Thursday, October 20, 2016

time with friends

these days, man, is it hard to be social.  any mom, and I would assume, working moms especially, have so little time to spend time with friends.  however, sometimes those stars align, and after a few weeks of texting, a date is set!

last week I met up with one of my first teaching friends for a dinner date with our littles.  we hadn't seen each other since the start of the school year, and getting to catch up with a friend who totally gets it, is just sometimes needed.  we are both managing being good moms and being good teachers, and really, it is just a balancing act we sometimes have to pretend we are mastering every day.  and that's ok.  because even on days when we feel like maybe something isn't just right, neither our birth kids or school kids are noticing, just us.

so we shared our stories, and kids shared theirs too, and food was eaten.  mostly by the moms at the table, because, seriously, our kids kind of struggle at the whole dinner concept.  just one more thing that keeps us mom-bonded!

here are a few pictures from our night together.  these girls are just too cute, even if they don't get to see each other often, they always play together so well.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


in this moment:
right now, in this moment, I'm in love with how grown up you seem these days. last night we were reading "the little old lady who wasn't afraid of anything," and you decided that you preferred the character in the story to be little red riding hood, and not the little old lady.  by the third page, I was 'reading' the story correctly in your mind, and read instead, 'little red riding hood'.  when you realized I had done it right, you looked right at me and said, "good job mommy." and I melted, in this moment. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

the pumpkin farm!

as a working mom, fields trips with your kiddo can mean a lot of work, just to get ready to go. especially when missing a day means tracking down a sub, writing sub plans, bribing some kids for good behavior, and so on. but man, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.  getting to see everly have fun with her friends at the pumpkin farm was a new experience that made our day very special, and getting to have mommy stay home from school for a day made it even more magical.  grammie playing hookie too, well, there you go!  win win all around.

see our first field trip mini film here.

and here are a few pictures from our morning.

Monday, October 10, 2016

ten on ten [10.10.16]

I can't help but participate in my favorite months of this project
the holiday months
I haven't been as loyal as I was in years past
but I love getting to pick up my camera
and catch a little extra beauty in the day
and when it comes to sharing my halloween decor
well, I just can't get enough of that
so, here's my set, and yes, I am that obsessed with my dahlias
because, wow, I'm growing dahlias
and two, they are flourishing, and I'm proud

here's a look at last year's set
and even the year before here