90/365

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

You know it's testing season when...


your kids are greeted with this!

2 more days...

...and then a 3 week break,

and then 4 four more days after that...

89/365

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oh, Mondays. Why must you be such a surprise? I know you're coming, I'm just never quite prepared for you.

These two, though - they make Mondays look good!


We are absolutely loving this weather!!!

88/365

Sunday, March 29, 2015

"I love watching you play."

That's what I always tell her...because it's true.

Keep working hard, little Cee.

87/365

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Today was the perfect Saturday! I slept in (ish), and then I met a friend for brunch (where have mimosas been my whole life!?!?!). Next, I got a fabulous pedicure, came home and took a lovely nap. After that, I met some of my faves for dinner.

On a deck.

Under shady trees.

With pizza and wine and adorable kids.

The only thing missing was an acoustic guitar.

And what a view on my drive home...




86/365

Friday, March 27, 2015

This might be the best outline I've ever seen.


Can't wait to read Jay's final draft!

85/365

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My first niece was born this afternoon!

She is lovely and perfect and wonderful.

I can't wait to snuggle on her!

And right now I can only refer to her as my niece because her parents are stuck on which name to give her. So let's just call her Best Niece Ever!


Congrats to the Waco Henrys!

84/365

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

As I mentioned Sunday, it's testing season in Texas. Yesterday I put out an APB for missing test dividers because we'll need them next week. I walked into my office this morning to find a tall stack of relinquished test dividers. Tall, tall stack. Only one person left a sticky note, and it's my favorite. I just might keep it forever.

God bless middle schoolers.

(And their teachers...)


I love the people I work with. Love them!

83/365

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Today had a much better start than last night. These two seriously have their own language!


True love...

82/365

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Monday after Spring Break. Always dicey. We are all paying the price for staying up late and sleeping in. I didn't dare shove my camera in their faces today, but I can tell you that most of our evening looked a lot like this!


Here's to early bedtimes and fresh starts tomorrow morning!

81/365

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Goodbye, Spring Break. Hello, last 10-ish weeks of school! Confessional time: on the rainiest of the days, we binge-watched Nanny 911 (the whole, entire season that's available on Netflix!). We have, in turn, perfected our British accents, learned why rules are necessary (and how parents can be just as at fault as kids), boasted in our own right at how well we're doing, and wondered more than once why Nanny Yvonne was on the show and what her special talent was.

We also watched the new Annie 3 times, and I was oh-so-close to having them compare/contrast the old one with the new one. So, so. Close.

{Sigh}

Also, I caved and let the girls get their hands on Pinterest. They've been running amok with new project ideas for their rooms, for outside our house, and for inside as well!

At some point in the near future, I'll feel obligated to introduce them to the concept of Pinterest Fails...but I think I can wait for approximately two more weekends before it's absolutely necessary.


So far, so good; however, I should let you know that the next step in this project involves heat. And melting. And I'd like to ask if you mind sending positive thoughts our way for the sake of our hairdryers and carpet.

Tomorrow, we are all three back at it. It's testing season in Texas...busy times ahead.

80/365

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Two Three things.

First, the girls have been dying to prop up a pallet in our back yard to decorate with painted flower pots. Today? Mission accomplished.


Can't wait to add more to it!

Secondly, Jay put her Baylor Bear hat on as soon as she woke up this morning, and she is still wearing it right now. Love that.

Finally, we reached a major milestone with Mae today. Again, we have no idea what she went through before we brought her to live with us...but she is extremely edgy around new people. The fact that she now likes to hold hands with us is huge. She's come a long way, baby.


I can't believe our Spring Break is nearly over. We have seriously enjoyed every minute of the last 8 days. Can't wait for the summer!

79/365

Friday, March 20, 2015

Today was a rainy mess. Thankfully, we got a little reprieve this afternoon.


78/365

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mae is taking full advantage of Spring Break...

Watching TV? Check.


Sun bathing? Check.


Napping? Jay gets a check here, too.


77/365

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We picked Cee up in Salado this afternoon - she had a wonderful time and I'm so glad she's back home. If you ask each girl if they missed their sister, they're quick to say no, but their actions tell an entirely different story. They're like little puppies rolling around - tickling, laughing, loving, squealing - in the middle of the parking lot at a roadside meat market.

