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August 11, 2014

Bl-eacher #teacher blogger

I know the whole mixing two words to make a new word is very 2013, but I can’t help it. Here are a few of my favorite mixed words:

  • Brangelina- is it just me or is Brad still hot but MUST remain clean shaven?
  • blogebrity- Blogging celebrity (which I am not)
  • frenemy- friend and enemy in one. I am happy to say I have none of these. PTL.
  • hangry- hungry and angry all at once…. look out
  • snark- snide remark

Of course this leads to my new favorite word mash up….

  • bleacher, blogging teacher not to be confused with beacher which is a b****y teacher. Oh you know you work with a few of those! Don’t lie. Some teachers are downright surly!

meet teacher blogger

Stephanie Stewart is hosting a sweet little link up where you can come and meet some new blogging teachers. Maybe you are just meeting me from the link up. If so, WELCOME! We have fun here and try not to get into too much trouble!

 Meet My People

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This man is funny and snarky and really kind. He keeps me on my toes and bursts bubbles that might carry me too far away from reality. He’s perfect for me. We are like Peas and Carrots! {I actually find this a gross combination of veggies, but I like the movie Forrest Gump, so I’m going with it.}

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This kid is a kick in the pants.  He is live wire of joy! He also has more energy than I can keep up with. {Mommy is tired after a long day, but he still wants to play basketball TOGETHER in the 103 degree weather!} But I have to remind myself that he will only be little for a while and then instead of running with him, I’ll be chasing after him! I choose to enjoy him {and rejoice at bedtime}.

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

  • Gift cards because they are three presents in one! You get to open it, then you get to spend it {alone while hubby entertains child}, and then you get to enjoy what you bought! Heaven!!!!
  • Starbucks teachers.need.coffee.mixed.with.chocolate.the.end
  • My size 4/6 wardrobe. Yah, I can’t wear ANY of it at my current size 10/12 self, but I am working on it and “Walking Away the Pounds”
  • Jesus can’t live without Him
  • The internet- 5 words Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, Amazon, and TpT. I cannot function sans internet. The internet, Jesus and my family… in no particular order.
  • TV-Once Upon a Time, Bravo {trash TV}, and Food Network are my faves .
  • Tea, the act of, more than the drink, although I do love the drink.  I love brewing it, mixing in milk and sugar, savoring it with a pal or the hubs. I like the long conversations drawn out over tiny sandwiches and cookies. A college friend and I would spend hours making scones, brewing tea, and just enjoying and afternoon. {I miss college}

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

A housewife with a housekeeper.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.

Loyal, Sensitive, and Diligent {and a hot mess at times}

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

I’d love to sit in a staff meeting that could have been handled in an email.

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

You + me + the entire cast of Friends + music + no inhibitions+ a fountain that we dance around in

Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?

Snap and Complete: I snap and whatever it is that needs to be done is completed to perfection! SNAP! I guess this is more magic, but whatever!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?

Those who look upon the Lord are radiant and their faces are never covered with shame” Psalm 34:5

Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Night owl and not very friendly in the morning.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

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I can’t play favorites. I like all of the goodies on my sidebar! Most of my new stuff isn’t even over there! You have to click “Window Shopping” up top to see all the goods.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!

My hair has 4 distinct personality types all happening at the same time at all times.   See below.

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Parts of my hair are bone straight while other parts of it are downright ridiculous. I employ a chair, a whip, a flat iron, prayer, and the occasional colorful word during daily styling. 

imageI hope you had fun!!!! I want to know more about you! In the comments section answer one of the questions above about yourself. I will choose 5 winners to win any 1 item from my store!

Link back to Falling Into First {here}!

It’s Shark Week in First Grade {With a freebie to take a bite out of}

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers have come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

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Common Core fun can be had by all when we pull out some non-fiction books and let the kids just devour them. As the kids are flipping through, I take a few moments to pause and discuss the text features such as: headings, captions, labels, tables of contents, and glossaries! 

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After exploring for no more than 7 minutes we engage our minds and school supplies to label the shark.  While doing this, I can teach them and they can teach each other SO SO SO much about sharks.  I like it best when it comes from them.

Do your students love sharks and all manner of ocean life- Mine are insane for label and write activities- This freebie freaturing sharks is sure to please-smaller-

After we explore, label, and discuss we should have lots in our brains to write about!  If this all sounds fun to you, grab this freebie and go for it!

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After we write we watch the movie and see if we can learn just one more thing and we add it to our writing!

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This You Tube video is so cute with a song that will get stuck in your head! The song is called “I’m a Shark”. The kids sing along and I about die with giggles listening to them copy the Aussie accent from the video.

