Friday, March 23, 2018

Day 23 Praise be!

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“[The Lord] guides the humble inwhat
Is right and teaches them his way.”

God is too good to me.  Today he’s watching over me and answering my prayers.  My slice is short because I have so much going on but I wanted to praise the Lord.  He guides me in his ways.  Praise be.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Day 22 My Birthday Slice

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Dear Birthday Girl,
To be Seussical-today is your day you’re off and away.  A day to celebrate your age on a page.  

You’ve got brains in your head and feet in those shoes and you really can go in the direction you choose.  

You’re another year older, another year bolder, another year wiser you’re a working early riser.  

So here’s advice, on this open road- slow down, smell the roses in slow motion mode.  Take the time to do this now or life will pass you by somehow.

Happy Birthday Girl.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Day 21 Dairy Queen Trip

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We heard the announcement, we read the announcement, we cheered the announcement:
"Free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen on March 20-in honor of the first day of Spring!"

We piled into the new car and chit-chatted all the way to the Dairy Queen.

"Look at the line!"  declared Kam.

Indeed, the line inside the local DQ was quite long.  However, the drive thru was just right.  So, we inched into the drive thru line.  When we arrived at the order screen, Kevin proclaimed, "We'd like 4 vanilla cones..."

"Do you have four people in the car?" asked the lady.

"uh, yes."  Kevin uttered in a gingerly yet surprised sort of way.

"Ok, pull around."

As we pulled up to the window, they handed us four vanilla ice cream cones...

We drove away smiling and enjoying our frosty dairy queen cones!  All of us in conversation about the new shopping plaza, the snow day calculator and friends at school.  Such fun together as a family of four.  Happy with the fan food too.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Day 20 On Painting

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On painting

What?  No purple?
No blue?
Green-I can use green.

Let's see...



(washes out brush-water slooshing)

Let's see



more slooshing

heavy sigh

yellow?  Nope.


White?  No!

walks over to paint easel

comes back and paints

more slooshing


picks up another brush

more slooshing

sloosh, sloosh, slooshing

walking over to give it to me...MOM!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Day 19 Skating for Paws

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Skating for Paws!
Yesterday our local girl scouts held a roller skating event.  Now, I can't remember when was the last time I skated.  My fear of a broken bone holding me back from getting the skates on...I reflected on how my disposition changed over the course of two hours.

Oh, it looked so dangerous
So many skaters falling
on the doopah
on the knees 
So many skaters falling

Out come the skate mates!
Oh, so many skaters need them
only 8
only 2 times around
Oh, so many skaters need them

Skaters building confidence
Not so many skaters falling
moving a little faster
doing the chicken dance
Not so many skaters falling

Oh, it looked so exciting
So many skaters flying by
whizzing around the rink
maybe I'll try
So many skaters flying by

Putting on skates
such a short time left
made it around without falling
holding hands with my girl
such a short time left

The skating party ends
raffle tickets drawn
gift baskets donated for a cause
calling all the winners, no luck
Skating party ends.

The skating party for a cause ended up raising $500 for the Paws and Prayers Animal Shelter.  Such cute dogs looking for homes.  I'm glad we could help with their need.

Day 18 Cookie Moments

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During the month of March, the Girl Scouts are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies.  Yesterday, Nat's troop took their turn at a Walmart.  

The girls worked the cookie booth and were able to sell about 160 boxes of cookies in two hours.  That means in 120 minutes they sold more than a box a minute.  In those 120 minutes there were some special moments that I consider highlights of the sales-"Cookie Moments".

At one point a gentleman came out of the Walmart.
"Hello there girls."
"Would you like to buy some cookies?"

"Yes! I would thank you.  Which ones are your favorites?"

Nat jumped to pick up the box of Do Si Dos and show him.  "Here's my favorite!"

Olivia held up the Trefoils.

He gently explained, "Here you go (handing us $8). Now you and you go and enjoy those cookies."  

