I’m Going Home

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Well, I’m going home, back to the place where I belong And where your love has always been enough for me I’m not running from, no, I think you got me all wrong I don’t regret this life I chose for me But these places and these faces are getting old So I’m going home, … Continue reading

I haven’t addressed any of the events that occurred last week. To be honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. As a parent and also as the daughter and friend to many teachers (a good portion of which are elementary school teachers). Teachers always refer to their charges, not as their students but as their kids. They do not keep them at arms length, they embrace them with their heart since they are no longer allowed to embrace them with their arms. They love, nurture and most importantly teach them,
In the instance of Sandy Hook, many of them also shielded them and some gave their life for their kids. I have always had respect for my teachers, I hope that I raise my children to also respect them and to get as much as they can from them.
Being a teacher, especially in today’s climate, to me is more noble than being in the military, and in some cases more heroic.
Think about the six teachers/administrators who sacrificed it all at the next PTA meeting, or the next school board meeting. When it comes time to raise money for books and computers for the classrooms. Think about it come April when you pay your taxes and complain about how they’ve gone up.
And if you have kids in school, thank you teachers.

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Please see the follow-up to this letter at http://lisamyers.org/2012/12/31/a-follow-up-to-dear-america-from-a-teacher/.

Dear America,

It feels strange to hear your voice praising teachers for their selflessness, dedication, and love for their students. We’re listening to what you’re saying, but we must admit that we are listening with tilted head and quizzical eye. Why? Because we’ve become accustomed to hearing a very different voice from you.

For the past few years, you’ve been certain that most of society’s problems stem from our schools, more specifically the teachers in those schools. We are lazy and useless, we are only in it for the money, we only teach for the vacation time, we don’t possess the intelligence to teach anyone much of anything, our demands for a respectable wage are selfish, we don’t teach students respect, we are leeches sucking the blood from State coffers, we don’t even work a full day like everyone else, and…

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The Final Countdown

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Ohh It’s the final countdown We’re leaving together The final countdown We’ll all miss her so It’s the final countdown (The final countdown) Ohh, it’s the final countdown Yea You know you were singing along. We are T-10 days from occupation of our “new” old house. Could not be more excited. Things are moving and … Continue reading

So much!

So much to do so much to see
So what’s wrong with taking the back streets
You’ll never know if you don’t go
You’ll never shine if you don’t glow

Hey now you’re an All Star, get your game on – go play
Hey now you’re a Rock Star, get the show on – get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold

 

Holy cow we’re in the home stretch and there is just SO MUCH going on and SO MUCH that I want to share but no time to do it. I will do my best in the next couple of weeks to give you a room by room transformation. But it might be a bit longer than that… what with the holidays and stuff.

We have a move-in date! December 27. Merry Christmas to Hubs and Me. When we’re going to pack, not exactly sure. I have a feeling the movers will be laughing at us. And i’m SURE that the kids won’t mind leaving all their brand new things in the boxes to make it an easier move. HAHA!

The carpets are getting installed on Friday and the closets next week. Woot-Woot!

So.very.exciting.

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Bah Humbug

Scrooge

I honestly don’t mean to be a Scrooge, and I actually think that ultimately I’m not… Truly. Remember that as you read this. I do love the holidays, I love it brings out the best in people, I love tasteful decorations, and I love that my kids believe in all of it. Not just Santa, but in the miracle of Channukah, the birth of Jesus and all of it. (I swear one of these days I’m going to start reading them Siddhartha as a bedtime story just to add a theological wrinkle.)

Here is something I don’t love…

Seriously?!?!

I will be the first to admit that I don’t understand a lot of things about Christmas. I am Jewish, and have always have a love/hate and love to hate relationship with a lot of things Christmas. I won’t get into it in detail but I spent one Christmas break at probably the worst.temp.job.ever where I was putting samples of gum into little packets and then heat sealing the packages. All while wearing a hair net, gloves, lab coat (yup I looked like Laverne and Shirley) and listening to Christmas music on CBS-FM for EIGHT HOURS A DAY!!!!!!  I’m sorry but that is just too many times to listen to anything holly jolly. I also don’t understand inflatables but I get that my kids like them. And I get that how as a kid I would have wanted one too… but really, parents you have the purse strings, you can say NO!

Back to my original soap box….  CARS DECORATED TO LOOK LIKE REINDEER!

SERIOUSLY?! I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?!??!?!

I’m going to apologize now for any of my friends who may have in fact decorated their cars as reindeer, you might want to stop reading, or by all means defend your choices. Was it a momentary state of holiday adrenaline rush? A drunk Amazon purchase? A gift you feel obligated to display? Are you really a 17-23 year old girl?

It is impossible to take anyone with this on their car seriously while driving. I’m not going to let you merge, because I will laugh at you every time you honk your horn. Seeing you does not put a smile on my face, it puts a scowl. Just keepin’ it real here. It is like the teddy bear on the front of the Mac truck. It just doesn’t work. It looks stupid. No one is going to tell you that to your face because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. But really, if someone at your office saw you get out of your car in the parking lot whatever clout you have, it will drop.

I’ll give a pass to the wreath on the front of the car, although honestly isn’t it enough to just have one on your house. Or 10, because heaven knows you need one on every window…. pushing it down… the every window thing doesn’t bother me all that much.

Let’s just all take a pact. STOP DECORATING YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU’RE IN A PARADE OR BEING PAID TO ADVERTISE SOMETHING.

 

Thank you that is all… I’m going to go see what that Ghost of Christmas Past wants with me.

 

Oh and Happy Holidays.

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We had a lovely time over Thanksgiving at my parents house. And as it has become a new Thanksgiving tradition, we take a big family shot… When I say big, I mean extended because let’s face it, my side of the family is pretty small. It’s just me and my parents. So now with the addition of G and the kids we’ve doubled. If you’ve taken pictures with toddlers, you know that you don’t get very long and you also don’t keep them all clean for very long either.

Sure enough, as soon as we opened the door to head out into the backyard, D tripped and got a nice grass stain on his knee. E was soon to follow. We needed to go and we needed to go quick. After getting our immediate family it was time to start arranging the larger group shot. My mom wanted some of just them and the kids…. shockingly the kids cooperated.

But we still had our fun:

Shoot me now

Shoot me now

Pretty much everything about this picture cracks me up. And yes, my parents have a very good sense of humor so they were laughing too when they saw it.

I have been feeling a bit behind with everything, so when we got home that night, i uploaded the pictures and went to my go to site (Shutterfly) to create the card. Normally we just send out one with the kids on it, but my mom did such a nice job with a family picture that we put all four of us on it.

And here are the results… coming to a mailbox near you (if you’re on “the list”)

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