Posts By meanboys

meanboysTypically I can be seen at local Targets, Walmarts and other super-centers hissing veiled threats at a cartful of children while simulaneously appeasing them with Slurpies, popcorn, soft pretzels and gum. <br><br> I am a first grade teacher and mother to four (soon to be FIVE) children who I find delightfully clever, funny and adorable (when they are not being exhausting, persistent and pesky). Although I am driven to distraction by too much noise, it seems I function best in chaotic situations with tight deadlines. I am passionate about reading and writing, and consider myself witty and well-read (the people at Borders would be happy to verify this). When it comes to hard news, I choose to get most of my information from People, US Magazine and In Touch Weekly. I am currently working on my Master's, my sanity and watching every single episode in the Law & Order SVU and CI franchise. If you are a person who sneezes more than three times in a row you will be asked to leave my blog.

Old School Blogging

I read a beautiful blog called “An Inch of Gray” which is authored by a mother who lost her 12 year old son a couple of years ago in a freak accident. Weston was the exact same age as her son, Jack when the accident happened, and the horror of that event really stuck with…
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Camping With Grown-Ups

Camping humor. Classic. For the last several years my camping trips have all involved our RV and a bear named Yogi. Over the Memorial Day weekend however, I went camping with grown-ups. In a tent. When friends of mine from the gym invited a bunch of us to crash their annual Memorial Day camping trip…
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Summer With Kids

Raising kids at different ages and stages is a challenge…and no matter what people say, it does NOT get easier as they get older and kids do NOT grow out of tantrums! This is how I begin every single day….and how I end almost every single day. I start with good intentions and a plan…
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Coffee + Me = wheeee!!!!!

I used to make fun of my grandma and grandpa who were as religious about their coffee as my grandma was about Jesus.  When we would go on family road trips, fueling them with coffee was as essential as fueling the car with gas.  There was always a pot brewing in their kitchen – or…
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The Waiting

Last weekend after 2 bright, warm, sunny days, I boldly put all of our winter coats and accessories away.  By Tuesday, we had 2-3 inches of snow on the ground. Today I am soooooo tired of cold, windy, grey weather.  I am soooooo cranky. So let’s just pretend that it looks like this today.
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Friday Five: Sunday Edition

I’m not really sure where the weekend went, except to say it involved a lot of kids’ activities, spring cleaning and driving. 1) Speaking of driving, I’m fairly certain that Kellan and Riss have spent at least 78% of their lives in the car.  From birth, both have been shuttled around to every practice, event,…
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Pizza Night

Let’s just pretend this is me, shall we? Some days I spend hours looking up recipes and slaving in the kitchen only to find that when dinner is served I get a whole lot of “ick”s, “eeeews”, and “I’m just going to have some cold cereal”s.  It’s basically the most depressing part of my day….
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When in Doubt, Bake it Out

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately: personal stuff, household stuff, kid stuff.  It’s a heavy burden to feel responsible for the well beings of so many people and things.  The way my head works, it’s far too easy for me to get caught up in the moments and feel immediately overwhelmed.  I have…
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The First Cut Is the Deepest – My Messy Beautiful

Brutal starts, beautiful outcomes.  Kellan and Larissa: 5 & 7 years later. Originally posted, July 2009 ********************* A week ago I was sitting at the edge of the pool holding Larissa and watching the other kids swim when I caught a glimpse of a silvery thread on my arm. I thought it was maybe a stray hair that had…
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Friday Five: What you don’t need

Lately I’ve been surrounded by people either getting married or giving birth to their first child.  Watching these events through the eyes of experience makes me realize that sometimes the enormity of life gets in the way from appreciating its simplicity. With that, here are five things that you DON’T NEED: 1)  A big house….
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