Knowing your child makes a difference

Being a parent is hard work. It is a labor of love, but they don't call it "labor" for nothing. The job is hard enough with the task of keeping our kids safe and teaching them how to be respectful citizens. Then you add each child's personality into the mix and you quickly see, what works for one, doesn't work for another. And as I'm learning, what suits my personality, doesn't necessarily suit the personalities of my kiddos. That makes this job of raising kids very difficult. ...more

Confessions of a Coffee Addict

 This is my new coffee mug. It was washed and put away yesterday. This morning I opened the cabinet and saw it. The words on this mug makes me smile :) I love coffee. A lot. I started drinking it in college. A cup here and a cup there. I would drink it every morning during the summer to start my work day. ...more
I love my coffee too! It's amazing how our in take increases after having kids ;)more

Made with real fruit. Really?

Yes, I'm pretty picky about what I feed my kids. I wouldn't say I'm fanatical, but I'm definitely conscientious. One food item I despise and think are a complete waste of calories is fruit snacks. There was a day when my kids got their daily dose of fruit snacks. But that day is long gone. I guess sometimes it wouldn't be bad to eat them but I just don't like having this food around. ...more

Little Joys

My daughter has always been a bit difficult.  During her preschool years, I really did not push the whole writing  letters and numbers thing.  She was very resistant to work with me.  At preschool, she was more willing.  But not with Mommy.  I believe this stems from her perfectionist personality.  Knowing she wouldn't make her letters "perfect" she didn't want to take the time to try....more

How to explain 9/11 to my kids?

Yesterday, a friend and I took our kids out for lunch (4 kids combined). The restaurant we chose had lots of pictures of anything you can imagine all over the place. One picture over our table was a small picture of the Twin Towers. My son looked at the picture and then asked, "what is that?". This innocent question caught me off guard. And then my mind started spinning with how to answer him. ...more

Drowning Zoo Animals Shot by Officials During Flooding

Drowning Zoo Animals Shot by Officials During Flooding: ...more
It's a tough call. We spend a lot of time at several national parks were bison have the freedom ...more

Time for Change

Change is hard. Harder for some people than others but I think most people would agree, that change is hard.   My Book Club, a very small group of great gals is facing a change. We had a hard time getting together throughout the summer because of vacations and other responsibilities out of the home. That's life, right? I thought we may be headed towards dissolving our book club, but that idea didn't seem to go over too well. So it is time for change. ...more

Rain, rain, go away!

I know that I'm not the only one who is suffering from a week of constant rain.  In fact, I am very fortunate to not have any flooding or water damage.  I'm just a SAHM who has been cooped up with my Mini's for the week.  I feel like there is no good way for them to be physical and use up some energy.  By the time they get home from school, it's almost dinner time.  Then they are super hyper and very squeally and it gets old very quickly....more