Thursday, March 31, 2016

We Did It!!!!

I'm so, so, so excited that I went on this journey.  I proved to myself that I could write everyday and quite frankly, I enjoyed everyday!  There was only one day where I didn't really feel like writing and one day I physically couldn't.  I've enjoyed, so much, getting to know many writers out there!  One of my newest friends is in Canada! I never dreamed of that!  Another new friend left the sweetest comments for me during this time and it helped to encourage me to write daily.

I hope to continue to follow up with all of you on your blogs and hopefully by email. :)
 Maybe when Tuesday rolls around, you may find me posting my little SOL. Anyone out there want to remind me?  I'm for real.  Like 5 or 10 reminders should do the trick. :)

As for tonight..... I'm having a sleepover with these three special little ladies.
And we're watching the NEWSIES!!!!!
I love, love, love musicals and this is one of my favorites.
Do you have any recommendations?

From my Brown eyes to yours...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Beautiful Day

Today we spend a LOT of time in this.....

We went to the Cincinnati Zoo with friends.  It was amazing and crazy crowded since today is supposed to be the best day of our spring break. :)
We were able to see the new baby cheetahs.  I would LOVE to snuggle these little guys. Look at how cute they are!

They were delivered on March 9th via c-section.  Their momma didn't make it and one of their little brothers didn't either. :(  Good news is they have a nursery dog who's been stepping in. :)

We also saw these.....

And I was also able to snap a few shots of these adorable girls...

We hope you enjoyed your day as much as we have! :)

From our Brown eyes to yours....

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nothing Today

I have no words today.  I really didn't even feel like turning on the computer, but I made a challenge to myself and to all of you.  The only day I missed was when I was in the ER, so that situation was out of my control. So.... I'm posting today. And... I'll comment today.
Other than that.... I'm binge watching tv because I can this week. :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Real Life Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Have you ever seen or read the book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?  Spoiler alert!  It's the one where the girls share a pair of pants and they magically fit each one of them even though they are all different shapes and sizes.  WELL..... I have a real life traveling pants story except... they aren't pants.

When my mom made her first communion in 1958 (I think), her mom made her a gorgeous dress.  Luckily, my grandma saved that dress and then gave it to my mom when she had kids.  I'm not sure if I have ever told you this... maybe I have, but I have 5 sisters.  You read that right, 5! I also have one brother.  Each of us are built very differently, and each of us wore that special dress for our first communion.  It magically fit all of us.  It has NEVER been altered, it's NEVER had fabric added to it, it's just magic. 

Yesterday we went to my mom's house for an Easter brunch after mass.  Before we left, I thought.... EEK we have to try the first communion dress on Amelia because this year is her year.  She again is built so different than our oldest who is a stick and all legs. :)  I truly didn't know if the dress would fit her because she's a little curvier and more squeezable.  But sure enough, as she slid on the dress, IT FIT!!!!!!  Below is a picture of our oldest daughter on the left in 2014 and me on the right in 1984 in the same dress. 

From my Brown eyes to yours.....

Sunday, March 27, 2016


I am blessed.
I am blessed because today I woke up.
I am blessed that my three girls woke up smiling (even after a late night).
I am blessed my husband loves us so.
I am blessed we all had beautiful clothes to wear to church today.
I am blessed that I was able to worship with my parents this morning at church.
I am blessed that the sun was shining.
I am blessed because I snapped this picture....

I am blessed because in the midst of all my chaos this week, I knew I was cared for.
I am blessed because the Lord above took care of my needs and blessed me with his angel army.
I am blessed because His angels gladly accepted the work He gave them, no questions.
I am blessed because the staff I work with are so caring, kind, and compassionate.
I am blessed because they looked after my youngest knowing that I was not there to do so myself.
I am blessed because they cared for her as they would their own.
I am blessed because they love me.
I am blessed because I am loved.
I am blessed.
I am truly blessed.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Answered Prayers

Thank you so much for your prayers. They all helped! Last night that little, and I mean little, guy came out! On his own! Phew! Surgery avoided. Now we can focus on having a nice, quiet, blessed Easter.
Happy Easter to all of you!

Friday, March 25, 2016


This little stone just won't go away.
And if he doesn't go away, they are going to go in and take him away.
I really don't want that to happen.
I just want him to leave on his own so no other foreign objects enter my body.
So I'm drinking water.
Taking medicine to break it up.
Do you have any other ideas?
Maybe I'll ask Google.
Maybe I'll look on Pinterest, they always have ideas, right?

