Four More Years & I’m Walking on The Moon

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My baby boy is in high school. Tonight was orientation.  The kids got the generic “Do your best and be good.” lecture, and the parents got to run through the halls after their children, waving to teachers as they passed each classroom’s door.  It was loads of fun. I felt really old, maybe for the [...]

In A FringeField Far Away

Charlotte the bunny

…rests a little bunny named Charlotte McFluffypants. We don’t all agree on the McFluffypants surname, but my daughter insists. Charlotte was a very social bunny.  She came when I called, loved to be petted, and ate twice her body weight in food morning and night.  She begged for “snacks” the rest of the day.  When [...]

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dream Kids

I’m one of those people who love having people over.  It’s just fun. If you’re a first-timer to my house, I try and go the extra mile.  You know, I break out a dust rag.  If you’ve been to my house before, the only thing I can guarantee is that there will be dust, and [...]

Memorial Day Fishing

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A big giant Thank You to all the men and women who have served, protected, and fought for our country through the years.  We are grateful.

The Gift of A Simple Day

Mother's Day Breakfast - Simple Days

Sometimes the simplest days are the best. I didn’t want to do a whole lot for Mother’s Day.  I didn’t want my people to cook for me, because, um, messy kitchen.   I also didn’t want to go out to eat.  We have very limited choices in town and I didn’t feel like spending half the [...]

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about kids this week, and not just my own two kids.  You see, I live in a town where packs of kids roam the streets.  I’m not talking about gangs, or mischievous vandals; I am talking about regular kids. These kids are hungry for an adult to show [...]

Pizza Night: A Family Tradition

Pizza Night: A Family Tradition (with Tony's Pizza)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Tony’s Pizza, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #TonysPizzeria http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO I’m not good at family traditions.  It’s mostly because I’m scatterbrained and don’t take the time to think through rituals and establish traditions.  Every holiday is a [...]

Fire in My Child’s Eyes

Fire in My Child's Eyes: A Humorous Look at Family Life, specificially in the kitchen

Tonight as we were eating dinner, my husband asked, “Where is that draft coming from?” It’s seemed cold in the house today and he thought perhaps one of our basement windows blew out.  That happened back in January.  The force of the snow coming from the neighbor’s snowblower blew out a window and our pipes [...]

Flew The Coop

mushroom covered in ice

Sorry to be MIA for the last week, but I flew the coop. I’ve been hanging with my aunt in Georgia. I attempted to escape the snow, but I wasn’t so lucky.  It followed me. There’s something strange about southern snow though. It falls – everyone loses power – it melts. This all seems to [...]

Teenagers, A Lot Like FLesh-Eating Diseases

14th birthday party - edited with Waterlogue App

My son had a birthday party this weekend. Eleven teenagers did not just fill my living room, they consumed it.  The life (and noise) emanating from my little house probably registered on someone’s Richter scale.  Then I fed them pizza, Doritos and Mountain Lightening (hey, I’m cheap. at least I bought the real Doritos.). Once [...]

14 Birthdays

14 Years - the birthday boy

Anyone feel like you’re living in the movie The Day After Tomorrow? Last night my brother sent me a picture of his car.  It had ice hanging off his rear-view mirror.  No big deal, except he lives in Florida.  This morning I looked through pictures of my nephew playing in the snow with his dinosaurs, [...]

Encouraging Young Readers

6 Ways to Encourage Young Readers, Part 2 of Raising Readers

This is Part 2 of Raising Readers.  If you haven’t read Part 1, go on over and then come right back. Kids are amazing.  They can learn and comprehend so much more than we give them credit for.  Building good habits young will benefit them throughout their entire lives.  One of the habits I’ve tried [...]

Raising Readers

How to Raise Readers, because reading is the basis of all education

I love to read and I wanted to raise my children to be readers. My husband isn’t a big reader.  He always opts to watch the movie, but the movie is never as good as the book.  Ever.  Reading doesn’t come naturally to him, so he reserves it for the Bible.  I honestly don’t think [...]

Best of Family – 2013

Best of Family - 2013

When I look back over 2013, I am surprised by the sheer quantity of posts.  Seems like my husband is right.  I do have a lot of words! It’s always fun for me to look back through the posts I wrote, especially the ones about my family.  That’s what I absolutely love about blogging – [...]

Crashing Through The New Year

Crashing Through the New Year

Today has been quite the coaster ride and it’s left me a little dizzy.  I hope it was a fluke and not a precursor to each day of this new year, because while I love excitement, I can only handle so much in day, much less a year. This afternoon one of our neighbors threw [...]

Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award is in The Bag

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She’s in an antique bank vault and it has nothing to do with today’s story.  Of course it doesn’t.   I’ve got this award girls, so quit trying. I am well on my way to winning the Worst Mother-of-the-Year Award. I think it’s December.  I seem to have troubles in this month.  Perhaps there’s just [...]