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…

DP Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Our family is scattered throughout the United States so summer means a week-long family reunion at Dewey Beach, Delaware. We like to…  Fight the waves Meet new family members Hang out on the boardwalk Pretend we’re in the World Cup Squish together whenever possible  Fight more waves Say goodbye until next year… Summer Lovin‘ is the theme for…

Contrasts: Lady Victory

This gilded bronze statue of a winged Lady Victory stands atop the First Division Monument in Washington, D.C. President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the monument in 1924 to commemorate First Division members who gave their lives in World War I. It has since been updated to include the names of all First Division members from World…

Faking It…

We are finally closing out our school year here in Virginia and are slogging through our final three days before summer officially begins. Grades had to be submitted this morning so we are all just basically hanging out. As an end of the year treat for my students I decided to bring in my griddle…

Sardines

While it’s true we lived in some very cramped Army housing through the years, our four daughters did always have their own beds. They chose, however, most nights to sleep together just like this. I loved listening them giggle and tell stories in the dark each evening before they finally drifted off to sleep. When the…

Dinner Together Every Night!

Dinner time at my house growing up was always a boisterous event. We played games, debated, shared about our day, teased each other, laughed and reconnected. When I got married and had children I knew that I wanted to make our suppertime just as memorable. We bought a round table so the six of us…

Am I getting on your nerves?

As a teacher, I certainly know what annoys me about students. But do teachers ever get on their nerves? Yes, it turns out we do.  My students came up with a list of pet peeves they have about teachers. (Present company excluded, of course!) Interspersed throughout the list are some direct quotes from my students that they…