3 More Weeks

Spelling tests, homework, math sheets, agenda checks, cleaning out the cubby, turning in homework, taking back library books, standing in line, raising his hand. E is over it. I’m over it, too. He is past the point of being ready for summer break. This morning I had to drag that little doodle-head out of bed while he moaned, “I don’t want to go to school. How many more days? Which ones are half days? When is Memorial Day?” We’re all pretty miserable about it, even the dog. He’s tired of whining at the front door at 8 am when Tyler
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Meet Puppy Walt

Walt and Me Currently, I’m sitting on my couch, typing away on my iPad, taking small sips of my coffee and putting the mug down without a sound. A few minutes ago it took me 7 minutes to start a load of laundry because I tried to adapt to my kitty’s ability to move with silent stealth. Why all of this quiet? The puppy is asleep. If he was awake, there is no way I would be writing this blog. In fact, I’ve even considered crating him for an hour or so to get some work done around the house.
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Happy Friday!

It never stops surprising me how quickly the weeks fly by. This weekend I’m taking extra time out to clean our house and straighten some of the random things we haven’t put away since the move. If there is not room, they’re going in the trash. I’m always challenged to break my packrat habits. I have to practice so hopefully one day, I won’t want to keep every little thing. Also, my brother-in-law is coming in town, so we’ll be entertaining and enjoying time with him. I may do some gardening as well. Any suggestions? I’m pulling up a bunch
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The Fingernail Project

I bite my fingernails. It’s my dirty habit that isn’t so much a secret because no one thinks, oh wow, she cuts her nails really short. No one cuts their nails that short. The only times in my whole life when I’ve had fingernails that exceeded my fingertip were when I was on prenatal vitamins and when I got fake gel ones for my wedding (which were a huge mistake, felt uncomfortable, and I ended up jamming one off while Tyler and I played pool on our honeymoon. Never again). But I’m tired of ugly nails. I really don’t even have
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What We Do

Pretend to hate the cat and then snuggle with her Style it up! Show off my nephew(center)! Design crazy, green men. Let tooth pulling be the highlight at our superbowl party Lose the first tooth at 8. I pulled it. Snuggle and Read. Repeat.
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Our Grammy Experience

T: “Do you think E has been in bed long enough for us to make popcorn without him wanting some?” M: “No, wait a few.” T: “Why do they keep showing Taylor Swift’s reaction to everything?” M: “Because she has a wedding dress on.”“Look at Justin Timberlake’s hair…It looks a lot like yours.” T: “I thought he had curly hair. How did he get it to look so good?” M: “I think he does. He obviously didn’t do his own hair. Justin Timberlake sounds better than Mumford & Sons.” T: “Nice. Black and White for JT’s song. People all around
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Sayings of the Boy

My Pensive and Verbose Cowboy “Oh, that hurts my nozzle.” – While playing Angry Birds. “Graenblanz.” – Later translated to mean “oatmeal” in his language. The emphasis is on the second syllable. It must be spoken with an almost German accent. “When are we going to have another baby?” “What if it’s not in Jesus’ plan for us to have another baby?” “Could we adopt?” (This progression made my heart so happy and nostalgic). I told him his spelling word was toad. He needed to write a sentence. His response? “I toad you to wash the clothes? Hahahahhahahaha.” Mary Kulp
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Blog Hiatus is Over

Do you remember that time when I had 5 jobs, and we were getting ready to move? Yes, that was the time I didn’t blog for a month. But the hiatus is over. I’m back. It’s been a whirlwind of a month. I stared at a computer screen for about 6 hours a day, took care of E and Tyler, packed boxes, moved, started my semester teaching, took an online class to teach online classes, and turned 27 at the end of January. I’ve been a giant ball of stress, and it hasn’t been pretty. You can ask Tyler. Our
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Downton Obsession

Image Link It’s Friday, and I’m pumped for the weekend for a few reasons. 1. We got the keys to our new place today! We’ll be taking E to visit the inside for the first time later today. He’s seen the outside but has yet to lay eyes on his room. I am so ready for his excitement. 2. We’re attending a gender reveal party for some friends on Saturday. I’ll admit, I’ve been skeptical about the whole idea of gender reveal, but I am super-excited to see them find out if they’re having a boy or girl. 3. I
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Let’s Get Ready

So far, 2013 has proven as mighty as a whirlwind. I’m not saying that we’re drowning over here and need some help. I’m saying it’s moving quick and mightily, and while we’re hanging on for the ride. I know from half a mile away, 2013 looks beautiful as clouds and earth form a perfect funnel. But up close, it’s definitely sucked us in. As I posted before, we’re planning on moving out of our townhouse into a real one with a fenced-in yard in less than two weeks. Two weeks. We weren’t even planning on moving as of December 1,
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