It’s not the journey…

This is going to be one of those day-by-day blogs, started early as I felt 100% positive that this jaunt would be worth documenting - and if not, well, just scroll quickly. As you know from previous posts, we've had this genius Barlow Break planned for months - leaving Friday, February 19th and returning two … Continue reading It’s not the journey…

We’ll get it right, eventually.

There's still time to get it right, right? I mean, we're closing in on a year since our world was completely upended - no big deal that just about eleven months in, we're still having hiccups here and there, right? We've still got time to pull it together and really start nailing this whole pandemic … Continue reading We’ll get it right, eventually.

Seasons of Change

Bruised knee, 1; Jyl, 0. Such an odd holiday season this year! I had some time alone while Rich and the kids were out to dinner with his mother - and while it was truly only a few hours, I think because it was Christmas Eve and not our typical 'pre-Christmas night,' the idea of … Continue reading Seasons of Change

Kinder. Gentler. Comfier.

Anyone feeling completely and totally wiped out this week? I think we hit our wall at 5pm last Friday when, in our house, winter break officially started. Rich and I are super fortunate to work for company that shuts down Christmas week - and, of course, Zack is now free of 2020's crazy where-am-doing-school merry … Continue reading Kinder. Gentler. Comfier.

Bingo!

The more I research, study, and educate myself on the behaviors of teens, the more I think a boarding school directly to college route makes sense. Ship them off to a far away land until they’re maybe twenty-five. I fantasize a marriage without teens. What would that be like? I say this as my husband … Continue reading Bingo!

Tis but a Flesh Wound

As November sat staring me down, my over-achieving brain was starting to zoom in on the upcoming holidays. It's expected - I've learned that once we pass Rich's birthday, at the end of October; and Zack's birthday, at the beginning of November - the logical list to start making is Christmas shopping. I have always … Continue reading Tis but a Flesh Wound

Q1, Virtually (in)Complete

I'd like to announce the nearly successful completion of our first virtual learning marking period. Nearly? Yes. Starting with the first fairly critical piece of missed information - in that the end of the first five-ish weeks did NOT, in fact, mark the release of Interim grades. For those of you who haven't had kids … Continue reading Q1, Virtually (in)Complete

The Church Lady

Back when I worked in radio in Raleigh, there was a big wig called Phil (intentionally leaving out the last name...even though I'm still bitter...but I'm a grown up now, right?) who had a reputation in the industry for being a bit of a tyrant. I suppose nowadays we'd call him a bully, inappropriate, demeaning, … Continue reading The Church Lady