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Posted on: 03/20/2010

There comes a time in everyone’s lives when they come to a crossroads. You have to choose whether to go straight and to keep things the way they are, or turn and change things around.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging for the past 5 years. I want to thank everyone whom has allowed me a glimpse into their busy lives. I cannot tell you how much you have taught me and encouraged me. While reading your blogs, I have laughed, cried and cheered.

Thank you for taking the time during your day to read my blog. It has meant the world to me.

I have decided that I am going to take a turn and change things. I am not sure which direction I will be going. I do know that I will do what is best for myself and my family. Before I go, just one last thought.

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”

Irish Blessings quote


I thought of You Today.
I thought of you today….when someone gave you “that look” because your child had behaved in a way they thought disobedient.
I thought of you today…when you realized your circle of friends had grown smaller because yet another person had misunderstood your child.
I thought of you today…when your child responded too strongly, and another child was hurt.
I thought of you today…when this child talked and talked and talked so constantly that your brain  became numb.
I thought of you today…when your anger level went too high and you said something you wish now that you hadn’t.
I thought of you today when you saw someone else completely miss the delight in your child, because your child presented it in a manner that was unfamiliar to them.
I thought of you today when you apologized to your child and he wrapped his arms around you in a gracious embrace that you know conveyed total and utter forgiveness.
I thought of you today…because I know you and I are sharing some of the same journeys.

I received this in an e-mail this morning. I Love it.

Sometimes you are learning something when you least expect it. Here are some surprising learning opportunities that have happened in the past week.


~Dragon is writing a book about monsters and malls.  He has been using the computer to locate America’s largest mall. He then looked up a USA map to see where it was located in relation to Florida(evidently, some malls will be destroyed in his book.). This was not only writing and handwriting, but computer skills and geography.

~Squirrel wrote her pen pal.

~Tracker kept track of his Pokemon or Bakugan drawings.


~Pokemon cards & games. There is a lot more math there than you would think. The boys have been doing addition, subtraction, multiplication. They are also organizing and researching them online and in books. They have also been playing on their DS.

~Cooking. Dragon made dinner last night and Tracker helped with breakfast this morning.

~Allowance. A great game that helps kids learn how to make change and to deal with unexpected expenses. I believe that this is their new favorite game.

~Money, they have been counting their money and trying to figure out just what they could buy at the store. Squirrel was using a calculator to add.

~Measuring. I cannot remember what they have measured. But Tracker almost always has a tape measure on him lately.

~Olympics: keeping track of scores in snowboarding, curling, and skiing.



Serving sizes: what is a proper serving for children, for adults.

water vs. soda. We now have 2 pennies in soda to see what happens. So far   the pennies are looking worse and the metal is being eaten through.

risks of being overweight: this came from a TV show where there was an        overweight teen on the show. This struck close to home and started  the        entire thing.

why is water important.  The signs of dehydration

~Magnets are constantly being played with. Tracker’s favorite activity is to attach a magnet to a hot wheel and use another magnet to make it move.


~Olympics: locating various countries on the map

~Dragon’s story.


~squirrel drew an amazing picture of Shaun White on the half pipe. I am going to scan it and then send the original to Shaun White along with a letter of congratulations from the kids.

Physical Education

Swim lessons

Wii sports

jump ropes and hula hoops

riding bikes

Rat Race

Posted on: 02/18/2010

Man, I could use a Piña Colada
Little bit of sun on my skin
A hammock, a book
Never gonna look back
Once my feet hit the sand
I’ve had it up to here with this rat race
Need a smile on my face

I wanna go where I can lighten up the load
Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road
Get this laying low off to a flying start
Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are

Gettin’ stuck sure would be easy
In this palm tree paradise
Ambition fades with every wave
For the finer things in life
Maybe I’ll just hang around here
Go home later next year

I wanna stay down here and lighten up the load
Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road
Get this laying low off to a flying start
Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are

I wanna play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are
Be as you are

~Kenny Chesney

I hope that you have a marvelous Valentine’s Day.

Last night we saw this before we went to bed.

Then this morning we woke up to this:

We had our very own Winter Wonderland.  I think that we received a total of 4.5 inches of snow. Yes, I know that is not a lot for those that are under 4-5 feet of snow right now. This is a once in a decade event for those in the southeast.

We built snowmen, snow angels, snow boarding snowmen and even threw a snowball or two.

Have you been to ListPlanIt yet? If not why not.  Every weekend in February there will be a new giveaway. Yesterday I won a download membership and I must tell you that I LOVE it! I am already feeling better organized. So take a moment and stop by their blog and register.

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