So darn darling!!!

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Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th

August 10, 2014

Creative Use of your Teacher Desk and a Huge Giveaway

All of us at Primary Chalkboard wanted to do something BIG for back to school for you. We want to help with those first few months of school. I wish we could give you: more sleep, more money, and more time ….
But since we can’t, we are throwing you a party!!!!!!!!!!
Who doesn't LOVE a party? This isn't just any party. Get ready for this....
It’s a YOU TUBE party!


Yep. That's right. It's a YouTube party!
Woo-hoo! We are so excited for you all to party with us. We've all made videos to share some of our favorite back to school tips and tricks. My tip is one that I employ all year long. It has saved my bacon a MILLION times. I kid you not. Don’t toss your teacher desk, use it in a different way. God knows none of us actually sit at the desk!

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There are so many tips already in our party and 5 more coming to you every day! Tips for -- organizational, DIY, helpful ideas-- lots of things you can do RIGHT NOW to make your back to school a little easier!  Take a break from reading blogs and see our tips come alive in our videos.
Additionally you can win: 

$100 Amazon Gift Card
or
$100 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Card
or
A fabulous Michael Kors bag (you know, the one you want but can't justify spending the money for)?

There will be three winners!!!!!
Now you're excited, right?
You can gain EXTRA entries in the giveaway by watching our videos and entering our SECRET WORDS into the Rafflecopter (but I know you were going to do that anyway, so... 2 birds, 1 stone).

We will be linking up 5 new videos every day this week...
so you can come back, watch, and
enter every day.


Where do you start?  Click on the links below to watch the first five videos. Don't forget to come back each time and enter the secret words into our rafflecopter. Good luck!

I am dying to know what usually “lives” on your desk. I say lives because my first year teaching, there was a funky smell coming from my desk and LIVING under a stack of crap, was a moldy banana. GROSS. Now I use my desk in a totally different way, but how do you use yours? What lives on your desk?

August 3, 2014

Parent Reminders Updated {Making Your Life Easy}

80 Parent Reminder Notes help keep you sane! No more rushing around typing notes! Simply grab, copy, and go! This baby is updated in time for the sale. It grew from 60 notes to 80 thanks to input from my friends on my Facebook Fan Page. Thank you for the great ideas!

I created these notes because I hate the scramble that happens when I have 5 seconds to create an eye catching note!  IT PUTS ME IN CRISIS MODE. This pack will save you from all that drama. These notes are provided in full and quarter sheet formats so that you can save your copies if you are limited! Simply grab, copy, and go! It could not be easier!

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 The Parent Reminders Notes Feature:

  • Melonheadz wonderful clip art.
  • A graphic style that is pleasing to the eye
  • Quick information that the parents can read and remember
  • Some notes even have room for you to write in pertinent information such as dates, times, children's names, etc.

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Reminder Notes Found In This Pack:

  • Early Out
  • Early Dismissal
  • Minimum Day
  • Math Test Tomorrow
  • Spelling Test Tomorrow
  • _______ Test Tomorrow
  • _______ Test with check off
  • Registration Paper Work Reminder

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  • Back to School (3 variations)
  • Parent Information Night (3 variations)
  • School Supplies Reminder
  • PTA Membership Drive Ends Soon
  • PTA Membership Drive Ends Tomorrow
  • PTO Membership Drive Ends Soon
  • PTO Membership Drive Ends Tomorrow
  • School Picture Day Tomorrow
  • Fun & Funny Classroom Photos Tomorrow
  • Field Trip Soon: Please send in forms
  • Field Trip Tomorrow please remember _______
  • Field Trip Tomorrow
  • Fundraiser Ends Soon
  • Fundraiser Ends Tomorrow
  • Report Cards Come Home Tomorrow
  • Parent Teacher Conference Notification
  • Parent Teacher Conference Tomorrow
  • Award Notice
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  • Awards Are Tomorrow Reminder
  • Class Party Notification and Requests (3 variations)
  • Class Party Money Collection
  • School Spirit Day: Your child is invited to dress up wearing: _____ 2 variations)
  • The Book Fair is this week
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • Online Scholastic Book Order Ends Tonight
  • Project Due Tomorrow
  • Oral Speaking (3 variations)
  • District Math Test Tomorrow
  • State Math Tomorrow
  • District Language Arts Test Tomorrow
  • State Language Arts Test Tomorrow
  • Box Tops Drive Going Now
  • Box Tops can be sent in all year
  • Box Tops Week
  • Weekly Goals Checked Tomorrow
  • Monthly Goals Checked Soon
  • Monthly Goals Checked Tomorrow
  • Trimester Goals Checked Soon
  • Trimester Goals Checked Tomorrow
  • I just posted on our class
    • Blog
    • Facebook Page
    • Shutterfly Page
    • Instagram Account
  • _______'s Lunch Account Balance is Low
  • Oops! Lunch was given, please send $ to cover the cost of lunch
  • Remember to wear appropriate shoes
  • 100 Mile Club Shoes
  • Recess Shoes
  • Flat Shoes
  • Request to send in ________ (supplies)
  • OUCH! (Health Clerk/Nurse Note)
  • Lost Tooth
  • Open House Notice
  • Open House is Tomorrow
  • ________ Had a rough day (behavior note)
  • Bonus: Water Play Party Note

