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It's my Birthday today. Birthdays are weird. On one hand, I hate when people make a big deal out of the fact it's my birthday. On the other hand, I enjoy that people notice. Not one to like being in the spotlight, it's also nice to have my existence celebrated. After all, we should always celebrate life!

So what's in store for MY day? Not much out of the ordinary. I had class this morning followed by coffee with Monica and Max. That's always fun! Then home for Brea's nap before it's time to pick Lexi up at school. I did manage to take a shower. I know that doesn't sound very exciting, but I find it difficult some days between my random teaching schedule and the presence of a toddler and a puppy in the house to find 10 minutes to sneak in a shower! During Brea's nap is the best bet, but then I have to worry about what Tilde is chewing on that she's not suppose to OR where I'll find tinkle (or both). I'm happy to report, no mishaps today!

The fam took me out for dinner last night since I have to teach tonight. I always think it feels weird going out for your birthday dinner NOT on your birthday. It was a nice gesture, and as always, we had fun. Family time is just about the best gift I could ever ask for.

Fun phone calls from family and birthday cards in the mail. Little things I look forward to each year. When it's all said and done, that's all I need to make my day special!

I think 33's going to be a good year.



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
Theories will be published. Evidence will be presented. Words will be exchanged about gun control and the need for change in our current culture of violence. I don't suspec…

DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.