Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cue Alice Cooper

Tempers are flaring. Tears are falling. Countdowns are happening. Schedules are changing. Stress is at an all-time high. It must be the end of the year!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

It Takes A Village

Growing up in a small town has advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: Everyone knows everyone. Disadvantage:  Everyone knows everyone. I have always loved the camaraderie that our little town has. We pick each other up when we are in trouble. We pull together in times of need. We celebrate together. We mourn together. On the flipside, we all know each other's business and we run into each other everywhere. No one can get away with a quick trip to the local Dairy Queen without someone seeing you drowning your sorrows in a large blizzard topped with French fries. "Hey, Julie! I saw you last night eating that huge ice cream cone dipped in that bowl of hot fudge with a side of fries and a bag of Dilly Bars. Good to see you!" So there are pros and cons.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Greatest Love of All

Disclaimer: This blog is basically me bragging about my kids and grandkid so read at your own risk.

I feel like I've always been a teacher in some way. I was always playing school as a child. When my kids were born, I started teaching them. Then I was in the classroom teaching the hundreds of kids I've taught so far.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Maybe That Is An M

It's that time of year! It's time for the annual "there's no m in valentine" lesson. Every year I put up the good fight. Every year I fail miserably. I will never give up though. I will continue to make it my mission to figure out why kids insist there's an m in this word.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

You Say It's Your Birthday

Several years ago I read a book about the importance of birthdays to children. I would credit that book if I could remember what it was. I think it was a book about middle school kids, but I wouldn't swear to it. I'll probably think of it in the middle of the night and I'll add it to this blog later. For now, let's just say I didn't come up with this research, but I have lived it long enough to believe it's the truth.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2019: The Best Year Ever!

Happy 2019 to everyone! I just read my blog from last year at this time and I was trying to imagine a year that could be better than 2017. I'm happy to report that 2018 was amazing and I'm excited to see what 2019 will bring. My family is happy and healthy. My kids are doing great. Lyla Grace gets cuter and smarter, so that kid can only make life better!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Where You Lead, I Will Follow

"If a kid can do it, he or she should do it." That's been my motto for several years. One of my professors said that in a master's class and it really stuck. I was spending so much time doing things for kids that they could do themselves because I wanted everything to be perfect. I finally realized that it was time to let go of the "perfection" of the room and let the room belong to the kids. It's their room anyway!