******* Recent Update & New Additions 20 more notes!!!! **********

  • Bring Back Your Library Books Tomorrow
  • Bring Back Your Guided Reading Book Title: ______________
  • Please Return the Reading Book You Borrowed ______
  • __________ Did not turn in homework
  • __________ Did not turn in a reading log
  • Please complete and return the reading log
  • Missing homework Version 1

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  • Missing homework Version 2
  • Missing homework Version 3
  • Please sign off on your child's sight words
  • Please send in snacks
  • Family Night
  • Can you help with the Food Drive? Send in items on ______
  • I.E.P. Meeting is Tomorrow
  • School Performance
  • Can you Help Us? We Need __________
  • Can you Help Us? We Need Version 2
  • ________please remember to wear your uniform
  • Dress Down Day, No uniforms
  • AR Note
  • Project Due Tomorrow
  • Spirit Week Mon___ Tues___ Wed___ Thurs___ Fri____
  • Ask Me About: _____________________
  • Grandparent's Day
  • Family Day
  • Science Fair
  • Ice Cream Money Note
  • Field Trip Version 1
  • Field Trip Version 2

I hope that you enjoy your school year and that these notes make your life easier! You can go to TpT now and grab this freebie from the preview! I love it! 20 New notes make it 80!!!!

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If you want to go shopping around and fill up your wishlist before the sale click {here} or the window shopping tab up in my navigation bar.

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I hope you shop with some of my very best friends too! Click anywhere below and grab all the goodies you need to make this your best year ever!

August 2, 2014

Surfing Along and Scooping Freebies As You Go

I hope you are having fun " Hangin' 10" with the So Cal girls and scooping up some great freebies along the way.
For some of us in So. Cal school started a month ago. But while my friends were doing their first month of school, I was off track {meaning 1 month off in July, 1 month off in November and 1 month off in March}. I work all the other months of the year. Yep no Spring break or loooooong summer for me. But that's OK I like working 12 weeks, then having 4 off! Anyway I have been loving the beach all summer, until my attic flooded, but that's another story!
Life is a beach... until the attic floods!
Now my house is filled with construction workers, and school it is about to start this week! However, I am approaching life in a ZEN way, and I am trying to enjoy my last few days before I meet my new class of first graders.
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Today,  I'm going to talk with you about first day pictures and give you a photo prop freebie! Are you ready?

The first day of school is so important. It sets the tone for the year, and it's when parents decide if they can trust you to care for their babies! That's why I do my best to make a fun first impression! I leave lots of signs outside my door for the kids to pose with. It sets the stage for the parents that before I even meet their child, I have already prepared something fun and engaging to do while they wait to meet me!

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You can download these "easy print"  signs Here
if you want to do something similar!
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I get a few printed on foam board at Staples for about $10 per board.
It saves your ink and the quality is unbelievable!Freebie to use for your back to school pictures

I go out well before the bell rings and shake hands, answer questions, and of course take pictures. I think this first impression is the super important. Being out there early shows I care. It shows I am approachable. It shows that I "get it". Not everyone knows where to pick up their child, how they buy lunch, etc... Plus, lets be honest, they just want a cute Facebook and Instagram picture on the first day of school.

This is going to be a great year! I can feel it! I hope you enjoy the freebie and have your best year yet!

Are you ready to scoop up more Freebies? Click the little dude and hop over to Soaring Through Second!




Remember the BIG SALE is coming!!!!



July 30, 2014

What’s Under Your Cape –{an obedient heart} & Citizenship Freebie

What if everyone did that? What if everyone threw trash out their car windows? What if all the kids at school did not line up at the bell?  What if nobody flushed the toilet? Why do we obey?

The simple answer is order and respect. “Without rules we risk danger and chaos” – Barbara Gruener, from her book What’s Under Your Cape?

Many of my teacher friends have been devouring this book in an effort to help our students become Superheroes of the Character Kind.

