Legoland, Bob the Builder, Bionicles, and Tinkerbell: The FishKids’ Birthday Review

For better or worse, my kids’ birthdays come lumped together. Three in late May/early June and two in November. Yes, FishBaby is all by her lonesome in August, but that’s okay. These two “birthday seasons” are full enough. Last week FishBoy9 and FishChick3 celebrated their birthdays. Or should I say we celebrated FishBoy9 and FishChick3? […]

Treasure Found at the Beach: Wordless Wednesday

Santa Barbara, CA – October, 2009 For more Wordless Wednesday, visit 5 Minutes for Mom.

From the Mailbag, Readers Ask

How did you meet your husband?We met in a trailer park in Carpinteria, CA. He had long hair and an earring and rode a Harley. Ok, seriously. It was at a home group for our church that met in a very nice mobile home park. He did have long hair and an earring — but he […]

Petit Dejeuner, Anyone?

Who would have thought that bread and jam could hold so many memories for us? Here’s the scoop on one of our favorite breakfasts.

They Keep Me Laughing

I Need OneThis little miss has been helping us all over the place…. unloading dishes, unloading boxes, getting into all things not for babies. One day I was unpacking my stockpile of toiletries and she found a box of pantiliners, you know the BIG pink box. Of course all 552 of them were strewn all over the […]

Getting a Fresh Start

This weekend culminated two weeks of plain craziness: packing up the old house, moving all our stuff, getting settled in the new house, doing a final clean and move-out inspection of the old house, finalizing all sorts of phone details with both our cell and landline carriers (more on that later) and now the fun […]

TGIF: Have a Pow-Wow (& Some Moving Misc.)

I don’t know where I first read about having a “pow-wow” with your kids. But, it stuck with me. And though it’s a little corny, it helps to open lines of communication. Ever since the first FishBoy could talk, our bedtime routine has involved discussing the best and worst parts of his day. You probably […]

Crazy Busy

As you can imagine, when you pack up three adults, six children, and a 3000+ square foot house, things are a little, well, busy. We started our school year early enough that I could feel good about taking 2 weeks off. The past week has been spent haphazardly packing. One night, surrounded by boxes and […]