Crafting with a Toddler: Sandprints

Over spring break this year, my momma, L and I took a little trip down to Myrtle beach for some fun, sun and sand.    It was a great week, and my little man loved the every part of the beach.  With some inspiration from Crystal and Pinterest I decided to commemorate the trip with a fun craft!  I decided making “sandprints” (sand handprints) made with sand clay  would be the perfect craft because, 1. it would be super cute, 2. it would be easy and 3. I had everything I needed!   What more could you want in a toddler craft?!?! (more…)

Happy Mother’s Day…to ALL type of Moms

I hope all you mommas out there had a great Mother’s Day.  I am not just talking to those of you that have human sons and daughters.  One thing I have learned in my adult life, especially during recent years as my friends move through stages of our lives and I work in a school, is that moms come in many shapes and forms.  There moms that have human children they gave birth to or adopted. Moms that have step children that they raise as their own children. Moms that have fur children.  Moms that step in when a mom can’t and give their whole heart.  Moms who have yet to give birth but became a mom the second they found out that baby was coming. Moms who want a child so bad they can ache, but are struggling with fertility. Moms who have suffered the unfathomable loss of a child.  Moms of grown children, moms of toddlers, moms of children they teach, moms of children in the neighborhood, the list goes on.  What ever mom you are, know this: you are a star. You are amazing!  You are doing the best you can and damn it, that is enough! (more…)

Recap-Who Knew I Could Run?!

Wow, okay first, how have I not written anything since April 12?!?!  Believe it or not, I actually have a few drafts floating around that I want to complete soon!  I promise I will try to be better, but I have been working hard to reflect on my priorities in life and I think I am finally at a place where I am feeling a little more comfortable.

In other news, I accomplished something two weeks ago that I never thought I could do, I FINISHED a 10k!!!!!!  Back in January Crystal asked me to try and run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler with her. (check out her recap here)  I couldn’t quite commit to that but she managed to convince me to train to run the Pikes Peek 10k with her and some of her family.  She sold it as being a small race with only a few hills so I decided to give it a try. (more…)

One Inspired, But Tired Momma!

For those that know me, you know that I have a tendency to dream big.  I always feel like I can take on one more project, one more thing and so I jump in with both feet. In the last two years, I have had a baby (definitely all in on that), pumped up my Etsy shop, taken on a team leader position, taken on tutoring clients two nights a week, and started a blog. Oh I have also decided that for my health and to be a good role model for L I need to get back in shape.  Of course all this in addition to all the other mom/wife/teacher things that we all do everyday.  I love it, I thrive on having something to do, a challenge and on letting my creativity run a little wild.   It makes me feel inspired to think of all my dreams for my little life.  Well, 99% of the time I feel inspired, but to be honest there is about 1% of the time, I just want to grab my little man and snuggle up in bed for a few days….Please, tell me someone else feels this way sometimes?!?! This momma is tired! (more…)

Cherry Blossom 10-Miler Recap

cherry blossom 10 milerHiii! Okay, I promise I’m still alive… it’s been awhile though. Between work, family life, and my little “side hustle”, things have been pretty crazy. Oh, not to mention that fact that our house has been a germ factory for over 3 weeks. The three of us have had some sort of cold or infection nonstop. There was a period of about 10 days where no one got much sleep. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone with non-sleeping kiddos does it. I was a MESS. Lindsey can attest to it. I practically broke down one day last week. There’s a reason sleep deprivation is a torture tactic, ya’ll. Anyway, we are all mostly (fingers crossed) healthy, and back to sleeping once again. Hallelujah! So, alas… time to finally recap my Cherry Blossom 10-miler… (more…)

What We Love Wednesday Spring Break Edition

Hi there, coming to you this week from Spring Break in Myrtle Beach! One of the major perks of teaching is that I have some time off to spend with family! My mom and I packed up L and headed south for the week! The weather is perfect and we are having a great time!  We are even heading to Charlestown today to visit with one of my favorite friends from college!  Don’t worry, I will be sharing a full recap as well as some tips fro traveling with a toddler once we return home!  The trip has been really relaxing and laid back, without much of a plan besides making sure L gets his naps and heads to bed a semi-normal time.  This week I am loving many things, but I narrowed it down a little to share with you! (more…)

See the Able, Not the Label: Sharing Some Disability Awareness

As many people know, April is Autism Awareness Month.  As a special education teacher at an elementary school, my co-worker and I set up a Disability Awareness Week last week at our school.  I work with children everyday with and without disabilities and they all have strengths and traits that make them unique and amazing. It was an amazing week with great discussions and love spread throughout our school.

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Welcome Back, What We Love

Whoops and wow! Somehow we blinked and missed a few weeks!  Sorry about that, but we don’t have to tell you how life can be!! It has been a wild couple weeks around here with sick babies, Crystal training for a 10-miler, Lindsey training for a 10K and both of us being super occupied at work.  More on those in a later post or two.

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Germs, Germs, Germs: Sick Baby and Mom Guilt

I am not sure about the rest of you, but I am ready for the germs of this season to be GONE.  Somehow, after just finishing up with the flu about a week and a half ago, L woke up yesterday morning with another bug. Is there anything worse than a sick baby? I got the call at daycare around 10:00 that he had thrown up and needed to be picked up.  Lucky for us, my MIL lives right up the street from our daycare provider and is retired so she is always more than willing to grab our little man.

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A Lesson in Grace

grace not perfection

Okay, admit it. We’ve all had one of those days. Those days where you’re not sure whether to scream or crawl back in bed – or maybe scream into the pillow as you crawl back into bed? Those days that make you second guess it all. Well, yesterday was one of those.

After a somewhat restless night (for both myself and H), I woke with a full blown head cold. My head was pounding, my nose was stuffed, and the last thing I wanted to do was get dressed for work. As I look over at the monitor to see H sitting upright in bed, babbling away happily to her toys I think “HOW is she so happy? She barely slept!” Seriously, where does she get that energy from? This magical child surely must be stealing it from me. Anyway, off I went – got myself and H ready (barely) and went about our usual morning/daycare drop off routine. (more…)