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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

When I was in high school and when I got married I weighed 98 pounds.  I was always a skinny kid and the word diet never came flowing off of my lips.  Who could ever restrict their eating habits?  This was a foreign subject to me.  Actually, when I was in middle school I had my mom take me to the doctor to see why I was so thin.  He prescribed some pills but assured me that someday I would wish I was this thin.  I think the pills were a placebo and didn’t do a thing.  So, I continued to be skinny.  Continue reading

I Blame My Dad

studyingWhen I was in school my family exercised horrible sleeping patterns and habits.  My dad was a salesman and because he came home late we would eat after 7:30 p.m. when his mail had to be sent out.  This created the schedule for things such as homework being done after dinner going later into the night.  I don’t remember being motivated very often to start homework right after school.  Why ruin that wonderful free time?  Continue reading

A Permanently Exhausted Pigeon

pigeonAt this point of my life, I don’t think I’m a night owl OR an early bird.  I know for sure that I’ve never been an early bird.  The idea of waking up early in the morning puts absolute dread in my heart.   Continue reading

Early Bird Wannabe

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Here are the grandmas on a “work weekend”. It’s probably around midnight. See one grandma is snoozing and the other is waiting for the party to begin!

In college, my mom and two grandmas would come up to Eau Claire and help decorate my dorm room or apartment. Inevitably, we would chat for a while, go out to eat, and begin working on our 10 pm. I would begin to fade at about 1:00 am, and mom was just hitting her stride. Continue reading

Night Owl Style

night owlEarly morning is my time to roll over in bed and luxuriate in uninterrupted sleep.  Sleeping until noon is not my style but getting up around 9 or 9:30 am is. Getting up slowly and putting on comfy clothes is a great start to my day. By this time, I feel rested and ready to accomplish the goals I have set for myself. Continue reading

Did You Know Snow is Cold?

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I’ve always assumed that when snow is mentioned, we all understand its characteristics. It’s wet, white, made up of individual flakes, and, of course, very, very cold. Continue reading

Big Snow

snowSnow memories are so different than things are today.  First of all, we actually had a lot of snow, not the one to two inches we have lately.  Even this closes schools, businesses, you name it, for being bad weather, it is nothing like we used to have. Continue reading

The Dreaded Ice Derby

skatingAt what point do you decide that your child has to participate in an event or allow them to quit?  I’ve often wondered this over the years in relation to various kids’ activities, but especially when I think about my childhood. Continue reading

The Snow Police

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Kadon and Luka are excited about the snow–2009.

When I first started teaching, one of the first purchases I needed was a warm winter coat and snow pants for recess duty. Kids are all running around and warm, but the adults are just standing there–watching, protecting…policing. 

I think it is interesting how snow brings out the joy and excitement in children. One good snowfall and they are all rolling snowmen and trying to throw snowballs (without getting caught). Continue reading

Decorating Hiatus

I love Christmas decorations.  If I could do nothing else it would be to decorate for Christmas.  I love trying to come up with different ideas for decorating from year to year.

It’s at this time of the year that I would love an all-white house so that I could experiment with different colors and different themes.  Now, I do believe less is more, and can’t stand big artificial plastic guys.  I like pretty, sparkly, shiny, decorations placed strategically around to accent those empty spaces. Continue reading