Let It Grow

When we think about our kids, they are always known for something. The tall one. The funny one. The fast runner. The athlete. The artsy one. The list can go on. 

Mollie is my sassy one. She is known for having a little more lip than one needs at her age. And even though she is known for this at home and with family, she is known for something else with her friends. 

Mollie has always loved her nails to be long but her pinky nail is one for the books. It is more of a “crack” nail to be specific. Her pinky nail is never to be cut and she cries when it cracks or breaks. Her friends even come up to her and ask her to show their siblings and parents the longness of that nail. It has become a little embarrassing as Mollie shows off her nail to everyone that asks. The laughter and “Oh my”s that follow are comical. 

I guess she could be known for something worse, so for now I will just “Let it grow”!



Today I am exhausted. Tired. Lazy. Lethargic. I just need to rest. 

Rest is exactly what I needed after a long week of work, late nights & early wake-ups, and days of being mommy & daddy. 

Today I took a 3 hour nap. When I placed my head on the pillow, I told myself just for a little while. When I woke up 3 hours later I felt slightly refreshed. 

Hopefully I can be productive tomorrow. Apparently laundry never gets exhausted. 

Seen and Unseen

I see you turning the pages quicker every time but what I cannot see are the pages turning in your brain as you look for where that information lies. 

I see you writing furiously on your page but what I cannot see are the words you are writing in your brain as you try to come up with the answer. 

I see your mouth moving as you read the words silently to yourself but what I cannot see is how difficult it is for your brain to sound out those challenging words. 

I see you counting on your fingers as you complete the problem but what I cannot see are how the numbers work in your brain. 

I see you raise your hand to tell me that you are finished but what I cannot see is how hard this was for you and that you just want to this test to be over. 


When one is obsessed with something, all they want to do is talk about it. Just the very thought of my obsession(s) brings the largest smile to my face and I babble on and on endlessly. I am obsessed with many things and each one holds a very special place in my heart.

From earrings, to bracelets, to statues, to leggings – anything with an elephant must be mine. These are the only pachyderms that I like. Actually, I don’t like them, I LOVE them.

Did someone say Princess Diana? I cannot stay away from newspaper articles, books or TV shows that pertain to the Royal Family. I find each one of them so fascinating.

The amazing smells diffused fill my home. When applied to my body, ailments are helped to heal quicker. Learning what each essential oil is capable of supporting brings an abundance of knowledge about how I can rid my home of toxic chemicals.

Looking nice at work and being comfortable can often be a challenge. This year with my new obsession, I have managed to remain comfortable and still look stylish (sort of). Thank you LuLaRoe. 

I love reading, however I often cannot find the time. Lately I have been making a more conscious effort to read books that my students, K-8, would enjoy. I also have been making sure to allow my daughters to catch me reading in order to encourage them to read more. Believe me – it works.

This word MUST be in all caps. DISNEY is my obsession. I could not live without something Disney in my life on a daily basis. Whether it is planning my next trip or giving advice to a friend, I love to talk about Disney World and Disneyland. I love Mickey Mouse and all of the enchanting characters that have come after. I enjoy Disney movies – believe me, they are not just for kids. I love Disney stuffed animals, picture frames, coloring books, tattoos, paintings, calendars, magnets, popcorn & jelly bean machines, Facebook pages, etc., etc., etc. Anything with a Disney logo would be loved by me. Learning about the life of Walt Disney has also become an obsession. I love to hear about his ideas and creativity. Disney has become my life. 

I think I may need a little help when it comes to my obsessions. I know I could kick a few habits, but I will NEVER let go of my LOVE for Disney!


Thank You

Dear Annonymous Classroom,

Thank you for welcoming my daughter into your classroom on Monday. You see, I did not have anyone to watch her while I was working in my office and I needed a place for her to be for the day. I am so glad that she was able to be with you. 

I could see that she was very well taken care of throughout the day. When I would walk by your classroom, she always had a smile on her face. She was seen reading, writing and conversing with so many of you. I am sure this is how her day goes at her school, but now I was able to see her in action. 

Thank you for sitting with her at lunch and making her part of your bunch. She talked about playing tag and how everyone was so kind at recess. She had the best time running around with you. 

Thank you for all the kindness you showed to my daughter on her day off from school. Thank you for easing my heart and knowing that I put her in the right place. I was wondering if it would be possible for her to return during her Spring Break for a short visit? I know she would love to see all of the new friends she made. 


Mollie’s mom

When Daddy’s Away

When Daddy’s away…

…mornings run a little smoother because he is not there to tell his corny jokes and irritate. 

…bathrooms are a little cleaner and less occupied. 

…dishes get done before bed and don’t pile up. 

…ice cream can be eaten for breakfast and popcorn for lunch. 

…dinner is made quickly or not at all and instead we eat out. 

…movies are a must and movie theaters are even better. 

…sweet treats like ice cream and cake are eaten from many establishments. 

…bowling and mini-golf are games are played. 

…phone calls are made and I love you’s and I miss you’s are said. 

When daddy’s away…his girls will play! But we wish daddy could play too!

Book Love

When Ashleigh was little she loved books. Reading was a morning, afternoon and evening ritual. She needed a book read to her before I left her at day care. She needed a book read to her as soon as we came home from school/work. She NEEDED 5 books read to her before she drifted off into dream land. Books were her love – especially Goodnight Moon and Pat the Bunny.

When first grade came, the love started to waiver. She liked to read but did not like that she was starting to read bigger books. Her taste also changed. No longer was she reading the fairy tale princess, My Little Pony, Disney stories. She liked Junie B Jones because she was funny but other than that her favorite stories were the sad ones. Second and third grade were a struggle to get her to read. My heart began to sink at the thought of my daughter being alliterate. 

Then came fourth grade and Mr. Pekol with his funny voices. Ashleigh’s interests were sparked by her fourth grade teacher. He read aloud to them daily. He made them laugh when he talked in different character voices. Ashleigh’s love for books was coming back. Then this summer she was enticed to read a few books from the Rebecca Caudill nominees because her school sent a suggested reading list to the library. She was finding books that were interesting, covered different genres and many had beautiful book jackets.

Fifth grade has been an interesting year when it comes to reading. Ashleigh has been required to read 4 books a quarter and one of the books must be from a teacher chosen genre. This has made Ashleigh explore historical fiction and science fiction texts. She also has been paying more attention when I read books at home. Especially since I find myself enjoying books that my middle school students would read. The conversations that Ashleigh & I have had over books has been wonderful. These are the conversations I dreamed about having when she was little (except now I can talk about more than Goodnight Moon and what the Pat the Bunny does).

This Saturday was my favorite bonding moment, over books, with Ashleigh. We stood at Barnes & Noble for about 45 minutes just exploring new titles and books that were going to be on the 2018 Rebecca Caudill list. We listened as the Children’s Section employee suggested new titles and authors for us to enjoy. We read book jackets and shouted across the aisles to share where specific authors were located. We found new titles to read and added to our someday pile. We grabbed more titles, put a few back as our piles got larger and discussed books that I could get at work for her to enjoy. We made plans to return soon to pick out new books. The drive home was quieter than usual as my promising alliterate from a few years ago finally joined the I Love to Read Books club.