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Loving the Crazy Life

Like many of you, I lead a crazy life full of bumps, turns, and twists. It has not been perfect by anyone’s standards, but it has been perfect for me.

I have been blessed to have found someone that has shared my crazy life for the last 15 years. We have three kids: J is 10, S is 8, and E is 6. Between Tae Kwon Do, dance, gymnastics, cooking classes, and school activities the kids keep us hopping from one place to another. We do our best not to miss anything, but at times it is hard. With me working, it sometimes leaves my husband home alone to shuttle the kids everywhere.

My husband, Keith, and I met in high school. We dated throughout college and found ourselves married shortly after graduation. Both of us have jobs in the education field. He has taught fourth grade for 15 years and I am a paraprofessional at one of our local high schools. We each have a passion for teaching and working with students. He has taken a traditional route. Mine, on the other hand, has been a little less traditional and included a couple of stops teaching preschool, which is not my cup of tea.

In this crazy life, I have found many things I’m passionate about. These include books, music (though I can’t sing or play an instrument to save my life), writing, traveling, photography, cooking, and family. Each one of these will find their way into my blog at some point.

My family is why I write, work two jobs (not including this blog), went back to school  to pursue a second Master’s degree, and most day the reason I get out of bed. I love them even when they are adding to the craziness of the day.

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J, S, and E at the Fourth of July Parade.

I will start with my oldest. J is ten and starting fifth grade. He is so much like me as a child it is scary. J is tenderhearted, a little flighty, and very loving. In contrast to that he is very much his father’s son. He is a little mini-me of my husband and likes to “do things like daddy.” He likes to play video games and is into everything tech related.

My middle child, S is eight and starting third grade. She is precocious, ornery, and the one I can count on to create more crazy than everyone else can handle. She is my mother’s curse, the one where she said I would have one like me and one like my brother, come true because I feel as if I’m raising my brother at times. There is a lot she does that brings back memories of my childhood. She is loud, bright, and energetic. Anything she want to accomplish in life she will accomplish.

Last, but not least is E. She is the youngest of the bunch at six years old and will be starting first grade this year. She is my mini-me. E is every inch my child. She has her own style that still surprises me everyday, and a uniqueness that draws people in while making them feel like they are home. E is the peacemaker, the artist, tech guru, and fashion icon.

All our children bring fun and excitement to our lives. I would not trade them for anyone else. They are my heart. They are my crazy.

Over the next few weeks, I will talk more about my kids and husband. They are what makes my life crazy and are what I know best. Please don’t forget to leave your comments below. Let me know what you like and what you want to hear more about.

 

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