We first realized our middle son, Carter, was color blind when he was in kindergarten during Parent-Teacher conferences. While going through his “coursework” for the first part of the year his teacher was showing us his drawings and one was of a shark. It was a lovely drawing of a shark swimming in the ocean with a brown boat, but the water was purple. A few drawings later, the sky was purple. A few more pictures later, more purple water. Later that day we asked him what color was the sky, what color was the ocean. His response was blue.Read more
With our technology collection growing it is becoming harder and harder to convince the boys there was a life before “electronics”. Determined to reign in some control of screen time I decided to centralize all the electronics in the house. Of course, it had to have some flair – so after months of searching, I found the perfect desk to house it all. With a little bit of elbow grease & imagination, I have the perfect electronic storage unit for all our gadgets. Now all I have to do is pat the boys down each night so they can get a good night sleep & the electronics can recharge as well.
For the last two years, I have had three boys at three different schools. Sounds like that should have been a piece of cake. Yet I have spent the last two years juggling three different PTA, PTSA & Booster clubs (of COURSE they all had different names). Three different school calendars of events. Three different groups of after-school activities. This might not seem like a lot – but at the end of a grueling two year saga of juggling it all, there are signs I might make it out intact. Granted, with one week left to go I have a to-do list of 72 items and haven’t been home before 9pm the last two weeks of school, but I feel like the end is in sight. Read more
How can this school year be over already? I am pretty certain I still have back to school flyers sitting on my desk. Yet, here we are, another year wrapping up another year at warp speed. Last band concert. End of the year picnic. Open house. Backpack full of evidence that the school year did indeed take place. The school has so many end of the year traditions, I couldn’t help but add a school year tradition of my own. Read more
With almost a dozen years of PTA / PTSA volunteer years under my belt, you’d think I have hundreds of “thank you” ideas for our volunteers. Not so much. I found myself walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby, Joanne Fabrics & Michaels looking for ideas to thank our community volunteer for participating in our junior high career day.