Wednesday, September 18, 2013


As a little boy I knew he learned differently. 
I would try and teach him his ABCs and 123s and he would fight me every step of the way.
I knew it was more than his German stubborness and Irish temper that would both hinder him and help him.

Last year we finally got him tested. There were some bumps along the way but he is now getting the help he needed and will need to get him headed in the right direction.  
We found out he has dyslexia. 
I know there is more but for now we are dealing with this roadblock.

He cried today when we sat to do his homework.  

It's just so hard, Mama.
I try so hard and my brain doesn't work.
My brain scrambles it all and I just don't get it.

These words kill me.  
Yet at the same time I understand.
He hurts so much from trying to keep up and show that he is smart. 
that he can do the work.
that he does want to learn.

I know he is in there.
Do you see it, teachers?
Do you see a little boy who could design and race race cars like his Daddy?
Do you see a little boy who will windsurf around the globe?
Do you see a lego master who wants to invent a spy car?
Do you see a reader? a writer? a little boy wanting to learn?

A friend sent me this link about learning disabilities: 

Always believe in your kids.
Always be your kids advocate.
Always protect your kids. 
Always just be there for your kids.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Queen V takes it on a run!

First day of school was the "best ever" said my Queen V! She had a great time and couldn't wait to tell me all about it. Even though she is not in class with all of her friends (living in her perfect world! ha!) She said it was all good since they all get to sit together at lunch and chat!!
We went for an afternoon swim and then followed it by dinner and a run!
I am so glad that I figured out how to make quick little stills with my phone for a fast post.

At any rate, she ended her first day with a run to one of her favorite songs... love it!

Friday, August 16, 2013

sunrise in sturgeon bay


From my happy place.  I have gotten up several mornings now to watch the sunrise and each one has its most magnificent moments.  Today,  I think it was the clouds turn to let the sun dance at their feet.

This is most definitely my happy place.

 It fills my soul and calms my mind.

Friday, March 29, 2013

growing time

wow. those shoes are BIG!
how did they get that big- are you sure they fit?
yes. I growed.
When? When did you grow?
well, it was in the growing time.
When is the growing time?
Well, member when you did all that laundry? that is when I growed.

Wow... good to know, Hap.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Queen V goes Country

A few pictures of Queen V and a video of the day...
BES Stockyard Fieldtrip

 Queen V took a class field trip to the Stockyards.  Did you know Fort Worth is the only city with its own brand? Bit of cool history I didn't even know while I was teaching Texas History. It looks like the horns on the cattle in the above photo.
 A quick shot with one of the cowboys who taught the kids that morning. Queen V was very excited... would have been better had she been on a horse. LOL

A few times a day they recreate a "cattle drive" for the tourists moving the cattle from one end of the stockyards to the other. It's pretty cool for sure.

Not sure where my girl will end up when she is all grown up... either on the water with a surfboard or in the mountains with horses all around her.  She loves both... just like her mama.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Silly Happy Girl

Love my Princess A she wakes up running to me with her blonde locks all over the place. "Good Morning, Dandelion!!" I tell her as she jumps up into my arms all excited about the day. First order of the day is a bowl of cheerios- it's not breakfast without Cheerios
she still uses her baby towels when she can find them and surprisingly they fit! She finds everything funny from a silly dance her siblings make up, to running in place to saying the word "poopy". She is so very 4.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

conquering fear

after a full day of learning. evening game. all boy. then the sunset and no lights came on. Mr. T was asked to be goalie. He had played goalie in our backyard but never for a game. I was all excited hollering for him to get the ball when it came down to him... forgetting his fear of the dark. and it got dark. and he was waiting for his teammates to come back towards him- even if they were trying to get the ball past him, at least he had people by him. After the game when we were safe at home he told me of his fear and how he didn't like being back there. all by himself. Put the big L on my forehead for LOSER! oh man. I felt awful.