Category Archives: family

Kick-off the 2020-21 School Year Virtually: How to Create a Welcome Back Slide Deck for Your Students & Parents

A lot of school districts will be teaching classes remotely to start the 2020-21 school year.  We do not know how long this is going to take, but we have to hit the ground running as we would if we … Continue reading

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Meet Me in the Mangroves

I’ve been back and forth from KY to FL all summer in between teaching and professional development training.  I was helping my Mom recover from knee replacement surgery, and reminding my Dad of how wonderful a daughter I am.   This … Continue reading

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Carnival Elation Cruise Ship Review

Oh Ship! It’s a Mother Daughter Trip! My Mom exposed me to cruising as a teenager when we took our first Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. Over the years, we have sailed to Bermuda, Cuba, and all over the Caribbean … Continue reading

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Thankful for Miles

My Mom had a 48 hour notice about the Lake Wales YMCA Turkey Trot. I gave her the option to participate based on how she felt on Thanksgiving morning. She said if it was too hot, she was not doing … Continue reading

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It’s Fall Good

Over the last few months my focus has been setting the tone for a successful school year, keeping a foster care routine, and getting settled into my new home. It is important to set high expectations and to remind my … Continue reading

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Grandma’s 95th Birthday Celebration 🎉

My family will be gathering for the 90th annual Smoot Family Reunion in Madison, WV soon. While the fellowship amongst family since 1929 is a rich tradition, the milestone of my Grandma, Lucy L. Smoot, turning 95 is also worthy … Continue reading

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Long Time, No Sea

Summer Break in Full Effect I just returned from a two-week visit with my parents in the Sunshine State.  It was a chilled-out vacation with a visit from our family who lives in Morgantown, WV.  We were game ready for … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Imane

Imane is one of my former Smootents (Ms. Smoot + Students) from Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center.  Her family moved from Chad to Louisville, KY in 2007. We met shortly after when Imane was scheduled to my Reading class. … Continue reading

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Spring Break: By Land, By Sea, By Air

Beach Cruisin’ I took my Mom to get a beach cruiser bike. This will give her another fitness option in addition to walking and swimming. My Mom has a few more weeks before she can ride due to another back … Continue reading

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French Crêpes Recipe

Banana and chocolate with roasted almonds/ Strawberry and chocolate Ingredients: 2 ½ cups milk 2 cups of Flour 3 eggs 4 Tbsp melted butter 4 Tbsp of Rum 3 Tbsp of sugar 2 Tbsp oil Pinch of salt Sliced almonds … Continue reading

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