It’s Been a Good Week

My mom has been visiting for the past week, so my writing schedule has been a bit off. And that's okay. I am fortunate to have this time to spend with her. We've been walking daily,. My almost 87 year old mom has been managing a couple of hilly miles a day. It was also…

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I Wasn’t the Fun Parent and I’m Not the Fun Teacher

What. A. Week. Friday was a long time coming. There were moments (several of them, actually) when I seriously wondered if I was going to make it to the weekend. The week started out well. My Monday and Tuesday were the kind of days teachers dream about. My 6th graders were creating blogs and begging…

A Whirlwind Trip to the Twin Cities

Last Wednesday was my middle child's 24th birthday, and as luck would have it, he was flying back to the Midwest to help out at his alma mater's indoor conference track meet this past weekend. This provided the perfect opportunity to meet up and celebrate! After two long days of teaching and conferences, I was…

Warning: Sappy Post About Marriage

I have many just a few guilty pleasures. Beanie Weenies. Yeah, it's a thing. Every couple of months or so, this appears on the Hovie dinner menu. Curious? Smart Dogs + Amy's baked beans + chopped onions + ketchup + dijon mustard = Beanie Weenies. Want to know why I believe it's a guilty pleasure? Well,…

Goodbyes

I hate goodbyes. Ab-so-lute-ly hate them. And I've endured two over the past ten days. Both of which created feelings that lingered for far longer than I would have liked. I cherished this past Christmas. But it wasn't because of the presents piled up under the tree. Because there weren't any. It wasn't because we…