Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Wouldn't it be great to be able to live in the shoes of another person?

I'm always hearing people say something like "my kids don't know how good they have it" or "can you believe how that family lives" or "I wish that could have been me".

O.k., I admit I have been one to make such proclamations and such. But, when I really look at my life....I've got it good.? As a matter of fact, I am in Chicago right now with my husband and son being able to take in the sights and sounds of an awesome city all because my son made the Men's National Honor Choir. Sure, I helped raise him, put my time in as far as that goes, but I am totally riding on his coattails on this one. I mean...I can't sing. Trust me when I say daycare kids even tell me to please sing with a quiet voice lol. This is not the first trip I have been on because of his vocal or musical abilities. Oklahoma City and Minneapolis were also host cities for numerous honor choirs. ACDA ... American Choir Directors Association organizes these choirs. They do a great job bringing out the best of these young people. And the kids meet some of the best kids and clinitians to work with. It's awesome.

Now for other coattail trips...the coup de grais...BELIZE!!!! My husband gained favor with one of the organizers of Lobsterfest in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Kaye. The band my husband is part of, The Fat Cats, traveled amd played ddown there and family was able to tag along beimg totally spoiled by the staff of the resort we stayed at.'s good to be me :) Back to the trip at hand... We are being housed at the Palmer House Hilton. Going to be leaving soon to attend a free Chantaclear concert. Food....the choices...hmmmm. Well I certainly love to eat. Yummy!

Yup, I like living vicariously...sort of...or, at the very least I like the benefits that comes with hanging with talented people.

Hey honey...Next trip...Europe, please ;)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The F Word

I know what you are thinking.... But....


Sometimes the letter F can be menacing. Right now it seems to be exactly that.

Starting something new can often bring about Fear.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of reactions.
Fear of not accomplishing what you set out to do.
Fear of finding out something you don't want to know.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of....well just plain Fear.

Well, I'm trying to face my fears... Like I said in yesterdays post, I started the Minnesota Child Care Credential Course today. It is a 2 year course to show that I am knowledgeable and capable of caring for children, running a business and interacting with parents and families in a professional manner. This course aligns with the Child Development Assessment (CDA) which is a nationally recognized credential for early childhood/child care professionals.

Having been in this profession for 15 years
  • What can I learn from this course
  • What can I get from having this credential
  • What if I don't seem to be growing as a provider as a result of this course
I hate the F word but....

I love kids, I love what I do, and I am looking forward to facing my fears and beating them!

Tonight's class was good. A bit elementary, but good. What does it mean to be a professional? Who is a professional? Am I? HMMMMM....... YES!

so...F that Fear ;)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Let's Try This Again

O.K., It has been like forever since I wrote on this site. I don't know what the deal is, maybe I just needed a break. But then again, how could that be? This is my therapy, right????

So here's what I'm thinking...

I got busy taking care of my mom toward the end of 2009 (which by the way is when I stopped blogging.

My kids (daycare and my own teenager) have kept me hopping. They are a blast!

Mom passed away in May of 2010 - gave me a break, but more like a breakdown :( But she is definitely in a better place!

We didn't make it to Belize last year - another bummer!!! Maybe this year, but my teenager seems to think he needs to go on these honor choir trips and trips to see a girl, etc. that eat up my travel money (what's up with that?)

Of course, my teenager has turned 16 now argh....another reason for a breakdown (I swear I am NOT getting old!)

I love my husband - he tries his darndest to keep me grounded (hello...look at the name of this blog - just try to keep a butterfly on the ground ;)

The school board is an interesting creature all of it's own. I love being involved. What a learning curve with all the legal issues and the mandates from the state and federal levels not to mention the finance and operations. Whew - keeps one's mind occupied for sure!

Now I am going to start on one more journey - I am going to get my MCA - an accreditation for my childcare. It is a bunch of classes that takes place over the next two years and is equal to the Child Care Development Accreditation but it just so happens that I can handle the timeframe for the MCA. I can't wait - I start tomorrow night.

O.k. Are we back up to speed??? I know that is a very brief synopsys of what has been going on, but.....

I will try to post again in the next day or so! Maybe even with pics!