Saturday, August 29, 2015

Soccer day.

Lots and lots of soccer today.

Like got to the fields at 11 am and left the fields around 6:30 pm.

What a long day, and totally worth it!

All smiles after a first-game victory. I should also mention we won in a shootout and I am NOT a fan of the shootout scenario!

Jay was less enthusiastic during game 2.

Cee and one of her faves with some great on-field communication...

Working the ball during game 3...

Winning game 3 meant playing in the Championship Round...again, some of us were happier than others about this.

Game 4 was hard fought, and...

We won!!! So proud of these kiddos!

(Not only did we win the tournament, we were the only team with females players! This made me super double proud of their hard work!)


Friday, August 28, 2015

Guess what.

We survived the first week of school!

It was a rough week - athletics for Cee each morning at 6:30, school for Jay at 7:15, me to work by 7:30. Soccer two nights, and as a result we are all worn smooth out.

We did have a fun time playing outside tonight - it's getting a smidge cooler, and it felt so good with the little breeze we had.

Take 1:

Take 2:


Here's to the weekend!

239/365 - I'd Totally Hire Her

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My world is, quite literally, color coded.

Color makes me happy.

Color keeps my life organized.

I have envied many things in my life, but this surely tops the list!

Oh how I need this in my life.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oh, how time flies...

{sniff, sniff...love watching them grow up; at the same time, I miss seeing them be "little"}


Monday, August 24, 2015

And they're off! How is it possible that I have a 5th and 7th grader?


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tomorrow's the first day of school - yippie!!!! Lunches are packed and ready to go...

We hope everyone has a fantastic first day of school!!!

234/365 - Go!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Go cupcakes!

Go jewelry party!

Go Fusion!

Go lake time (and furry/non-furry friends)!

Great way to spend the last Saturday of summer...

233/365 - Current Reality

Friday, August 21, 2015

Have you ever been in the grocery store and felt like people were staring at you? Not in a good way, but in a way that you wonder if you have something on your face - like marker, or a mustache, or you've forgotten to wear pants? And then you get in your car, look in the mirror, and completely understand where the stares were coming from and why?

No? Me either. :)

{Still not wearing Transitions lenses}

When I got home, I opened my calendar - the one I'm totally, madly, forever in love with. I am not making excuses - I'm just providing text evidence...

The week of August 10 looked like this :

The week of August 17:

And now I shall go to sleep.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

One is going to her first lock-in and will, perhaps, pull her first all-nighter.
One is exhausted.
One is super stylish for her last "Meet the Teacher" night of elementary.

Match each description with the picture.

The one who is going to her first lock-in will probably be very grumpy tomorrow and might unintentionally make the one who is exhausted cry.

The one who is exhausted has been in the same outfit for over 12 hours, has been home for 15 minutes, and will not come anywhere near close to competing with the other moms who have undoubtedly showered in the last 4 hours, purchased a new outfit for the night, worked out with a trainer at least 3 times this week, slept for more than 6 hours each night for the last week, and are blooming with happiness and style. Also, don't be fooled by the picture of this one. Those are not Transitions lenses, they are actually just really dark circles underneath the eyes.

The one who is super stylish for her last "Meet the Teacher" night of elementary might unintentionally make the one who is exhausted cry.

The one in the middle loves the other two with her whole heart, and she also loves her mom friends to pieces! 


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This. All day long.




I need some time to marinade, s'il vous plait.

8/20, 9:22 pm update - I get it! I love it! I'm so excited about it that Jay just brought me some Peace and Calming. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I wish there were words to adequately express how proud I was of these amazing 8th graders today!!

Each year, I am simply amazed as I work with 8th graders who I taught as 6th graders.

They mature.

They get taller.

They are wiser, more responsible.


Capable, willing, impressive.



Love each and every one of them.


Monday, August 17, 2015

What a fast and furious day.

As I hoped, it was honestly fabulous having all of our teachers, old and new, under one roof setting the stage for the upcoming school year.

We have an incredible group of returning teachers and I can't brag enough on our new teachers.

