Mom Moments

Life design 101... (aka "jumping ship"!)

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20120817-194250.jpgThis week has been my first at a new teaching job. It's been a true breath of fresh air and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Side note: need some inspiration? Check out children inspire design and the shine project.

Ok, back to my story... I had been VERY nervous about basically "jumping ship" with a major life decision this past spring when I, indeed, jumped ship. Change scares the bejesus out of me sometimes and I felt like I had finally lost it this July when it hit me that I was leaving a job I love, with coworkers I adore, and students who made me realize that I had indeed chosen a vocation (ps- its genetic! My grandma and aunts are teachers, thanks a lot, guys!) and not just a job.

But, there's this little face I needed to see more of...so, I did it. Love will make you do the darnedest things! I switched a hellish commute for a short one so that I could snuggle a bit more and spend non-commuting time with my favorite pigtail-wearing giggle-monster. I traded the Babysitter literally sent down from heaven (contact me if you need someone near DC because this woman is truly amazing...) for a (gasp!) stranger. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, but...it's feeling good.

So, I leave you with this little story and no results. But maybe someone else out there who's about to splash into the water after jumping will feel a bit of solidarity.

Enjoy!

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Posters all courtesy of Pinterest. Look me up...I'm Megan Elizabeth!

"It's the end of the world as we know it..."

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It's that time of year again! The final countdown! Pardon my overuse of the exclamation mark! REM's song frantically plays in my head as I frenetically run around in circles... Really though, this full-time teacher-mama can hardly stand herself. Why, you may ask, am I so excited!? Tomorrow is that blissful day known to teachers as "the end".

While I will miss the kids that I teach and their fabulous and hilarious antics...(for example, the obsession with drawing me on the board each day to document my outfit and hairstyle choice in 3rd period Spanish...)

...I am ready to take it SLOW. I yearn to do NADA. All that needs to happen is a little walk each day, an occasional splash in the pool and a snuggle with my girl whenever I want to.

Summer, I love you.

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"Blogjacked": Mother's Day 2012

Artbymegan.com has been "Blogjacked" by Megan's husband and daughter to tell the world that she is an amazing Mother/Wife! So let me explain the significance of this "Blogjack" besides the obvious (Tell everyone on the World Wide Web that Megan is the best). I don't Facebook, Tweet, or blog. So I don't get that daily (sometimes hourly) chance to update everyone on all my thoughts and activities. Which means I can't update my status or hash tag (spelling/correct usage?) about how my wife is a Supermom/wife on a daily/hourly basis!

SO...this one time on this very SPECIAL DAY (Megan's first Mother's Day as a Mom) I will share with you all one of my thoughts and offer my wife the largest public display of affection imaginable...

Megan I LOVE you! You're a great mom/wife!

"Enough with the mushy stuff Dad, my turn! Mom this is baby, Thanks for being the best Mom. I appreciate all your hard work!" (Not bad for someone who is almost 1 year old. She got it from her Momma.)

So if this insight has not been clear my friend buddy the elf said it best when he said, "I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!"

Megan you are the best! Keep up the good work.

Love,

Your handsome husband and beautiful daughter

As for the rest of you get out of my head but keep on reading artbymegan.com because wouldn't you know Megan is an amazing blogger and artist too!

I'd also like to thank my friend the webmaster for allowing this intrusion and his assistance.

Best spring break ever? Yup.

This may go down in the charts as the best spring break ever! A whole day of relaxation has been quite successful and a trip to the park (x2) doesn't hurt.

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Plans for our break include massive amounts of stroller-ing and swinging, trips to Starbucks, a picnic to feed some ducks, lunch out on the town...

My my, how you have changed spring break. I think I love it! :)

Enjoy the sunshine. M

Gluten free = delicious

I'm not big on food hypes or random diets. But recently, after doing a little research, we decided to go "low gluten / gluten free" at home and the results have been great so far! (more energy, less stomach aches, no ulcers or hiccups...) One side effect of trying gluten free is learning to substitute snacks with alternatives. Pamela's baking mix has been awesome for this. The mix tastes amazing as cookies, pancakes, and waffles and will make a lovely pizza dough some night soon.

Tonight we gorged on delicious warm chocolate chip cookies (gluten free!), courtesy of Pamela's Baking Mix. Yum!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: (Pamela's recipe)

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Mix ingredients and bake at 350 for approx. 15 minutes! Enjoy warm and gooey.

Words to live by...

When I look at my sweet little girl some evenings, I daydream of the lessons that I want her to learn and the quotes that we will say to her to remind her of the important things in life. I'm working on narrowing it down and might hang our "mantra" in the kitchen somewhere as a constant reminder for our little family.

What do you think?

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Painting "catch-up"...

Life is nutzo.  As an aspiring blogger, mama bear, and full-time teacher, there are not enough hours in the day to make all of the awesomeness happen.  That being said, I am a little behind on my "29 paintings in 29 days" posts. In order to catch up, here goes!

Paintings 18-21 are done and more will be posted tomorrow!  Where did February go?  For real, this is crazy!

Happy Monday everyone,

M

Daddy bloggers...

I just stumbled upon a new and different type of blog.  Lord know's there are a whole lot of us mama bloggers out there, all sharing our stories and adventures.  However, I had yet to find a Dad doing the same.  Search no more....Spain Dad exists.

It is very intriguing to read the stories that so many women write about from a man's perspective.  Very cool!  And he has written a book including the various perspective of young Dad's also trying to make it all work.

Plus, this blog reaches my inner "Spainophile" and I can read it as a guilty pleasure, pretending to be in Madrid while just seated at my little MacBook.

 

 

Cute Guy with a Stroller...

It's not often you read a blog where the wife writes an ode to her valiant hubby. Well, it's time ladies, this is happening! Every morning the handsome fellow I married takes little lady to daycare and braves the gridlock and aggressive drivers without a complaint. (well, not too many!).

(As I discovered today, "drop off" of the sweetest, smiling little girl produces a large hole in one's heart similar to what I imagine was felt when my parents dropped me off at the airport to study abroad in college for 6 months. Note: I usually do "pick up", sooooo much easier.)

And he looks real cute pushing a stroller. See below.

So that's all for today. Thanks sweet hubby. You are great.

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