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Updated… Uptown Girl

What could be better than a two month “vacation” over Thanksgiving and Christmas, right?

See Part 1 and Part 2 here.

While the long vacation was nice, it unfortunately couldn’t last forever, wah!

You know the saying, “It’s not WHAT you know. It’s WHO you know?”

That once again proved true for me when someone I worked with briefly during the outage was able to get me an interview working with her group in the uptown General Office.


I was nervous driving into uptown for the interview and navigating my way around. I ended up super early and waited in the parking garage. When I got to the building, the security guard told me I was not in the right place. This was after he accidentally threw my license in the trash and insisted he had given it back to me.

I ventured to location #2 late to my interview, but better late than never.

It wasn’t long until I got the call that I got the job. Best of all… NO MORE NIGHT SHIFTS!

It has its own set of challenges, but I enjoy the flexibility of the work.  It is more of a hectic pace, with the stress of quota requirements, and I stay busy, busy, busy all day, every day.

The good news is I get to work my 40 hours in 4 days… Monday to Thursday… so I’m off Fridays, woohoo!

The bad news is my mornings are earrrrrrrrrly, and I “get” to pay to park every day, ugh.  :)

The same day I started my new job, Haylee went back at Northside, and we are so happy she was able to go back.

Haylees first day of 6th grade at Northside

I love her group of friends and am so thankful that she has such a great group in her corner.


Davis couldn’t go back to Heather’s because they actually moved to DC for a year long assignment. :(  We had planned to put him in a daycare close to our house, but there was a snafu with the paperwork and there was suddenly no room! I put a plea out on facebook and am so happy that God worked all that out.

My cousin Sherri offered to watch him for us! Davis is not much a school lover, and he is happier with a more relaxed home setting. It made it so much easier on me having to leave him, knowing he was with someone I trusted.

Davis at Sherri's 2-5-15

{swiped this one from Sherri… you can see the red power ranger on his masterpiece.}

Chris is as always Super Husband and Super Dad somehow holding things together. Since I am leaving the house before 5:30 am, he is left to manage getting all three up and dressed and fed and out the door. Not an easy feat.

And another thing… he doesn’t have to leave the house until much later, but he gets up around 5:10 am to fix my coffee and smoothie for me.

Yes, he does.

Believe it or not. Isn’t that crazy?


Renee and Chris 12-27-14

{Speaking of my stud… this Friday we are celebrating the big 16! I thought only old people could be pushing 20 years married? How did I blink, and 16 years pass by?}


It was two years ago around March that I made this scary choice. This gulp and scary step into the unknown.

Looking around after things settled, its is amazing that I now have space. Mental space. It is shocking and astounding to my former maxed out teacher self to come home after work and feel like reading a book. A book about spiritual growth or being a better mama. As a Teacher/Mama I often {and I mean OFTEN} had what felt like NOTHING left to give at the end of the day.

I actually set a goal for 2015 to read 1-2 books a month, and I somehow actually did it! I ended the year having finished 36 non-fiction books! {Click here to get the scoop on what I’ve read.} That would have never in a zillion years have been possible as a teacher mama. N-e-v-e-r.

Teaching is an amazing profession, but I couldn’t keep up with the lethal pace anymore. I didn’t want that to be my life for the next 14 years.

I don’t know what the next few years or even the next few months hold for me and my tribe. I am open to what God might have in store {working part time sounds pretty nice to me} and hope to be ready for the challenge.


Our Eternal Optimist


One recent Friday Davis and I were doing our weekly grocery shopping adventure. We had just finished Aldi and were back in the van ready to head to Walmart for phase 2. I handed my food lover a surprise snack of grapes and in his excitement he turned over his mostly full bottle of water…

Tor-Wade-o is Eight

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Our Wild Wade is eight people. If you remember, we thought we were ready for #2 when Haylee was less than two herself. We had a long wait that finally successfully ended in our second round of IUI at a fertility clinic. Nine months later we had our Wild Wade. Looking back at these eight…

Updated… Going Nuclear

Renee and Davis 10-28-14

When I walked away from teaching I had no other job lined up and ready.  (See part 1 here.) I had the possibility of a job that would start at the end of summer/beginning of fall, but nothing set in stone. That’s definitely what made planning anything so difficult and complicated. Thankfully, the job did…


It has been a while. I know. I’ve been through a lot of life stages with this blog o’ mine in the past 8+ years. I don’t know if I can pinpoint one specific thing that has pushed blogging to the back burner. It seems that it was a collection of things… primarily the STRESS…

Dressed Windows Finally!

Did ya miss me? I am back today to share some happy windows with you! We have been in our new place about 7 months now with curtains only in the living room. And that is only because that room had giant windows with NO blinds. Seven months later we now have prettily dressed windows…


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Ahhhh. Can you hear my sigh of contentment? The toys in our house have.a.PLACE. One of the things we love about our new house is the bonus room, aka… playroom! Previously in our cozy 2 bedroom house, all the toys had to find a place inside the one bedroom that all three kids shared, which…

Menu Monday… November baby.

       Poppyseed Chicken       Broiled Parmesan Tilapia      image via Things we Heart     {image via Aldi Reviews} Pizza with Nana & Pop!   If your recipe was featured today, feel free to grab a button! What are you eating this week? We haven’t had the Broiled Tilapia in ages, so I am excited to…

Menu Monday… no school!

Menu Monday

      Chicken Noodle Casserole via Blogchef     image via Things we Heart          Vegetable Soup via Poor Amy     {image via Aldi Reviews} Take & Bake Pizza from Aldi’s     If your recipe was featured today, feel free to grab a button! What are you eating this week? To save money this week, I took…

Sign of the Beaver Free Printable Novel Study and Test!

I love reading! And I love trying to foster that love for reading in my students. Even those would-rather-be-outside boys of mine. I have read that it doesn’t matter your kiddos are reading… as long as they are reading!  That means it’s okay if you aren’t thrilled with their reading choices. Hopefully you will be…