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One Small Step for Mama, One Giant Step Toward a Successful Weekend

2009-August-314

Some people may think this is an odd way to spend Friday night. While I’ve never been a big party girl, I’ll claim six children and the stomach flu as my excuse. We were supposed to be in Santa Ynez, but our plans had to change. Anyway…. Always one to make lemonade when life hands […]

A Salad Bar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead)

2009-August-276

There are times in life when you come across an idea and you say to yourself, “Why haven’t I been doing this all along?” They are usually simple ideas that make your life even simpler. And that alone makes them brilliant. Those who know me know how much I love salad, especially for lunch. I […]

Clothe Your Kids Without Losing Your Shirt!

2007-November-247

Those kids — they grow every year! I tell them to stop, but they won’t. It seems every time I turn around one of my boys is sporting “high waters” because he’s outgrown his pants. And the girls? Well, it’s just the same. (That’s not really a crop top she’s wearing; her shirt’s just too […]

Dog Days of Summer Got You Down?

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How Do You Store Your Legos, You Maniacs?

Legos

My youngest brother, Jace, is about fourteen years my junior. I’m the oldest; he’s the youngest. Interestingly, FishBoy12 is closer in age to him than I am. Jace was the original Lego Maniac, if there ever was one. His childhood infatuation with Legos is the main reason that I held off ever letting my children […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

2009-June-680

Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? — I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]

Time for MOM: Life Beyond the Laptop

2009-July-148

Hey there! Didja miss me? In case you didn’t even notice I was gone, I took a few days off this week. I shut down the computer around 10 pm on Saturday and didn’t touch it again until Thursday morning. I wasn’t sure that I could hold myself back from the beauties of the world […]

Got a Move On?

Moving? Yeah, me, too. I think it’s the fifth move we’ve made in twelve years. It’s always exciting in some respects: new start, new place, new people. But, somewhere in between old and new, I find myself overwhelmed and saying, “We are NEVER doing this again.” Yeah, uh-huh. One thing that has always been helpful […]