What Did You Just Say?

2. Something your kids said that made you think.

Let me start off with this disclaimer:  The Imaginative One is a ferocious reader.  He almost always has a book in his hand.  In fact on Tuesday, he was supposed to help with a fire safety merit badge class for Boy Scouts.  Instead he wanted to read.

A while back, he had not done one of his chores so I threatened to take away his book he was reading.  He told me that I was going to mess up his education.

“You are going to mess up my education.”

I gave him the “What?!?!” look.

His answer to that look was “Mom, students who read do better in school.”

Okay, he is right but at that moment he needed to put the book away and get whatever chore done.

He’s used that excuse a few other times.  I just shake my head and roll my eyes where he cannot see me.

I’m so lucky to have a 13 year old who loves to read.  He’s been that way since he was tiny.  When he was 3 years old, he got a Magic Treehouse CD from Wendy’s.  That was the moment he fell in love with books.

When he was five, he listened to all seven of the Harry Potter books in 6 months.  He’s read them numerous times.

When he was seven and in the first grade, he made a goal to read a chapter book by the end of the year.  We went to see Percy Jackson that January/ February.  By that March, he had began to read the Percy Jackson series.

He has not stopped reading since that moment.  He’s considered gifted in reading.  I don’t think his education is going to suffer if I ask him to put down a book every once in a while.

What is something your child has said to you that has made you give them the “What?!?!” look?

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

My Aunt’s Quick Trip to Home – Throwback Thursday

In April 2014, we received word that my mom’s cousin,Kate, was diagnosed with cancer.  She was not given much time to live.

My aunt, Missy, lives in New York about 12 hours or so from where I live.  Since we did not know how long Kate had before she died, Aunt Missy and my cousin drove in for a day or two to visit Kate.

While Aunt Missy was in town, she made time to visit with the boys and I.  We went out to one our favorite places – Young’s Dairy.  Afterwards we picked up my cousin from where she was exercising while we were at Young’s Dairy.

These are photos from the visit with my aunt and cousin.  As you can tell the Wee One was not cooperating in the first photo.  The second one ended up being hilarious with the Wee One climbing on his brother’s back.

Sadly, Kate ended up dying on September 11th that year.

Oh and a cool thing is that my aunt is only 15 years older than me.  I’m 14 years older than my cousin.  My cousin is 13 years older than my oldest and 15 years older than my younger.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

One More Day . . .

5. You have one wish…what do you wish for?

Almost seven months ago, my sister left this Earth for her Heavenly home.  It was sudden.  I never got to say good-bye to her.

My wish is that I could spend one more day with her.  I would love to tell her how much she is loved.  How much I miss her.

During that day, I would do what I am known for – being unpredictable.  We would go on a road trip with no real destination.  I would take a million billion photos of our adventure.  Later I would smile when I would remember that one more day I spent with her.

We would talk about our youth and laugh our butts off.  Backstreet Boys or New Kids on the Block would be playing on my radio.

We would call my mom and pretend that some random Hispanic guy or a guy with a bad haircut was calling to ask her on the date.

If I had one wish, I would want more day with my sister.  As Trace Adkins sings “You’re Gonna Miss This,”  I truly do miss her and the times we spent together.

Have a magical day!

Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

“Slow Down . . .You are in Folly”

Southern charm!

People with cutest Southern accents!

Beautiful beaches and scenery!

Full of history!

Full of mystery!

Ghost stories galore!

The yummiest food!

All of these descriptions describe one of my favorite places to visit.  In fact, I’m visiting it in 4 months.

So where is this paradise?  It’s one of the beaches located close to Charleston, South Carolina.

I’ve shared these photos before when I wrote about our Super Trip in 2013.

Since I’m getting ready to visit once again, I’m going to share lots of photos from Folly Beach and Charleston.

I’m sharing nine different slideshows of photos from our 2013 trip.  I’ve captioned all of the photos.  You can pause the photos to view them better and look at them at your leisure.

