Middle School, B.L.A.A.R., and Lessons from Bug

I'd like to thank Click Communications for sending us Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life so that I could share with you my feelings on standardized testing, my Bug's journey as a square peg, and our feelings in general on this movie. "Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his best friend Leo hatch a plan to expose the principal by breaking every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. As the principal strikes back, Rafe’s world, at home and at school, explodes into hilarious chaos (both real and imagined) in this laugh-filled family comedy based on James Patterson’s best-selling book series."  Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life When I was first presented with the opportunity to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, I really had no interest. I mean, for real, I still have kids in elementary school, I've watched others of mine go … [Read more...]

The Kindest Soul I Know Turns 8 Today

When you're graced with true greatness and beauty in your life, you learn to appreciate everything around you. The kindest soul I know turns 8 today, and I'm happy and sad, all at the same time. Some things in life are very complex. Some things are not. I deal with complex issues every day, but the minute I pick my Bubby up from school, my life gets easier, happier, healthier again. He completes me, as weird as that sounds, and I think the feeling is mutual. Today, this little man, the kindest soul I know, turns 8. EIGHT. My BABY turns EIGHT today. How can this be possible? He was born yesterday, right? You all remember it like it was yesterday too, don't you? He makes me laugh (constantly), he makes me cry (yes, sometimes he's a butt too), but he completes my world and I don't know what I'd do without him. My Bubby. He's my baby, he's the forth chamber of my heart, and he's so excited that he turns eight tomorrow. Me? I'm ready to turn back the hands of time and hold him in … [Read more...]

A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren't necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I'll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach. Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other's space is enough. And most of the time, just letting them be them...well, it's enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style! Bubbles! What's a beach day without bubbles? What's any good day without bubbles, actually? A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it's not even really a day, is it? The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until... You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still … [Read more...]

The Storm Will Pass. The Spring Will Come.

Spring is a time of new beginnings for all of us. Never make rash decisions based on the winter storm's events. The storm will pass. The spring will come. Embrace the warmer weather. Embrace the blooming flowers. Embrace what you love the most and be the change. Every spring, I seem to re-evaluate my life. I guess we all do.The storm will pass. What changes can I make in this world, to my life, to make it a better place? I'm often tempted to throw in the towel and just give up after braving the winter storms. I think we all are. Being cooped up, both literally and figuratively, makes us all feel that way at some level, I guess. That overwhelming feeling of, is this really all working out for me, is it all worth it, kind of gets to you, you know? I know you know. So, what do you do? Do you throw in the proverbial towel and just decide that the struggles aren't worth it anymore and start anew with a whole new life? I mean, we're all getting old (as we read my dribble), so is it all … [Read more...]

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven't seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it's a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn't even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It's a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit … [Read more...]

French Toast Crunch Marshmallow & Chocolate Bars

Before I share this recipe, I should probably tell you that General Mills did send product, recipes, and some fun stuff to facilitate this post, but more importantly, I should probably tell you that #FrenchToastCrunchIsBack and you know you're as excited as I am! This is not my typical recipe, I know that, so I thought I'd just address the elephant in the room before continuing. Although we eat healthy most of the time and I do completely limit my children's intake of sweets, they like the sweet things too, y'all, so I indulge them when I'm moved to do so. Those indulgences often include homemade cereal bars because I can slip protein and/or fiber in, making me feel a little bit better about the whole thing. But let's get back to this recipe, mmmmKay? You remember French Toast Crunch from your childhood, right? The little toast-shaped, maple-flavored bites of deliciousness packed into a cereal box? Yes, those. They're back but lower in sugar (only 9 grams) than their 1995 product … [Read more...]