So You Have A Middle Schooler…

I’m a middle school teacher and a parent so listen up! Here are some helpful tips to smooth out the rough edges of your child’s hormone-fueled middle school years. Stop texting your child at school- This has become a problem of epic proportions!! Students are on their phones a lot which is a nuisance, but…

DP Photo Challenge: Fray

Definition of Fray (n):  a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute The struggle depicted below is that of my brother attempting to escape the grips of the Atlantic Ocean while hanging onto a four year old child. -Dewey Beach, Delaware

West Point Really Works!

This weekend I was reunited with my daughter Bethany after dropping her off at West Point six weeks ago. She had just finished a long summer of grueling basic training known as “Beast Barracks.” Communication during this time period consisted of four phone calls (most very short) and old-fashioned letters. My post T-6 Days explains…

DP Photo Challenge: Silhouette

This photo was taken at my husband’s change of command ceremony. He had just finished serving two years as a battalion commander for the Old Guard. The Old Guard is also known as the 3rd U.S. Infantry. It is the oldest active duty Infantry unit in the Army, dating back to 1784. The Old Guard is the…

When I grow up…

What do you want to be when you grow up? Adults never grow tired of asking kids this question. And it’s still fun to think about now. This weekend on my bike ride, I found myself wondering about what some alternative careers might be for myself. First off, I love being a teacher so that’s…

DP Photo Challenge: Texture

  The pictures for this week’s 2 challenge are from the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. Here’s a bit of information about the gardens: The U.S. Botanic Gardens is on the grounds of the United States Capitol. The conservatory is divided up into different rooms according to habitat. A few of these include: the jungle, the…

I win! My life is the worst!!

Whose life is worse? This is a game that I’ve noticed that people love to play at work, at home, at school, standing in the grocery line, or anywhere. It is a pointless and irritating reverse one-upmanship game that baffles me.  It goes something like this: Jane: Ugh, so tired. I was up with the…