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You Should ALWAYS Listen to Molly

You Should ALWAYS Listen to Molly

We’re ending kindergarten similarly to how we began – we are 100% ready for the day tomorrow.  I remembered to buy a gift card for Mrs. Fritschi.  Daniel picked up a “Thank You” card for her.  Molly made her a card by hand.  And Molly and I made Lemony Sugar Scrub and Lavender Bath Salts from scratch tonight.  All this to let Mrs. Fritschi know how very very much we appreciate her.  She really did make this 2nd semester of kindergarten fabulous. I really, really, really want to just end this blog post right here so that you’ll believe I’ve ... Read More »

The Tradition Keeper

The Tradition Keeper

Have you ever planned something, gotten really excited about it, gotten everyone else excited about it, and then had it fall completely apart?  Yep.  Here’s a story about just that and how my fabulous husband managed to turn those lemons into lemonade. Every year, our local zoo has a Christmas extravaganza called Zoo Light Safari.  We go every year, and it’s free with our zoo membership.  They hold it at night, because there are Christmas lights EVERYWHERE!  There’s hot chocolate.  And Santa.  And magical decorations.  And train rides.  And the petting zoo.  And…it’s just FUN. So, a couple of years ... Read More »

All I Want For Christmas is My Sanity Intact

All I Want For Christmas is My Sanity Intact

I wrote the following article for a friend’s newsletter several years ago.  Said newsletter went out on December 17, 2010.  This is a tough one for me, but holds important sentiments for me to revisit this time of year.   A LOT has changed since I wrote this.  When I originally wrote it, my father had passed away (unexpectedly and rather tragically) just over two months previously, so I was in a not-so-good place.  Since then, we’ve lost Daniel’s Mom &  Grandy and my Mammaw.  The “old” traditions have changed.  They’ve given way to what is beginning to look like our new ... Read More »

My Kindergartener Needs a Personal Assistant

My Kindergartener Needs a Personal Assistant

Seriously.  I CANNOT keep up with the details at this point in the school year.  Remember how I was the BEST MOM EVER just a few short weeks ago?  Well, that time has come to an end.  Let me tell you where we are now: I set my alarm for 5:30 every day to get up and work out.  And then I actually get up close to 6:30, which is when the girls are supposed to get up, and I’m supposed to be showered already.  We really need the time to change around here. It’s been awhile since we picked ... Read More »

ALL of the things

I just can’t care about it all. As a mother, as a wife, a home-maker, a woman, there are a LOT of things I’m told I should care about. The news tells me. The social media tells me. My friends tell me. My mother tells me. Other parents tell me. Coworkers tell me. They all tell me ALL OF THE THINGS I should care about. And it. Is. Exhausting. Let’s take a look, shall we? At all of the things: High Fructose Corn Syrup GMO’s Organic &/or Natural foods Artificial sweeteners BPA in plastic containers Food coloring Signing children up ... Read More »

In which we host a birthday party

In which we host a birthday party

We Vanns – we’re loud. In volume, opinion, emotion, style (clothing and otherwise), and in just about every other category I can come up with. We don’t typically follow status quo. We’re a bit left of normal; our friends are a wide range of humanity; and our tastes in all things cultural run the gamut from classics to comic books. And then Molly turned 6. And we had a birthday party. Now, keep in mind that she started Kindergarten just 4 short weeks ago. So that means that HER birthday party is the FIRST birthday party of the school year. ... Read More »

I am not qualified to be your Room Mother

I am not qualified to be your Room Mother

I’ve decided to start a blog (obviously), but I haven’t been able to decide what I’d like to share. I’m not yet sure what my blog will be about or what my voice will sound like. I’ve been waiting for a launching-off point. Today provided the perfect story to share. Molly started Kindergarten this year. We’re in the third week of school, and I’m VERY happy to report that we’ve mastered several things: Getting homework done each evening Having snacks ready to go Packing the backpack for the next day Choosing the next day’s outfit Getting to school on time ... Read More »

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