Not kidding.

On the way home, we played the Cloud Game...

The Cloud Game > The Cow Game > The License Plate Game


Oh, look! It's a...

-Crocodile in a swamp!
-Mama elephant chasing a baby elephant!
-Giraffe wearing a clown nose!
-Giant ostrich going for a jog!
-Puppy swimming under water coming up for a breath!
-Dragon wearing a boa!
-Hippo blowing kisses!
-Bull charging a matador!
-Seahorse  dancing with a unicorn!
-Camel with a fever!

If you know me at all, you know how much I love this kind of creativity. If you don't know me at all, this brand of creativity absolutely makes my heart sing!

As for sunsets like this?

Simply divine.


Great way to end a fabulous day!

76/365

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mae flies for mayflies.

Not kidding you.

There's not much right now that makes her happier than hunting down mayflies who have carelessly made their way into our home. Beautiful weather means I leave the doors and windows open during the day, but this is not an open invitation for mayflies...especially considering it is only March.

Arriving early to the party is just as rude as failing to RSVP! What is it with bugs who share a name with a month these days?

Mae usually has laser-like focus on whichever human is in the room with her. Right now, though, mayflies are a major distraction to her. Kind of like 7th graders are to the opposite gender. A major. distraction.


Whether gnawing on a bone or catching a few zzz's, as soon as she sets sight on a flying foe, she literally springs from her perch directly into the air, and right now, she's 12/12 on the mayfly annihilation scoreboard.

You go, girl.

75/365

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jay and I had a fun little date at the zoo today, and Cee headed to Nana-Papa Camp in Waco for a few days.

I am so sad that I didn't get to properly thank the 9 year old girl who captured the next three pictures because they are just amazing. Ready?

Big.


Mean.


Goat.


Sad Jay.


I call that series "Oblivious Parenting" because I didn't know what happened until the girl handed my phone back to me. Jay and I laughed so hard at her faces...priceless! Thank goodness it wasn't a rattlesnake...or a tiger...or a bear.

Here's one more cool pic - I call it "Player."


This guy put on a serious show for three of the ladies - very cool to watch how they interacted and responded. Flirting, governed by the laws of nature. Lots of tail-feather-shaking going on between four beautiful birds.

This was my first time to the Austin Zoo since Cee was two. All I remember from my first trip was an exhibit called "Canine Domesticus" and not being very impressed with rescue dogs as a legit exhibit.

Today's visit was the exact opposite of that, and the zoo was especially impressive from a community education stance. They really do a great job of providing awareness about how they acquired each animal, and most acquisitions are from people who got in over their heads with exotic animals as pets (for example, one of the Spider Monkeys was relinquished by a Dallas couple after they came home to find that he'd stuffed all their tea towels down the kitchen drain, turned the faucet on, and flooded their home).

Jay has decided that she would like to work there one day: half of her time would be spent playing with and feeding the animals, and the other half would be spent photographing the animals. She even asked if she could get two degrees instead of just one. ♥ 

If you're in the area, it's definitely worth the trip - we loved every bit of our day with the animals (well, every minute except for when the goat attacked...)!

74/365

Sunday, March 15, 2015

All in a day's work...it finally feels like spring. The last couple of days have been beautiful - sunny, warm (but not Texas hot), and breezy. This hanging plant is the metaphorical cherry on top of all this perfect weather.


I love cherries.

73/365

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Super proud of these Smart Girls! No, really. I mean Smart Girls. Like Amy Poehler's Smart Girls.

In her spare time, this Smart Girl likes to name each letter on the marquee (she's 2!), and every time I'm around her, she makes me laugh.


And these Smart Girls put on an impressive showcase with their Marimba Madness performance.


So talented! So confident! So humble!

I think it's seriously cool to see girls and women being recognized for their intelligence, and I'm bummed my Smart Girls weren't there to see it.


What an inspiration!

72/365 - Proud Mom Post!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Yesterday, Jay's Jump Rope Team had their last performance of the year. I can't say it enough - the coaches just amaze me! I was hoping to post it last night, but my iPad had trouble uploading it to YouTube...so here it is today! Enjoy.


Such a great group of kids - I'm so glad she was able to be part of it all.