S-U-P-E-R-H-E-R-O 

is an acronym that stands for these essential character traits.

              • Service
              • Unconditional Love
              • Perseverance
              • Empathy
              • Respect
              • Honesty
              • Enthusiasm
              • Responsibility
              • Obedience
              • Encouragement
              • Self Discipline

I want to talk you about obedience. What struck me as I read this chapter was how to explain the logic behind obedience.

My son forgets to flush the toilet. He washes his hands PTL, but not so much on the flushing! GROOOOOOS. At this point though, after all the reminders, it’s kind of becoming rude, thoughtless, inconsiderate, and actually disobedient. So I asked my 1st grader, What if no one flushed the toilet? What if no one could remember, or be bothered to do it?  He was horrified. Now he flushes the toilet… most of the time.  He needed a little logic to fall into the social norms of considerate living and citizenship.

But how do you teach your kids to become good citizens all the time? Sometimes a good start is making a list.  I think making a class anchor chart is a brilliant idea! I am going to do that for sure.  But I want to spend a little while talking about citizenship so I created another activity. Depending on your class, this sorting activity could be done as group or in cooperative learning teams.

Freebie about Citizenship from Teacher to the Core

Download now new So does a superhero / citizen always obey? What if someone was hurt could you interrupt two teachers talking if a student had fallen or was bleeding.  YES! There are ways to respectfully break a rule. This is where manners serve children so well.

The other main thing that serves children well is their attitude as they obey.  Do they obey all the way and with a happy heart? No? Then they are probably obeying because we overpower them. The minute that changes, they act out. They need to somehow find joy in obeying. Whole Brain Teaching talks about rule #5 “Keep your dear teacher happy”. This makes me think of obedience as a loving act.

happy teacher freebie Farrah Shipley is the Whole Brain Teaching guru in my life. She has a free download of all the rules in her TpT Store.  Including this one shown.

Whitney is an amazing blogger who talked about obedience as a matter of the heart. Do we obey happily? Do we show that we have happy hearts when we bend a knee? A happy heart chart is such a cool way for students to be rewarded for obeying and “enjoying it”

Whitney has this amazing freebie in her TpT Store and on her blog.

Obeying {right away, all the way, and with a happy heart} is tough though. Here is what it looks like in my life. Is the tithe check written with a happy heart in anticipation of God being honored? Am I making a smart choice to “go with the flow” happily vs. grumbling the whole time? Grumbling sessions still happen privately, Let’s be real.  The point I am making is obedience is for the big kids (us) too. The more we model a happy heart and narrate to our children how we enjoy following the rules of life, the more likely they are to follow suit. 

Barbara ends this wonderful chapter with a darling jingle that your students will love…

“Gotta be fair, You've gotta be fair.

You gotta take turns, and your gotta share!

“Gotta be fair, just gotta be fair.

Gotta obey the rules, all the time, everywhere.”

I love this book. Taking a big topic like Character Development and breaking it down this way is brilliant! You know what else is brilliant? This book study.

July 28, 2014

20 Freebies? Say no more!

Well now how could you resist that title? Yes it is true, 20 freebies and you don’t even have to hop from blog to blog for them!
B2S freebie post Nope, no hopping. You just have to click {here} and grab it from the Chalkies over at the The Primary Chalkboard! What’s inside? I’m glad you asked! My freebie for you is #11!!!
primary chalkboard Enjoy my sweet friends!!!! Only a few more days until I am back in my classroom! I’m getting giddy!

July 24, 2014

Coming Full Circle- Adoption

I never shared, but my husband did. One year ago we endured a failed adoption. 

He had the fortitude to think through the pain and write a series of blog posts. I put one foot in front of the other and put my chin up. I am not sure who is more “well adjusted”, but I am OK with my journey.

This song carried me through waiting for her to be “ours” , buying her clothes and Chevron bedding, losing her to another family 10 days before her birth, and dealing with the aftermath. The song is a life changer.

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The year has come full circle and our “Maybe Baby” will be turning one soon.  Of course, we actually named her, but before we even started the adoption process we would talk about adoption and a "Maybe Baby" that "maybe" God would gift us. "Maybe" this is what God had for us. "Maybe" we should start the process now. "Maybe" she is the daughter for us. "Maybe" and prayerfully, this will work out. In an adoption process NOTHING is certain.

