Kindergartener in Love

Feb 26, 2015 by

My 5 year old came home from school this week and announced to the family that he has a “girlfriend.”

I’m not sure what this relationship means to a 5 year old boy, but hopefully it means nothing close to what a 17 year old boy wants it to mean.

Dylan has been very enamored with a little girl in his class and they have had one playdate so far at our house and she came to his birthday party. When they exchanged valentines cards, they made special ones for each other with extra presents. So, he apparently spent some time thinking about it and finally asked her to be his girlfriend this week. She immediately responded that she wanted to ask him to be her boyfriend too. Kismet.

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The Big Turn Off

Feb 12, 2015 by

What is #TheBigTurnOff? Is it some media campaign to protest 50 Shades of Grey? What jumps into your mind with the words “turn off?” Is it a negative reaction? Is it peaceful or is it repulsive?

#TheBigTurnOff is, quite simply, the act of:

(1) turning off your phone; and

(2) focusing that attention on your partner

Wow. I know that’s not something we need to be told. We know this… but Valentine’s Day is just the most obvious day to be reminding to do this (or to start doing every day). Heck, maybe even stretch it to your entire family, kids included. I can’t take credit for this idea by myself. I started blogging about something else this week when I saw the hashtag #TheBigTurnOff flooding my Twitter feed. I was curious and was instantly rewarded. Headspace started this campaign and I think it’s fantastic. It’s something so clear and obvious but sometimes maybe we need a little push, or a full-force shove. If you’re on Twitter, please check out: @Get_Headspace #TheBigTurnOff

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Joy and Gratitude

Dec 18, 2014 by

I brought home teacher/administrator gifts for the boys to bring to school. I showed Andrew the little present I got for his bus driver. He said, “I don’t want to give her a present, she’s so mean.” I said, “maybe she could really use a present to make her happy?!” He grunted.

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This time of year can be an emotional time of the year. It can be full of excitement and joy or can consist of pain and hurt. Sometimes, both extremes can exist at the same time. The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and watch the excitement consume everyone. It’s also a time that you feel loss or hurt more than ever.

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My Big Christmas Present

Dec 11, 2014 by

What I want for Christmas this year is family time. Good, quality, distraction-free family time. And, by golly, I’m going to get it.

I haven’t taken more than 2 days off in a row in almost 4 years. The last time I took 2 days off in a row was for my grandfather’s funeral. This Christmas, I’m going to have some real time off – 9 days of no work! As part of my new job, we get Christmas break off since the campus is completely shut down. It doesn’t count against vacation days and there shouldn’t be any emails or phone call coming in.

When I announced to the boys that Mommy was going to be home from work for 9 days, Dylan said “yeah, but you’ll be working.”

“Nope,” I said. “I won’t be working. at. all.”

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Facebook vs. Real Life: Christmas Tree

Dec 4, 2014 by

My childhood memories aren’t always totally clear but I do remember our Christmas Tree hunts with my father at the local tree farm in town. You had a little hacksaw and walked up and down the farm hill looking for the perfect tree in the freezing cold (and occasional snow). When Stew Leonard’s came to the neighboring town in the mid-late 1980s, we still got our real Christmas tree but let behind the hunt through the cold for a less-Norman Rockwell-esqe tree buying ordeal. We would still decorate the tree together as much as we could, usually with my father’s records playing in the background: Bing Crosby, John Denver and the Muppets Christmas (my favorite). I’m sure the actual moments weren’t as perfect as I remember, but I have an itch to make those special memories for my boys.

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