Things I’ve Painted since “Spring”

Many of you know of my addiction to spray paint, and that I feel it is the key to world peace.  I LOVE it.  Every year when it warms up, I get excited and start “sprucing up” outside.  I love planting flowers, setting up our outdoor areas and landscaping; although I am not very good at it.  This year is no exception!!!

I’ve now painted…

My outdoor furniture… TWICE

First black…

Then RED!!! 

I’m loving the red!!

These I didn’t paint, but the EAT sign I did.

Our window well covers

Our garage door

Our garage fridge and deep freeze

My kitchen chairs…

Our outdoor lights… (and house number)

Living room furniture…

Twice… Now the tables are red!

I’m kind of loving the Red and Black right now.  Can you tell? 😉.

I’ve had really great help!

He actually loves to “paint” (thank goodness)


Yes, quite possibly, but if you’re feeling blah grab a can of spray paint.  It seriously will solve all of your problems.  Well, maybe not all of your problems, but it will bring a little color to your world!

Thoughts of a Broken Hearted Educator…

Last night, I spoke to a room packed full of community members, parents, teachers, news crews, Board Members & administration and let me tell you 3 minutes goes fast when you are passionate about your topic.

My heart is broken because the people I have the utmost respect and admiration were thrown under the bus BY ME.  WHY, I’m too long winded!

Bottom Line:  One of the best administrators I ever worked for had a philosophy…

Hire Good People & Watch them Do Their Magic

My point last night was that we have taken away what really matters in education and that is teachers’ ability to assess the needs of their students and MEET THOSE NEEDS. 

We are making teachers, people who LOVE children, are passionate about education and the learning process and who want our children to succeed more than anyone else, ROBOTS!!

We have taken their right to teach our children away.

How, by mandating exactly what they teach, how they teach, when they teach it and at what time of the day.

There is no longer time to build relationships and truly engage children.   There is no time for children to collaborate with one another, analyze, evaluate, & create.  Which, by the way, are the 3 top levels of thinking on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Do we need to teach the standards?  ABSOLUTELY, but we need to give our teachers the credit that they deserve and allow them to choose the BEST, MOST EFFECTIVE, ENGAGING & DARE I SAY FUN way to do just that.

Please cut their apron strings and watch them fly!  They’ll achieve things with kids you didn’t even know was possible!

Now, GUESS who pays the price for our decisions… STUDENTS, our future.  Unfortunately, kids do not have the choice to leave or seek out better options for themselves.  They must stay the course.  A course dare I say many adults would not be able to handle.  I dare you to sit in a child’s seat for a day.   We have forgotten how truly little they are.  We have thrown best practices out the window in order to cram knowledge down their throats.   I truly believe it is coming from a good place, but before putting practices in place for littles I dare you to go through what they do in a day, and then ask yourself, “Is this the best way?”

He’s 2 and I get it!



I knew he was a boy and something wasn’t right.  I knew very soon into my pregnancy, the same thoughts kept coming to me.  It’s a boy and something isn’t right.  I told Jed, I worried and we did the tests.  You can read all about our journey with finding out our son had Down syndrome here…

My Baby has Down syndrome

After finding out our son’s diagnosis, I kept reading these mom blogs and articles and there was a common theme…

Our Life is Better

We wouldn’t Change our Down syndrome diagnosis for the World

and I thought, “How can this be true?”

Cade’s life would be harder, he would have to work so hard.  This changes our future, our girls’ futures.  He will be made fun of.  I’m sure you can imagine…

The thing is Cade is TWO now.  TWO YEARS OLD, and in my mind, we have the best 2-year-old little boy we could ever have.  He makes my world go round day after day.  He brightens our days like no one can.  He LOVES tractors, trucks and all thing boy.  He LOVES like you can’t imagine!  He is hysterical, confident, loving, ornery, giving and oh so fun.  AND he connects with people instantly.  He DOES have to work hard every single day, but he is oh so worth it.  He has changed our lives for the better in more ways than I can ever explain.

It may sound strange and I get it, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t change our journey.