From my Brown eyes to yours....

Thursday, March 24, 2016

An Unexpected Trip

So sorry for missing my 23rd slice. I was in the ER and in some pretty severe pain that did not let up until about 1 am.  :(  You can read about it HERE.

His Angels are Everywhere

Yesterday started out as a normal day for me.  Got up, dropped kiddos off, went to work, day went as usual, went to a 1:15 ETR meeting and then BAM!  My world stopped and will forever be changed.  As I was sitting in the meeting, (and after I shared my part of the ETR) I got a severe pain in my lower back that radiated around to the front.  I started sweating profusely and a trashcan is where I buried my head.  Thinking I was going to get sick, I asked (well.... that's a kind way of saying it. I kind of told them) if they would leave.  Here's where my angels started coming in to play.

I'm a very faithful person.  I believe in the plan that God has set before me and that I am here to do His work.  Most recently, I have been trying to thank him daily for the great things in my life instead of always seeking his help.  But... in the midst of all I was going through, I could not find any words to pray.  I didn't once ask for him to take the pain away.  However, I was front seat in a beautiful show.  The first angel who entered was our district nurse who just happened to be in the building.  She immediately began fanning me and asking questions.  She said she believed I had a kidney stone which I have NEVER had (well knowingly) had before.   Then, our health aide.  She called my husband (who was home sick).  Then, I had her call my mom (because really.... we all need our mom's in our time of need).  The secretary calmly called the paramedics and pulled the curtain to the office to protect me and my privacy in my hour of need.  My friend (I'll have to slice about her later) who swiftly came across the street and told me she would take care of my youngest, had devised a plan already and went to get my wallet for me. She knows the planner I am and I like to have all my ducks in a row.  I don't even know the angel that took over her class so she could come, I'm still working to track that down. The paramedics came.  I immediately recognized one, another blessing.  He was the brother of a good friend I went to grade school with, I was safe.  My friends and colleagues who texted me their love and offerings of help. And my team.  They immediately sprang into action.  Telling me everything was covered.  They got a sub for me, even though I was like... NOOOO I have so much to finish, so much to do.  They planned on bringing us meals.  And they just loved me.  My mom and dad came to the hospital with me because my hubby was sick and unable to come. They helped me laugh (we said, I got the "stones" and my dad said, "Not the Rolling kind"hahaha), got me warm blankets (which in the end totaled 8), prayed for the woman across the hall who the nurses were working with. Her name was Heidi.  Prayed for the little boy who was scared because he had hurt his finger. And took me to school to get my car, to get my medication and take me home.  His angels and his blessings are all around us.

His plan was a beautiful one.  It was a carefully laid out one with each angel playing his/her own part. I found comfort in each of them. I found comfort in my Lord who I knew would take care of me, even though I couldn't pray to Him and ask for help, he just sent it.

So right now, I was given an extended start to my spring break waiting on what I was told was my first of many kidney stones that will move out of my body. But to all of my angels...... I am truly blessed.

From my Brown eyes to yours.....

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


At school we are knee deep in personal narratives. Admittedly, this is not my most favorite genre to teach, even though each day this month I've been writing on here a personal narrative for you.  A little backstory about my relationship with personal narratives.

Four years ago when I was a novice writing teacher we jumped into personal narratives first.  Most of our kiddos cried and we unable to produce a story that was remotely close to a personal narrative.  In my second year, we were at it one more time.  The result was better, but just not what I expected or wanted.  We decided to skip it in my third year because that's what you do when something is hard, right?  Abandon it.  (Don't judge me.)  
After every year is over, we mull over how each of our units went, if we liked when things were taught, etc.  Guess what..... this year personal narratives are back and better than ever!  We moved when we taught them... super helpful!  I also just used the three Knuffle Bunny books as our mentor text, added a few amazing mini lessons about details, hooks, closure, dialogue, etc.

The fruits of my labor have been paying off.  This little firstie had a super boring lead.  In our conference we talked about taking a risk and trying to start her piece with a different type of hook such as:  dialogue, time, sound, or weather.  This is what she came up with!

JACKPOT!!!!  I'm so proud of her for taking a risk as a writer.  I just want to say, "My job here is done." and drop the mic. :) hahaha  Here's to taking more risks and most likely keeping personal narratives in our curriculum for next year! haha  :)

From my Brown eyes to yours.....

Monday, March 21, 2016

Dinner at 9:15 pm.... Acceptable, right?

