Monday, April 22, 2013


You know that little jump and kick your heels to the side move that Dorothy does as she and the others skip down the Yellow Brick Road on their way to see the Wizard of Oz? I used to be able to do that rather easily. Just jump and click your heels together. Nothing to it. And I would even do it public. And I would laugh and smile and be totally out of breath afterward. It was exhilarating.

Now, I do not even think I could do it if you said you'd pay me to try. I am older, more out of shape and a bit too reserved. I have moved from my carefree 20s as a single woman into my cautious early 40s as an overweight, overworked tired out Momma.

And I hate it.

I am not sure what I am waiting for, why I am so cautious and afraid to do the hard things to be healthy and doing what I love. I want to get a part of that ambitious 20-something that was taking care of herself, taking risks in life and love and not afraid to jump, click her heels and not care who saw her.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013


I helped him put on his cleats and then stood up to look at him. He smiled at me from under his baseball cap. I straightened his shirt and he ran off to catch up to his team. As I shaded my eyes from the sun, I was transported back 12 years.

It was his first practice in Texas. He had been an all-star playing in our small town in MD, but this was a bigger league and a different state. Would it be different? Would it be the same? It took him just a few minutes to settle in and he was hitting the leather off the ball and throwing strikes across home plate. He was made for this game and that hadn't changed even though we were 1300 miles away from the mound he was used to occupying.

"Mom, can you hold my glove?" I am snapped back to the present and my blonde haired ball player drops his glove in front of me as he chases his teammate. This is his first baseball game ever. He prefers markers and paper to sunflower seeds and Gatorade. He is more sensitive than athletic, more creative than competitive, but he has loved the time he has spent with his Daddy at practice even if he spends his time in the outfield instead of on the mound.

He gets to at bats and strikes out both times. No balls are hit to right field and he sits on the bench for two innings. But, it doesn't matter because he gets to have cookies and a Capri Sun at the end of it and even though I don't think we'll make it to the playoffs, I am so thankful to be here, in the dugout, keeping score.

Just like I did 12 years ago.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Ultimate Blog Party 2013!!!

I attended this "party" last year and am linking up to The Ultimate Blog Party again this year! It was fun to meet new people and have new blogs to read, so I am excited to see what this year's party brings. Plus, I am entered to win some fabulous prizes!

So, here's a bit about me.....

 I am currently working as a 4th grade teacher's assistant. I really enjoy it, but am hoping to obtain my certification soon so I can be back in the classroom teaching full time.

This blog is primarily a family blog, so you will see a lot of these people.....

This is my handsome husband who is an incredible cook and avid Minnesota Vikings fan

This is the 10 year old daughter who is extremely intelligent, loves to sing and all things One Direction

This is the 8 year old who is a Bear Scout, gamer and talented artist

This is the oldest son and my grandson

The oldest daughter with the littles

And the 18 year old who is graduating in June and leaving for Marine boot camp a week later

This is my grandson who is crazy about all things Batman

And my granddaughter who is happy and beautiful, learning to walk and steal hearts

I love Pinterest and reading through my blogroll (and am hoping to add a few during UBP2013)

I love sleeping in, scrapbooking, spending time with my family, singing (especially praise and worship music, like this song), my grandkiddos, Jesus, chocolate, iced coffee and ice cream!

I hope you will visit again and enjoy the Blog Party!  



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