One Year Later

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During my plan time at school today, my co-teachers and I worked on our lesson plans for next week. We were trying to remember how we taught a certain reading concept, and my partner went to get her lesson...
Back when my oldest son was starting kindergarten, I'm pretty sure I said at LEAST once, "I literally cannot imagine any scenario in which I would choose to homeschool." Then COVID-19 came into the world like a caffeinated nuclear freight...
One year ago, I woke up and the day started out somewhat normal. Morning school drop-off, a few errands for PTO to set up a teacher/staff appreciation event, an hour or two of consulting work, school pick-up... then things...
By the end of the first week of January, about a day after people invaded the U.S. Capitol and killed their fellow Americans, I started seeing social media posts with things like "well there goes my dry January" and...
After almost a full year of COVID-19 restrictions in the U.S., we’ve made it to Valentine’s Day again...the last semi-normal holiday we had in 2020. And if you still have the same Valentine you had last year, that’s kind...
Here we are. We have made it to February, the time of year jam-packed with candy conversation hearts and romantic love. Who could have imagined last year, as we perused the pink teddy bear aisle at Target, that the...
Let’s be real. This winter has been different than the ones we're used to. This list of fun things to do with your family in KC during the colder months celebrates the familiar and suggests some pandemic-specific options, too....
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101 Things to Do This Winter

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It's no secret that this will be a long winter. Between the cold weather keeping us inside to COVID restrictions and safety considerations, the months ahead will no doubt be challenging. We have compiled a list of 101 ideas for...
If you read anything I wrote in the past, you probably already know I am a mom of four young children. When I signed up for virtual learning, it was what I thought was best for my kids and...
I miss my me-time. I bet a lot of you out there miss yours, too. I started a remote job in late August. And even though I chose to be remote so I could easily pick my kids up from school/daycare...
Dear 2020, I'm so mad at the memories you stole from me. Kindergarten graduation. Baseball games. Taking my oldest to spring training. A 14-day road trip. Afternoons at the movie theater. Friday nights at our favorite Mexican restaurant. In-person school....
Dear 2020, This is a letter to tell you we’re through.  It’s time.  I’m ready to move on.  The thing is, it’s not me...it’s you. You are the reason our time together has to end.  You’ve been unpredictable, irrational, disorienting, and unrelentingly harsh. You tried...
Dear 2020, Wow! You are about to head out of here, no longer the year, but a piece of the past that I will likely never forget. I feel like we need to have some closure, but I don’t even know...
Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about the last 12 months. It...
Dear 2020, I will never forget you. I am not sure anyone will ever forget you. Not even if we want to. You made “masks”, “social distancing” and “quarantine” the new buzz words. Your tests felt like someone was sticking...

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Trick (and Trunk) or Treating in KC

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