Oh - and sorry for the Biebs...I feel like the fact that will.i.am is the first name listed counter balances the negative Bieber effects. Plus it's the song Jay requested to go with the video.

71/365

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The girls are going to a wedding this weekend, so naturally they needed a new outfit for the rehearsal dinner. Cee told me she'd found the perfect top at Target, and Jay said she needed a white sweater.

Once we were inside, I made my usual left veer immediately after the dollar section, and out of nowhere, Cee nervously said, "Ummm, mom...I meant to tell you - the shirt I want isn't in the kids department..."

She proceeded to walk away from the direction I was heading and directly toward the Junior department.

I felt my pulse race. My face flushed. I thought I might faint.

I totally wasn't ready for this unexpected change.


My first time in the Junior department didn't last very long, and we quickly headed to the Children department - the place I have shopped for the last 12 years. My comfort zone. My saving grace.

Cee waited for me to regain my composure (it took awhile), and then she asked me if I was ready to try the Junior department again.

I told her I was.

On the way there, Jay reinforced to me that we were leaving the Children's section and going to the Junior area.


She promised me I could leave the area if it made me feel funny again.

Bless it. Bless it all.

70/365

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Hey, mom. Can I talk to you about something that happened today? Trust me - I can explain everything..."


As it turns out, she just really wanted to give herself a mani/pedi.

A girl who knows what she wants...I get it.

69/365

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Over the weekend, Cee asked me if she could redo our chalkboard, and I told her she absolutely could. She asked how she could find "good" quotes and chalkboard art examples. She wanted it to be meaningful. I figured we weren't quite ready for profound or poignant just yet, so I showed her how to do a Google search (with a smidge of Boolean) for "inspirational quotes" AND "chalk art," and then I turned her loose.

Are you ready for her fabulous creation? I love it. Such a little artist.


I initially decided to start our chalkboard door because, to be perfectly honest, mornings are not always the easiest in our house (even though we are all about our 8+ hours of sleep each night). We wake up on time. We lay our clothes out the night before, but there are some days we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Or change our minds about our outfit. Or realize our jeans have a hole in them. Or we need a certain t-shirt. Or our hair just will. not. cooperate. Or our sister has the pair of socks our heart is telling us to wear. You know, standard stuff.

I thought that it might make us all a little happier to see a door with a happy quote on it each day before we climbed into the car, so I created our first one sometime in the early fall...


For most days, it worked. It served its purpose to make us smile as we walked from our house to the car. Until Browning died. And then it actually made us sad every single time we saw it because (don't judge us) we used to sing that song to him.

In December, Cee asked if it was okay for her to redo it. Of course I said yes, and here was her first masterpiece - a perfect greeting for the new year. I am really bummed that my picture was blurry!!


And now I can't wait to see who asks to redo it next and what they choose for our morning message...as I've said hundreds or thousands of times, life is good. And I am blessed.

68/365

Monday, March 9, 2015

I feel like this hardly counts as a picture, but technically, it is.

I may or may not be the kind of mom who lets her daughters watch the Bachelor (Teachable moments, people! Don't drink too much...friends are more important than boys...never, ever, ever, ever put yourself in that situation...never take the fantasy suite key...never underestimate me when I tell you I need to fast forward through certain parts...you get the idea.), but I am definitely not the kind of mom who takes bedtimes lightly.

Especially on school nights.

Super especially on school nights right after "spring forward."

They begged...they pleaded..."Please let us stay up to watch the ending!! Please!! Pleeeeaaase!!!"

My "No" was a firm one, so they resorted to other means, these children who are being raised in a world of instant gratification.

"Mom, just at least let us look up that guy who knows everything!"

"Who is this guy?"

"You know..."

"No, I don't. Tell me his name."


Ahhhh - Reality Steve. Why do they know these things!?!?

Furthermore, how does Reality Steve know all the things?

Sigh...

67/365

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Poor Jay...this was our day.


We shall be spending all day tomorrow snuggled up fighting this nasty fever of hers. We have watched all of our favorite movies, we have been in our pj's since we rolled out of bed, and St. Mae has been by her side the whole time.

Here's to hoping for a better day tomorrow...

