Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

Bean and I often keep ourselves busy during the day by playing in the water. Whether it’s the pool, the water table, a sprinkler, or just a hose, most days we can be found out in our backyard dripping wet. So, it’s no surprise that one of our favorite parts of living in Orlando has been the abundance of splash pads across the city. Last summer when we lived in the hell hole of a rental house, we didn’t have a backyard that was really good for playing so we…

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Your Mom Likes Facebook

Your Mom Likes Facebook

My parents have Facebook accounts now. Clearly, the end of the world is near. Yesterday, they were both over at my house in the late afternoon and we were all sitting around with the kids, chatting. Facebook came up somehow. I’m going to give you the transcript of the conversation because nothing I could say could ever be better than this actual conversation. “I don’t understand Facebook,” said my mom. “It’s just a jumble of all these one-line conversations that don’t make any sense.” “What are you talking about, Mom?”…

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Home Edumacation

Home Edumacation

This summer while the kids are home with me, I am really trying to work with Bean so that he gets as much learning at home as he did at daycare on a daily basis. His daycare was really great about teaching through playing and I am trying to mimic that at home. Originally, I planned to go out and buy all this educational stuff for us to do this summer. I went to teacher’s supply stores, but found that a lot of the teaching tools were either too old…

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B’day Party Goody Bags – Kiss Labels

B’day Party Goody Bags – Kiss Labels

Admittedly, I am about as creative as a box of toothpicks. I appreciate creativity. I admire creativity. But I look at something creative – even simple things – and think, “That would never have crossed my mind to do that…” All of this is to say that my love of Etsy makes me FEEL creative. I can buy these DIY kits and spend 10 minutes on a little project and suddenly I feel like a creative genius! That’s what happened when I saw these adorable little Hershey Kiss labels on…

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Tragedy Through a Mother’s Eyes

Tragedy Through a Mother’s Eyes

Today I am at a funeral. It was unexpected and untimely and though no death is easy to face, it is this kind of death that seems even harder. Last night as I sifted through my closet to find something black to wear to the funeral, I paused in the middle of my search to listen to the news reports still coming in from Joplin and other places in the Midwest who have been uprooted and devastated in the past week.  And I thought about what sadness there is in…

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Fun Family Things for Free

Fun Family Things for Free

Today, I loaded up the kids in the car to run some errands. As soon as we pulled out of our driveway, Bean got all excited. “Go see Mickey Mouse?” he asked. I know what he was thinking. Lately, it seems like every time we get in the car, we are heading to Downtown Disney for something or other. For those who aren’t familiar with Disney World, Downtown Disney is an area right outside the park that is free parking and free admission. There is a big boardwalk and then…

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Girls and Boys

Girls and Boys

Last week, Bean had a play date with a friend of ours from church. We sat out on our back porch and let the kids play until they were hot and sweaty and good and tired. As we watched them play, I couldn’t help but notice the difference between how Bean played and how his little friend played. There were several differences, but the biggest I noticed was that she was so much gentler than Bean! I have heard that the difference between how boys and girls play is really…

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Summertime Confessions

Summertime Confessions

1. For the first time in the whole life, I have a tan. Not a sunburn. A real tan. 2. I started the Couch-2-5K program last week to help tone up this summer. The first day of training required 20 minutes of walking/jogging. I made it 10 minutes and haven’t done it since. But I have the app on my phone, so I think I’ll try again this week. 3. When Bean and Gracie take their afternoon nap, I usually spend that hour on my float in the pool. It…

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Reader of the Month: May

Reader of the Month:  May

It’s been a while since I did a Reader of the Month post, but it’s been worth the wait when you meet Jen of Caved In: When Parenthood Collapses Around You. Jen has been reading my blog for a long time and I feel like I’ve gotten to know her through her daily comments. In a nutshell, here is what you need to know about Jen: Jen is a gem. She’s a new mom who takes life as it comes to her. And she’s funny. Really funny. She makes me…

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