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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

A Perfect Snow Day

My alarm jerks me out of sleep.

Then the phone rings, the voice on the other line says “Due to the weather, there is going to be no school for ___ School District.”

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Since I’m now awake, I curl up on the couch under my comforter.  I either read a book, play on my phone, or try to catch up on my sleep.

After a few hours, I’ll finally get up for the day.  When I look outside, I’ll be grateful I don’t have to go anywhere.

I’ll then grab my DSL-R camera so I can take some photos of the beautiful snow.  I’ll either take photos from the front or back door so I do not have to get out of my pajama pants.

Or if I feel up to it, I’ll get dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt.

 Okay let’s be honest, I won’t get out of my pajamas all day.  

I’ll put on the coat and boots on over my pajamas so I can head outside to enjoy the silence of the snow falling and get photos of untouched snow. 

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 When I get back inside, the Wee One and the Imaginative One will be up for the day.
Usually the Imaginative One does not want to go outside, however the Wee One will eventually want to go outside. 

He’s going to spend an half and hour playing hide and seek game with our hats, gloves, and boots so he can head outside for five minutes of fun.

During his five minutes of fun, he throws snowballs at the house or trudges through the snow.  Maybe he will sort of clean off my car.

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This is the Imaginative One a few years ago

Once he is inside, he will drag snow throughout the house.  Winter gear will be thrown throughout the living room, kitchen, and the hallway.

Hubby and I will repeatedly remind him to clean up the wet floors.

The boys will retreat to one of their bedrooms to play on their tablets.  Or they might play on the computer.  As long as their cabin fever does not cause them to become hyper or fight, I don’t mind them on the electronics.

Since I’m home, I may make a special lunch or dinner.

The rest of the day is rinse and repeat until it’s bedtime.

If there is another snow day the next day, we might go crazy in the house.  One snow day allows the teachers to recharge our batteries.  Two or more snow days causes cabin fever.

(Just so you know:   No schoolwork will be touched during my perfect snow day.)

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