Meg's (Ad)Ventures

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ain't No School But Old School

Me: How was Girl Scouts tonight?

Sofia: It was awesome!

Me: Really? How come? What did you do?

Sofia: We got to break apart an old know, like the old box kind.  

(Chris and I started to chuckle)

Sofia: Why are you laughing?

Me: Because you said it was old. 

Sofia: Yeah, it was really old! It was from the 19's!

Proud to be from the olden days...and have a daughter that makes us laugh.

And for this, I am thankful. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Above All

There were all kinds of moments that I ticked off in my mind today as ones to remember in terms of gratitude.

I worked with a lovely group of teachers; innovative, creative, kind, kid-focused. These are the kind of teachers we all want our own kids to have. I just loved every second of our time with them.

The ride home with my team was full of reflection, planning, brainstorming, and collaborating on the phone with others. Windshield time was non-existent today. I like when each moment is maximized!

Our dinner was a team effort -- every person in the family contributed to getting the meal on the table and Nico even tried a tomato. This is huge people. HUGE.

But tonight, I am most grateful for the squeals of laughter floating up the stairway. I am holed up tight in my office prepping for a few big meetings tomorrow. But I know our kids are happy. They are safe. They are loved.

And they feel loved.

And for this, I am thankful.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Day of Green

It must have been fate.

Today was our day to trade in our Prius and our original plan was to go with a different car. After many lengthy discussions and a variety of test drives, we decided to stick with our tree-hugging, gas saving Prius. We did do a little upgrade so I could get heated seats. ;)

When we got home, MSU was up against the undefeated Ohio State. While every Spartan knew a win would be possible, I'm fairly certain there was a collective holding of breath throughout most of the game. But then, with 3 seconds left, a field goal was kicked for the win!

It was a day in which GREEN was favored all around.
And for this, I am thankful.

Friday, November 20, 2015

And Scene

The week is done. Time for some family lovin'.

And for this, I am thankful. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Theresa the Great

We seriously have the best babysitter ever. I mean EV-VAH.

Theresa is kind, hilarious, creative and most importantly, loves on our kids. She has come through for us on so many occasions and we couldn't be more grateful. Today, she even went through Sofia's closet and dresser with her to help her reorganize and clean!

We found a gem and we love her.
And for this, we are grateful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An Almost Ted Talk

Someday, I would love to have the honor of giving a Ted Talk. To be part of the community that helps inspire millions of people to do good in this world would be beyond comprehension. I keep track of ideas that come across my mind that might serve as interesting topics and often imagine what the experience would be like. 

I want to be part of something greater than me. I want to lead and inspire. I want to inspire others to lead and inspire! :)

Today, after I finished a training with a group of 57 teachers and principals, I had a surprising encounter. As I was packing my bag, there was a tap on my shoulder. It was a man, a teacher, who had sat through the previous 2 hours learning with me. This is what he said:

"I wanted to say hi and give you some words of encouragement. Your job is hard! I want you to know that our entire table was in awe. We came to the decision that we didn't feel like were in a training. We felt like we were at a Ted Talk!"

I was floored. Of course I thanked him and shared with him how one of my life goals was to someday give an actual Talk. He continued...

"After what we heard today, I have no doubt that will happen. Your passion is palpable and your tone and vocal inflection make you exciting to listen to."

Oh my. 

I have never in my life received such a compliment in regards to my presentation and speaking skills. It touched my heart. 

Most importantly, I knew I had done my job. I came to those teachers to inspire them to action; to be part of something that will change the face of education. 

And they heard me. 

I have a long way to go before my Ted Talk dream comes true but today was certainly a step in the right direction. 

I absolutely love leading and learning. 
And for this, I am thankful. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


have a Pinterest board called "DIY Didn't I Think Of That?" I know. Home projects of this magnitude are a huge undertaking no matter what your skill level is. Thankfully, I have a husband who is creative, persistent and detailed. I am those things too but in smaller doses when it comes to working on the house. 

All is good though. We are making serious progress on our latest closet/entryway/dining room project!

And progress, my friends, is a VERY good thing. 

And for this, I am thankful. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Grade Book

Tonight was a first for Chris and I: parent teacher conferences for TWO kids. 

We are SO proud of our kids. As we listened to stories about them, kind-hearted, genuine, giving, and dedicated were words used by both their teachers this evening. And while both Nico and Sofia are doing well in their academics, those qualities trump grades on my book any day. 

Our hearts are full tonight. 
And for this, I am thankful. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Sign of a Great Weekend

It's been a full weekend. The hustle and bustle of activities and projects kept us on our toes from Friday night until now. The weather was gorgeous and we opened our windows for what will likely be the last full day of the season. *sigh* The fresh air felt incredible as we continued to chip away on our dining room/closet project. It's coming along beautifully and we are getting solo close to finishing! The kids played outside for hours, hardly able to make it through story time their eyes were so heavy. 

It was just a lovely day in every sense of the word. 

Everyone (including the cat) fell asleep early this evening...the sign of a weekend full of fun, laughter, and love. And for this, I am thankful.