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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ten Things I Know For Sure Today

Today we celebrated birthdays.  My husband had a birthday last Saturday and my son has a birthday on Monday.  Today we celebrated them together with our families.  It was a nice day with a full house and now that the clean up is done, I'm enjoying a few moments of quiet.  My mind, however, is running in a million different directions.  Time to dump a few thoughts out 

1.  On Monday I will have a 12 year old.  When did this growing up happen exactly?  I'm positive that just yesterday he was 2. 

2.  There are exactly 4 more days of school until the almighty SPRING BREAK!!

3.  I may have paid more for Subway to make subs for our birthday party instead of me, but it was worth every penny.  The most taxing part of getting the food ready for the party was opening the bags of chips! 

4.  Spending time with family is always interesting.  There are always stories to be told, laughs to be had, and memories to be made together.

5.  Snuggling with a cute puppy while writing a slice during a small bit of quiet time is a great way to spend a few minutes.  But, let's be real, it won't last long.  :)

6.  No matter how many game systems you have, there are never enough to go around when you have several kids.  They have literally thousands of toys to choose from but they all want to do the same thing at the same time, but of course, never in the same way.

7.  Tomorrow, for about an hour and a half, I will get some time to myself.  To go grocery shopping.  Does that really count as me time?  I'm not sure, but I am sure that it will happen.

8.  My three year old had an encounter with orange Kool-aid and a monster was born.  "I want some orange stuff please!"  Kool-aid has officially become a treat in our house.

9.  Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting makes people of all ages happy!  A little vanilla ice cream on the side doesn't hurt either.

10. Writing everyday has taken away from my reading time.  I need to work to find a balance between the two.  This is my newly established April goal!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Spread Some Blog Love

I have thoroughly enjoyed the SOLSC this year! I have had the opportunity to follow some new bloggers this year during the challenge and I have so enjoyed getting to know them through their writing.  Each has shared several slices that touched me in some way from making me laugh to tugging at my heartstrings to inspiring me to try something new with my writing.  So, today, instead of sharing a story of my own, I'd like you to check out a few new slicers.  Maybe you have already met them this month, maybe not, but here are some of my favorite slices from eight new slicing friends.  While you are visiting their blogs...click around a bit and check out a few more slices - there are so many great ones!

From Kathleen at theonewiththebooks:

This Day

From Kim at Single Mom So Far:

Taking Stock
Duel: Action Movies vs. Romance Movies
Lazy Ode to a Sidewalk

From Readwithmemommy:

Amazing Socks

From Jill at JillPickle:

Letter to Netflix
So Long Brenda
Chapel Attic

From Yesi at Outside the Box:


From Jennifer at Hay's Daze:

Snow, Oh How I Loathe You
Great Views

From Jenkotbressanelli:

Winter Timeout
One of Those Days

From Gael at Small Circles:

Teaching Teddy Bears
A Puppy Waits
Ode to a Morning Cup

From my friend Kris at I Survived Today:

Life Before...Life After

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I Should Have Known

I should have known when...

she whined about the fun part of her homework.
I should have known when...

she wanted to lay down and watch a movie instead of playing with toys while she watched.

But I didn't.

I should have known when...

she didn't want to eat popcorn during the movie.

But I didn't.

I should have known when...

she didn't quite make it to the potty in time (it's not like her at all).

But I didn't.

I was in full denial. 

I didn't know until...

it was all over the living room floor, making a trail toward me.

And then it was too late.

You probably already guessed it.  My current misery.  My little sweetie has the yucks.  My hubby is out of town.  My mom is in Florida.  It's just me.  Me.  The one who is in charge of blood, broken bones, stitches, and shots.  I'm not the one who handles the vomit for good reason.  But I am.  I'm doing a good job of it too.  Now, please join me in praying that it only takes out one child and not all four.  And...for good measure...that it doesn't take me down too. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


My daughter and I were driving home today from her field trip to the zoo.  She was playing deejay with my iPhone in hand.  We were enjoying all her favorite songs (and many of mine too).  Then, quietly, she looked at me and began explaining music to me, as only a nine year old can.