The girls thanked him as he walked away.  So sweet.

Another lady come up to our table.  She handed our leader a twenty dollar bill and said, "I'd like to make a donation."  Wow-so generous.  

A couple came up to make a purchase and the boyfriend said it was "Molly's" birthday.  So we sang happy birthday to her.  She smiled from ear to ear.  They decided to purchase three boxes of cookies.  LOL!

These are the times that made our booth time lots of fun.  

Have you experienced Cookie Moments?  Please share below!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Day 17 The Roller Coast Memories

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Growing up in Ohio, meant summer trips to Cedar Point (well known for coasters).  During a get together with my brothers tonight, we all reminded about our favorite coasters at “the roller coast”.  

Steve remembered riding Gemini with my cousin John.  “Let’s rude in the front cars red vs, blue !”  He shared how they high-fived and cheered for their favorite colors.   We all agreed Gemini ruled when it first came out at CP.

I agreed and shared a memory about riding Gemini 16 times in a row.  Easy to do when the lines diminish.  The Gemini’s wooden ness and competing colors made it so fun to ride with groups of friends.

Mike shared how he loved the Iron Dragon.  A coaster unique to its time too as it allowed for dangling feet and swing as you round curves and drop on hills. 

We all shared how as we’ve aged, our bodies are less tolerant to hills, dips, and curves. 

My hubby and Mike’s girl friend talked of heights fear...the older we get the less we can take...still loving those memories and wishing to do experience it like we did when we were teens.  Missing the roller coast of days gone by.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Day 16 Almost Lost

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Almost lost
Acting like Hare
All day waiting there
Falling asleep
In a happy little heap
Waking up to a clap
“Mom! I set the trap!”

Thanks for waking this sleepy hare
I almost lost
The slice of life there!

It’s true.  I fell asleep!  Exhausted from such a busy week.  Nat woke me up clapping that she’d set the trap to catch the Leprechaun-thank goodness she did it I would have missed out on submitting my daily slice by 11:59pm.  What a busy day, week, month.  We are over the half mark!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Day 15 Quiet NOT!

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In our house, there’s usually no quiet unless it’s the wee hours of the morning... I wake up early after crashing hard from a long day on Wednesday-a busy yet peaceful day.

I revel in the level zero.  I hear the peaceful snoring of the one who’s been sick with a cold.  I hear an alarm in the distance...reminding us to rise and start our day.

I glory in the warmth of the morning and snuggle down with my cozy blankie hearing the heat kick on.  I’m grateful for the warm floor to greet my toasty toes-avoiding the cold shock that sometimes jolts me from slumber in a midnight call for water.

I yawn and stretch like a cat-making me wake and get today’s agenda in my head:  PLCs, principal coach meeting, curriculum team meeting, and finally best of all-a haircut...

I hear water gurgling into the mouth of the coffee pot.  My warm coffee soon to to help me wake and get going on my day’s work.

-the silence has broken away-smashed by the clank of a spoon hitting a bowl-ending  the slow, slothy more quiet here today.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Day 14 Walkout

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National School Walk-out took place today.  The kids at our school organized a walk-out for grades 2-5.  They did an amazing job of owning their learning.  They reasearched the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963 and compared it with the walkout planned today in support of the students whose lives were lost in the Parkland, Florida School shooting.  

The students organized the plan (their plan).  They developed at petition to have a walkout to honor students who fell at the hand of a peer.  They dug in, asked questions sought answer and asked more questions.  The kids had names of the students who passed on their signs.  They asked for school safety.  They released one balloon for each student/staff who lost a life in Parkland. 

The children learned life lessons.  They realized media can spin things (gun control). They realized words can be twisted and used in the wrong way and lead people to make judgements that aren’t true.  Their teachers beamed with pride at the effort and choice they put toward today’s peaceful walkout.  

