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  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013


    I love my family and they all know it, too! Waste no time telling your family you love them, too. 

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013


    My Dad always loved looking at the stars. I've always been scared of it, especially Up North. To be reminded that I am just a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things simply frightens me. 

    My Dad was wise, though. He never feared that feeling; he embraced it. 

    Perhaps I should learn to embrace it, too. 

    Eating In Style...

    How do you like our new dining room table and linens? We love it an so do our kids! Yay!

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

    Betcha Didn't Know This...

    This is such an informative chart and I hope by passing it on here, someone else gets as much out of it as I did.


    I often wonder why things happen when they do and what I'm supposed to learn from it. And when I find myself thinking too much, I take a deep breath and just keep swimming. If I get lost inside my own head, it's hard to find my way back out. So I just keep swimming and sometimes it feels like I'm going upstream all the time. I just keep going and that's all I can do. 

    I really miss my Dad and it's very hard for me to understand how people who have a living father who is ill and never see him can sleep at night.  Some people just don't get it. 

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    My Little Army...

    I love my little army! They are a busy bunch and they bring me so much joy!

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    No More Diapers Fund...

    I finally bought a formal dining room set! Since we don't have to buy diapers anymore, Mama tossed the idea of a Spa Fund and decided to get a piece of beautiful furniture. It was long-awaited and well-deserved! Two chairs aren't even pictured and the leaf to make it bigger is built into the table. 

    I am so pleased and so happy with it! Now I must guard it from the onslaught of flying toys due to the temperamental preschoolers that live here! Help!

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    The Tooth Fairy Is Moving In...

    Yesterday, Jack lost another tooth at day camp this week and Liv lost a tooth at dinner. At the rate the Tooth Fairy has been visiting us, she might as well just move in!  I can't wait until this happens to the twins! 

    Losing baby teeth is going to be happening in this house for a long, long time. Wow!

    Happy Birthday, Mom!

    Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mother! You are so appreciated and loved by all of us! Our world is so rich because of you. We love you, Mom! 

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Carpe Diem...

    I guess this, don't just exist.
    Powerful words...


    Jack was on a field trip to the beach with day camp the other day and he yanked out one of his bottom lower teeth.  That boy has no fear! 

    Sunday, July 21, 2013


    Liesl and Leia graduated from toddler beds to big kid twin beds. They were ready, but was I?  I am speechless. It's bittersweet for me.  They were supposed to stay babies forever...

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to cherish every minute with them now before they grow up and hate me in ten years. Heh.

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

    The Rainbow...

    Which color are you not eating enough of?  Make it a point to add some of those foods to your next grocery list now as a subtle reminder. I'm just sayin'. :)

    We Are Authors...

    This is so very true. Read it and read it again. Seriously.

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    Big Kids...

    Liesl and Leia look so much like big kids now. Sigh...

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Sage Green...

    We finished painting our bedroom yesterday. It took six hours, but when it was done, it was a relief! We'll be painting our office on Monday. We need a break because we've been painting for four straight days!  

    I think we'll take a trip to Costco today...just to get out of the house! 

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Bumper Cars...

    Last week, Jack and Liv went on a field trip with their day camp to Enchanted Castle. They played games, won prizes, ate lunch there. It was an awesome time! Jack's aide sent me this picture of Jack playing on the bumper cars. Look at that JOY on his face! Priceless!


    I am so fucking tired, but it's so worth it. We have finally finished painting our living room and we went into the night with it. So glad that's done! Now, onto our bedroom tomorrow! We are machines, I tell ya!

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    Painting, Part One...

    So, we've begun a new makeover in our home. We are changing the colors in our living room, our dining room, our office, and our bedroom. The pictures below are the before and after photos of our dining room. Onto the living room today! Wish us luck! 

    Sunday, July 14, 2013

    What You Need...

    There's a whole science behind your cravings. For example, people who crave ice are in need of more iron. This is just a small chart and the suggestions really help! I find it fascinating that the foods we tend to crave are the ones our bodies should not have. It makes me think a lot about the whole gut microbiome. True health starts with the gut because it is where your immune system was born and everything you consume impacts it. You really ARE what you eat. I'm just sayin'.

    Boing! Boing! Boing!

    The kids love bouncy houses so much! Oh, to be a little kid again!

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Getting So Big...

    Friday, July 12, 2013


    We saw this at Costco and are really contemplating on buying it for our dining room. The price is okay, but we know it will go down further. It's counter height and 5'X5' with the leaf in. It seats eight. And Lord knows we need it! Fingers crossed it goes down in price a little bit more. In person, it's absolutely beautiful! Anyone who knows me, knows I don't like to spend large amounts of money on anything; it makes me nervous and pukey. This, however, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Thursday, July 11, 2013


    Liv drew the most amazing My Little Pony character...Fluttershy!
    She has been drawing like this since I can remember.
    Such talent!  Such a gift!

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Winnie the What?...

    I came across this picture and cannot believe the creator could read so much into
    the Winnie the Pooh characters.  Doesn't he/she have anything better to do?
    It reminds me of those anti-Disney Princesses femi-Nazis. 
    They're just characters, people.  Relax!

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    They're Not Babies Anymore...

    We went to a relatively new higher-end grocery store yesterday and it occured to me that Leia and Liesl
    are no longer babies.  In the fall, they will begin preschool and be on the road to being influenced by their peers, eventually culminating in being embarrassed to be seen with me.  Sigh...  Where did the time go?
    I think I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this summer.  It's the last time they'll always be home all day long.
    And to them, I'm still a queen...for now.

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    Different Kinds of Smarts...

    Sorry the graphic is so small, but if you click on it you'll see some pretty cool ideas
    for reaching the multiple intelligences of your own children and/or students.  Every home and
    every classroom should have this posted somewhere, in my humble opinion.
    Not all kids learn alike.  No single approach is one-size-fits-all.