Dear E.,

It’s me, your Aunt Alyssa… Do you want to know a secret? I can’t keep it from you any longer because I’m bursting out the seams! And truthfully, I don’t really want it to be a secret. Okay, here it is… I love you SO much and I haven’t even met you yet. I’ve watched…… Continue reading Dear E.,

You know about the Mona Lisa.. but do you know theMama Lisa?

Every Wednesday, I ask my students a “would you rather” question during morning meeting. Sometimes the questions are funny, sometimes they focus on a social- emotional concepts we’re working on, while others times they’re completely random. Today’s question was, “Would you rather be an art teacher or a P.E. teacher?” I knew this particular question…… Continue reading You know about the Mona Lisa.. but do you know theMama Lisa?


Hiding my emotions has become a sort of art. For what seems like a long time, I’ve had things, opportunities, or people ripped from me too quickly. Not having any sort of input in these matters hasn’t made it any easier. If you ask me what’s going on, I’d tell you I’m torn. “That’s what’s…… Continue reading Torn

Today I’m Celebrating…

Today I’m celebrating having extra time this morning to sip coffee on the couch with B before leaving for school. Today I’m celebrating a blooming friendship with a group of empowering women who listen, encourage, and push each other to be better. Today I’m celebrating a really exciting secret that could mean a big change…… Continue reading Today I’m Celebrating…

Seaweed Man

I am cozying up under my favorite pink plush blanket while watching the unwelcome March snow come down. Luckily it’s too warm to stick. Before that, I was taking Savi for a walk, wishing I had picked a more opportune time, as the snowflakes fell onto my glasses. I thought it was supposed to be…… Continue reading Seaweed Man

Unfortunately, Fortunately: Bird poop edition

Unfortunately, I walked out of my house to the sight of bird poop all over my car after it sat in the driveway all last week. Fortunately, I got my car washed on Saturday, leaving it squeaky clean! Unfortunately, the birds apparently had other ideas after seeing the state of my car this morning. Fortunately,…… Continue reading Unfortunately, Fortunately: Bird poop edition

Mask Optional

Today was a huge shift in our district: “mask optional”, and I wasn’t there for it. This made the guilt I felt for taking another day off even more heavy. I wanted to be there for them, to walk them through it. But for B and I, it is NOT mask optional for about a…… Continue reading Mask Optional


Rest to fight the virus raging within me. Rest to strengthen my weak muscles. Rest to close my endlessly tired eyes. Rest to soothe my aching lungs. Rest to catch my breath. Rest to ease the nerves. Rest to encourage B to do the same. Rest to calm my racing mind. Rest to muster up…… Continue reading Rest