Today was a busy day.  This is my normal Monday and Wednesday, but today was different because I had to help out.  I coach swim team from 5-6 on both days.  I also coach for an hour on Saturday mornings.  It's a nice little gig.  They pay me AND I get a free gym membership for my family (which my girls and I use to its fullest).  But tonight, I had to help the 6-7 shift and then we had a meeting about summer swim team. Hence why dinner was at 9:15 for me tonight. :( Summer swim team is going to be new for us.  It's exciting, BUT..... it's a commitment too.  I'm having mixed feelings.  I want to do it because I love that we get other perks.  I love the people I work with.  I'm thinking I can do one hour a day for five days a week, right?  I don't know.  Is that fair to my girls?  I don't know.  We would be at the gym anyway because I work out in the summer each day too.  UGH! Mommy guilt.  It's better practices will be in the morning, so I'm free every evening for their activities. I don't know.  I'll pray about this for sure. And my husband, we'll talk.  We'll choose what's best for our family. 
What do you think?  I need help. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Tonight I'm dreaming.  I'm dreaming of what I would be if I weren't a teacher.  Have you ever thought about that?  Has anyone ever asked you that?  When I was in 8th grade, I wanted to be a paramedic.  I think I even wrote a poem about it for my poster about me.  I carried this dream all through high school, even up to the day I went and visited a college.  I don't know what changed my mind, but when asked what my major would be I said "Education" without even thinking. 

Buuuuuutttttt......if I lived in a world where money was not a worry.  Where I could choose whatever job my pretty little heart desired, I would choose to be a.......... Baby Rocker.  Babies are my thing.  I love, love, love babies.  I love their smell, their little cry (not at 3 am), their little toes and fingers. How they move and stretch.  I just love it all.  I love snuggling them, right up in my neck. hahaha  I'm lucky because right at the moment, we have a new baby in the family.  My sister had a baby about a month ago.  My baby fix..... fixed. :)  When I retire, I'm going to volunteer somewhere and just snuggle the heck out of some poor unsuspecting little babies. We will be giving each other just what we need, when we need it. :)  

What would you do if you didn't have the job you have?

From my Brown eyes to yours.....

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A New Hairstyle

Girls..... I know you're going to be jealous, but tonight... I went to the hairdresser.  This hairdresser is in high demand, so it's very hard to get an appointment.  I'm so lucky I was able to get in to see her! :)
She started out by asking me what I wanted done. I said, "Do whatever you want, just cover the gray!"  She began mixing the color concoction and started to apply it to my roots.  Thank goodness!  She then proceeded to tell me that the color she put on was pink!  WHAT?!?  I decided to go with it unless it didn't cover my gray up because quite frankly.... that gray is everywhere!  Once finished, she asked if I'd like her to style my hair.  "Of course, I'd love that!"
I left with my hair looking like this....

I'll loan her to you if you want her to mimic this rare, one-of-a-kind, barrette hairstyle. Or maybe you have a daughter who's looking for a gorgeous hairdo to go with her prom attire. I've got your girl. 
Let me introduce you to my hairstylist.
She has 5 years of experience.
A hairstyle she likes to call a "bob".
And LOTS of spunk to go with all her sassy hairdos.  :)

Contact me if you're interested. 
Happy Saturday, Friends!

From my Brown eyes to yours....

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Night

This is what our Friday night looked like. Couch, snuggles, and movie (The Princess and the Frog).
This is after gym (for me), dinner (for all hahaha), practice (pitching for our oldest, the middle went too), Stations of the Cross (the youngest and I), showers, and finally the sofa!
I just sent the girls to bed so I could get my post up and start commenting. :)
I hope you're Friday night was full of relaxing, too!

From my Brown eyes to yours....

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Little Notes

My girls have been coming with me to school since their birth. It has always been important for my girls to see me working.  I don't know why.  I think it's just that I want them to know that when they grown up, they need to work.  I want them to see themselves as strong, self-sufficient women.  It's also important to me that they learn dedication to everything they choose to be a part of in life.

A few weeks ago I brought them to school with me because I needed to run copies and get a few odds and ends done.  Since then, I've been finding notes around my classroom they wrote while playing. :)  It brings me joy and makes my heart so warm and fuzzy when I find these little notes.  I love when they play well together. :) 

From my Brown eyes to yours.....

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


This was the "to-do" list I wrote today.  I love how SOL was at the top of my list, but I'm sad that I'm just getting to it now. :(  I've been working on the 2nd thing right now, but grrrrr...... I wanted to do the first more than anything. Stuff happens... life happens.... But here I am friends. :)  
Writing is everywhere!