Sunday, December 21, 2014


AJ and I are watching t.v. We just got a new sound bar and I make the following comment.
Me: The t.v. sounds weird when there is a commercial.
AJ gets up and starts looking at the t.v.,the sound bar, and rewinding the t.v. so he can hear all the commercials.
Me: What are you doing?
AJ: trying to fix the t.v.
Me: Why?
AJ: You sounded like you wanted it fixed.
Me: (Starts laughing hysterically.)
AJ: Why are you laughing?
Me: Congratulations. You are officially a man.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


You would think that after being married for almost 20 years we would be able to communicate who was doing what. 

Oh well, at least we are on the same page, if not at the same store. 

Business Plan

Instead of paying Charlie and me to make your gingerbread house for you, we would like you to pay us NOT to. That way, everyone wins. 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Secret Life of Teachers

Student during math review: Are you trying to trick us?
Me: Of course. I stay up all night thinking about ways to trick you. (And then I did a diabolical laugh)
Student: Is that why you need so much coffee?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Selfie

I'm wearing eyeliner and lipstick. I had to document. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Who Said Cats Don't Have Any Imagination

Zeena is in rare form tonight. She is taking a ride in Charlie's plane. 

I Don't Remember Buying a Cat Sweater

Seen From Our House

There was a huge fire near where the boys play soccer. It was so large, you could see it from our backyard. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014


Charlie's Thanksgiving list. Although these are all important, I can't believe I rank under the last one. My self esteem just plummeted.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I Think There Are Bigger Issues Here. . .

A spelling word this week was "beard". The assignment was to write a declarative, negative and interrogative sentence with a spelling word. My student wrote the following: 

I drink the beard.  
I do not drink the beard. 
Do I drink the beard?

Next week, I'm going to teach them how to spell vodka. 

Shhhh! Don't Tell

So I guess AJ told his friends that I work in a not so nice neighborhood. 

He was telling them about the guy that jumped on the roof and stole the copper. His friends asked if I taught during the incident. He told them yes. Then his friend said: "Wow your mom is a bad-ass."  

I didn't have the heart to tell him that the whole incident had no effect on me whatsoever. 

Monday, November 3, 2014


Shawn made dinner last night. These nachos were seriously good

Shawn and His Mini Me

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

No, I Did Not Hit Him In The Face With a Ball, Jeff

Charlie lost his first tooth at the soccer tournament today. He ran across the field to give it to me and I promptly lost it. Luckily, big brother came to the rescue and found it on the chair. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Isolation Causes a False Sense of Self-Importance. Who Knew?

I was a little concerned that my isolation would cause some deep psychological trauma to Charlie.  I have been in the house, but not allowed to see, talk or touch him for 10 days. I was worried that he wouldn't understand or think I didn't  WANT to spend time with him. Apparently I need to get over myself.

Charlie peeked into my room tonight and asked how I was doing . I told him that I get to get out of my room tomorrow. He jumped up and down, clapped his hands and said: " Good! Then you can spend a perfect day with ME!"

I think he is going to be ok.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Feel Ancient

We are talking about the American colonies in class. I was trying to explain how long ago it was. One student raises his hand and says: "You mean like in the 80's?"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating 65 Years

Our friends Steve and Karen also happen to be the owners of our favorite restaurant. They made a special dinner for our family, complete with a personalized menu. It was delicious. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Parenting Gone Wrong (A One Act Play)

AJ: Why are you so mad?
Me: The house is a mess.
AJ: Our house is not a mess. Have you seen Hoarders? We're fine. We don't have any bugs or poop on the floor.
Me: Um. . .  That can't be our standard.
AJ: Mom, our house is fine. The clutter is *not* that bad. Charlie and I play soccer down the hall all the time.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Think I Threw Away The Letter of Authentication

Charlie: I want to sell my bike for $100. 

Me: Your bike isn't worth $100. 

Charlie: But I need$100.

Me: I don't even think we paid $100 for it when we bought it. You could probably sell it for $5. 

Charlie: But mom, it's an antique. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bear? Knife Fight? Saving A Small Child From A Javelina?

The scar is a bit larger than expected. Trying to come up with a better story than thyroid surgery. Now accepting suggestions.  :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Creepy Or Not? You Decide

Charlie: Are you grumpy?
Me: Yeah. I'm nervous about tomorrow. I have First Day Jitters.
Charlie (hugging me) It's ok. You always have me in your head.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


The Fish

Water Park!

Charlie starting out slow. 

AJ then tried to talk him into going down the big slide. 


Is This A Teacher's Bag? A Short Quiz

Does it have a whimsical design?

Is it an obnoxious color?

Is the fabric washable?
Yes, wax cloth. 

Was it on sale? 
Yes, 70% off. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Professional Development Doodles

The picture is blurry because I had to take the picture before anyone saw. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'll Try Again Tomorrow

I was going to get up and do something productive, then this happened. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Zoo

Here is a travel tip: go to the zoo in the middle of summer in Phoenix. I know you will find this hard to believe, but there are no lines! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Parade

The annual 4th if July parade was a success. I even got Charlie to ride his regular bike.  I love how everyone gets dressed up and decorates their bikes, their wagons, their strollers or even their dogs. 

This was the most awesome fashion accessory at the parade- and there was a lot to choose from. 

Practice Makes Perfect

Charlie, practicing his patriotic posing after the bike decorating party. He is all ready for the parade. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I made Charlie a shield out of the take n' bake pizza round and some tinfoil. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Surprise

Charlie: Mom, I'm going to make you a surprise. 

Me: Great! I can't wait!

2 minutes later. . .
Charlie: Can you open the bread for me?

2 minutes after that. . .
Charlie: Can you open the turkey?

2 minutes after that . . .
Charlie: Can you open the cheese?

The suspense is killing me. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just Call Her Florence

Zeena always knows when I'm not feeling well, and will come sit with me. She also makes sure that she is touching me, even if it's just a paw.