Balancing Family Commitments at the Holidays

Turkey Dinner

Photo source The holidays can be a wonderful time to get together with family that you don’t often see. It can be an enriching opportunity for your children to visit with cousin, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. It can be “the most wonderful time of the year.” Or, it can be a tad stressful. Family holidays […]

How to Have a Restful, Memorable, & Meaningful Holiday Season

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Photo Source Fall, Back to School, Halloween, Daylight Saving Time, these milestones have passed. 2010 is quickly drawing to a close. “The Holidays” are upon us. A man once said, “Boy, the holidays are rough. Every year I just try to get from the day before Thanksgiving to the day after New Year’s.” The potential […]

New Year’s Traditions: Sweet Days at the Beach


For everything there is a season. Like when do the seals camp out on the beach? When do the whales migrate? When are oranges and avocados and lemons in season? Um, I think that would be winter. And, winter holds special memories in family life, too. For us, now back in California, winter means that most of […]

New Year’s Traditions: Watch the Rose Parade


Photo Source: Bethany Baird Being the Southern California Girl that I am, watching the Rose Parade was always a “must-do” on New Year’s Day when I was a kid. My friends went to the parade in person, often camping out overnight to get a good seat. But, we watched the action on the TV. My […]

New Year’s Traditions: Bake a New Year’s Cake


As you know, we’re big on birthday cakes around here. So it only follows that we would make the New Year a “birthday” cake as well. We’ve been doing this for quite some time. I can’t even remember when it started. And we usually get a photo of all the kids around the cake that […]

New Years Traditions: Make Some with Your Children!


My New Year’s Eves have never been the ballgown and dancing shoe variety. Even before children came on the scene, FishPapa and I were more the “be cozy at home” kind of celebrants. Yummy food & a fun game to play are more our style. This makes it easy to include our kids in our […]

Happy New Year Show and Tell


This giveaway is closed. Winner to be announced later on Wednesday the 7th. I hope you all had a great couple holidays over the past week! It went by fast for us. Today FishPapa is back to work and I’m focused on re-establishing some kind of routine around here. December was a wild month for […]

Happy New Year!

bright fireworks on a soft orange background

Enjoy your day with the family. May God greatly bless you with joy and success in mothering this year!