A Different Kind of Summer

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Are you doing anything differently since it’s summer? We are.  I know that just because the calendar turns a page and the sun shines strong doesn’t mean everyone gets time off from work.  That stinks.  I think an eight week mandatory paid vacation should exist for all non-essential jobs.  Or maybe only the winter lovers can work during the weeks of July and August…don’t you

What’s Black & White and Pink all over?


My baby is growing up and I’m not really sure if I like it.  That’s the truth. She thought her yellow room, full of pastels and fluff, was too babyish. But there were butterflies flying on her walls! I didn’t care if she had her flowered sheets since she was two.  Once upon a time my little girl picked out the baby pink fabric with

The Post That Never Ends & A Photo Contest


I almost have nothing to say.  I even considered making this post pictures only, but it’s against my nature.  So here’s the basic weekend recap and the Summer Series photo contest. Saturday night we went to a ballgame, complete with salty/buttery popcorn and bleachers that give bottom aches. Nothing says America like baseball, except for hot dogs, apple pie, moonshine, hillbilly music, hot rods, drive-ins,

In Lieu of Red, White, and Blue


Will you feel terrible if I don’t write a sappy 4th of July post? You can read this one from last year or this one from the year before if you really need a booster shot of patriotism.  I do apologize to my all-American readers.  In fact, I’ll probably write a recap later in the week, complete with the obligatory picture of fireworks. Right now

Good Enough for Grandma

We are never satisfied. I’m not talking about our children, we expect them to continue wanting until they reach maturity.  I am talking about us – women.  Maybe social climates are the same for men.  I’m not sure.  I can only speak from experience and observation. Mothers are competing with their sixteen year-old daughters to be relevent, look youthful, and wear skinny jeans.  Why are

Split Personality


We are on the cusp of winter.  I am certain, because we had snow flurries yesterday.  My kids act like Snoopy when the first snow falls, dancing around with their open mouths upturned toward the gray sky. A celebration of winter. Winter brings inventory time.  I yell to my kids and ask what they need systematically go through my children’s wardrobes in an effort to

In The Mood For Fall


Today I thought I would share this photo to help get you in the mood for fall, and we all know nothing says fall like orange pumpkin cheeks! Go visit week #3 of the Fall Festival over at This Blessed Nest for more great fall posts. I also want to say thank you to all those who shared my post, Parenting 2010 Style.  I had

Fall Festival…In My Living Room?


Every Wednesday in September This Blessed Nest is hosting a Fall Festival.  Today I decided to participate, because I love fall.  I am also linking to the 3rd. Annual Fall Nesting Party over at The Inspired Room.  Never thought I would be saying this, but I am almost looking forward to summer leaving.  Yes, me, the person who waited all year for summer is glad

The Day Christmas Came..in August?

Beautiful Patchwork Quilt

You know how we tell our children that Christmas isn’t all about the presents?  Well, Friday was all about the presents for me.  It was the day I thought Christmas had come in August. With a thud heard around the house, the mailman dropped a great big box on my doorstep.  Both FringeKid and I dropped what we were doing and scrambled for the door. 

Yard Sale Snags


I am about to disappoint every single one of you, because you want to hear about how I am spending my $1,000 miracle money.  Unfortunately, I’m making you wait another day.  It’s nothing grand anyway; however, it requires explanation and I’m in a crunch for time. Besides, I haven’t been yardsaling in FOREVER.  It’s bad when two dollars is too much!  This weekend I broke