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.

Waking Up To the Garbage Truck

I’m not gonna lie…the last couple of days I have felt stretched to my limit.  I may have had a few minor meltdowns.  I may have left a note on the kitchen table informing people that I was going to shut off their phones and close my chauffeuring business if they didn’t start helping me…
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Favorites Lately

Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately: 1) If you are tired of Pinterest boards that make you feel depressed, inferior and utterly despondent over the lack of chevron in your home decorating, check out this board. It’s called “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter.” It’s penned by a mother of boys who finds the…
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The Competitor

Eliza is a natural born competitor.  Unlike me, who suffers immediate gastrointestinal distress from the mere words, “contest”, “competition”, or “race”, Eliza gets excited and focused. Excited. Even if she admits to being a little nervous, once it’s game on, you would never know.  She steps up to every challenge with the same happy smile…
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The Competitor

Eliza is a natural born competitor. Unlike me, who suffers immediate gastrointestinal distress from the mere words, “contest”, “competition”, or “race”, Eliza gets excited and focused. Excited. Even if she admits to being a little nervous, once it’s game on, you would never know. She steps up to every challenge with the same happy smile…
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Our Vague and Puzzling Family History

We are terrible at taking pictures. Terrible. And there’s no excuse since my iPhone is with me at all times. Larissa’s teachers asked that we send in a family picture for their class book and I didn’t have a single current photo (read: within the last 6 months) where all seven of us were all…
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Haunted House

A few years ago Rob did some work for a customer who transforms the entire exterior of his house into a haunted showcase every Halloween.  The set up is an impressive array of motion-activated monsters combined with horrific vignettes and live actors.  There is so much thought and detail put into the entire affair that…
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I’m gonna pop some tags….

My kids joke that the song “Thrift Shop” was written just for me.  If it wasn’t, it should have been, because you know I love me a good thrift store. Since Halloween is around the corner and some of us are still trying to assemble costumes, I forced the entire family to hit our local…
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Finish This Sentence Link Up

I have found that I spend way too much time reading other people’s blogs instead of caring for my own. However, in doing so, I discovered this “Finish the Sentence Link Up Party” “Where We Can Live Like Jacknd Sally” which thankfully provided me with blog content of my own…if you can actually call this “content”. My…
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Hayden is 15!

I am woefully behind on my birthday letters to the kids, so I’m hoping to catch up sometime over the next couple of weeks and deal with the fact that they are neither sequential nor timely.  That’s just the way it is. What a difference 10 years makes! Dear Hayden: Is it nuts that I…
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Back to School By The Numbers

Well, the school year got back into full swing at the end of August, and while I was sad to say “good-bye” to time with the kids, I was also more than ready to say “hello” to routine…and freedom. School started for Hayden on a Monday and the rest of the kids followed suit on…
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