I started working at 7:15 today, left school at 4 to pick up the girls, kicked my feet up for 10 minutes while they got ready for soccer practice, and by 5:30 we were plopped at the fields until 8:30. That's a little bit of a long day for me, but there was nothing I did today that I don't truly love doing.

The only picture I got today was slightly monumental because I finally figured out how to take a pano shot. Yay Me!

I'll be getting extremely used to this view this year with both girls playing Fusion Select. 

It's weird because last year I thought I couldn't possibly add anything else to my parenting or school life, and this year, I'm welcoming all the new additions.

Tomorrow is another early start - my ridiculously talented 8th Grade Leaders will welcome our newest 6th graders to Wallace. 

Cee will get her new schedule for 7th grade (7th grade!?!? Yes, really.), and I'm hoping to find out who Jay's teachers will be.

Lots of fun this week, and we're only 1 day in!! 


Sunday, August 16, 2015

We stayed in our PJs today.

All. Day. Long.

It was a thing of metaphorical beauty.

We caught up on everything we did for the past week.

We chatted.

We watched movies.

We nibbled on popcorn.

We ate fruit and dipped it in caramel.

We laughed, we danced.

Some of us might have tinkled (due to said laughing and dancing).

The only picture I have from today is the yummy pasta Cee made for us.

And may I say, it was delicious!

This is the best comfort food we know. Bow tie (or penne or fettuccini or whatever makes your skirt fly up), cooked til al dente.

From there, it's "decorate your own pasta." Butter? Sure. Land O'Lakes Olive Oil and Sea Salt? Why not. Olive Oil? My fave. Freshly grated parm is a given, and you can season it however you please (Salt & Pepper; Red Pepper Flakes; Tony Chachere's...you get the idea!). It's funny because this has been one of our lazy night go-tos for as long as I can remember, and earlier this year, my friend's daughter Blake asked me if I'd ever had her "Mimi's Special Pasta."

Then she described it to me, and we had a good chuckle...exactly the same!

I do have to tell you my own personal favorite way to eat this yummy meal: bacon bits (cooked in your own skillet with your own bacon - none of that prepackaged stuff), sweet onion sauteed in that delicious bacon grease, followed by fresh from the cob sweet corn sauteed in the greatness, rounded off with mushrooms (your choice) to soak up every last bit of flavor, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and parm; and then tossed together. When I'm feeling fancy, I'll drizzle it lightly with truffle oil.

This explains my current body shape perfectly...

Sweet Baby Jesus.

Tomorrow I start back to school, and I am truly excited to have everyone together...I think we have a great year ahead of us!!

2015-16: Let's do this!!!!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jay loves baking homemade treats for Mae. Today she decided she wants to start a dog biscuit business, and she's tediously working on the details.

Wondering how they turned out? Well, I think this face is the seal of approval!

Soaking up the last weekend of summer...


Friday, August 14, 2015

I drove to Waco today to get the girls - they were gone for almost a week, and that is just TOO long for me! We came home to a surprise delivery from the clothes fairy...

We are so far beyond lucky to have a clothes fairy! She is off-the-charts good to us, and we love her.

While they were in Waco, they had lots of fun cousin time - water park with these two handsome little men...

I am a little jealous of the endless snuggle time they had with sweet Harper Hayes (who is nearly 5 months old)!

What a sweet group of Henry kiddos! Love them all to pieces, and I'm glad to have my girls back home with me. :)


Thursday, August 13, 2015

What a day - I feel like so much was accomplished! I trained this group of kiddos, and they are totally ready to welcome our 6th graders next Tuesday.

I also officially finished my office, and I can't even begin to tell you how good it feels to be done with that!

I am seriously exhausted, and I'm officially calling it a night. :)


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Slowly but surely, my room, and in turn my year, are coming together.

The "Change" concept from David Bowie is still in place (sort of), but in an entirely different way now. I feel like I'm to the point where I'm transitioning from DB to Stevie Nicks.

I'm going from fear of the unknown (DB) to a comfortable, familiar place (SN) - it feels good.

