Slice of Life

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This March starts my third annual Slice of Life Challenge! I am so excited to get back to blogging and sharing the chapters of my life with you, my readers!

Thank you so much for joining me on my crazy adventures!

Mommy and Sophia Time

Having two girls, one-on-one time is rare. So when Sophia and I get time our time together, we enjoy it to the fullest! Sophia and I continued reading our Secret Mermaid series together in my chaise lounge. Sitting snuggled up together, I loved reading to my little girl. It is not often we have time…

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Losing My Voice

Izzie and I found ourselves with some unexpected mommy and Izzie time today. When I asked Izzie what she wanted to do, she said watch tv to which I immediately said no. I offered to read to her and she jumped at the opportunity. She grab the book that we had started, but hadn’t gotten…

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Spring Break

Long to do list time flying by items left uncrossed, pushed to the back burner maybe even undone for the week. Time spent with family girls giggling into the night time with friends cousin sleepover movie watching priceless.

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The End or The Beginning?

I’ve heard that when one door closes, another one opens. Or, the end of the one thing is the beginning of another. Today marks one of those days. We made the decision to have Izzie change gyms. She has been at the same gym for 4 years and has had amazing coaches. One, in particular,…

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Family Shopping Adventure

Going to the grocery store can be a challenge at times. Usually, Jim or I go on her own, without the girls. But today, we decided to make it a family adventure. Would it be a total disaster or a total success?? All four of us piled into my car and headed to Meijer. There…

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Dance Mom Take 2

I wrote earlier this month that I am not a dance mom, but today I had my second attempt. Sophia had her first dance completion. While it was an extremely long, it was totally worth it! Hair and makeup went much smoother. Maybe because we had a practice run already? Maybe because we didn’t have…

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Early Morning Love

Early morning wakeup…last one before spring break! Unfortunately, the wake up happened an hour before the alarm. I tried to go back to sleep, really I did, but my mind wasn’t having it. There are things you could accomplish this morning, my mind seemed to say. And it wasn’t wrong, I could bake those cookies…

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You are My Sunshine

You are my sunshineMy only sunshineYou make me happyWhen skies are grayYou’ll never know dearHow much I love youPlease don’t take my sunshine away. This was the song that I sang all the time to my daughters when they were tiny…during middle of the night feedings, bouncing them during the cranky moments of the day,…

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Mean Mommy

I have been called mean mommy by my oldest daughter, Izzie, many times. It always hurts, but I know deep down inside, it is because she is frustrated and I am the one telling her no or what to do. Today, I picked them up at the neighbor’s house after school. They were watching a…

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A Taste of Freedom

I sit, mostly alone, in my office just about all day. Sure, I see people in the hallway and get some waves and I see students on my screen throughout the day. I make it a point to try and walk a lap around the hallway at least once an hour, although sometimes, I forget.…

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Shopping

“Mommy, you promised we could go shopping on the weekend,” Izzie said as we were getting ready for lunch. She was right. I did promise a shopping excursion so she could spend some of her birthday money. I would take the girls, but in my head I was thinking that I didn’t want anymore stuff.…

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Lazy Saturday Morning

I woke up this morning, no alarm or little girl poking me. Such a glorious feeling! I laid in bed this morning with both my girls, snuggling, for a few brief moments. I had breakfast while working on my puzzle and enjoying the sunshine. I sat on the couch reading with Sophia and watching Izzie…

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Dance with Me

I walked into my closet, needing to grab my rings and necklace before heading downstairs. “I’m heading downstairs,” I told Sophia. “Dance with me!” she replied. I knew it was time to get downstairs to make breakfast and get us out the door. But before saying no, I thought about what the hurry was. Sure,…

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

I awoke this morning, not quite realizing that my alarm had been ringing and slowly growing louder. I eventually managed to turn it off and I took out my earplugs. And then I froze. There were many loud sounds and I wasn’t quite sure what they were. It registered that Jim was still sound asleep…

