Starring in her own sitcom

Years ago, I took a group of student to KC on a field trip and had the privilege of eating lunch with a few fun girls. The lunch was one of the highlights of my career because it was one of the first times I took the time to get to know kids and enjoy their unique personalities. Now it’s one of the best parts of my job.

That day the thing that jumped out at me was that these girls really needed their own sitcom. You know the kid characters in sitcoms (like on the Disney channel) who live their own life and don’t care what others think of them, I love that quality in a kid.

Since then, I have met many kids who could have their own sitcom. They march to their own beat and I love it.

Well lately, I’ve noticed something around my house. If you look past all of the silly, funny and sometimes naughty antics of the cute little boy who lives here…I have a young girl who, in fact could have her own sitcom.


Just now, I asked Paige to go out on the deck and water flowers. The next thing I know, I have a girl wrestling a hose and a gate. Some people would rush to help, I just sit back and giggle.

I’m proud of my almost second grader who still doesn’t know a “real” bad word, has no clue who the cool kids are and enjoys playing with her brother and his little friends just as much as playing with her own friends. I know these days are fleeting and that peer pressure and the need to be cool are just around the corner but I’ll enjoy these days while they last.


It’s not for sissies

The only sound in my house right now is the heavy breathing of kids who played too hard yesterday. This morning is a sleep in morning and a take-it-easy kind of day. I love summer!

With that being said, it’s not all butterflies and swimming pools around here.

Staying home with your kids is not for sissies. I’ve always known this but each summer I get a reminder. It would be so easy to let them eat junk, watch tv and not bathe all summer…ok sometimes we have days like that. It’s a lot harder to try to turn them in to polite, thoughtful, healthy, smart people.

The good thing about my career is that I know first hand how quickly a child grows up. It seems like just yesterday I was teaching piano to these cute little twin girls who were in the first grade. When I asked them how to tell them apart, they told me they wore different colored shoes :). The same cute girls will head to college in the fall. I blinked and they grew up. I see it all the time as students seem to fly through their time at the middle school and half a second later, they are graduating.

So if you see me around town with my hand tightly around my son’s arm, leading him in the direction he needs to go or chasing him around the swimming pool when he refuses to come dry off so we can head home, know these things…

-the good moments outweigh the bad
-this summer is better than last summer and I know it will continue to improve
-I realize that very soon my kids won’t want to hang out at the club with me or they won’t even be around because of their busy lives
-as mad as my little boy makes me, I realize he is a little boy and this too shall pass. I see glimmers every day of progress as he realizes that bad choices hold bad consequences.
-my respect for stay at home moms is through the roof

Enjoy your summer!

Highs, lows & lessons learned on vacation

-flip flops and wet sidewalks covered in tree blooms are not a good combo for little girls
-I enjoy aquariums more than I thought I would
-my children now know the meaning of “going commando” (explained not demonstrated)
-Parker does not like applesauce in a tube to the point of creating gag reflexes. This would be funny in most situations, not so much in the carseat
-although my children can tell me tons of bible stories, they did not know who the devil was before today. After an explanation, they proceeded to name people they know who follow the devil instead if God…not the results I was expecting
-Rock City is just as cool as an adult as it was 20 years ago.
-our timing with construction has been horrible, but weather wonderful
-Tourists must sleep in. If you don’t want crowds, get there when it opens
-sweet tea in the south=perfection
-Parker only wants his stroller if you don’t bring it
-I will travel anywhere, anytime with Paige. She is a great, fun, positive travelmate. Parker is 3, nuff said.
-when receiving food vouchers as perks, make sure there will be a place open to use them on Sunday nights.