Emma: Mom?

Me: Hmm?

Emma: Did you know that music paints a picture?

Me: It does? What do you mean? (yeah, I know, always a teacher)

Emma: Well, the song is about a boy and a girl so I think it's a boyfriend and girlfriend.  It says they were sitting and talking so I imagine them sitting on a bench and talking to each other.  Then in this part (where the drum beat becomes more prominent) I think they aren't very happy and they aren't talking anymore.  Then at the end (when the music quiets again) I think maybe they are happier and they are probably talking again and smiling.  I can picture it in my head.  Kinda like a movie.

Me: You know what?  I think it's pretty cool that you pictured that but I pictured something a little different.  I pictured two people in a house, sitting at the kitchen table, talking.  Then they start to argue and fight.  I imagine them pacing or walking around the room as they argue, waving their arms because they are so upset.  Then at the end I imagine them making up again and sitting back down to talk, maybe even giving each other a hug to apologize.

Emma: Yeah, you might be right.  Maybe.  But, I think mine is probably more right.

Me: [thinking] Who cares?  Look at all the great thinking and inferencing you just did girl!  Hooray!  I will be wrong all day long if it means she's thinking like that.  My little girl is growing up!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Word Collector

I've always been a collector of words.  I love a good quote and always have.  I have a Pinterest board full of them.  I have them posted in my work area at school.  I have them written randomly in notebooks. I've kicked around how to write a post about my love of quotes but until today I've come up empty handed.  Today I was reading and looking for inspiration for my slice and it occurred to me that many of my quotes fall into these three categories.  I chose a favorite from my workspace to share.

What I know is true...

"Teaching is a work of heart." -- unknown

What I am learning is true...

"Know your heart to find your voice." -- unknown

What I want to be true...

"Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.  Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it."  -- Wilfred Peterson

Monday, March 23, 2015

I Wonder...

I haven't done a lot of slice finding today.  I feel like my mind is pretty blank of writing topics and pretty jammed up with testing and report cards.  There isn't space for the writing to live and play and roam around.  But I did hear a great conversation in my reading area.

I overheard a few kids reading magazines.  They were discussing the animals on the page and a couple kids wondered things out loud.  No one had an answer and no one expected one.  They were just thinking out loud and talking about what they were noticing.  I made me wonder about wondering.

Do you ever just wonder?

I wonder what my kids will look like as adults.
I wonder why there are 5 days for work and only 2 days for play.
I wonder how many stars are in the sky.
I wonder what the world would be like if computers were never invented.
I wonder where all those lost socks really go.
I wonder if there is life somewhere else in the universe that we just haven't discovered yet.
I wonder how many times I hear the word why during a single day.
I wonder what you are wondering right now.

What would you add to the list of wonders?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

School Bag Stems Poetry - Who Knew?

I cleaned out my school bag tonight.  It always surprises me to see what is lurking in the bottom.  I mean, it's not like I eat over my bag or even put food in it, but there are always crumbs in the bottom.  There are little pieces of paper and glitter and what looks like a small bit of the sandbox.


Among all the ick was a little gem.

As I was sorting the contents into piles of need it and don't, I stumbled onto a poem I wrote in the fall.  Up until this point in the day, I didn't know what I was going to slice about.  I was determined NOT to write about the high levels of frustration we were experiencing due to science projects that are due Monday or the dining room chair that broke tonight as my (tiny) daughter stood on the side brace bar thingy.  Sigh. 

This poem quickly became just what I needed to get to the computer and write!

Cottony white couds
Caress the brilliant blue sky
The sun glows warm
Highlighting vivid oranges
Reds and yellows
Flamboyant in the trees
A stunning display
of autumn's beauty

The poem also started me thinking about spring and inspired a new poem!

Grass greens
Sky blues
Buds burst
Flowers bloom
Birds sing
Breezes warm
Kids call
Bikes emerge
Clouds puff
Spring unfolds

Who would have thought cleaning out my school bag would be so profitable?  Maybe I should do it more often!  What might you find in the bottom of your bag?