I’ve lost it

I’ve lost the joy for blogging.

or maybe I am just too busy to blog…but I hate that excuse because if you really want to do something you will find the time to do it.

So I will say I have been busy and we have had some life events that are making things stressful.  Overall, though, I just find blogging to be more of a chore than a fun hobby. And I don’t want to do anything in my life that I don’t enjoy. So I will pop in when I feel like it and when I don’t I won’t. 

Anyhoo…Halloween happened and it was a good one. My kids are funny. 

Megan always has two costumes because she hates itchy things and once something feels itchy to her she never want to wear it again. (Newsflash…all costumes are itchy.) 

Tyler dresses up everyday on the regular so he announced, “this is my word you are just living in it.” Before trick or treat began.

Any Ryan, oh baby Ryan. He is cute. Always.


Real Life

I am sitting here with one baby in bed and two children about to head down for the night thinking about how time is fleeting.  We only have so many hours in the day and days in the week and weeks in the year to make the most of.  I know this sounds so philosophical, but I have been taking inventory of my life and trying to see where I can improve the most.

I love my family and it is time to make them and only them my top priority. Not that I haven’t before, but I really need to soak in these years. They won’t be little for long and I know I will wish I had these days back.


I am focusing on being more patient, more present, and spending more meaningful time with my littles.  Another book? Sure. A few cuddles? Of course. Kisses, kisses and more kisses? Yes, please.  In a minute they will not need me to read them a book. Cuddles will be replaced with a quick wave. Kisses will be too embarrassing. I hate to even think about those days to come. Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky; how God could have graced me with these beauties. I am so not worthy.

So tonight I will spend a few extra minutes making sure the three know they are the most important people in my life. I will tell them how much I love them. I will lay down tonight and than God for the most extraordinary gifts that I have been given.


Labor Day, Lazy Day

With the first two full weeks of school in the book so, this teacher needed a break. I always forget (selective memory) how much work it takes to be a teacher.  Between lesson planning, grading, meetings, and actually being in front of the classroom on my feet all day long I am beat. I love my job, but, man, it’s exhausting.

This weekend I planned on resting a recovering in the best way I know how with three little ones running around. My mission has pretty much been accomplished.  

I was looking through Shawn’s phone yesterday and found this gem…

I love so many things about this picture. They are hilarious in their matching shirts. Megan and Tyler spend hours playing “twins” and they love dressing alike.  

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the great long weekend.  Cheers to a four day work week!

A Big First Day

Megan started Kindergarten last week and as I was looking back on blog posts over the last three (WOW, 3!!!) I loved to see my kids first day pictures. That is the greatest thing about a blog; keeping and preserving memories.

That uniform, those shoes...I die

That uniform, those shoes…I die

So Meg started school without a whole lot of dramatics.  She loves her teacher, she is learning new things, and meeting new friends is one of her greatest pleasures in life.  Her love language, if you will.

I thought I would be more emotional…even sad…when this day came.  But honestly, she was ready and she made this day so much easier than I could have ever imagined.

I want to eat that face up all day long

I want to eat that face up all day long

We are starting a new season in our family. And while I still have Ryan to fill all my needs for baby snuggles, I am enjoying where our life is taking us.  Each day becomes a little bit easier as the children learn to be a little more independent. And while I know they will always need me, it is nice that they want to explore and experience on their on a bit.

Meggles, my big girl. I know this is the first of many things you will accomplish in your life.  Congrats on your first day, little sweetie!

Love her!

Love her!

Long Time

It’s been such a long time, friends.

Life has certainly been full.

Summer has ended, my (first) baby started Kindergarten and life is moving at lightening speed.

I have so much to write but no time to commit to it.

Hopefully I will be back soon….

me and meg

A Date With My Little

Megan and Tyler went on a sleep over last night so Ryan and I got to spend some one on one time with each other. Honestly, I think this might be the first time we have ever been alone. We didn’t do anything special or significant, but it was good to soak in his smile and his laugh and his personality. My little guy is so darn cute.

The summer is coming to an abrupt end. I have been spending time reviewing my calendar for August and it is going to be crazy! I always forget (or maybe put out of my mind) the amount of work it takes to get my classroom in order for the fall. I love doing it, but oh the time suck it is.

Shawn and I are leaving on Monday for a short trip to celebrate 10 years of marriage…ALONE! It has been six years since we have spent any significant time without our kids. I know I will miss them, but I am going to enjoy sleeping in (without various children in my bed), going to the pool and lounging on a chair (without having to keep anyone from drowning), and eating dinner (sans cutting another person’s food). 

Yes, it is going to be glorious!


Memory Keeper

This summer I am making a HUGE effort to put down electronics and actually read books. Before I had kids I read about a book a week for almost 10 years! It was crazy. Now, my goal for the summer was 5 books. I am happy to report that I have met my goal and will be exceeding it! Yay me.

I just finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. I know I read it many years ago but it is a book I recommend to everyone so I wanted to do my due diligence and read it again. Oh man, it did not disappoint! What a heartbreaking story about how a web of lies can tear a family apart in ways you could not even imagine.  So good. I couldn’t even put it down. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and curl up on the couch ( or in a lounge chair at the pool) and get to it.

I also read Paper Towns. Funny story about this one. I bought the book when I was shopping at Kroger the other week and I actually didn’t even look at the title. I thought it was a new release by John Grisham and since I have always loved his books I knew I would enjoy it…Ha…to my great suprise, it was written by John Green, it is not a mystery/detective book, and it is about to become a major motion picture gearing towards teens.  Anyway, I thought it was great…very captivating, engaging, and I think it is going to be a great movie.

The other three books I read were The Happiness Project (it was alright), The Lifechanging Magic of Tiding Up (hated it), and I title that I can’t even remember at this moment (obviously, not great).

I am moving on today to Leap of Faith. I am hoping to use this book in my 8th grade Confirmation class this year, so I am praying it is a good one that will hold my attention and the attention of a bunch of 14 year olds. This will be a tall order, but the book has been recommended to me by many people.  So far so good.

In other news, we were in West Virginia over the weekend for a reunion and it was very nice. The kids had a great time running around in the country with cousins. I love family things and so does the hubby so it was a great weekend…oh, and Ryan slept in a hotel room!!! God bless his little heart, I was so proud!

I will sign off with a throw back picture from my baby shower for Megan…I can’t rbeleive she is starting kindergarten in a few short weeks !