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Holiday Greetings, Day 9 (finally back on schedule)...

One of the things I love about maintaining this blog (besides the chance to pour out my heart and soul on a regular basis) is to look back and read about the funny, every day things that happen in our house that without this forum would never be documented and therefore probably forgotten over time. Specifically as I was browsing September's posts to see what all happened during the month, it was this post and this post that literally made me laugh out loud. And apparently modesty has started to totally go by the way-side if I'm comfortable talking conversations held with Brea while I'm sitting on the toilet! I somewhat blame it on Heather at Dooce. Her and her open, honest, and witty dialogue about life. Thanks Heather. Not worrying about tip-toeing around "inappropriate" topics sure does make this blogging thing more fun!

September is Lexi's month. This year she turned 7. How did that happen? SEVEN!?!?!? I'm not old enough to have a 7-year-old. (I know...technically I'm old enough to have a teenager in my house...but that's just biologically speaking. My youthful spirit sometimes has a hard time accepting the fact that I'm a mother of a 7-year-old!) This year for Lexi's birthday we spent the afternoon visiting the apple orchard.

It's always a fun family outing, though we've never gone picking in shorts and tanks. September this year was amazing warm, clear through to the end. Thank you Mother Nature!

This September also marked the return of Ladies Weekend for me. Much like RAGBRAI, these bi-annual weekends have become a major part of keeping my batteries charged for the life I live in-between. Even though I come home tired due to a total lack of sleep because we're too busy talking, I return emotionally refreshed from my crafty time spent with Jen.

Finally, I'm caught up and ready to finish out the last 3 days of these greetings, the last 3 months of the year, back on schedule! Now, I must go lose myself in "the workshop." I've got 2 gifts to finish up (ok, they have to be STARTED in order for them to get FINISHED) before Thursday and time is a tickin'!



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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.