The Best Time to Be a Kid + Win a $2500 Gymboree shopping spree!

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Gymboree believes in savoring the special moments, especially during the holidays.  That’s why they are ushering in the holidays with “The Best Time to Be a Kid“, a fun initiative that allows us to tell the unique stories of special family holiday moments.  I’m all about savoring memories with my kids, and since these moments are […]

Wordful Wednesday – Baseball!

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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 […]

Wordful Wednesday – The Bearded Dragon

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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 […]

Wordful Wednesday-Soccer Mom

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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 […]

Confessions of a Scary Mommy – The Book

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Confessions of a Scary Mommy by the one and only Jill Smokler  {Scary Mommy} will be released on April 3th.  I tried to get her to have it published for my birthday {April 1st} but for some reason she couldn’t make it happen for me.  {weird, right?} {image property of Scary Mommy} Anyway, you know […]

2011: A Year in Review

Nothing like publishing a year in review post 2 weeks after the New Year, right? These Year in Review posts that I do are always fun for me because it’s a great opportunity for me to see what my monthly highlights were.  Heavens know I can’t remember!  2011 found me busier than ever, but not […]

Best Advice for Baby for Million Moms Campaign

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I am so in love with the Million Moms Challenge with ABC!  The goal is to engage “a million Americans with millions of mothers in the developing world around issues that directly impact pregnancy, childbirth and children’s health.   The Million Moms Challenge will raise awareness and funds to help women and children everywhere survive and thrive”. […]

Writer’s Workshop-Motherhood

Motherhood. Are there enough words to describe how it has changed me? See, the thing about motherhood is: There are a lot of variables that make being a mommy pretty unpredictable. One can control many variables with schedules, but even those have flaws. There is no guarantee that the whipper snapper(s) involved is going to […]

Wordful Wednesday-Motherhood Edition

*Wordful Wednesday is for those of us that like to showcase a photo(s) but that just can’t seem keep our mouths shut about it(them). If you’d like to play along, post a photo on your blog, and let the words roll. Feel free to “capture” my 7 Clown Circus button (below and on the left) […]

This Mommy…

…could certainly be described as the anti-perfect mommy. This mommy probably takes far too many short cuts when it comes to parenting. This mommy probably yells too much. This mommy probably allows her children to eat far too much candy and stay up far too late during the summer. This mommy might possibly be too […]

Writer’s Workshop-My Birth

Another edition of Writer’s Workshop with Mama Kat has arrived: First off though, I have to do a little bragging. Guess who I spoke with yesterday on the phone? Good guesses. I think. I can’t hear you. But I’m pretending I can. Uma Thurman. Can you believe it? I’ll tell you about it soon. I’m […]

Are your eyes watering?

Mine are. And I’m guessing yours would be too if you could smell my house. And me, for that matter. No. It’s not onions. I actually wish it were. It’s smoke. As in, smoke-that-is-in-my-house-as-a -result-of-my-twins-trying-to-burn-it-down. It’s my fault though, so I can’t blame them. I took a shower AND attempted to blow dry my hair […]

Honesty

My “delights” I’ve been thinking today about a lesson I read about honesty. It reminded me how important it is to Jeff and me to raise honest children. Children that don’t have to think twice about doing the right thing. I love this scripture found in Proverbs: “…they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs […]

My hands…..

I know this is random, but I’ve been paying a lot of attention to my hands in the past few days. I don’t take very good care of my hands or feet for that matter, and in the winter they crack and bleed. I have cracks on all of my fingers and one particularly bad […]

Ever wonder? {laundry}

Ever wonder what 3 days worth of laundry looks like for a family of 7? Wonder no longer….and, in case you are thinking “that’s not that much”……there are 3 more stacks behind the ones you see.

Note to self……

*Stop buying Charmin……although soft and thick, it clogs the toilets. *keep Juanie (that would be baby B) away from all power switches on computers. Desktop, notebook, it’s all the same. He can turn them off in an instant. *even if you are tempted to let the kids eat a quick something in the car, don’t […]

2007 is here!

Lists: 2006 & 2007 2006 *Grace: finished kindergarten in Oregon, met lots of new friends. Took a German class, started ballet and joined Brownies. Grew and grew and grew. *Emma: started ballet, began Sunbeams, and had about 7 UTI’s and a million doctors appointments. Kept a smile through it all. *Garrett: started using his words […]

The Mystery……

This morning as I was unloading the dishwasher, Emma and Garrett came rushing in. They had a mystery on their hands and my super sleuths shared it with me. It went like this: Emma, “dad can’t be at work”. Garrett, “daddy no wear shoes, no socks”. Emma, “and you know the most amazing part, mommy? […]

Few things much worse……

OK, I’ve decided that there few things worse than trying to get a family picture with 5 wiggly cranky children. So, to copy a few of my good blogger friends, take that into consideration if/when you get our family picture in our Christmas card. I say If because I’m not positive at this point if […]

lists

I don’t usually make lists, I’m not sure why, so I thought it would be fun to extend myself somewhat and make a list of things I’m thankful for to wrap up this season of giving thanks. There is no order to my list, just random thoughts jumbled all together. I’m thankful: *that playing in […]

secrets and revelations

Our dinner conversation was very interesting last night. It went something like this: Emma, “there is a boy in Grace’s class that asked to sit next to her in computer lab”. Grace blushing, “Emma!” Jeff, “who asked to sit next to you in computer lab?” “is he cute?” Grace, still embarrassed, “I’m not telling his […]

Our momo’s are going to be ONE!

I can’t stop thinking about the passage of time and that our little momo’s are going to be ONE on Thanksgiving. I thought I’d post a few pictures of them “then” and “now”(OK, THAT didn’t work, will try later) and share “our story” that I have posted on monoamniotic.org, a site that has been very […]

with a thankful heart….

I love this time of year….Definitely my favorite. It comes almost as a tradition to ponder all the things I am thankful for. So, while the twins are taking a nap, I’m going to take a shot at listing some of the things I am thankful for. First of all, I’m thankful for my husband […]

the truth about mommy – {mommy facts from the kids}

John Emma Today I learned some interesting things about myself: 1. Grace informed me that if there was a contest for the worst singer, I’d win. HOORAY! 2. Emma and Grace had this conversation at dinner. Emma, “this food is yucky” Grace, “Emma, almost everything mom makes for dinner looks disgusting…..” What?? and she finished, […]