The Happy Mama Movement Take One {#HappyMama}

Starting in 2014, I joined forces with a group of mamas that made it our goal in 2014 to bring the happy back.  That isn’t to say there wasn’t happy in 2013, or 2012 or any of the years before, but we wanted to CALL ATTENTION to the happy in 2014.  We wanted to band together as mamas and invite other mamas like YOU to join us in a campaign to be happy together and SHOW it.   I’d like to invite you to join me and them as we share moments that make us happy.  Link up your posts and let’s visit each other and enjoy each other’s happy!

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I’m all for doing away with the negative and focusing on the positive.  So, every month in 2014, I’m going to post at least one picture of me and my family having a happy moment.  Now, I know that doesn’t seem like much, but to me, it’s a bunch.  Getting my family all together at the same time is almost impossible these days, so when it happens, Jeff and I do what we can do make the moments count.  At least we try.

Happy Mama Moments Take One {to 4}

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happy mama b

happy mama d

happy mama c

 It’s all about the moment, and I love that each of these pictures show us enjoying……each other.  I hope you’ll join us and share your Happy Mama moments, too!

The Happy Mama Team

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DudeMomThe Miss Elaine-ous LifeSimply StavishJennifer P. WilliamsMom of 6Mama MandolinReally? Are You Serious?Live and Love Out LoudSellabit MumWhat Now And Why?, Moments That Define Life and {me} Seven Clown Circus.

Wordful Wednesday – This Mother’s Happy Heart

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

This week I decided to take a break from my vacation posts and show a picture of my happy heart.  Mother’s Day was a day that left me feeling grateful for my family. I could’t be luckier.

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Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Dude Mom (formerly Parenting by Dummies)  and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  This week we’re featuring a post with some beautiful Ethiopian children one blogger met when she went to adopt her own little girl, a little charmer we’ve been watching grow up on her mama’s blog, a fun post that chronicles the day in the life of a 27 month old before her sibling makes an appearance, and a little first haircut fun!

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Other Vacation Posts



Wordful Wednesday – Baseball!

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

Little League Baseball is in full swing in these parts and my boys are busy.  I mean, we’re busy, because as you all know, at this age, where they go, I go, so every practice and game that they have, I have too.  :)

Twins Baseball

The twins are playing “coach pitch” baseball, while Garrett is playing “player pitch” baseball.  Garrett pitching This means he gets to pitch.  He’s not exactly thrilled, but he (and the twins) love baseball, and I’m glad.  Otherwise, the time commitment totally wouldn’t be worth it.

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 I’ll come back up for air sometime around the end of May.  See you then.  :)

Have a Wordful post to share with us?  Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Amanda’s Parenting By Dummies and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  This week’s featured linkers feature a photo of three in a cage, a really great visual of what relaxation looks like, welcoming new babies, and a fun birthday for dad.

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Wordful Wednesday – The Bearded Dragon

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

Well, it’s official.  I have a reptile in my home.  I’m still not quite sure how it happened.  I’m not a reptile person.  At all.

I think it had something to do with these two.  And their birthday.  And beguiling smiles.

 Has this ever happened to you?

Have a Wordful post to share with us?  Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Amanda’s Parenting By Dummies and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  We pick our 4 faves every week to feature and it’s just our way of saying thanks for sharing your moments with us!  Drum roll please….



Wordful Wednesday-Soccer Mom

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

It’s official.  I’m a soccer mom.

This year instead of just taking my boys to and from soccer practices and games and fulfilling the occasional task of field maintenance I’m the team mom.

I’m shaking my head as I write this.  I’m the team mom for my twins team and Garrett’s team and I did it all on my own.

My philosophy is this:  ”if no one else volunteers, then I will“.  Well, this year, no one volunteered, and Here. I. Am.

I’m the Team Mom.  For TWO TEAMS.

What is your volunteering philosophy?

Have a Wordful post to share with us?  Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Amanda’s Parenting By Dummies and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  We pick our 4 faves every week to feature and it’s just our way of saying thanks for sharing your moments with us!  Drum roll please….

  • Sisters, by Genny Heikka, because they are just special, aren’t they?
  • This Preschool Cutie at Sellabit Mum is BEYOND darling!
  • We love a good party, and these collages from Better in Bulk show some serious party fun!
  • These pictures of Library Day from Little Mouse’s House make me want to head to the library, now.

Wordful Wednesday ~ I Am a Broken Record

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to my kids I. am. a. broken. record.

I do realize this.

It’s always the same refrain.

My kids are growing up too fast.  Why can’t I slow down time?  

I take pictures of my kids and even though I see them in real time I see them seconds later frozen digitally and it hits me all over again how quickly they are growing up.

My girls look like teenagers…..

My 6 year old even looks like a teenager in this picture.

I have these conversations in my head that go something like this, “it’s OK.  They are supposed to grow up.  Remember when you couldn’t wait for them to start talking in real sentences?  Remember?  You wanted THIS!”

And then I have a whispered conversation {a real one} like this one when my youngest crawls into my bed at 4 in the morning:

Me:  ”Did you have trouble sleeping?”

