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Road Trip...

Friday Brea and I drove to Omaha to have lunch with my friend Jen. Sushi, a little shopping, lot of conversation. Yes, that means we spent 6+ hours traveling for about 4 hours of conversation. Some things in life are worth a little extra effort.

Last night I attended my first knitting circle gathering. It was fun and I'm looking forward to making it a monthly event. I started working on some lovely green cabled hand warmers for a certain friend who is currently sunning it up on a tropical cruise. I figure she'll need the wool warmth when she gets back home to the not tropical, still winter Iowa weather next weekend. An important thing to remember for the next time I go to knitting circle: cast on and start a round BEFORE going because it's too hard to chat and count at the same time! (Luckily I only had to start over once.)

The weather is cold but sunny and Scott has to head into work for a bit this afternoon. I think the girls and I will spend a quiet day snuggled up inside.



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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.