Random Shots

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More Random Shots

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Downtown Charleston

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Back to Folly Beach

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More Downtown Charleston

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Folly Beach and the Angel Oak

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Folly Beach

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Even More of Downtown Charleston and the Angel Oak

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And finally back to Folly Beach

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I hope you enjoyed the slideshows of one of my favorite places to visit.

Where is your favorite places to visit?

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

A Rainy Day Proposal

What does a rainy Thursday and a townhouse have to do with my marriage proposal?

It was March 18, 1999.

The previous day was my last day of student teaching.  Since we had a really bad winter that year, my student teaching was extended for about a week.  Ice storms and lots of snow plagued the area that winter.

My last student teaching seminar was completed that afternoon.  Exhaustion was felt all the way to my bones.  My plans that evening was to sleep.

However, my boyfriend at that time dragged me out of the dorm room kicking and screaming.

It was a rainy day.  My boyfriend wanted to take me out to a place called Glen Helen in Yellow Springs but the muddiness would make hiking impossible.  So he had to quickly change his plans.

Instead he decided to take us to look for apartments since I was getting ready to move out of the dorms and he was getting to move out of his parents’ house.

The first place we looked at was a townhouse.  It was a perfect starting place for us.  Suddenly as we were looking at the part of the living closest to the stairs, my boyfriend got on one knee.

“Do you want this apartment?  Will you marry me?”

Of course, I said yes on that rainy Thursday.

A month and a half later, my boyfriend became my husband.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  What is your proposal story?

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Us in 2015

Have a magical day,
Traci

 Mama’s Losin’ It

Moms Sometimes Know Best

When I was in college, my mother gave me two pieces of advice.  One I followed right away while the other one it took a few years for me to follow.  Both were the best pieces of advice because they have shaped me into the person I am today.

The year was 1995.  I was in my second year at the local community college.  During the fall quarter, I had worked in the cooperative education office but had been let go because of something the other student worker had done.  (I don’t remember what the reason was for the dismissal.)  Even though I let go, I still was part of the office.  Anyway one of the administrators who worked in the office had gone or went to my grandparents’ church.  He told my mom that he could help her with a job or something.

While she was in his office talking to him, she noticed a sign.  The sign was for the Disney College Program and when the interviews were going to be held.  I knew about the Disney College Program but had really thought about interviewing for a position.

Mr. M. was the professor in charge of our community college’s Disney College Program.  He coordinated with the Disney Company so that local students could interview for the program.  Then he made sure we did all prerequisites before heading down to Lake Buena Vista.  He was also the person we turned all of our assignments into while we were down there.  Mr. M. even came down to visit while we were in Lake Buena Vista.

As I said, Mom noticed the sign for the Disney College Program.  When she came home that evening, she suggested I interview for a position.

On March 15, 1995, I followed her advice and interviewed with the Disney Company.  A month and a half later, I was accepted into the program.  Four months after that, I was on a plane down to Orlando for an experience that would change my life forever.

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The other piece of advice was given to me by her a few years later.  She told me that I should not major in elementary education.  Instead I should major in special education.  She saw that I had more qualities that would fit a special educator than a general education teacher.

I did not heed her advice.  Instead I majored in elementary education.

A few years after she gave me the advice, I was hired not to be an elementary teacher but to be a special educator.  So I had to go back to school for more classes.

I was meant to be a special educator.  She was right when she initially gave me the advice.

Last spring I had the opportunity to watch one of my students graduate from college with his bachelor’s degree.  I had taught him my first year of teaching.

T. and I went out to lunch the day after his college graduation.  I confessed to him that when I taught him, it was my first year of teaching.  He told me that he thought I had been teaching for years.  It was so natural for me. #1 (220)

T. and I at his college graduation

What is some advice that you had been given?  Did you follow the advice or did you ignore it?

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It