Monday, March 12, 2018

Day 13 Facing the Fear of the Flush

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Facing fear...things we hear...

A long time ago-I think my daughter, Nattie, developed a fear of toilets after this incident occurred.  Ever since she potty-trained she's always had the "fear of the flush" and today was no exception.  

She's been sick with a cold the past few nights so we've been sleeping on the couches downstairs so the coughing, sneezing and nose-blowing don't wake the whole house.  Of course, I don't mind being woke up-it's a signal that she's ok.  It's so hard to see your children sick...

After last night's midnight rendezvous with the tissue box and some ibuprofen, I fell back to sleep pretty hard until about 2:30 when she woke up to go potty.

When she finished, she shook me by my foot to wake me up and scared the daylights out of me.  

"Why did you wake me up?" I asked panting and shaking.

"Because I had to flush," she declared with honesty.


"Mama, I had to flush and I didn't want to wake you up.  But I was scared."

"Scared, Nattie?"

"Yes, a girl's got fears you know.  I have fears and I have to face them even though I'm seven."

"Oh, so you wanted to face them with me and decided not to flush until I was awake?"  

"Yes, mama."



"Goodnight mom."

Now she's gone back to sleep.  I'm awake!  Writing, slicing, reading and commenting...a win win...

Thank goodness I could stay home from work today.

Day 12 A Slice of Girl Scout

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Today, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Source 

Thank goodness Juliette dared to be different and get this party started.  You could read more about her in an awesome, kid-friendly book called, Here Come the Girl Scouts by Shana Corey and Illustrated by Hadley Cooper.

I’m excited for this day now that I have a daughter in Daisies!  She’s been working all year to learn and earn badges.  This means more to me now than it did when I was a scout.  I appreciate how her leaders have done meaningful yet fun activities for the girls all year.

I felt especially connected to learning more about Girl Scouts because of a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia-the Home of the Girl Scouts and Juliette Gordon Low. While on a carriage tour of the city, we clopped by the Low residence and I was able to snap a pic!  Our carriage driver told us stories about the funny things Girl Scouts do while they are in town visiting.  We also ran into two scouts who were out selling cookies.

On the Girl Scout website they invite girls to participate in Girl Scout Week this week with inspiring messages and be a G.I.R.L. every day! Thank you to Juliette Gordon Low for her dedication and inspiration.  You've moved countless numbers of girls with your initial ideas.  

Here's more information about the proposal to name the Savannah Bridge after her-the original GIRL!
There will be news conference at 1pm on March 12 in Atlanta.  Girls are being called to take action and write letters of support for re-naming the bridge. 

So exciting!  Go girls go!  Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Day 11 The Portal Purse

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writing, posting and commenting every day for the month of March

IF YOU were to tell your story with objects, which ones would you choose? Which artifacts best represent you and your life?

One of the objects that would most likely represent my life right now would be my phone.  My phone has so much of me in it...

I think about the folders I’ve created to describe specific aspects of how I use it. 

Photos (family and friends)
Maker Apps (creating projects)
Social Media (connecting with others)
Calendar (keeping a busy life in order)
Email (contributing to time)
Music (tells so many stories)
Maps (which way to go)

Many favorite pieces of me all in one location.

All joined in to add to the timeline of my life.  These items capture all aspects of who I am these days.

Another object that best represents me are my keys.  People always comment on how many keys I have on my rings.  I have keys for 
the house
The cars
My offices 
file cabinets 
suitcase locks

A third object that I would use to tell my life story would be my purse.  It contains personal things that add to my life experience

My Life Story
Once upon a time there lived a girl with three important magical objects in her life.  The three objects connected to each other in this mysterious portal called a purse.  It contained pockets for many pieces of life.  The pockets in the purse also held two additionally important items. One item was the curious key ring that opened doors to the precious past and fruitful future-as well as openings to the here and now.  The other item was the fantastical phone that allowed for communication and connectedness at the flick of a finger.

