Pretend

Back in August, the FishBoys and FishPapa went to see the Spiderman movie. It had almost as big an impact as The Avengers did. I guess I should say moreso, since I have two Spideys in the family. One even sleeps in his super suit! Shortly after seeing the film, FishBoy8 asked if we could […]

Browse a Bookstore

Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun! Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves. What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it […]

How Harry Potter Saved Our Family Photos

Got lots of old school photos sitting in boxes? Contributing writer, Alex Maldonado, shares his experience in scanning the family photo library. I take photos. Lots of them. With 4 little kids running around our house there is always something to snap a photo of. So far I have taken 12,828 photos… this year. So […]

Enjoy Today

Two years ago FishPapa and I were strolling through Barnes and Noble on date night. I lingered in the cookbook section. And prayed. Seems a silly place to pray. But you see, I had written a cookbook proposal in the month previous and my agent was actively submitting it to publishers. I asked God to […]

Make Bedtimes Special

Make those last waking moments a special time between parents and kids. At our house bedtimes have taken shape differently over the years. In the beginning all our little boys were in one room, until we had four twin beds lined up in rows. I made the rounds to kiss everyone goodnight and talk to […]

Cuddle with your Peeps

Forgive the blurry Instagram photo. It’s what happens when it’s late at night and you’re not using a flash. This is me and my girls, following a new ritual. In an effort to get myself to bed earlier, I’ve invited the kids to come tuck me in. I realized that I was neglecting making the […]

Live Like Life is Short

Stop and smell the roses. Roses don’t last forever. The seasons change. The flowers fade. And if we don’t enjoy them while we can, we might miss out. My mom’s dad passed away when I was just five. Shortly after his passing, a plaque appeared on the kitchen wall that read, “Let us love one […]

Stopping at the Fish

I must be in a hurry these days. And God must be sending me a message. That I need to stop and smell the roses. The idea of this series came to me at the very last minute on Sunday night. I quickly made a button and threw up a post. And ever since then, […]