Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KETCHUP WITH US


It's time for Ketchup With Us. Held on the 1st & 15th of every month, the link-up gives you two ways to play. You can either (A) set a timer for 10 minutes and write about whatever pops into your head OR (B) link up an old post. Michele and I are cool like that. And busy…like you…so we want to make it as simple as possible.


Since my family is trot trotting to Boston for Spring Break, I'm going to be packing like a mad woman and choosing "B"…linking up an old post. And by old, I mean my very first post. Enjoy!


Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer 
from last time is ...
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BEHIND THE KETCHUP 
Click here to read how this foolishness all began.  
KEEP TRACK OF OUR SILLINESS 
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FINALLY! THE LINK-UP



Monday, April 14, 2014

BREAKING THROUGH

Me: "My brain hurts."
Chris: "Make a list. It will help."
Me: "I already have a list. In fact, my lists are starting to have lists about my previous lists."

Anybody's brain feel like a tangled web of "To Do's?" Me, too!

As I was out taking pictures with one of my students, I pointed my lens at a tree. It immediately struck me as looking like my brain. There were so many branches reaching in so many different directions. In fact, the branches were so abundant, that I found some were beginning to intertwine. However, through the branches, the sky is visible. And as these branches of ideas, challenges and projects begin to bloom, it will be a different scene altogether. 

One full of life lessons and accomplishments. 


Friday, April 4, 2014

PUT YOUR RIGHT HAND IN

Me: "Check out this sun Mr. W cut out for me at school today."
Mags: "Wow! That is beautiful. Is he a lefty or a righty?"
Me: "He's right-handed, I believe."
Mags: "Good thing, cause those left-handed scissors don't listen to right-handed people."

Paper sun credit: S.W.




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

KETCHUP WITH US

It's time for Ketchup With Us. Held on the 1st & 15th of every month, the link-up gives you two ways to play. You can either (A) set a timer for 10 minutes and write about whatever pops into your head OR (B) link up an old post. Michele and I are cool like that. And busy…like you…so we want to make it as simple as possible.

Since we're in the middle of mayhem at my house, I'm a slacker and am going to be choosing "B"…linking up an old post. And by old, I mean January of 2012. Enjoy!


Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer 
from last time is ...
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BEHIND THE KETCHUP 
Click here to read how this foolishness all began.  
KEEP TRACK OF OUR SILLINESS 
Facebook (Michele /Mel
Twitter (Michele/Mel)
Instagram (Michele/Mel)
Pinterest (Michele/Mel) 
SPREAD THE WORD 
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FINALLY … THE LINK-UP!


We give you a picture to inspire you to KetchupWithUs.

All you need to do is link something up … and tell your friends.

Monday, March 31, 2014

If You Asked Me

Mags: "Mama, have you known Daddy your whole life?"
Me: "Nope. I've known him since I was 21. So…15 years. And we'll be married for 10 years this week!"
Mags: "Oh! Okay. Cause Daddy told me he feels like he's been married for ONE HUNDRED years."
Me: "Some days it can feel like that, Mags."

If you asked me 15 years ago where I'd be right now, I never in a million years would've guessed I'd be:
  • Anxiously waiting for a date night on the couch with my husband as we watch mind-numbing TV.
  • Decompressing after a long weekend of school functions, monotonous errands and house cleaning. 
  • Walking down the hall (again) to give "just one more kiss" (again) to the sweetest two faces in my world.
  • Singing a song from the kids' favorite TV show over and over in my head.
  • Picking up a trail of little dirty shirts, pants and socks that were haphazardly thrown when getting pajamas on for bed. 
  • Being responsible and making a list from my list. 
  • Being married (happily) for ten years this week. 
  • Finally opening that bottle of champagne we never got to on New Year's Eve.
  • Have snippets of a conversation with my husband throughout the day with multiple interruptions only to be able to piece it together flawlessly. 
  • This happy.
So, yes, sometimes it feels like 100 years. But, in all honesty, 
I can't wait for the next 100, Chris!

CLAIMED! 





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A GREAT FLOOD IS COMING…TO THEATERS THIS FRIDAY

Maggie: "How much more snow are we gonna get, Mama? It's been DAYS! A girl can only drink so much hot chocolate, you know!"

Holy cow! We Northern Virginians  thought our winter was bad. A flood is WAY worse. Noah, the new block buster hit starring Russel Crowe as Noah,  is flowing into theaters this Friday, March 28th. Since we all know the story of Noah's Ark…wait a second…you don't? Okay, no problem. I can give you the quick Cliff's Notes version thanks to my husband and his Vining talents.

Here's the gist…


I'm looking into the crowd after this six-second tutorial and seeing lots of "Aha" moments. So, when our good friends at Grace Hill Media (Hi, Bri!) asked Michele and me to do a little giveaway and promotion, we dove right in to plan our posts.

When I was brainstorming, I couldn't help but wonder what kind of animals  *I* would bring with me on a large, open, wooden Ark for months on end. I mean, who am I to choose what species get to survive? I wanted to bring some critters that weren't well known, would be useful, and wouldn't try to eat me. 

After some research, here's what I came up with:



For a day when you just need to reduce your stress. 
Just pick this guy up and squeeze!



For a day when you're feeling down about the gloomy, pre-apocalyptic weather. Nobody…I repeat…NOBODY is as sad as this creature.



For days when you're tired of repeating yourself. 
"Polly wanna cracker and HELP ME BAIL OUT THIS WATER!"




When your husband (the ONLY other other adult on the ship) has ticked you off. This little guy will fit PERFECTLY under his pillow.



For days you feel dry and scaly. Just know…it could be worse. 



For days when you want another baby…cause you're stuck on an Ark and what else is there to do? Here's a little pocket pet that won't keep you up all night and you don't need to dock your Ark to find a licenced OB/GYN to deliver it.




For flies all over the Ark. Cause even if you don't bring any on the boat, they're like Twinkies. They can survive anything. 


To remind you to not judge a book by its cover. 



For days when your hair is a ball of frizz…a quick 
reminder that it could always be worse.



I'm pretty sure this one is self-explanatory. If not, ask a friend or see the six-second Vine at the beginning of the post.

What do you think? Good choices, right? I think my reasoning is solid. 

Oh! And one more thing before we get into some philispophical discussion. Above, I mentioned how Grace Hill Media asked Michele and me to do a little giveaway. Actually, there are TWO giveaways…get it? TWO! Each prize package contains: A hoodie shirt, a baseball cap and…wait for it…a raincoat. 


Raincoat as seen above. Frog umbrella and model not included.


Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Tweet, follow, and comment away for more chances to win. The promotion ends March 31st, 2014.

GOOD LUCK!

For more information about the movie, Noah, visit http://noahmovie.com.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'M MELTING

Me: "So, what else did you do today, buddy?"
Tuck: "Well…I thought about you and missed you."

And POOF! My hectic day just melted away with one simple 
sentence from the sweetest blue-eyed boy I know.