Fashionista

This morning Maggie asked me a very serious question. “Mama, do you know how I put this outfit together?” I was in the middle of brushing my teeth, and glanced at her with a foamy mouth.  “Tell me, ” I replied. First she pointed to her leggings.   “Puppies…” she declared. Next she pointed to her flowered skirt.  “Playing in the garden…” Lastly, she pointed … Continue reading Fashionista

Little House, Big Memories

My junior high years bordered on miserable.  Every day I launched off the school bus, bolted up the driveway, and shed my back brace onto the living room floor.  At that age I was allowed to remove my scoliosis contraption for 4 hours each day, and I always spent my first hour of freedom with Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She was my daily dose of sanity. … Continue reading Little House, Big Memories

Homer Sea Week

This weekend was the much-anticipated Homer Sea Week field trip.

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We weren’t sure what to expect when our children’s school group planned a 3-day field trip over Mother’s Day weekend down to Homer, Alaska, which is a 4 – 5 hour drive from Anchorage (depending on road construction and which spouse is driving).

We certainly didn’t expect the majority of the school to make the trek, but trek we all did.  Over 75% of us.

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Happy Birthday, Maggie Style

The night before Maggie’s birthday, we were more patient than usual with her bedtime shenanigans. No matter when we send her to bed, she always finds a reason to come back downstairs.  Oops, she forgot her water.  Ooops, she forgot her book.  Oooops, she forgot to take her asthma medicine.  Her last trek downstairs is always with open arms, simply asking for another goodnight hug … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Maggie Style

Part 2: Or Not To Bee

Our son is obsessed with geography.  Looking back, I think it started with a road trip between Nebraska and Missouri the summer before he entered kindergarten.  He was contained in a car seat for seven straight hours, but thanks to a few road maps and a U.S. atlas he was as happy as tourist with a shiny new Canon.  He spent the entire drive quizzing … Continue reading Part 2: Or Not To Bee

Part 1: To Bee

Spelling bees are shockingly intense events.  I’ve been organizing them at my school for the past few years, and my heart simultaneously breaks for the kids who are eliminated and pounds with anticipation for those who volley through the final, tongue-twisting rounds. I serve as the pronouncer for our school bees, but I can still see the parents in the audience, nervously clenching their hands … Continue reading Part 1: To Bee

Whoops!

I adore Maggie’s teachers.  They are a team of professionals with high expectations of not only themselves, but also the students and families in their classrooms.  They have strong opinions about public education and literacy, some of them unconventional but all of them in alignment with my beliefs.  Thanks to them, many inquisitive little minds absolutely love coming to school each and every day.  Oh, … Continue reading Whoops!