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A Bit Off Balance...

Hello dear blog. I imagine you were wondering if I would ever again stop by for a visit. I've been wondering that myself lately.

To say I have not had time to write might not be 100% true. The time, if I made use of it, would be available. I've more been lacking the energy for words after my days spent in an environment where I hear and say so many, many words. In fact a lack of energy to tackle just about anything at the end of the day has me feeling a bit off balance recently. When I took this job I maybe didn't fully grasp that I would be spending my days with a school full of energy vampires.

Now that the newness of our new life schedule has worn off I'm starting to really notice how fortunate I was to be able to balance both the somewhat mundane tasks of day-to-day life (grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, bill paying, etc) while having time to be inspired to involve myself (and my family) in more creative and active endeavors without the time and energy requirements of working full time. I know I'm very fortunate to only be working a 32-35 hrs/wk schedule that allows me to be available for the girls outside of our hours spent at school while providing our family with a much needed income. I guess I still need to work on finding a balance that helps me feel more like myself, or the self I have come to really like being over the past 5 years, through it all.

If all else fails, winter break is only a little over 2 months away...



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.