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About shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.

Passing More than Just Gas

While cleaning out Carter’s school backpack to make it usable as a carry-on bag for our trip to Washington, I came upon this: In case you need a translation: I passed a note Lol – cute, maybe cat, face. I … Continue reading

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Wait! Weight?

So I have a weight problem.  Although in the grand scheme of things, gaining 5 pounds may not seem like much of a problem at all, it makes me cringe and try on fifteen outfits before settling on one that … Continue reading

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Someday People

Some people display pretty rocks and shells in a cute dish in their bathroom. We are not some people.  We are someday people. These rocks and shells were lovingly collected and put in a Ziploc bag by the boys the … Continue reading

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Fire with all the Works

I think it would be safe to say that on the third of July, we were in the very small minority of people living in Phoenix, AZ, to have a backyard fire.  On purpose. The sun was still out, the … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Simply Pie

Yesterday we celebrated Summer Pie Day.  It is not a real holiday but one made up and eagerly anticipated by our family (and dare I say, friends).  Simply, we invite family and friends to come over with a homemade pie … Continue reading

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Eating your Fractions

To keep their brains in somewhat of a school mode, I conduct a summer school of sorts at our dining room table.  Monday through Thursday for an hour or two in the morning the boys work on maintaining their reading, … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Missing Piece

Husband left this afternoon on a business trip.  It is not long, less than a week, but it is unusual and the boys and I feel its strangeness. He had been gone perhaps an hour.  The boys and I finished … Continue reading

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“Where’s the Tequila?” Asks My 11 Year Old Son

What do you do when it is 108 degrees out and the weather forecast is predicting 120 degrees in just a few days time?  You practice making sweet sun tea. Cody and Carter researched sun tea and found a recipe … Continue reading

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The Unicorn in my Backyard

Like a mythical beast, elusive and awe inspiring, summer has slipped into our lives.  Knowing it is only here for a little while increases the desire to grab onto it, to look it square in the face and drink it … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Snacks and Scents

Saturday we celebrated Carter’s birthday (yes, I know it is late, but his birthday fell close to Mother’s Day and one simply cannot compete with that when putting together a party).  He picked out the snack bags and was put … Continue reading

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