The Same

Today’s word is HAPPINESS. It happens to be on the day that I taught my favorite Kindergarten lesson. I wrote about it a few years ago. I have taught it for years and it never fails to make an impact on the kids. It always brings me happiness when I teach it.

After showing the kids a brown egg and a white one, we talk about the differences on the outside. Then we crack them open and talk about how they are the same inside. It didn’t take more than a few seconds for them to realize – just like people.

It is a lesson that works every time. Here are some photos and responses from today.


(Translation: “The outside’s different. The same on the inside.”)


(Translation: “They’re different on the outside but they’re the same on the inside.”)

Nature -Frost

It was a cold morning in Massachusetts when we headed out this morning after dropping DJ back at his dorm. 53 days till we see him again, (he told us…) We had a great time despite the cold weather.

Today’s photo prompt, NATURE, would have been perfect for January 10th. That prompt was snowflake and I couldn’t get a good shot. This was our windshield as we got into the car this morning. So glad we got the photo early. Traffic coming back was miserable and it was dark before we made it home.

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Today’s word of the day is SHADOW. Here are ours in Providence, Rhode Island this afternoon. Not too hard to tell who belongs to which shadow!


Blurry selfie alert…

Today’s word is WARM.  Something neither Drew or I are here in Boston! DJ likes it! ☃️❄️❄️Brrrrr!

Quiet – and Magical

The school I work at is very old and although everyone does their best to keep it “pest free” we still get our fair share of mice and ants. The mice don’t bother me, but they have to be reported for the exterminators. Obviously since it is a school, everything must be treated without poison or chemicals so glue traps are used for the mice. I hate these things and find them so inhumane and imagine the difficulty of trying to remove one from a Kindergartener’s shoe when they step on one! When I report a mouse sighting in the Pest Book, I usually write, “Cute, little mouse” which probably isn’t funny to most but it makes me smile. This year, the kids haven’t seen the mice but a few years ago, we had two friendly little mice who LOVED story time – no kidding! They’d come out whenever we had a read aloud, they’d come out and sit under the blue table. The kids named them Squeaky and Cheesy. Yes, I reported them, but they were smart little guys. Probably from all that reading!  They never got caught!

There is little we can do for the ants, (which are minuscule in size.) I won’t kill bugs so when we find them in the classroom, I put them out the window or into the trash…(I know they can crawl back out…) Several of the children are terrified of these tiny little ants so today, with the suggestion of a parent who found that “Magic Ant Spray” worked at her house, I created my own for the classroom.

  • Water
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Dawn Dish Detergent (for bubbles)

I put it into a colorful spray bottle and made up a magical story about how it would not kill the ants but would make them crawl back outside. As I sprayed it into the bathroom, the sunlight was pouring through the window. It could’t have been a more perfect scenario. It was like glitter raining through the air. The room was completely silents as they call sat there watching the Ant Spray fall to the floor.

I had to get a photo of it – which doesn’t do it justice, but since today’s word is QUIET I snapped the photo. If anything, it tells a great story~


Someone You Love

I had so many people to choose from for Day 12, SOMEONE YOU LOVE. I thought for sure that it would be Grammy, who comes home from the rehabilitation center after more than a month. She fractured her pelvis the day after Thanksgiving and has not been home since. We are headed there for a welcome home dinner this evening.

Then, while I was at school, I got the dreaded phone call I have feared since DJ got his license almost three years ago. He had been in a car accident on Route 22 – my least favorite road to drive on. Fortunately he is fine, so was his friend who was in the car and the elderly man and his wife who hit him. That is the most important thing. The car, which has some damage can be fixed.

So, today, the photo goes to DJ.



There is not one room in our home that does not have some type of sports equipment or memorabilia in it, so it wasn’t hard to get a photo for today’s word, SKATE. Drew is the only one who skates in our family and I could have used his roller blades or hockey skates but went with the ones in the den…because where else would you store your hockey skates…

Just to add some cuteness to the photo, I posed Emmy Lou along side one of them. She’s used to the chaos of our clutter so I don’t think it phased her at all!fullsizerender-9