When we decided we wanted to adopt her, we set aside the money (thank you TpT). We waited. The birth father told us (via text) that he had chosen us to raise his daughter. The birth mother did not want to deal with any of this. She was pretending none of this was happening. Her growing belly aside, she refused to think about the baby, make decisions for the baby. Though she did visit an adoption agency and looked through binders of portfolios.  She called herself a glorified oven, baking someones baby.  The birth father assured us that she would come around to the reality of the baby, and vote with him. He asked us to pray. We put a lot of stock in what he told us via text and a mutual friend. We met with our lawyer and arranged for them to meet with our lawyer.  We chose a beautiful name and began preparing as much as you can for a baby who is half yours.  But "our baby" went to another family. The birth mother made a last minute decision away from the closed adoption she had previously demanded to a with-visitation-rights open adoption.  

Now nearing the anniversary of her birth I did not realize I would have fresh tears over the baby.

So what did I learn over the last year ?

God is good even when our current circumstances feel bad. It’s true. My son (7 and a half)  asked me last week why he throws up when he is sick. Why does Jesus let us be afraid of throwing up? Why would God let him be in pain? He told me, "I prayed. Isn't He listening?" I had to explain that God never promised us a pain-free life, but He promised to always be with us and give us the strength we need to navigate our lives. Looking to Him for daily strength gives us hope, and joy, and peace.  

Bearing the grief alone is kind of dumb because people have no clue what's going on, and must be asking themselves, “What’s up with her?” Even worse, other people may feel that they have done something wrong, or offended you because they know something is "off"or not right. Most people blame themselves first. Outside of my home, I tend to err on the side of silence.  But the problem with being too private, is people cannot help you, pray for you, hug you, or cut you some slack.

I also learned that being real is more important than being perfect.  I don’t want anyone to think I have a perfect life, but I do want to behave appropriately.  I have learned that the pain I silently carry around still becomes a burden on others, but they have no idea where it’s coming from. So they lack the knowledge that just might lead to compassion, empathy, and warmth.

Putting off the pain doesn't work. Eating the pain doesn't work #plus25pounds. Nothing works, but giving the pain to God. He is the great physician. He carries us, heals us, and loves us so much that He sent his Son to build the bridge between us and Him. How foolish to not run across that bridge and into His care. There is no emotion I feel that would shock Him. There is no wound that I bear beyond His touch. 

I have learned that being real, open, and honest does not make me a mess, weak, or imperfect. It makes me a strong woman, a healed woman, and a woman whos arms are soft enough to comfort others through shared pain and arms that are strong enough to pick up the pieces and carry on. 

I have seen with my own eyes, how good my husband is and how lucky I am to have our son.  I lack nothing. I just had more room in my heart.  I am content in His plan for me and cherish what God has already given me.

So as her birthday rolls around I both raise a glass to the family that holds her, and I raise my torch. In a small, but very real way, I will always love my “Maybe Baby”. God is with me as I carry a torch for her because I was ready to be her mom and because I loved her before I knew her. It's really no different than loving the unborn child in your womb. Adoption is just a lot more uncertain. But I can tell you will 110% assurance that I needed to learn these things, because I am better now than I ever could have been if I had been spared the experience. 

Happy Birthday, dear one.
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Writing Pad Dad
If you have not met my husband, you’ll like him.  He is honest, snarky, funny, smart, and has knack with words. But if you click on any of those pink boxes, prepare yourself. He didn't hold back. Here is his first blog post.


It hasn't been a week yet, but things feel like they have moved so fast. After the first time around, with a rough pregnancy and our baby spending seventeen days in the N.I.C.U., we had decided we were only going to have one kid. He is healthy, we are happy, why mess with it if it isn't broken, right? That all changed last week.

Here's what happened: The Missus came home and said that a teacher friend of hers knows a young couple. This couple, both 20 and unmarried, are having a baby. They had made an appointment at an abortion clinic, went to the appointment, and realized they couldn't go through with it. The baby is a girl. The friend of the Missus thinks we should adopt the baby. The Missus thinks we should adopt the baby. What do I think? Well, I didn't say no. I had thought last week, while we were sitting at the kitchen table having dinner, that our table seems to be missing something or someone. I have thought on more than a few occasions, that my son might enjoy having someone to be silly and excited with when we do fun family things.

So, we said we're interested. The young couple said they want to meet us. It took them forever to make a plan with us. I started cleaning out our office/exercise/guest room to get organized, but also to make way for a possible nursery. The Missus has been full of ideas for a "girl" nursery. I started to worry that the young couple might want to come see our house and where the baby's room would be, so I redoubled my efforts to get that room cleaned. Finally, things started to move forward when the couple set a day and time with us.

Now, tonight is the night. I have such mixed feelings. Having a newborn is a lot of work. What am I getting myself into and, more importantly, why am I getting myself into it? I know they will love the Missus. What's not to love? But, will they like me when we meet?

Check back soon, and I'll let you know!


      
 
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