Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Birthday Song

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Tomorrow is my brother's birthday. Currently, he's overseas serving our country I'm not sure where. So today I sent him an email with the birthday song we sang when I was growing up.  We hardly sing it anymore because we typically have "friend" parties now and so the song is usually simple and sweet. Just typing the words to this song brought back so many happy memories for me. There is just something special about this birthday song.  In my mind, when I close my eyes, I can see (and hear) my whole family singing it.  My grandma, grandpa, aunts and uncles, cousins, mom, dad, sisters, and brother. It was always a full house at parties and everyone sang it.  And when it was sung to you, you felt important.  If felt like this song was made just for you.  I have only heard one other version of this song when we were at a party last year.  It was a little different, but had similar parts. Without further adieu.... here's our Happy Birthday Song.

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear _______,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

(deep breath)
So this is your birthday that's what I've been told
What a wonderful feeling you're now ____ years old. (hahaha fill in any number)
On the cake there'll be candles all lighted for you
And the WHOLE WORLD is singing,
Happy Birthday to you!

(nice and slow)
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday just.for.you.
Happy Birthday and may all your dreams come true!
As you blow out the candles
One light stays aglow.
It's the whiteness of your soul
Where ere you go!

ps... Our Christmas Tree is STILL up!!!! :)  I won (only because my husband was sick)... but I think it's coming down this weekend. Sad.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

First Dare

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Last week I revealed to the world (or really the few who read my blog) my OLW.  The word I chose to be life-changing this year for me is... DARE.  Tonight, is my first dare to myself.  I know for some of you this dare may seem silly, but for those who know me close, this dare is BIG.  I mean HUGE.... for me at least. :)  Today I am daring myself to keep the tv OFF.  I know it's a silly little dare, but I really love to wind down each night with a show or two or 5 depending on how much work I have to do. And now that the Hallmark Channel is one of our favorites, my dvr is almost at capacity. (Does anyone out there love those movies as much as my girls and I do?)  The other thing is, I'm usually watching tv, working on the computer, and/or texting family/friends.  So tonight my front room looks like this:

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Yes, we still have our Christmas tree up!  It always makes me sad to take it down because it is just full of happiness.  I mean look at that decorating job.  I am blessed that Three Brown-Eyed Girls blessed us with this gorgeous tree. :)  (I don't think there are any ornaments on the back. hahaha) My hubby wanted to put everything away tonight, but I kind of avoided the question when he asked so it's still up, YAY!!!!!  It'll probably come down this weekend... maybe. My new dare: How long can we keep up our tree?!?!?!?! hahahaha

From my brown eyes to yours.....

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I Dare You... OLW

Did you ever play that game?  You know the one where you say, "I dare you to_______ (fill in the blank here)".  Or to make it even more exciting you would say, "I double dog dare you to _____."  Then, to be a real game changer you might even break out the triple dog dare.  While this game was a childhood favorite or maybe nightmare, I remember saying these words to my sisters, brother and friends. The word dare meant to take a risk.  To do something you may be uncomfortable doing.  Or to do something that may just be absolutely crazy!

I kept going round and round about my word for this year since I know I fell a little short at living up to the expectation of my OLW from last year.  My first word I thought was going to be "it" was surrender.  But then I started to think... and think..... and think.  So with all that thinking, it wasn't the word for me.  Then, I was thinking about the book I need to start reading.  It's called The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee.  And that word jumped out at me.  Dare.  I'm going to work this word this year.

I'm going to Dare to:

be happy
try new things
spark love and excitement with my hubby
be supportive
see Jesus in all the people I come in contact with
be creative
write more
blog more
be spontaneous
be a supportive momma
be an example
point out important qualities in my girls
give compliments
experience life
enjoy the small moments
be still
listen to the quiet
try new foods
eat better
be positive

My list continues to grow, now I just need your help to keep on daring me to do things.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Little Notes.....

Write. Share. Give.

Have you ever seen The Little Rascals? Do you remember the scene when Alfalfa writes a love letter to Darla?  My girls and I have been LOVING that movie for awhile now and this is one of our favorite parts. So much so that my youngest, who is 6, left me this little love letter.

I love that she's becoming more confident in her writing skills.  Even if she "hates my stinking guts".  hahahahahahahahaha

Happy Tuesday Friends!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


This is how we taught today from 9:20 until about 1:00 pm.  

We kicked it like in the "olden" days with no electric and only the light from our windows to help us see.  I'm not going to lie.... I was a little disappointed when the lights came back on.  There was something calming about working in the "dark".

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A New Chapter

How many of you out there are Empty Nesters?  Well... I'm joining your club.... kind of.  I'm now an Empty Carster.  What is that you ask? For the last 10 years (well... 11 if you count the time our oldest daughter was in my belly) I have been driving to the city I teach in with a child in tow.
Our last car ride to school this summer.
For 10 years a DJ.
For 10 years a singer (well.... I like to think of myself as Adele or someone else famous).
For 10 years a car dancer.
For 10 years a conversationalist.
For 10 years a joke teller.
For 10 years a joke receiver.
For 10 years a car teacher to my own children.
For 10 years a discusser of life situations.
For 10 years a prayer over drivers that needed one.
For 10 years a laugher, a crier, a discipliner, an understander.
For 10 years a momma.  A car momma.

I didn't realize this new chapter in my life was going to start so soon. I didn't even see it coming until the end of the last school year.  And now... starting on Friday, I will drop my girls off at the sitter and head to the city I work in.... alone.  I didn't really feel too emotional about it until right now, this very moment.  While I know I'm going to miss the conversations, laughter, singing, and those three little voices in my backseats, this new chapter will give me some time to just be.  Do you know what I mean?  To just be alone.  Quiet or Loud.  It'll be my choice each day as this new chapter begins.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Donut Anyone?

This has been a greaaaaaaaat week and it's only Tuesday!  My teammate Em and I presented for the very first time together at a conference called High Aims on Monday.  We presented on Writing Celebrations.  Do you have them in your classrooms?  We hit home on the big ones the , but more importantly to us.... the small ones.  When we started I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest and I was going to puke!  As the presentation went on it finally settled down and everything went smoothly.  We will be presenting again in December and January for SDE on Oral Storytelling, so if you're in Columbus for a conference, I hope you'll come and see us!!!!!

Then today, the girls, myself and our friend hit the road on The Donut Trail.  Yes, you read that right, The Donut Trail.  It was uh-mazing!!!!! It took us about 2 1/2 hours to hit 8 spots (the girls and I were able to hit one when we we to Miami University for our swimming championships). Here's how it works...

You go to one of the spots on the trail and you pick up your passport.  Buy a donut, or not.  Get your passport stamped and then head to the next spot.  You do not have to complete the trail in one day like us, you can do it over time.  When you finish, all you have to do is turn in your passport and you get a Donut Trail Shirt!!!!!!!!  We came home with a box of donuts because while I love donuts.... 8 would be excessive! :)  At each spot we bought a donut or two..... maybe more. hahaha  and we are looking forward to eating them the rest of the week.  So if you're every in the Cincinnati area..... The Butler County Donut Trail is a MUST DO!!!!!!!!!

First Stop on the DonutTrail

Photo op at every spot!

I LOVE THIS!!!!  It's hard to read but says, "Please don't touch the glass, it scares the donuts!" BWAHAHAHA

Completed Passport

We did it!  
Does anyone else out there feel this way about donuts?  I just love donuts! hahahaha