Stevie has been the theme song for for all of the major changes I've experienced in my adult life. Marriage. Babies. Beginning teaching. Divorce. New home. Healing from everything that goes along with divorce. Getting rid of the dangerous parts of my previous years and committing to be better to my girls than I even knew was possible. Watching the girls passing through each grade level and loving school the whole time. Friendships lost, friendships gained. Loving every bit of raising my girls in a small town. Leaving the classroom. Regaining my shattered confidence. Gaining Mae. A big transition to a new role last year. Losing Browning. Preparing for a great school year. Dealing with the not-so-subtle signs of puberty. You get the idea, right?

The other really cool thing about Stevie Nicks is that if you are so inclined to find her on your Pandora or iTunes Radio station, you are instantly swept back into the best parts of your childhood (unless you were born closer to the 90s than the 80s...and if you were born in the 60s or 70s, you know exactly what I mean). I don't have too many of those ("Best Parts of Childhood"), but there is truly something about Fleetwood Mac that makes me remember the really good parts of growing up!

Riding without consequence on a freeway in the front seat of the car, holding onto the headrest instead of being strapped into a car seat (ages 2-4). Riding with your friends and cousins in the back of a truck. Popping your own fireworks on July 4 with no adult supervision, catching your neighbor's giant tree on fire in the process, and figuring out how to attach multiple water hoses together to reach all the way across the street to extinguish said fire to avoid getting in trouble (and the accompanying feeling of success when the tree goes from flaming to merely smoking - without receiving a trophy). Letting your neighbor put tobacco {from the cigarette he/she is currently smoking, but they chain lit their cig before offering said tobacco} underneath the band aid covering your most recent bee sting to help ease the pain. Fearlessly making crawdad houses out of the rocks on the river bank and finding occupants for said house. Fearfully and cautiously walking around at church camp in constant fear of climbing, leaping, unpredictable tarantulas. Climbing inside and all the way to the top of really tall magnolia trees without any helicopter parents, insurance liability calculations or fear of legal retaliation while knowing the best part of it would be picking a deliciously scented flower from the top and bringing it back down to earth to float in a crystal bowl of fresh water. Giving pumps on your bike, playing chicken on a busy street, jumping from the roof to the trampoline, and sneaking...both "out" and "on top of the roof" with your best friend just to get a better view of life.

Sound familiar?

So my room is a metaphor for all the change happening right now, and when I think back to those grand memories from childhood, I am reminded that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I can only show you one corner of my office right now because only one corner of my office is presentable; however, the others are so close to being presentable that I think I might be done tomorrow. Woo hoo - that leaves me with all of next week to be free for helping teachers without any other worries!

Tomorrow morning I will train my last group of 8th grade WEB Leaders. This is my 8th year of working with 8th grade leaders and incoming 6th graders, and it is consistently one of the most fulfilling things I get to do at school. Definitely bittersweet, but I think it's time to turn the honor over to someone new.

Alright, it's bedtime for moi.

Just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a quick read for you.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer: A time when I usually tuck myself away for safe keeping, both mentally and physically.

This pie chart says it all, and I'm totally feeling it two days into the pre-activities of this coming school year...

It's such a weird phenomenon for me: I love the people I work with to pieces. Honestly, seriously. This year is off to such an incredibly positive start and I feel like truckloads of good things are going to happen for us this year. But when push comes to shove, I still need time to recharge my batteries. 

If you're an introvert like me, here's a fun set of graphs for ya (pie, bar, and otherwise). 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Well, hello, gorgeous!

Got my new Premium Kit today - it is GORGEOUS! Seriously. From the packaging (genius) to the catalog to the newest EO magazine...it was like Christmas for me!!

I am so excited because there are four oils in this shipment that I've been wanting to try but haven't yet.

Digize - to help with an uncomfortable stomach (indigestion, cramps, bloating, and heartburn)...wish I would have had this a couple of weeks ago for Jay.

Panaway - helps with pain reduction due to arthritis, sports injuries, sprains, spasms, and has anti-inflammatory qualities. I'm totally rubbing this on my feet tonight. :) Cee frequently has sore muscles after big games or long practices, and I am curious to see how this helps her recovery time.

