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It's in the Mail...

Last year, on December 31st to be exact, we took some family photos. Then around Valentine's Day I ordered up some ALL Holidays cards to send out to family and friends. (Because, you know, I'm totally on top of the holiday card sending out thing...hence the ordering them in February.)

I didn't exactly get those 75 cards in the mail until, well, yesterday. (Many thanks to my little elves who were happy to help label and stuff!) However, through the course of the year we had hand delivered a few of those cards to a few close family and friends because we haven't sent out a card with our whole family on it for like I have no idea how long, and Grandmas tend to like proof that their grand kids really DO exist out there in the big old world somewhere. So we had to split our mailing list into the haves and the have nots, and then come up with a Plan B for those who already have.

Plan B...

Here's to starting Holiday Card Season, edition 2013 with a clean slate! (You know, unless the Mayans were right on that whole end of the world thing later this week. If so, SWEET, I'm going out all caught up!)



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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.