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February 2, 2012
by mrscrumley

Attitude Adjustment

It is 7:30 and my boys (all three of them) are still sleeping. I don’t expect it to last much longer, but I’m hoping the extra time spent in snooze land will help our day run more on the smooth side than it has been lately.

But as I sit here waiting for Fuller and Tebow to make their appearances, I realize the sleep, while good, isn’t the only thing that will help our day. Mainly it is the need of an attitude adjustment. An attitude adjustment done by me.

As a homeschool mom, I love to talk the talk of how flexible our lives are. When the school bus goes by in the morning, I puff my chest out in pride because my children might still sleeping and getting the rest they need, not what the alarm clock doles out.

However I realize that recently our days have been rough because though I think we are flexible my actions don’t seem to show it. I try to get us started in the morning at a certain time and when a rough patch appears (sometimes in the form of Tebow wanting more food or attention, other times in the form of Legos stealing attention), I don’t really roll with it, but pitch a mommy hissy fit.

So, it is 7:42, my family is still asleep and I’m looking at our day, knowing that right now, I need to just enjoy the coffee and when we get our schooling done will be dictated by just how flexible I am.

February 1, 2012
by mrscrumley

Bridging the gap

Our little family is making it through the year 2012 so far. Hard to believe it is suddenly February! And since time moves fast and I can’t seem to find time to sit still, I have have also found it a little trickier to take care of myself. For instance, my mouth is currently needing some dental work. This is more than a twice a year cleaning. It’s dealing with the gaps where my adult teeth are missing. I have been told by my dentist I need a bridge, but discussions with others suggest a dental implant. Since I’m rather busy these days, finding the time to do the research or even get in the car to a dentist for a second opinion is difficult. So, I default to the internet and online research.

There are many fields and genres of physical health that a lot of people do regular research on, and know a lot about. For example, fitness is trendy, so a lot of people are aware of what to eat and what not to eat, and how to effectively exercise. However, when it comes to dental health, many people don’t know how to go about fixing the issues until the issues actually come up. So, for example, most people don’t know exactly what to do if they lose their adult teeth (or in my case, my baby teeth that have no adult teeth to replace them) and need to “bridge the gap” so to speak. Fortunately, a lot of this sort of information can be found at helpful websites like In the meantime, however, here are a few dental items and procedures for me to consider:

– To begin with, a literal bridge is not a bad idea. Essentially, a bridge is an implanted item that is placed over a false tooth (in place of the one I had pulled) and supported by the healthy teeth on either side of the false one. This is a sturdy application, and quite effectively solves the issue of gaps in your smile. It can definitely be an efficient and decent solution… however, some people stray from this sort of procedure simply because it does less to address the missing tooth itself.
– If I prefer to go about making sure that the false tooth itself is as good as it can be, I could also want to look into dental implants, which are literally replacement tooth roots that provide the best possible foundations for false teeth. A dental implant is placed surgically into my jaw, providing a solid base for a false tooth above it, and also filling the space in my jaw, and thus preventing my remaining teeth from moving slightly over time. This is probably the most thorough solution to a missing tooth, and does not prevent me from also getting false teeth and even bridges if I would still like to do so.

I’m still sussing out the options and getting a second opinion. But even if I still need more research, I know that 2012 will be the year I start filling in those gaps.

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by, though the circumstance is my own experience.

May 9, 2011
by mrscrumley
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Mother’s Day means ice cream

I had a kind of Mother’s Weekend, since the first gift I received was the gift of alone time, something I don’t get a ton of these days. While I was alone, the boys and their dad were out making my gifts, a flower pot project at Home Depot.


Later that afternoon I left to get a little prettier (painted toes always make me feel pretty), which also counted as more alone time.

While actual Mother’s Day was marred by a serious headache Damon was dealing with, we did manage to go to Red Robin for lunch and have ice cream for dinner at home. Yes, that is right, I decided we would have ice cream for dinner. It was awesome. With waffle bowls, whipped cream, Magic Shell, and maraschino cherries, how could it not be awesome? (I actually have a thing for Mother’s Day ice cream. Sometimes we go out, this time we stayed in.)

Did you have a good Mother’s Day? I did.

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March 17, 2011
by mrscrumley

Rainbows, gold, and Veggie Tales

Damon sent me out last night to pick something up for his office today. While making the drive I had the sudden inspiration that maybe I should “celebrate” St. Patrick’s Day in some form for my kids. It’s not that I don’t appreciate St. Patrick and his contribution to spreading the word of God, but really it has become watered (or beered?) down in such a way that people don’t even pinch you anymore if you aren’t wearing green.

So, to introduce St. Patrick to the kids I picked up streamers at the store. I got red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. They didn’t have it in indigo or violet. When I got home, the kids were already in bed, so I got to work. And this is the product:

No, it isn’t a pretty video, but the project was a bit too large to fit in a picture.
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March 14, 2011
by mrscrumley

This is how much fun we had

We got back from our annual trip to the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament yesterday and this year we came away from Atlanta feeling happy and well… not actually hating Atlanta.

This year we changed up our vacation strategy by staying in a Bed and Breakfast which proved to save money and take away a ton of stress I didn’t recognize we had until it was missing.

The tournament was fun, even though Auburn lost their first game. The kids loved riding the MARTA, we found restaurants that weren’t crowded and had good food, and Tebow found fans in the stands while he enjoyed the games. And if he looks like this, why wouldn’t he have fans?