Memorial Day is More Than Just a Picnic

When I was a child I considered Memorial Day simply a holiday which interfered with my birthday plans. Inevitably, most of my friends would go out of town for the long weekend, and birthday party attendance was sparse.┬áIn later years I thought of it as an odd tradition that older friends had of decorating gravesites […]

FishFam Visits The Happiest Place on Earth

Well, we did it. We took the plunge and headed to Disneyland with SIX KIDS. What a blast!

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer

One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

A Death Star Birthday Cake

Death Star Birthday Cake - Easy, tutorial for a Death Star Birthday Cake.

My littlest FishBoy turned six last week. And although he was dressed as Indiana Jones by 8 am that morning, he chose not to have an Indian Jones Birthday Cake as he has for the past two years. Two years ago it was the an abandoned temple and last year, it had to be snakes.

No, instead he asked for a Death Star Birthday Cake this year.

DIY Birthday Cakes

Wondering how to put together a fun and festive birthday cake that doesn’t cost a fortune? You can totally do this on your own! I’m guest posting on DIY Birthday Cakes over at Getting Freedom.

Graduation Cupcakes: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Meet my little brother. I was 13, almost 14 years old when he was born, so in some ways I feel like he was my first kid. People did mistake him for mine. But, no, he’s just my bro.

Jace is a great guy: loves God, loves the outdoors, loves my kids. (And, yes, he’s single.)

DIY Smoothie Bar

My kids love to eat. And they love to cook. They also love to make some messes along the way. Recently, I came to terms with that cook-mess-eat reality. Afterall, I’m probably going to make a mess, too. So, I might as well say, “Yes!” and let them help. We can make memories and messes all at the same time. Oh, yes, yes, we can.

Magic Monkey Bananas: Evidence That I Can Be a Yes-Mom

Even though I try to plan all sorts of fun family activities, the truth is that I often tell my kids, “No.” There are only so many hours in my day. And, truth be told, dishes and laundry often pre-empt the fun stuff. I’m trying to grow in this area and redeem the days. These days of little ones will be gone before I know it, and I’m so often distracted by the busy-ness of life. So, I’m so excited to share this story with you.