This girl didn’t always have these objects but they’ve added layers to her life as she aged.  When she was younger, her portal purse was tiny.  It grew and grew the older she got.  It contained more and more keys that lead to opening and starting new adventures for her each and every day.

Then one day (about a decade ago) an item appeared that suddenly changed how the world worked-her phone! The purse portal plus the keys and the addition of the phone gave her powers she'd never known.  She talked to people, wrote to people and video chatted.  She created photo collages of all her adventures and shared them with the world.  She met friends from all over the world passing along her love for learning.  

Suddenly one afternoon her life changed dramatically when a thief stole her portal purse! 
Life To be continued...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Day 10 Goodbye and Hello

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First we say "Goodbye" and then we'll say "Hello"!

You had us at "Hello"!
Goodbye speedy silver Sebring!  A decade ago we said hello to you.  Today it. is. time.  to say goodbye.  Oh, how well you've performed!  Getting us through the slippery slopes of winter and keeping us cool on the sunniest days of summer.  We've ridden down the turnpike, taken many a mountain curve and toured tiny side streets of towns here, there and everywhere.  You've hauled us to hospitals, driven us through drive-thrus and carted us to concerts.  
You've carried:  
kids, cats and carts
books, baskets and babies
presents, pajamas and party favors!

You never failed us.  Always turning over even on the coldest Ohio days.  You've been reliable all days of our lives together-for that we thank you.  Parting is such sweet sorrow dear car.  We'll miss you. 💓

Hello New Friend! CRV Buddy.
You have reliable tracks to fill starting today.  We look forward to making new memories with you.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Day 9 Emoji Exit Tickets

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Earlier this week we worked with a trainer from our local children’s hospital on brain trauma training.  She shared a lot of helpful techniques with us in terms of understanding trauma reaction and how to help students access their emotions as a way to work through the trauma.

Today we implemented an idea-emoji exit tickets.
Here’s an example our coach liaison shared:

Here’s a link to explain more about ways to use them with students:
Today I shared that I was 🤩

It’s been a great week for me.  I attribute the joy of this week to the time I’ve spent writing and reading Slice of life stories!  Have you used emoji exit tickets?  How are you feeling today after 9 days of slicing?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Day 8 Remembering Dad

Day 8

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RIP Dad, miss you every. single. day.

Today would have been the day to celebrate you dear Dad, 
to celebrate you.
Instead, we celebrate you in spirit-
Remembering the good old days.  
You would be 79 today if you were 

Please know dear Dad, how much I love you
I celebrate you
In spirit
Remembering the good old days.
If you were here...

I'd talk to you, tell you I'm sorry for the last day
I couldn't face you
I couldn't tell you-
I couldn't see your loving eyes go dim 
But you knew-you called it-
I didn't want to believe you were leaving us 
I couldn't accept it, face it 
I waited to see you-until you were in a state of comfort care
-until you weren't able to give me a piece of your mind...

I'd get one of your dad hugs 
(only you could give)

Please know dear Dad, how much Mom loves you
She celebrates you, on good days
In spirit AND still here
Remembering  some of the good old days, not other days
To her you're still here, sometimes
If you were here
She'd talk to you!
Tell you she loves you
Say, listen to the docs!
She'd get one of your sweet hubby hugs 
(only you could give)

If you were here, 79 today you'd be!
Days of old-- remembering
Celebrate you in spirit instead
To celebrate you
Today will always be your day dear Dad-your day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Day 7 Lego Surprise!

Day 7
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Walking into aftercare yesterday, I heard a plea from Natalie.  She begged me to come and see her creation.  I heard the joy in her voice.  I watched the pep in her step.  I was witness to excitement!
I wondered what it could be.

I heard the lego blocks clinking.  I heard the chatter.  I knew it must be something incredible.

The pep in her step rubbed off on me!  I hurried through the doorway as Natalie beamed from ear to ear-
"Look Mom!  Look!"

