At SchoolFamily.com, we are thrilled to introduce readers to our newest blogger, Carissa Rogers, who will be blogging here as GoodNCrazy Mom. An experienced writer in the blogosphere, Carissa has a devoted following at her personal blog, GoodNCrazy, where she writes about what's on her mind, what's going on with her three kids (pictured here with their mom), and the wonderful crazy world of parenting. Here, she'll be doing much of the same, though adding the world of school into the mix. Feel free to drop Carissa a note (contacts are below in her post) and welcome her to SchoolFamily.com!
— Carol Brooks Ball, editor, SchoolFamily.com
I am super excited to join the SchoolFamily.com team.
I’ll be sharing all the good and crazy in my world; including all the ups and downs of parenting 3 kids in 2 different public schools.
I live in southern Oregon.
Where the town is tiny and the air is clean.
The Fighter Jets Train and the Ducks Reign.
Where Good is Crazy & Crazy is Good.
I’m a Mom of all trades… Jack of NONE.
About my 3 GoodNCrazy kids:
* My oldest daughter is 13. She’s a freshman. And already ‘borrows’ my shoes! She’s in multiple honors classes, plays the clarinet in marching band, tried out for her first school play and still has piano, church youth group and duties at home. —Oh, and having a near 14 year old around means we have a built-in babysitter once a week. (Yay for us!)
Be prepared to hear me whine at least once or twice about the fact that I have just begun 10 years of this thing called HIGH SCHOOL!
* My middle child is a very creative 10 year old girl. She is my uber determined child; I’m talking Tenacious with a capitol T! When she decided to ride a bike sans training wheels she simply marched outside and taught herself.
She’s in the fifth grade and is an advanced student with oh so many girlfriends. Yes, that means...all the joys and nightmares of 5th grade ‘girl drama’! She’s most excited right now about three things: (1) starting band (I choose the FLUTE! Mom!) (2) passing off her nine times tables and (3) running for vice president of her whole elementary. (Let the drama begin!)
* My youngest is a little boy. He’s 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. He is obsessed with science and engineering. I’m not kidding—we’ve checked out every single ‘project’ book in the local library.
With two older sisters, imagine how delightful it is to have an all-boy; who’s purely oblivious to all the drama! This year he has found his ‘social’ gene. And while he loves school and learning he is all about recess and the ‘ball’ games his friends make up on the spot. “Mom can I have a play date today?” Repeated over and over is apparently going to be the theme for his year.
I have one GoodNCrazy husband. He’s an attorney who loves Halloween and is an excellent foot warmer. He generally makes me laugh till I cry on a daily basis. Best of all, he’s a great dad in all the right ways.
When I’m not busy shuffling kids to and fro:
In my former life I was a molecular biologist. In my current stay-at-home life I am the chief researcher of parenting dos (and some don’ts), I love experimenting with new recipes and for spice I pretend to be a photographer…
In my work-at-home life I write and consult for several websites as well as play around with this thing called ‘Social Media’ (you can call me @CarissaRogers on Twitter!). I started my personal GoodNCrazy.com blog in February of 2008.
In my volunteer life I have sported many school roles including: PTO Vice President, helped run fundraisers, class parties, class social studies days, rummage sales, read-a-thons and all sorts of other ‘thons’! This year I plan to step away from being Marge-In-Charge and focus instead on being a good soldier-volunteer mom. (Tell me what needs doing, and I’ll be your girl.) I also volunteer on a regular basis with my church. And new this year… I am the Den Leader for our scouting group!
Feel free to email me at carissa at goodncrazy dot com or leave me a comment below, I’d love to connect about SchoolFamily topics!