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How to Catch a Leprechaun

After school today, Izzie and I had doctor appointments. When we arrived, the girls were so excited to tell me about the leprechaun trap they had designed and built. They rushed to tell me what they had done and I tried to picture in my head what they created, but not going to lie, I…

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Superstar Blue

As I’m waiting in the car line, I see my girls moving towards the car. Both girls have something in their hands…Izzie a large piece of paper and Sophia a very small piece of paper, blue in color. The car door opens and I ask, “Sophia, were you on superstar blue today?” “Yes!” she replies…

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A Smile Worth Remembering

Monday, one of my least favorite days. Back to waking up early, working out, and quickly rushing through making breakfast so we can all hurry out the door. There are usually tears and yelling followed by hugs and apologies. Today was no different. The girls argued with each other. They cry, I hug and soothe.…

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Pandemic Birthday #2

Today we celebrated Isabella’s 8th birthday, in the midst of the pandemic, again. Yes, this was her second birthday celebrated pandemic style. But this year was different. Today we celebrated not only her birthday but hope for the future. Bringing family together and enjoying each other’s company. Hearing cousins squealing with delight and running through…

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Dance Mom

Let me start by saying, I am not a dance mom. I know nothing about makeup and hair. I don’t know what it takes to get the girls all prettied up. Quick costume changes so not my thing. But today, I was a dance mom, kind of. Sophia had her dance showcase dress rehearsal this…

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Reflecting on the Covid Year

One year ago, March 13, 2020, was the last day of in-person learning for myself as a teacher and for my girls as students. I remember it vividly as I had taken the day off in order to prepare for a weekend of birthday festivities. I was scheduled to go into Izzie’s classroom to read…

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Supermom

I have a super power. But shhh, don’t tell! I am a supermom. Today was another day of running around, no different than the rest of the week. But it is catching up with me and I am forgetting things more than I usually do. Today was day 2 of getting the girls and me…

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A Spring in My Step

As I was driving home, I sent a message to my best friend asking her what I should wear if I were going to go for an outdoor run. See, I had been planning, since the weekend, to run outside after school on Tuesday because it was going to be warm. But after working all…

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Torn

There are so many times in life when we have to make decisions that have no right or wrong answer. We search our hearts and do our research, hoping to find the answer that is the best answer. And we don’t know what the right decision until we are in the midst of whatever choice…

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Hello Sunday

Hello Sunday. You are here yet again. And you have brought with you your friend anxiety. I really would be okay if you left your friend at home. See, it is not you that I mind. It is all the feelings of things left undone, still on the to do list. It is the feeling…

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My Little Gymnast

I have watched Izzie doing gymnastics since she was 3. This year, she made the leap to the Level 3 Team and began competing. Of course, competing in the midst of a pandemic made this season anything but normal. Practices began later in the season than normal. But Izzie worked hard to learn and master…

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

As I was driving to work this morning, I ended up behind a black Kia SUV. Sitting at a stoplight, I noticed the license plate holder was from a dealer in Berwyn. And that, my readers, led me on a trip down memory lane. You see, my maternal grandparents lived in Berwyn. I can still…

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Let the Worry Begin

I awoke during the night, thinking I heard my alarm. I rolled over to look at the clock, only to discover it was only 1:00am. I made my way to the bathroom, stumbling in the dark, and then laid back down, hoping to quickly fall back to sleep. I awoke again, this time for no…

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Sisters

“Mommy, can you come out and see what I drew?” asks Sophia as she races in the door. With a quick glance at the clock, I respond, “Of course!” I grab a pair of flip flops (it really wasn’t warm enough for these…yet) and I head out through the garage. The girls each wrote a…

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Mommy Me Time

For so much of my life, I have felt guilty for taking time for me, to do the things that I want to do for me. This guilt intensified when I became a mom, feeling as though I needed to always drop everything for my girls. Tonight, sitting in the car while Sophia danced and…

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