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Remember Your Greatest Adventure

photo source: Disney/Pixar I love the films that we can relate to, the ones that teach us a lesson, the ones that make us laugh in a good, clean way. The Incredibles is one of them. It ranks up there as one of my favorites. And not just because my husband calls me Super Ultra-Lightning […]

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 […]

Take a Hike

I’m not sure if it’s old age or what, but being out in nature has become more appealing to me than it once was. It might be that my kids are getting big enough to do outdoorsy things besides the up and down on the slide or the swings. (I confess to being extremely bored […]

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 […]

Bake Someone Happy

I played in the kitchen this weekend. It was a very tasty way to spend a few days. But, the highlight, of course, was to sit by the oven with these two, waiting for our cookies to bake. I confess that I’m not always eager to let my little ones bake. I’m usually in a […]

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 […]