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What a bribe

I was snuggling with Dude on the couch earlier this evening. I treasured this moment as he is.always on the move and not a big snuggler.
This lead to a discussion of how he used to love to be held as a baby which led to a discussion about babies in general which led to a discussion of when we were going to have more babies.
As we were sitting there Dude was sucking his thumb. In case you don’t already know both Bubba and Dude are thumb suckers. It drives the Hubs and me crazy. We have tried everything under the sun to help break this habit.  Nothing motivates them to stop. Nothing deters them from sucking. It Sucks. Literally.
Anyway… Back to the baby discussion. Dude wants to be a big brother really bad. I kind of want more kids (but we are diaper free and only have 4 daycare payments left so I am not really fully on board with it at this point). 
One thing led to another…
You know how that goes…
Oh wait…
Does it sound like I am announcing a pregnancy?  I AM TOTALLY NOT PREGNANT SO DON’T GET ANY IDEAS.
I did tell Dude that if he and his brother would stop sucking their thumbs we could have another baby.  He got really excited. He stopped sucking…

for about 5 minutes…

Don’t worry…
I don’t think my biological clock will continue ticking long enough for them to stop the thumb sucking.
No more babies in this house.

Have you ever bribed your kids?


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make em sweat

If you have been reading my blog (or have known me) for any amount of time you know that I am a bit tubby and I struggle with losing and regaining weight.  In general I have almost no motivation and can come up with a million and one excuses to avoid exercise and healthy eating.

But right now I am on a kick. I have some motivation to exercise and I am going with it.  I have decided that if I take a class then there is a little more accountability.

Tonight I joined the “Power House Dance” class. I should have known by the name that I was going to hurt and look like a red-splotchy beached whale in the middle of winter.  Yep… that is how I looked.

Here is a recap of the class.

We started promptly at 5:31 with a bit of yoga warm-up stuff (I don’t know the technical terms so I am making this up as I go- it may not have been yoga but we were stretching and reaching and twisting in ways that I haven’t ever tried).
By 5:34 I was out of breath.  
By 5:37 I was hoping for a water break.
At about that time we moved on to some interval stuff.  I have watched the Insanity infomercials and what the teacher was doing looked a lot like that- What I was doing was nowhere near that.  I was more like an elephant trying to jump at the circus.
Around 5:40 we had to run 2 laps.  I almost died but then we got a water break.  I took this time to observe some of the people in my class.  I was sweating and they were not.  I was huffing like one of my lungs had been removed and I was having an asthma attack in the other.  Their breathing was heavy but nothing to be concerned about. Once they caught their breaths (I am still looking for mine) we started dancing. The first song was pretty good.  I started to get a little cocky… you know because I am a fabulous dancer.  The 2nd song, though, kicked my butt.  And so did the 3rd and the 4th and all the rest of the songs.
By 5:59 I was dying.  My arms weren’t lifting.  My legs weren’t jumping.  My pelvic region was no longer popping (not sure it ever did… it just sort of jiggled in a circular motion). 
At 6:01 we got another water break.  
At 6:02 I realized that if I didn’t pace myself, the only water I would have to drink was the sweat dripping from my shirt.
At 6:04 I started wondering if this was a 45 minute class or an hour (you know what I was hoping for)
6:07 marked the time a cool down should have started… if it was a 45 minute class.
Around 6:10 some high school girls show up and start making fun of me (I am sure they were just goofing but they were laughing pretty hard.  They were also recording “each other” with a cell phone… I made them promise me that I would not show up on YouTube.  I also told them that if someone offered them money for their video I would pay more.
6:14 got me thinking hoping that maybe she would just end the class at 6:15 without a cool down.
6:16 reality hits that I have another 14 minutes of this torture.  I am on the edge of death at this point questioning my sanity for thinking I could survive any sort of dance class.
Around 6:18 I sneak a peak in the mirror.
6:19 had me thinking “Why do they have mirrors??  This is a disgusting sight!!”
We finally start cooling down at 6:24.  But I could hardly move to reach out and stretch my muscles.  By the time class ended I felt like and big tub of jello. 

Oh my lord!! I am going to hurt tomorrow.  I can already feel the soreness setting in to my arms, shoulders, back, butt, legs.  You name it… I feel it.  

But hey… I think I will go back on Thursday.  My inner super model is fighting strong against my outer fat girl right now.  (I might change my mind when I can’t write on the board tomorrow).

What are your recent workout stories??


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trendy music

I am not a music buff or anything like my brother and cousins are.  I like trendy things.  I like pop music- yes I enjoy some Justin Beiber and 1Direction every once in a while.  I also enjoy classic rock, a little bit of country, and mellow music (or as the hubs says… pot smokin music- which I have never done so I wouldn’t know- seriously- i have never smoked pot).

I listen to most of my music on the radio or on Pandora.  I have a Dave Matthews Band station on Pandora that I like to listen to when I am grading papers… It is mellow and makes great background noise when I am checking the math on my students’ assignments.

Apparently, though, this station has been hijacked by Mumford and Sons.  I am probably a little late to the party on this one and I am sure I am jumping on the trendy bandwagon but I love them.

The banjo is awesome.  It reminds me of living in Tennessee and going to the blue grass festivals.  I know Mumford and Sons is more folksy than bluegrass but it totally works with the mellow music I dig of an evening.

What do you think of Mumford and Sons?  Who is your current favorite band?

By the way, here is a great interpretation of a Mumford and Sons song by one of my favorite bloggers.  enjoy.

