My 9-year-old made a New Year’s Resolution: he would write in a journal every day. We sat together on his bed a couple of nights ago, and he showed me what he had written so far; little stories about his day, a note about a math test, frustration over a playground argument. I’m not sure where this sudden urge to write came from, but he seemed pleased with himself and eager to share. Continue reading
Lately, I have done a ton of reading and writing. Unfortunately, it has been writing and reviewing lengthy memos explaining complicated transactions, their required accounting policies and references to the accounting standards which support them. (Very exciting stuff!) Continue reading
Meet the newest – and smallest – member of our household: Guacamole the Anole!
The anole was a 3rd grade science project for my son early in the school year. One day he brings home a permission slip, and asks us to sign. The anole project was complete, and the 8 anoles currently residing in the 3rd grade classrooms needed a new home. If we sign this little slip of paper, our son could be entered into a drawing and have the chance to take home his very own lizard! My gut reaction was ‘NO!’ But my son’s patient pleas and soul-devouring deep brown eyes finally convinced us to sign the paper. It was okay – but I was still banking on slim odds that his name would actually get drawn.
As it turns out, I am a pushover. Only 8 kids actually got their permissions slips signed – and we ended up with a lizard.
As I prepared for Christmas this year, I focused on keeping it simple and keeping it consistent. So, we’ll end up at the same house, same people, same schedule, practically the same menu and maybe even the same clothes. We’ll likely sit in the same spots as we gather around the same decorated tree to exchange gifts. I love that my kids have this simple tradition; each year, they are able to anticipate a warm and pleasant Christmas, celebrating with the people who love them the most! Continue reading
My daughter made this graham cracker “gingerbread” church last week. It was a work of art! She beamed with pride when people at church asked about her creation. She was eager to show her project to her grandparents. We carefully took it home and displayed it in the center of the dining room table.
As I set it down, I was confident it was outside the reach of the dogs. However, on the following morning I heard my husband gasp loudly, followed by a scolding of our two dogs (now cowering in a corner); and I realized that I had, sadly, been mistaken. The dogs could, in fact, reach the graham cracker church, and did desire to eat the hard, dried-out frosting and gumdrops! The structure was gone, with not a crumb remaining; just a sad, empty paper plate! Continue reading
When I walk towards the elevator at the end of a long work day, my eyes are usually glued to my phone. This is partly to take my mind off whatever unfinished business I’m leaving behind, but also to get an update on what I missed in my real life. On one particularly stressful day, I found this message from my 5-year-old’s teacher:
“[Your daughter] had a great day! She went above and beyond today and I really appreciate it!” Continue reading
My little family spent a few hours of our Saturday – this first Saturday in December – maneuvering the crowds and overflowing aisles at local stores. We purchased gifts for families and kids we had adopted, with the strict rule that we would not shop for ourselves! The goal, of course, to focus on needs of others instead of our own wants. Continue reading