She and her friend Teron had made a Lego climber /jungle gym (for lego sized people of course).  The amazing part was that they added cars to the legs at the base to make it mobile.

There they were-all the green, red, blue and yellow blocks-arranged in the most perfect way possible to allow for lego size people to have an awesome play park.  

I wished I could shrink myself down and  go for a climb on the ladder or a ride on the slide.

I wished I could have seen the building process.  

I wished I was witness to the energy!

I'm certain it contained lots of give and take, sequencing and thought to get things just right.

After she showed me the work of art, it was time to tear it down.  Such energy breaking up, little by little, brick by brick.  Blocks now resting for the night but waiting for a new day and another set of busy hands to make a new Lego surprise!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Day 6 Directions Needed?

Day 6

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A Daisy's in the house! 

Back in January at the cookie rally, the girls visited stations-ways to set goals for their sale, tasted samples and learned about how to count money.

And now the cookies have come in!
This way to cookies!

At the slightest mention of girl scout cookies, people's ears perked up yesterday.  

"Oh, are you selling some?  I'll take three thin mints and three tree foils!"

"I heard you have girl scout cookies at your house.  I want to buy some-when can I come over?"

"You have my cookies?  Yum!"

"All about the Samoas"

Oh. My. Goodness.

The cookies taste so delicious.  

  • Is it because they only come out once a year?  
  • Is it because they can't be bought at the grocery? 
  • Is it because sweetly smiling scouts bring them to your door?
I'm not sure...but the formula is there.  No directions needed on where to find these tasty treats.

Thanks to Alanna George for creating this sign!
Natalie says, "You can never go without them because they are sooooo good!"

But, they only come once a year so get 'em while they're hot!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Day 5 Oh, so Seussical

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Day 5

We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday last week.  Fun activities happening at school, work and home to commemorate the rhyming author's work of art.  Our house was full of rhyme, stories and Cat in the Hat.

One of the activities Nat practiced was drawing the "seussical" characters.  While she played with some puzzles last night, I heard her quizzing Dad on what she had drawn...

"It begins with /s/ /s/" she proclaimed!  Giving this clue would surely cue Dad as to who these characters were.

"Umm, Seuss?"

"No, Dad, that's not it.  /s/ /s/ /s/!"

"Umm, I'm not sure.  Could you give another clue?"

"Well, ok.  /sn/ /sn/ /sn/."

I could tell she was getting frustrated that he was unaware of the stars on thars!  LOL

Dad's schema needed some more developing.

"You know.  The ones with the stars on their bellies! The /sn/ /E/, /sn/ /E/..."

"Well, I'm still not sure."  he cowered.

"Dad- it's /sn/ /E/ /ch/!"  she continued to sound frustrated but kept working until he reached a level of clarity.

"OH, the sneeches?"

"Yes, dad!  You got it!"

I felt a sense of relief that I did not have to intervene in the Seussical character sharing.

Dad told her, "These are good pictures of the sneech.  I think you should keep drawing."

"I will dad.  I will."

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Day 4 Rise and Shine

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Day 4

Rise and Shine

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Hearing the bird chirping this morning as I blink away the blur of night's rest.  I stretch and yawn noticing the sun rays poking in through the windows. Sending signals that day is dawning.

I wonder and wake in a slow-slothy way noticing these small details.  I want to savor it today.

In our house, I'm frequently called "Rushy Lou".  I deserve this name!  My voice usually echoing through the stairway, hall, or kitchen,

"Hurry up!"

"We've gotta go!"  

"Snap to it!"

"Shake a tail feather"

But not is a day to be more "Pokey Sue".

I'm taking my time-
nature has beckoned my attention today.  

So I sit in the quiet of the morning, still and calm.  I need it-so I can rise and shine and start a new day.

Everyone else is still asleep... 
the joy 
of being Pokey Sue rather than Rushy Lou.