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fire in the hole

I am a mom to boys.  They are hilarious.

Everything seems to be centered around burps, farts, and other gross stuff.  It always cracks them up.  As a result, I crack up.  

Here is the latest hilarious fart related event:

Dude ran up to Bubba (who is totally zoned out in front of a basketball game), aimed his butt and yelled “fire in the hole!”  He then let a huge man fart rip.

It was gross!  

And hilarious!

These boys crack me up. 

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Working the Gate

I am working the gate and collecting the money at the 7th grade basketball game. The cost is $1 for students and $3 for everyone else. The parents of the home team players get in for free. I do this job on a regular basis. It is not hard and usually not anything to complaint about.
I am starting to get a bit pissy tonight, though. The visiting team fans are not being very nice. Here’s what I want to say to them:
I am really sorry that you drove this far and you have pay to get in.
I am sorry that your school doesn’t charge senior citizens but ours does.
I am sorry that your conference pass doesn’t work here… You won’t let us in your conference.
I am sorry that you are a teacher in your district and not ours. You still have to pay.
I am sorry we won’t honor any of your district’s free passes. I wouldn’t expect you to honor ours.
I am sorry I couldn’t tell that your daughter is a student and not an adult… She dressed and made up like she is 26- she does not look 12. And if I think that there are lots of not nice people that also think that so you better be careful.
I am sorry you don’t like our rules, think they are ridiculous, and are really unhappy over a 7th grade basketball game.
But listen… I don’t make the rules. I can’t change the rules. I am a lowly math teacher trying to make an extra $20 bucks. Please stop complaining and go support your children.

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the hubs has a birthday

Today we celebrate The Hubs.  It is his birthday.  The anniversary of the day he joined the world.

In honor of his day I give you the top 10 (in no particular order) things about why I love him and am lucky to have him.

1. He is bald.  I love his silky smooth head.  My thing for bald heads started with Mr. Clean in my childhood. I love a bald head (and it is a good thing since The Hubs has been balding since we met).

2. He is super smart.  I can depend on The Hubs to help me figure out a crossword and know the answers when we watch Jeopardy. He is the best partner when we play Trivial Pursuit and go to trivia nights.

3. The Hubs is a thinker. I don’t have to worry about him putting his foot in his mouth (I have that one down pretty good myself) because he thinks before he speaks.

4. My husband is a compassionate guy.  He treats all the people he works with and meets with kindness and respect- regardless of their status, situation, and past.  He is the kind of guy that makes people feel worth something without holding their histories against them.

5. The Hubs loves to play. He gets on the floor and wrestles with the boys. He spent 2 hours helping Bubba “beat” the Lego Batman Wii game.  He builds Lego  and Lincoln Log models with the boys.  He has played endless games of Pop the Pig and GoFish with Dude.

6. Another thing that makes him a great dad is how he is teaching the boys to be men. He takes the time to teach them how to speak to people and treat them with respect.  His high expectations for their behavior show (most of the time) when they are in public and away from us.  The Hubs is doing a great job of raising young men.

7. He has a great laugh.  When the boys do hilarious things The Hubs can’t hold anything in. He laughs at them. I laugh at him.  His laugh is contagious and infectious.  He doesn’t just laugh- his whole body lights up and shows that joy.  I love to watch him laugh.

8. The Hubs works hard for our family.  He goes to work while I get to sleep in on school breaks.  He left the police department for a desk job when I couldn’t handle not having him around.  He has made sacrifices to provide a good life for our family.

9. He is hot! In addition to his good looks he has a high body temperature (think team Jacob) which is really good since I am always cold at night.  He lets me climb into bed and snuggle up to him with my freezing cold hands and feet until  I am warm.

10. I love The Hubs so much because he puts up with me.  I am not easy to live with and deal with but he is so kind and patient to me.

I am pretty lucky to have him in my life.  He is a great husband and father.  I can’t imagine my life with any other man.  The Hubs is awesome and I am glad to be able celebrate his 38th birthday with him!!

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resolve 2013

Last year I made some resolutions that I actually kept (sort of)

I resolved to lose weight… I lost the same 15 pounds 3 different times.  I found them soon after losing them.

I resolved to keep my house cleaner… It did… until I let the boys out of their rooms.

I resolved to get our finances in order.  We were successful on this one.  We started tracking every penny we spent and were able to do a great job of cutting expenses.  We are on a good track to be debt free (including our mortgage) within 6 years!!!

I also resolved to read the Bible more… I read the whole new testament in 90 days. I didn’t set a new goal after that so I was not as consistent in the spring or fall.  We went on a mission trip over the summer so the months leading up to and following the trip I was studying and consistent.

This year I am want to keep it simple:

I want to be a better mom.  I want my kids to know how much I love them and that means telling them and showing them.  I need to spend more time playing with them rather than Bejewelled Blitz.

I want to be a better wife.  I need to work on showing my husband respect and letting him be the leader of our family- trusting him.  This is going to be a hard one for me… I am not very nice to him. I am bossy and come across as demeaning in our everyday interactions.  After 11 and a half years of marriage I have not gotten the “wives submit to your husbands” thing down.

I want to be a better teacher. I want my students to know I love them and that they are worth something. I want to be prepared in advance with my lessons and caught up with my grading.  I want to be teacher of the year material- I have a long way to go with that.

I want to continue to grow as a child of God. That means more reading, studying, taking, listening, and learning.

Wish me luck.  What are your resolutions for 2013?

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