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  1. Advent

    December 12, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Advent Wreath

    Growing up, we celebrated Christmas, but no one would have called us religious. We weren’t church-goers and chose to spend the days around Christmas with family and friends rather than at church. This doesn’t mean the holiday wasn’t special or that we didn’t have important traditions. We did, they just didn’t really center around the birth of Christ so much as they did around the ties that bind us together as family. 

    Now that I have my own family and I’m married to someone who grew up in a religious family, Christmas looks a lot different than it used to. It is still a special time to gather with our family and participate in fun family traditions, but it also very much centers around the celebration of the birth of Christ. 

    Weaving these different backgrounds together is a challenge sometimes. I want to pass on the traditions I enjoyed as a child, but at the same time I want to honor the more religious traditions Tim’s family enjoys and that I have come to embrace as well. I also want the girls to have more of a religious education than I did so they understand the spiritual meaning of the holiday.

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  2. Summer Fun List Update

    September 2, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Just because a girl goes back to work doesn’t mean she’s all teach and no fun, you know. If we teachers didn’t make time for fun, we would lose our minds.

    And, yes, I realize Labor Day is on Monday and that is the symbolic end of summer. I, however, am giving myself until the first official day of fall to complete as much of my list as possible. For those of you keeping track, that’s September 23rd.

    Until then, here’s an update on what has been crossed off the list in the last few weeks.

    Keep reading…


  3. Summer Reading…So Far

    August 9, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    #36 on my Summer Fun List is to read, a lot. I love reading. It is my one of my most favorite things to do. When I was teaching, it was hard to find the time to read between lesson planning, grading, and having some semblance of a life. Reading only happened during breaks or the summer.

    I’d like to say that I could pick up a book during the school year and read just a bit each night before bed. Believing in that idea would mean living in complete denial about what my true limitations are as a reader. If I love a book, heck even if I just kind of like it, it is very difficult for me to put it down. So, picking up a book during the school year was always just too risky. I’d stay up too late reading and be a complete nincompoop as a teacher the next day. Or I’d fall completely behind on my school work because surprisingly a good piece of fiction is way more interesting than 30 spelling tests.

    Now that I’m home with Olivia, I actually have time to read. After she goes down for the evening, I have a few hours to myself and that time is very often filled with a book. I still don’t stay up all night reading. Mostly because the only thing worse that being a complete nincompoop teacher is being a complete nincompoop mommy.

    About the same time I made my Summer Fun List, I posted on Facebook asking for book recommendations. My friends came through, as usual, with some stellar suggestions. Because I trust these people so implicitly, I didn’t really investigate many of the recommendations. I just put them on hold at the library and picked them up as they became available.

    Keep reading…


  4. Weekend Reading

    August 7, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.
    What if your job was to travel the world and learn new things every day? How awesome would that be?

    I’m on Goodreads, a place to share a love of books and reading. Follow or friend me there and let’s talk about books!

    I watched a movie called Blood Into Wine last night. It is about Maynard James Keenan’s (the frontman of Tool) foray into wine making in Northern Arizona. And, yes, good wine can be produced in Arizona. If you have Netflix, the movie is available for instant streaming.

    For everyone watching Shark Week, let’s step it a notch shall we?

    What are you up to this weekend?


  5. #44 Take Olivia to Story Time at the Library

    July 21, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    I grew up in Phoenix, where the summer temperatures soar into triple digits and then just keep going. On the hottest days, I would climb on my bike and pedal my way down to the public library. The library was a perfect place to hang out during the summer. They had air conditioning and books. I really didn’t need much else.

    Libraries have only gotten better in the last twenty or thirty years. Now, in addition to books, you can check out DVD’s. There are computers with internet access and downloadable e-books online.  And nearly everything that a library offers, from books to services, is free. Gratis. Nada. Why more people don’t use the library boggles my mind.

    When I learned I was pregnant, one of the first things I thought about was the books that I wanted Olivia to have in her bedroom library. So far, her collection includes some of the best children’s authors. Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Margaret Wise Brown, and Karen Katz are all represented. Even though Olivia has no shortage of books here at home, I want her to love and appreciate the library. It is after all, the best place to cool off in the summer.

    Last week, I took her down to our local library for story time.

    Our library offers a few different story times. The one for toddlers falls during O’s nap, so we went to the all ages time. She was by far the youngest child there. Most of the kids were at least three years old. The librarian read a few books and Olivia seemed interested. By the third book though, she was more interested in playing with the kids than listening to the story.

    We snuck out of the reading room and went to pick some books to check out. There were many board books to choose from.

    Did you know you can get books for infants at the library? I didn’t realize that most libraries carry a selection of board books for babies until I walked through looking for something new to read for O’s bedtime story.

    Olivia picked out a few she liked. She is obsessed with baby face books right now.

    I’m not sure that Olivia is ready for story time on a regular basis, but I hope that one day she loves the library as much as I do.

    The Summer Fun List is one shorter today!

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