John: “No.”

Me: “Did you have a bad dream?”

John: “No.”

Me:  ”Then why are you here?”

John:  ”Because I missed you and Daddy.”

And I’m reminded that I’m being given little moments of time with my babies back.  Because Someone, somewhere knows that this mama isn’t ready to give up her babies completely….just. quite. yet.

Do you sometimes wish you could turn back time, too?

Have a Wordful post to share with us?  Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Amanda’s Parenting By Dummies and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  We pick our 4 faves every week to feature and it’s just our way of saying thanks for sharing your moments with us!  Drum roll please….

  • Rare Moments at Alli N Sons
  • Quite possibly some of the best “Little Puddles” pictures I’ve ever seen from Rambles from Utopia
  • It’s all about love from Pride in Photos
  • Homemade water slides are the best and heres proof from Moments That Define Life.

Thanks for linking up!  We love picking our weekly faves to feature!



Wordful Wednesday ~ The Tooth Fairy’s New Policy

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

It’s officially official.  My babies are growing up.  I’ve known this for a long time.  I’ve said this over and over.  But now, my baby- baby (you know, if we are going to get technical and all….he WAS born one minute after his twin brother) has lost his first baby tooth.   There’s nothing like children getting their permanent teeth to remind one that the baby years are long gone.  {{sigh}}

I’ve been reminded.

This morning John was thrilled and I do mean thrilled when he found a stash of cash under his pillow from the tooth fairy.  He excitedly told everyone in the house that the tooth fairy visited during the night and left him some money.  All of the kids just happened to be in his room when he was sharing the good news and I couldn’t help myself.   I felt compelled to tell them the the latest news:

I heard recently that the tooth fairy has started taking money away from children when they lose teeth with fillings or cavities in them.

Instantly the twins said in unison, “mom, is that true or is that just a rumor?”

I replied, “well, I don’t know.  It could be a rumor.  I haven’t verified it”.

Later on as I was getting ready for the day Jacob came into my bathroom and said, “mom, do you think the tooth fairy has changed her policy because she’s gotten poor or because she’s gotten mean?”

I had to tell him that I made that “rumor” up.  I have a feeling he’ll sleep better tonight.  I really think he was thinking, and by thinking I mean worrying  about exactly HOW MUCH money the tooth fairy took for teeth with fillings/cavities.  I love a good prank but I couldn’t let him worry about it all day at school.

This mama prayed for her babies to grow up quicker and now this mama wishes like mad that she could turn back time.  What about you?

Have a Wordful post to share with us?  Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Amanda’s Parenting By Dummies and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  We pick our 4 faves every week to feature and it’s just our way of saying thanks for sharing your moments with us!  Drum roll please….

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Remember That Time My Twins Humiliated Me in Public?

I started this blog years ago {in 2006 to be exact} to record little stories about my life as the mother to a bunch {5} of little kids {at the time they were aged 6 years and under, I believe}, including my twins who were constantly and I do mean constantly getting into all kinds of mischief.  Since then it’s morphed into so much more, and as you know, these days there’s a lot less mischief going on and more requests from the girls to stay absent from the spotlight there are  less entries about my kids {boo} yet more entries about other things that interest me {yahoo}.

So, it’s fun for me to go back to my archives and see how much the times have changed.   This post is one of my all time favorites because it so clearly illustrates one of my most embarrassing moments, but also reminds me what life used to be like when I had to deal with strollers and bottles and diapers and when shopping with children was a necessity.

Back then I wrote a  6 word description of my life, but really spoke about my life as a mother.

Most days my memoir was: 

Not what I imagined. Better. More. {I love that I wrote that back then when I remember things being so messy!}

Back then I also wrote:

Some days it’s

I did not expect. Utter. Humiliation.

Because sometimes being a mother makes for some seriously humiliating situations. I’ve been pooped on, peed on, coughed on, bled on, and had snot wiped all over me. I’ve had personal stories revealed, family secrets exposed and inaccurate information distributed. All humiliating instances I can roll with, but I have to draw the line somewhere, and that line is firmly placed where I’m wearing clothing. Go ahead and embarrass me in public, but PLEASE, make sure I have my clothes on, that I can move all of my limbs, and that there is an escape route. Because I really cannot stop thinking about being exposed to the Banana Republic shoppers in my underclothing on Saturday, with no escape route and my finger wedged in the door hinge. All compliments of my twins. So here is my advice.

Never, ever, ever under any circumstance take your twins into a dressing room with you and park them next to the door, wedging yourself into the room.

Never, ever, ever grab the inside hinge of the door to try to close it when it has been flung open by your children and you are in your underclothing. Because then your wedding ring might get stuck in the hinge when you are trying futilely to close the door and the fitting room attendant tries to help. And then you’d be stuck in your under clothing right by the mirror that reflects down the whole dressing room with no way to close the door and no where to hide.

Just then, you might be mortified. And want to crawl into a hole and WISH you were having a nightmare.

And if I were you, I’d stick to trying on bathing suits when you are alone. You just never know.

Thank goodness I can go shopping alone these days!  :)

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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