Tomorrow will mark ONE YEAR since my wonderful husband Jamie and about-to-be brother-in-law Josh Alexander became Second Lieutenants in the Army. The trip up to New York brings back so many memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. My parents, two siblings, and I all drove up to New York together to use our… Keep Reading
We reached our first milestone yesterday – one month down. We are 10% done with this deployment, and for the most part it’s gone by pretty quick. I’d say I’ve been just a tad bit busy, which has helped like I knew it would. I’ll be honest – I really thought I would fall to pieces and have swollen eyes… Keep Reading
The day after Thanksgiving (I think) I did a post about gratitude journals. I just graded over 200 spelling and vocabulary tests this morning, so I’m going to take a little breather and do another gratitude post. Top things I’m grateful for from the last 24 hours: 1. My family (all three kids, both parents, and my crazy grandma) all… Keep Reading
Most of you know that I did not renew my contract for another year of teaching at St. John’s because I want to go ahead and make Clarksville my permanent home. I cried my little eyes out when I broke the news to the administration (I’m so professional…) and my fellow middle school teachers, but I really had a weirdly… Keep Reading
My Thursday night was supposed to include dropping off clothes at the cleaners, going on a four-mile run, and showering off just in time to watch American Idol and eat dinner. But this little man of mine needed some major TLC. Fairly large hernia removal surgery knocked this guy OUT (our bank account also took quite the hit! Sheesh…. Keep Reading
Have you heard about this guy? My brother posted this link on facebook a couple days ago, and I decided to share it/discuss it with my students this morning as a little “brain warm up”, or so that was my excuse to share something kind of different! From Wikipedia: MacDonald made his first trade, a red paper clip for a… Keep Reading
+ + + + Mary E, Mary Katherine, Becca, Whitney, Jessica, Lesley, and Caitlin = A very perfect and MUCH needed (for all of us!) Friday night grown-up sleepover partay! =) Also… here’s a happy early 24th birthday shout-out to one of my best friends in the entire world, the fabulous Mary Elizabeth Allen! I love you!
I truly believe the worst part of this deployment (saying goodbye!!) is behind us, and one of the only things that keeps me going is the idea of Jamie’s homecoming, pulling into OUR driveway, and finally being able to living together for more than two weeks as a normal married couple. Nine months to go until that will come… Keep Reading