Home Alone

Well, not really. I mean, I’m still here, and so is the cat. But she prefers that I mostly leave her alone.

Last Day of Summer School

It’s Lauren’s last day of 5th grade summer school. In about three weeks, she will be going back to school as a SIXTH GRADER. Seriously, where does the time go?

The other night, we went to our local Night to Unite event, and Lauren had a great time. She had a hot dog, chips and Pepsi (!) for dinner, plus a root beer float, and got to use the fire hose to shoot a wall of fake windows. She mostly loved the rainbow that the water made though. She also got to see the Sheriff’s helicopter, and two fire trucks.

This morning, I took a few photos in our backyard, and this one was one of the best. I tend to have to say pretty embarrassing things to get Lauren to genuinely smile these days (a favorite around here is ‘butt snack’ from Troll Hunters on Netflix), but I think it’s worth it. She is disappointed that school is over already, and can’t wait until September! Honestly, I’m ready for school to start too!

33 Things

Post inspired by the wonderful LaShawn Wiltz at Everyday Eyecandy.

Today I am 33. It’s pretty much just another day. Except that I am spending it with my three kids and my parents. I told my mom all I wanted for my birthday was a big fire, BBQ, and chocolate chip meringue bars (since I can’t bake to save my life.

I have had a list of things I want to do since I was in therapy the first time in early 2017. Honestly, I kind of forgot about that list until about a month ago. I made some changes since I accomplished a few things already.

Go swimming with my kids

Take them to more social events

Make progress in therapy

Try new foods from the local Farmer’s Market

Go to an outdoor movie

Pick fruit this summer

Get back into consistent blogging

Take daily photos

Get in the photos with my kids

Take more selfies

Walk every single day

More deliberate self-care

Less Netflix, more nature

Use my planners more

Plan more self-care nights

Use my free time more wisely

Use my phone LESS

Pick a church

GO to church

Take a portrait of my kids each month

Get a haircut

Try Barre3 again

Get some sun (safely) this summer

Go see a movie alone

Word hard in therapy

Wear more makeup for fun

Journal daily

Get back into writing fiction

Focus on school and get my last year out of the way

Figure out who I am and be that.†

First Monday of 2019

It’s been a relatively quiet beginning to 2019. Hannah has a nasty cough, Lauren has a cold, and Avery has a teenage attitude, but it’s been okay.

Hannah turned 5 last Thursday. We had a quiet little party with just the four of us. She wanted tacos for her birthday dinner (which she didn’t eat because she was getting sick), cupcakes and ice cream, and five candles. Of course, she ate the cupcake and ice cream, but whatever, it was her birthday.

She got a Hatchimal with a light-up nest, and a Slothicorn. Yes. That’s a thing. And she loves it.

The first Monday of 2019 is pretty quiet, too. Instead of the 6″ of snow we were supposed to get last night, we got a bunch of ice. At 5:30 this morning, the schools were two hours late. By 7:30, they had closed, so we are just hanging out, waiting for the ice to melt so we can do laundry and all the fun stuff we put off over the weekend.

I start Spring Semester next Monday, with 17 credits. I’m anxious to get going on homework and papers. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped last semester, so I am going to try really hard to make sure this is an awesome semester.

Enjoy the day!


Today is Thanksgiving. I am spending it in the woods, with my children and my family. We will be having ham and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (ew), corn, homemade rolls, and Oreo salad (the best dessert ever). 

Today, I am grateful for my kids. I am grateful that they are healthy, smart and funny, and that I get to spend so much time with them. 

Today, I am grateful for my family. They spoil my kids and help us out when we need it. 

Today, I am grateful for my cat, even though she is super grumpy and hates to cuddle. Every now and then, she will come and sit with me. 

Beth A Hardinger

Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and finally get the degree I wanted twelve years ago. It’s definitely difficult to go to school, work and be a single mom, but it’s worth it. 

Today, I am grateful to be single. I love being alone (with my kids and my cat). I’ve learned so much about myself over the past two years. I love the freedom I have, and I don’t have to rely on someone for my happiness. I will be happily single for the rest of my life. 

Today, there are so many things to be grateful for. 

Fall Conferences

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to Avery’s fall conference. I had a good idea of what to expect, but I was still a little shocked at her math scores.

July 31 Av9 Beth A Hardinger

According to the test she took for reading, she is at a 3.8 grade level (she’s in fourth grade), so this was encouraging. I just wish I could get her to read more at home. (I wish my kids had inherited my love for reading – and Harry Potter!)

July 31 Av1 Beth A Hardinger

Her math test was not as encouraging, but it’s still early in the year and there’s time to turn it around. The test results broke down exactly what she needs help with, so I am making a plan for her to work on during breaks and the weekends. Less device time, more brain time. (My kids no longer have devices, so that’s one problem solved.)

Sept7 La1 Beth A Hardinger

All in all, she’s doing well in a new school, with new friends. Next year, she will be a middle-schooler, so it’s important to give her all the skills she needs to succeed now.

Next up is Lauren’s conference, and then her IEP meeting in December. According to her new teacher, she writes IEPs a little differently than others, so I’m anxious to see what she will come up with.

Preschool Parent Day

On Monday afternoon, I went to Hannah’s classroom for Parent Day. I couldn’t attend last year’s, so it was fun to see Hannah in school, around other kids.

She loves having jobs (like line leader, or calendar helper) and she listens and participates a lot more than I ever did when I was in school.

We made Letter D donuts with paper “sprinkles” and white paint “frosting”. While we were waiting to make fabric pumpkins, we played with homemade playdoh (does anyone else HATE playdoh? It’s the smell! Store-bought or homemade, I just can’t handle it…)

When we were done crafting, we had chocolate donuts (Letter D…) and apple slices.

I am amazed at how independent she is now. Two years ago, she was still attached to me and would barely go to her gramma’s. Now she happily runs into her classroom in the morning without a backward glance. My last baby. She will be FIVE in January and I can hardly believe it. It seems like these last years have gone by so fast.