R.C. - I am super excited about this one! This girls and I always lose in the annual competition with fall pollen, and I think this might be the year that we have the upper-hand in dealing with them.

Copaiba - When I read about it, it seems like the super-oil. It enhances other oils, it helps with almost every bodily system, and it can make you happy when you're feeling down.

I need you to know that I am totally obsessed with my oils - they are helping our family in ways I never imagined. When the girls get a scrape, scratch, a hurt feeling, or need a little pick-me-up, they immediately talk to me about oils. They've gone from asking me, "Do you have an oil for X, Y, Z?" to "Mommy, can I use some X, Y, Z for A, B, C?"

I just can't tell you how happy it makes me that they see the benefit of Young Living Essential Oils, too!

221/365 - David Bowie Was on to Something

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Tomorrow is our first official professional development day for the new school year, and I am so excited to see everyone - lots of old favorites, and lots of new faces. Lots of change.

I've been working really hard for the last three days to get my room in shape for the year. Last year I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go or what would be most helpful to our teachers, and this year I feel like I am much better in tune with what will be most helpful! So at some point between May and June, I decided what I wanted my office to look like.

Speaking of changes, our entire front office received a much needed upgrade! It looked the same way for at least 12 years, and some of our upgrades were to accommodate the safety of everyone in our building.

This also meant that my principal and assistant principals relocated to my office for the summer. Now, I LOVED this because we were able to accomplish so much thanks to our proximity, and it is always nice to have such wonderful company. However, two weeks ago, my office looked like this.

That round table in the back used to be my desk.

Our front office was officially finished last week (it's beautiful!) and my room was restored to normal-ish. Except for...remember those plans I'd settled on in May/June?

I started implementing them Friday afternoon and I found so many books that were:
a) older than any kid in our school
b) before any of the new TEKS
c) published over 15 years ago
d) samples from publishers for new adoptions
e) published when I was in either high school or college

Needless to say, there was some major updating to be done.

As a book lover, it feels really weird to get rid of books, but I know they will be relocated to a place where they will be beneficial.

After working all of Saturday afternoon and most of today, I can say that I am slowly but surely making progress.

I've curated a small professional library. I was not born to do this, and I am pretty sure my categorization is sporadic and equivalent to what a kindergartner would do, but it definitely looks better than it did before!

Disclaimer - I purposefully cropped this picture so you don't have to tolerate all the junk that is still on the floor right now!

Here's our campus theme for the year...

This is based off of my new favorite book - Ready-to-Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom.

And finally, as of now, this is my most favorite part of my room: love notes from previous students. Love these kids to pieces!

Can't wait to show you the whole entire finished product, and I can't wait to be finished with the whole entire finished product!

Thank you, David Bowie, for creating an ear worm with your song (Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-changes!) - it has truly carried me through the summer and helped me embrace change, which is not an easy thing for me to accept. Also, the only words I know of the song are Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-changes (cha-cha-cha-changes), so if this song is about sadness or drugs or breakups or natural disasters or recession or Bruce Jenner situations, I would greatly appreciate it if you'd just let me take those 7 to 11 words at face value this time around...they've been my crutch, and I really don't want that crutch yanked away from me right now. Please, and thank you.

As a creature of habit, I am so ready to get back into a routine...let's do this!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

I can't say it enough - I love watching these kids play!

Today we had two boys guest playing with us and our last-summer-game-of-the-season victory was a sweet one.

As their coach said at the beginning of the season, "If the girls don't see the ball skills out here, they'll never know that's something they should try."

The crazy La Nina (El Nino?) rains literally cut our season in half, but I am ridiculously proud of the progress our team has made since May!

And of course I am super proud of this "one"...

(never give up, but also help the kid up once the whistle blows...)

I used to shy away from the term "soccer mom," but now I happily own it. Jay's season starts in a couple of weeks, Cee has a tournament next weekend, and I have nothing more to say than this...

I am so lucky & blessed to be their mom!

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