66/365

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Saint Mae, the patron saint of the not-feeling-so-wells; protector of the Jay Birds; guardian of toes that slip out from underneath the covers. Thank you, Saint Mae.



65/365

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let's go for a Flashback Friday today!! These ladies...they're just the best. Thanks for sending, Tabs!


None of us can remember exactly where we were for this pic - Austin? Dallas? San Antonio? Chicago? Houston? Wildcatter? Galveston? Where ever we were, I know we had fun. :)

Next trip is currently in the works!!

64/365

Thursday, March 5, 2015

When life gives you a snow day, make snow people! Even if there isn't any snow in sight, the sun is shining brightly, and it's 46 degrees, always make snow people.

Derby Diva, Sock Monkey, Snow Day Blues Brother


63/365

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Best news ever on a Wednesday afternoon?


Tomorrow's a Snow Day! Wooooo hooooo! In honor of Snow Day, we are staying up late, watching our favorite movies, nibbling on popcorn, and sipping hot chocolate.

Can't wait to sleep in tomorrow!!!

62/365 - Then + Now

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For some reason, this comparison was really poignant to me. Any time teachers doubt whether or not they're making a difference, just keep these two pictures in mind...

Cee in 2nd grade...


Cee now...


So much to love!!

61/365

Monday, March 2, 2015

Some days are easier than others when it comes to getting the photo of the day, and some days good enough has to do...


Le sigh...I love them so much!

60/365

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Apple Tart (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream) for dessert...yum!



Here's the recipe...and if you want to feel fancy, you can call it an apple galette!

Catching Up: Days 53-59 (of 365)

Wow - It's already March! And I'm already falling behind on my #365ToLife project. Let me preface this with a disclaimer:

On Tuesday, I went to bed at 7 pm and woke up at 7 am. On Thursday, I fell asleep with Jay at 8 pm (and woke back up to help Cee with homework), and on Friday, I was in bed by 8. Saturday involved many naps and another early bed time. Today I went to the doctor and got some stellar antibiotics - apparently being "off" of Diet Cokes for 2 months is teaching me to really listen to my body (although, apparently, I'm a slow learner). I'm looking forward to feeling much better within the next few days thanks to the magic of modern medicine!

Decisions, decisions - shall I post my pictures backward (53) to forward (59) or otherwise? Hmmm...

Let's start with yesterday. Mae and I had a penance day of paying for my procrastination. I was assigned a giant book of articles to read last June, and my work with the articles was due last weekend. It took longer than it should have with all the naps and such, but Mae was good company for me. Really, this entire weekend was cold and dreary, and she was the best snuggle buddy in the world.



On Friday, I woke up next to this little dumpling. I let her sleep with me because she stayed up really late working so hard on her National Junior Honor Society application. Yes, we waited until the last minute. And yes, there were moments when I wanted to pull my hair out. A few tears were shed, but in the end, she worked her hardest to get it done and to compile it into a lovely presentation. She amazes me. Every. Single. Day.


For Thursday, Cee gets full validation for keeping #365 alive and well. Thank you, Cee!


Wednesday was a long - and worth it - day. I got to meet some of our newest students - 5th graders who'll be coming to our school next year. This is me with our adorable and fabulous Theater Arts teacher - can you tell which one of us is expecting (hint: it's not me)? She's the cutest little mamma-to-be, and I can't wait for the arrival of theater baby!


On Tuesday, Mae was literally in my bubble. Bubbles are important for my sanity and personal space. This was her just after being rejected for the 5th (of 18) times {bless her heart}...


Monday was a fast and furious day at work, and once again, I have to give photo cred elsewhere - thanks, Gomi, for being my saving grace. :) My most favorite part of my job is visiting classrooms and observing learning. I didn't get to do much of that for two consecutive weeks, but Monday was my catch up day - and my happy day because of it! Have I ever mentioned how hard teachers work?


Sunday - the Oscars! The dress scandals!! Bradley Cooper...nothing beats a glamorous night in Hollywood from the comfort of home. Okay, fine. It was a rough night. The girls were worn smooth out, everybody was a little bit edgy, we didn't watch until the end (at best, we caught the first hour), and this was honestly the very best I could do. Sorry.


And now we're all caught up, and hopefully I won't let this much time slide between posts again!! Thanks for reading and thanks for not giving up on me...

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