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A Blanket of White...

Sunday morning we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow. The kind that covers every available surface in white fluffiness. Thanks to the lack of wind, the world looked perfect.

I was so glad we had decided to travel home on the daylight hours. It meant driving through some wetness, but the ground was still warm enough to keep the roads safe. I'm not a good winter traveler.

As you can see, our hammock is still set up in the yard. For no good reason besides I haven't yet put it away even though it's been months since anyone has lazed in it's comfort. The snow made it look downy soft, though I'm not sure the cold would allow for much comfort.

The girls took advantage of the "warmth" of the day to play outside, building our first snow mouse of the year. Brea discovered the joy of eating snow. (And I'm hoping she truly understands about getting CLEAN mittens full considering we have 2 dogs!) For a few hours it was perfect winter weather...temps in the low 30s, no wind, lots of sunshine. Oh the joys of being a kid (and of having kids) on those special days.

It feels like December...and it looks as though we have a chance for a white Christmas again this year. (Though I'm not sure how we got to this place in the year so fast!!! 2008 in so many ways seems like such a blur.) As sudden as the arrival of the snow, I'm getting the urge to make bake up ginger cookies and turn on the holiday tunes. The start of the month also means we can begin the countdown to my brother's arrival from Texas around the 18th. I'm eagerly anticipating that day!



My Most Read Thoughts


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.