Thank a Teacher Today

by Shannan on December 17, 2012

I cried a lot this weekend. Like most of the nation, I’ve been paralyzed by the horrific events in Connecticut on Friday. I look into the faces of my own five and six year old boys and see the faces of the babies whose lives were cut short so senselessly. I see messages from a blogging friend whose nephew was one of those lost. I am angry. I am shocked. But mostly, I am heartbroken.

I watch the news and hear the stories of the educators who laid down their lives to protect their students – teachers and administrators who like my own children’s school staff, dedicate their time and effort to help our children to grow and thrive. In my heart, I know that my own children’s teachers would do exactly the same thing should something so horrific ever occur here.

Most of us don’t give this a second thought. We send our children off to the care of others every day, never thinking that they would be faced with something so horrific. We never think that our teachers would have to act selflessly to save our children and protect them from harm. We take for granted that their job ends at teaching reading and math and all the other important things.

Today, I’m joining with hundreds of bloggers who have declared today “Thank a Teacher Day”.  I would like for each of you to reach out to the teachers and staff at your own child’s school and thank them for  caring. Write them a note. Send flowers. Take a treat to the office.

These are the people who see and care for our children sometimes more waking hours in the day than we do. Your babies are their babies and they would protect them with their lives.

Thank you to Julie at Julieverse for starting this initiative and creating the graphic for us all to use.

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Monday’s Magical Moments

by Shannan on November 5, 2012

Disney holds a special place in my heart. From memories that I cherish from my own childhood to planning our upcoming family vacation (30 more days!!!!), each and every Disney moment is special to me.

When SuperJenn decided to start Monday’s Magical Moments, I knew it was time to sweep out the cobwebs here and join in. There is nothing in the world I’ll enjoy more than sharing our special memories of Disney.

We have so many special memories, which I hope to share, but this one is one of my recent favorites.

This April when we visited Disney, D celebrated his 5th birthday with Chef Mickey. He’s still declaring it the best birthday ever…


Chef Mickey Birthday

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Not Quite Ready

January 6, 2012

Here it is, January 6th and the tree is still up. The kids’ new toys are still scattered around the living room. I know I should put the mess away, take down the tree and start thinking toward the next big event of the year – K’s birthday, coming up in a month. But for […]

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New Year, Clean Slate

January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! There’s something so refreshing about putting up a fresh, new calendar…a blank slate, wide open for new adventures, unending possibilities of what the New Year could become.  Even though 2011 was an amazing year for me, with fabulous experiences that outweighed the drama, I was excited to see it come to an […]

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Have A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011

I’m going to do a dual purpose post here, being that it’s Thanksgiving Eve and my kitchen is already buzzing with activity. First, I want to wish all of my friends and family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful to be surrounded by so many loving and supportive people, both online and […]

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Have A Safe Halloween

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! We hope that you and your trick or treaters have a safe night out! Please remember that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving this (and every) evening, so be sure to designate a driver if you are attending a party or event where alcohol is being served. If you’re holding an event where you […]

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Mamavation Monday – Oops It’s Tuesday Edition

October 18, 2011

I missed reporting in last week due to being ridiculously busy and yesterday got away from me, but I’m still here and still working hard! I tried on the offending dress that kicked my butt back into gear and am liking how it’s fitting a little better now, but still have some more work to […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Celebrating with Amy

October 5, 2011

Congratulations on your first 5K!!!

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Mamavation Monday – Feeling a Little Better

October 3, 2011

It’s Monday again and I’m sticking with my promise to myself to get back on track. Still not focusing on numbers, but I did note that I dropped 4 lbs from last Monday’s weigh in. Being that I did not work terribly hard on exercise last week and I did splurge this weekend a bit, […]

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Our Day Out With Thomas

October 2, 2011

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind! Starting with our weekend away in Lancaster, PA for the Day Out With Thomas event and other fun local attractions (a whole series of posts about that bunch of awesome coming this week) and continuing through the SheStreams conference last weekend, I’ve been an on-the-go gal. Finally […]

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