I love that on a random day in August I can text you and ask you to come bowling and swimming with us, and you’ll just say “yes, of course.”  Never mentioning that you maybe had something else you were going to spend your afternoon doing. In spite of your shoulder hurting. 

I’m petrified of the day I’ll lose you and I won’t be able to just call you to ask your advice, tell you about my day, see how your trip was, share a new wine I found because we both love the same wines, or ask you to come bowling and swimming with us. 

Maybe that’s why your answer is always, “yes, of course.” I love you. 


SoL # 16 – Bed Time Routine

My little man is 7 years old and growing more independent every day. Recently he has been asking for extra cuddles after his regular bedtime routine. Some days I roll my eyes, doesn’t he know I have work to do, laundry to fold dishes to wash, tv shows to catch up on… I have to stop myself and remember he’s only going to be this little for a short time.

Recently I read something about how as a parent you never know if this time will be the last time. You don’t know if it’s the last time he’ll want extra cuddles before bed. You don’t know if it’s the last time he’ll hold your hand while you cross the street. You don’t know if it’s the last time he’ll kiss you goodbye in the classroom.

I am really trying to remind myself that the dishes, work, tv, etc. can wait. I’m trying to be in the moment and appreciate all these moments. They are so fleeting.

Sol #15 – It finally happened

Well, it finally happened… I missed a day of SoL. Last night I got so caught up in my planning for Disney World I forgot all about the reason I had sat down at the computer. I’m bummed. I guess now I’ll be able to tell if I am in this challenge for the awesome prizes or to really push myself as a writer. Fingers crossed for the later!

SoL #14 – The Big Reveal

Right after the holidays, my husband and I started planning our first trip to Disney World in almost 15 years and our 7 year old son’s first. We decided to keep it a secret from our son until we got closer to the trip. As anyone who has planned a trip to Disney recently knows that it is no small undertaking. I am getting so excited about our trip that I have been having a difficult time keeping the secret! 

Well today was the big reveal! I set up a short scavenger hunt around the house for my son. As he found the clues, he collected magnetic letters. At the end of the scavenger hunt he had to unscramble the letters to reveal where we were going. To say he was excited would be an understatement. 15 days! Sunny Florida and the happiest place on Earth. Here we come! 

SoL #13 – Busy

Recently my girlfriends and I have been trying to plan a little weekend getaway. Leave the kids, the husbands and just relax. I have 2 friends whose weekends are booked from now until July. July! 

This got me wondering, why aren’t I that busy? Is there something wrong with me? Is there something wrong with them? Is being that busy a choice? Do some people like to be that busy just so they can tell people how busy they are? Is there pressure to be so busy? Am I over thinking it WAY too much?

What I do know is I would feel crushed by the weight of all those things to do. I like have unplanned weekends, or even weeks during the summer. I get anxious when I have a crazy week in my planner. I guess at the end of the day each of us has to do what makes us happy. I’m looking forward to my un-busy weekend. 

SoL #11 – Baking

I love to bake. Why? People who know me would guess I love to bake because I LOVE to eat. Ok, well that is part of it, I can’t deny that. But the real reason I love to bake has more to do with the process. There is something so gratifying, and a little magical, about starting with simple ingredients, measuring them out carefully, putting it in the oven, and pulling out something totally different. Baking soothes me, it comforts me, it is reliable. As long as I read the recipe correctly, I will end up with a wonderful product. I love to bake because I can decorate with frosting, glazes and SPRINKLES! I love to bake because I enjoy sharing the fruits of my labor.  I love to bake.

ps – If you’re looking for baking inspiration google Sally’s Baking Addiction, you won’t regret it!

SoL #10 – 10 Things on Day 10

Ten everyday things I can’t live without:

  1. Chewy Mini Starbursts
  2. Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook
  3. Instant Pot
  4. My phone
  5. My soft blanket
  6. Slipper socks
  7. Pajama pants
  8. Lu La roe leggings
  9. Stand mixer
  10. Remote start

Ten places I want to visit:

  1. Italy
  2. Hawaii
  3. India
  4. Key West
  5. Grand Canyon
  6. Iceland
  7. Disney World
  8. Aruba
  9. Sonoma, California
  10. Boston

Ten things I am grateful for:

  1. My son
  2. My husband
  3. My family
  4. My health
  5. My friends
  6. My job
  7. Living on a lake
  8. Family reading time
  9. Working at my son’s school
  10. My family’s health

Ten things I want to do before I die:

  1. Write a book
  2. Meet Jimmy Buffett
  3. Swim in all 4 oceans
  4. Travel to every continent
  5. Donate generously to a cause I believe in
  6. Raise a successful child
  7. Own a house on Lake Michigan
  8. Attend TCRWP Coaching Institute
  9. See my sister successful and happy
  10. Use my job to improve reading and writing instruction for MANY students

Ten favorite books:

  1. Outlander series
  2. Harry Potter series
  3. Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  4. Year Down Yonder
  5. Dark Tower series
  6. Any thing by John Grisham
  7. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  8. Henry’s Awful Mistake
  9. Mama’s Right Here
  10. The Book With No Pictures