Summer Limbo

When you’re a teacher, this time of year means your summer is almost over. Your mind shifts to classroom set up and furniture configuration. You focus on research and strategies instead of ┬ábeach reads and swimming. Some teachers I know, thought about school throughout the summer months. They search Pinterest for science notebooking ideas instead … Continue reading

Mother of an Update

I’m sure I’m not the only one to learn while on vacation, that your mother has been in a life-threatening accident. Actually, I know for a fact I’m not because my sister’s family was out-of-state on vacation and got the same horrific news. An unbelievable accident. We knew she was a fighter. We expected that … Continue reading


It’s been almost a week since my mother’s accident. When we came in from the beach and all those messages came through our phone, everything else stopped. We didn’t know the details, the severity, the whole story of what happened. I think I’m glad about that. We wouldn’t have waited until it was light if … Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Weekend

At the last-minute, we decided to head to the ocean for a few days. We packed up the dogs and family and headed our Subaru to a rental property that we enjoy. We traveled about three hours which is really the farthest we go these days. An impatient kid and a geriatric terrier limits our … Continue reading

I Was Learning

I did something this weekend that was just for me. Actually, I’m hoping that it will help my family too…but I did this for me. For twenty-plus years, I’ve shared the importance of life-long learning to children. I’ve told my students to challenge themselves and keep gaining information. Everyone says this, but do they do … Continue reading

Science Stretch

I have a recent picture of my son as the background for my phone. He has the sweetest smile and calmness in his eyes. There’s a contentment that took a long time to return. He doesn’t show this side of him all the ┬átime or with everyone. When I see it, it confirms that we’re … Continue reading

Slowly and Carefully

Last week was a crazy week. It was filled with gluten and sugar and record-breaking heat. It was wrapped up in birthday presents and race car birthday parties and more than usual video gaming. It was surrounded with friends and relatives and irregular schedules and way more “yes” than “no” and… And because of all … Continue reading

The Magical Fourth

Although I hate what it does to my dogs, there’s something magical about the Fourth of July. There was that year when we were new to the neighborhood and didn’t know that our front porch would be the best view to a fantastic show. I remember the 4th where I sat in the future nursery … Continue reading

Five Days Until Ten

It might be strange, but I refuse to say that my son is ten years old. He is nine; however, mathematically speaking…he’s probably 9.95. What’s the big deal about ten?! It’s just another birthday, right? Nope. It’s the first of the double digits for the rest of his life. He’ll never be one digit again. … Continue reading

Cautiously Optimistic

I thought long and hard before I hit “publish” on this one because typically, posts like this end up biting me in the behind! I’m crossing my fingers, knocking on wood, and throwing salt over my shoulder but the truth is…things are feeling good today. My son and I had a very grown up discussion … Continue reading