am proud to say I achieved them all! Now it’s time to set some more goals. I know I will need to be a little realistic considering school is right around the corner.

One goal I did not set was receiving awards. I know that in a way, these rewards appear “chain-letter-ish” but it’s more than that. It’s about making connections with other bloggers, finding new inspiration, and being an inspiration. I did not anticipate the last.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I received two awards in July. My second award of July was from Dan at dan4kent. His tagline: A weekly post about life lessons learned while walking the road less traveled.

I will admit, that when I first read his post BLAH, BLAH, BLOG…I was a bit….well, here is my comment to him:

I am going to be real honest here and tell you that as I started to read this post I was like, “Ummm. Seriously? I can’t read another word of this. Who is this guy?” But…I couldn’t stop and I read it clear to the end. That is genius! You pulled me in and made me want to tell you my reason why I blog. I blog because I need to share the thing I believe I am truly good at. I was forced for years to believe that I was never good enough to think my own thoughts and pursue my dreams. My blog is about my dedication to my students and my dedication to myself and my dreams. It is a way for me to continue learning. It is my chance to “shine” to whoever looks my way twice.

An instant mutual respect was formed and he has now nominated me for the Liebster Award.

According to what I’ve read on the Liebster Award, “liebster” is German for “dearest”, “beloved”, and “favorite.” Basically, the award should be given to bloggers with fewer than 200 followers in an effort make connections with other bloggers. So, on that note, thank you, Dan, for the nomination and for helping me make some new connections.

The rules are:

1. Give a shout-out to the person who nominated you.

2. Nominate and notify 5 of your favorite bloggers (who appear to have less than 200 followers) by leaving a comment in their blog.

3. Post the award on your own blog.

On that note, here are my nominees for the Liebster Award. Take some time to check out these Fab Five:

Late to Teaching A new teacher starting a second career in a very challenging role. His new job reminds me of the position I had that was the most grueling, often heartbreaking, and the most rewarding. I am excited to read about his experience.

My Mountain is Waiting A blog by a brand new special education teacher. Show her some support as she starts the most challenging year of her life!

The Spicy Learning Blog I just recently found this blog by a teacher/dad who loves technology (and spicy apparently spicy food.) Funny, thoughtful, and easy to read.

CallowLea Just read her “About” page and you’ll find she is clever and witty and playing with a full deck.

The Wish Factor This blogger describes herself as “a mother of two, the youngest daughter in a family of four, the bad-ass wife, the traveling dreamer, and the Chapstick-type of woman instead of the lipstick heel-wearing chick.” She makes me laugh every time I read her blog.

Honored Again

August is almost here?!?!? Yikes!! I have been super busy working on my blog and completely enjoying the month of July with Admiral Bodee and the kids. We are so lucky to both be teachers and have all the time in the world to have both lazy and busy days together. However, summer is fading fast.

So, I need to stop and take some time to accept, not one, but two awards from some fellow bloggers. (#2 will be posted in a few days.)

First off,  I’d like to thank Gomez at Reset and Live who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. With the tagline: “Inspired by everyone who has ever lived” and an invite to request topics for posting, Reset and Live is a blog everyone should check out.

  • Step 1. Link back to the blogger who nominated me.
  • Step 2. Post the award image.
  • Step 3. Provide seven facts about yourself.
  • Step 4. Nominate 7 or 15 other blogs and let them know that they’ve been nominated! (I’m going with seven this time)

Seven Lovely Blogs: (I went with a theme….these lovely blogs are written by 6 lovely moms and one “lovely” dad!)

The Book of Alice This is what I wanted to do 12 years ago, but failed to do so….keep an amazing record of hilarious, precious, and ornery things my kids said.

Twisted Domestic Goddess – Totally real mom telling totally real tales of being a mom to 6.5 kids (There’s a baby on the way!)

Joy and Woe – Read about the ups and downs of being a mom to those under the age of 3 (I do not miss that time of extreme dependence, but I do love reading about it!)

Boomie Bol – Momma to twin two-year-olds and a moving poet and writer!

The Life of an Amy – I just recently found this blog by a teacher and a mom with very down-to-earth ideas. I can’t wait to read more of her blog someday soon!

Wonder the World – Another blog I just discovered. This mom writes about the wonderful things about parenthood.

Random Ramblings of a Stay Home Dad – What’s this? A blog about being a dad? A refreshing and funny perspective!

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I am a sucker for chicken barbecues. If you are selling tickets, I will buy one. Luckily, in my community every sports team, church, organization tries to raise money with a chicken barbecue. My kids associate the smell of BBQ with me, which may not be a good thing???

2. I always plug my nose when I go under water. One of my biggest fears is drowning. I do not trust myself to not breathe in for even 15 seconds underwater.

3. In high school, I had a sugar packet collection. I took a souvenir sugar packet from everywhere I went for almost a year. I taped them in scrapbook and wrote where they were from. Weird, but sweet, right?

4. I once had to bottle feed 5 kittens for almost a month. That was like having a newborn baby x 5. When “Runt” died and I had to explain that to my kids, I knew I couldn’t lose another. Thus, the 2 a.m. feedings.

5. I have never been out of the continental United States. I’d love to go to places like Italy and Greece and even Hawaii, but I hate small, enclosed spaces without fresh air and I have motion sickness.  I don’t plan on hopping on a plane for an international trip anytime ever.

6. I have only had one speeding ticket ever. I was pregnant, not feeling well, and on a country road I’ve never been on before that was not clearly marked. The cop did not care.

7. One of my administrators once asked me if I was involved in “theater” when I was in high school. I wasn’t and he was surprised. He said I seemed “dramatic.” I honestly believe this was a compliment.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

It took me less than 10 seconds to know exactly which picture I would use for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

This is Tweedle Dee when she was 2 1/2.

Now this Purple Princess is about to start 7th grade.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have really enjoyed participating in The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenges.

Sometimes I know right away what photograph I will use. Other weeks, like this week, when the theme was “inside” I took the time to go back into some pretty old pics.

Looking back through old photos is bittersweet. The kids were so little, so innocent, and so silly. All those memories are forever inside my heart.

This memory still makes me laugh.

The girls were literally in the dog house. They did eventually make room for him, but this pic is by far the cutest of the shots.


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