Slice of Life Challenge Day 1

This is the post excerpt.


As I sat on the couch tonight with my baby Isabella (age 10 but always my baby), I realized she’s not such a baby anymore. Oh she still snuggled me like she always does (and hopefully always will), but while we were sitting there she was crocheting. I know what you’re thinking… It’s the same thing I always think… Crocheting is for little old ladies! Not to insult anyone that likes to crochet… But it’s always something you picture little, old grannies with silver hair and glasses doing. The principal offered the fifth grade girls the opportunity to meet for crochet club during their lunch and recess when the weather was bad. My little pumpkin jumped at the opportunity to spend some time with her amazingly fabulous principal. So while we sat there talking, she crocheted. Then, she took a moment to tell me that she’s making a baby blanket for her nephew. How did I manage to raise such a wonderful, caring, attentive, little lady? And what happened to my little, chubby, roses cheeked baby girl? So in this moment I give tribute to Ferris Bueller…”Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And like most parents, when it comes to my children I don’t want to miss a thing!

SOL#7 chocolate milk

It’s the simple things in life sometimes.

This morning I stood at the entry way near the breakfast table greeting students as the entered the building and reminding some (like I do everyday!!!) to grab a milk with their breakfast.

But today was different…

Enters the building looking not quite awake yet

Grabs a breakfast

Grabs a milk

Says good morning to me

Glances down

Exclaims “I got a chocolate milk!”

A few kids later, and the same scenario plays out


And again

And again

And again

The maintenance man was near me and mentioned that he was asked to start putting out some chocolate milk like the other schools.

We just stood there and laughed.

I am not exaggerating when I say we must have heard at least 30 kids perk up and exclaim they “got chocolate milk” like they had won the lottery.

My personal opinion is that chocolate milk on multigrain Cheerios doesn’t sound appealing to me in the least…but if that bag had some Cocoa Puffs…now you’re talkin’!

SOL#4 A first… and hopefully a last!

361 miles each way

Normally five hours and 35 minutes

I’ve made this drive early in the morning.

I’ve made this drive in the middle of the day.

I’ve made this drive late at night.

I’ve made this drive alone.

I’ve made this drive with various passengers.

I’ve made this trip in the rain.

I’ve made this trip in the snow.

I’ve made this trip in the fog.

I’ve made this trip in an ice storm.

I’ve made this trip in the summer.

I’ve made this trip in the fall.

I’ve made this trip in the winter.

I’ve made this trip in the spring.

I’ve made this trip at least 50 times in the last few years.

And today… I make this trip with a bucket in my front seat.

You see, somewhere in the wee hours of the morning while most people are sleeping, I woke up violently ill. I laid back down for some time hoping it would pass… It hasn’t!

So while today is a first, I certainly hope it is a last!

Wish me luck!

SOL#3 Iced Tea

While I sit here in the local diner in a small town in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’m reminded of the small things living in a more populated area that we take for granted. Today that thing is iced tea!

You see…I don’t normally drink coffee up here. I know this is a surprising fact for many that know me. I’m kind of a coffee snob. So I make my coffee with my Keurig and bottled water. When I go out to breakfast, I’ll usually look for something else with caffeine, but try to avoid soda at this hour. So iced tea it is! Except…it’s not! In the Northwoods of Wisconsin apparently the think iced tea is strictly a summer drink. Hmmmm?

SOL#1 Ahhhhh! March already?

I knew this day was coming…I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

It’s the first day of the 2018 Slice of Life Writing Challenge…I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

Rachel’s 8th grade graduation picture proofs came home a few weeks ago…she’s graduating…I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

The construction deadline on the lake house is coming in the next few months…I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

The school year is more than half over…I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

“We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.” -Roald Dahl/ Wonka 😆