It’s been 6 weeks since Juliana started first grade; I’m not sure how the weeks have passed so quickly. We met her teacher Ms C the week before school started and Juliana immediately felt better about first grade. Juliana even drew a picture of her and Ms C on the cover of her “All . . . → Read More: First Grade – 6 Weeks
I was excited to take Juliana to Penn State (I wrote a little bit about our trip already here). She wanted to see where I went to college and was looking forward to spending the day with me but she wasn’t thrilled about watching the football game. I was worried about how Juliana would be . . . → Read More: Juliana’s Visit to Happy Valley
I was 17 the first time I walked onto the University Park Campus. It was the summer before my senior year of high school and I was deciding where I wanted to go to college. I planned to major in geology and the Penn State program was one of the best in the country.
I . . . → Read More: It Turns Out Happy Valley is Still My Happy Place
Yesterday Ruslan spent the last part of the day with the older kids including Reagan, a little girl who is in preschool now and has always liked Ruslan. On the way home, we had the following conversation.
M: Did you have fun playing with Reagan? R: Yes. M: If you go to preschool you can . . . → Read More: Lost in Translation
I went on the hunt for a photo from my childhood last night. It turns out the photo isn’t on this computer, but I stumbled upon pictures of the boys dressed to celebrate the start of the football season as newborns. Such cute little guys in their Steelers onesies. So my focus switched to . . . → Read More: Football Season has Arrived
This post is in response to something that my friend Michelle wrote after listening to Martha Stewart speak at the keynote of the Blogher 2012 conference last Friday. I suggest reading her post first: Wherein I Tell Martha Stewart She is Wrong. Since reading it I have been thinking a lot about my experience . . . → Read More: Finding a Work-Life Balance Because You Can’t Have it All
When the kids were having so much fun in the water Saturday afternoon, I jokingly told Scott we should get a pool for our house and he nodded his head. When we got home I was busy with baths and and getting the kids in bed and Scott was measuring the patio in our . . . → Read More: Summer – Now with More Water
At 40 years old I’ve only had 5 employers. My first job experience was working at a fast food restaurant (Long John Silvers) in high school. 5 of my friends worked in the same location and we managed to have some fun at work while doing a good job as well. I think that . . . → Read More: My Greatest Accomplishment (according to Juliana)
When we moved last year I had to adjust to driving the kids to preschool/childcare after 3 years of walking. Even though it is a short drive, it still took longer to get everyone in the car and buckled than it had taken to walk. I had to adjust our morning routine to leave . . . → Read More: Time for a New Routine
“Juliana, please lower your voice.” “Stop yelling!” “Your brothers are asleep, you need to whisper.” All day long these are the things that I say to her and usually she keeps talking at the same volume. It is as if she turned 6 and that sometimes quiet / inside voice went away forever.
Today Juliana’s . . . → Read More: I Found Her Quiet Voice