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Oh no! They want an Elf!

Elf on the Shelf- we’ve all heard of them and are probably seeing daily pics of our friends’ elves’ naughty, nighttime activities. All this fun and time-consuming effort is in the name of keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive for our children. I hadn’t even considered getting an elf, until last night. I was talking [...]

A Simple Idea That Makes Life A Little Easier

As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ideas to cut down on the amount of work that it takes to keep the house going. One of the things that frustrates me to no end is that now that my kids are are out of the baby/toddler stages and no longer have sippy cups or [...]

…and then I drove away~

This post has no picture because I’m pretty sure if I had stopped to take a picture before I drove away, someone would have surely called the police. A few days ago I took my 3 youngest kiddos to the park to kill the 40 minutes we had before picking up my high schooler. I [...]

Please Don’t Smash My Pumpkins!

This year marks the first EVER time I’m not answering the door and handing out sweet treats to a zillion ghosts, goblins, fairies, mermaids, princesses and all manner of dressed up kiddos. I’m home, the pumpkins are lit, my own kiddos are out in the neighborhood, but the porch light is out and the 2 [...]

“Don’t Worry”-I’m Always Saying it. Now I Need to Practice it!

“Don’t worry!” “It will all work out.” “God has a plan.” “Worry never did anyone any good.” “Take care of what you are able to and leave the rest up to God.” These are all phrases that I use regularly. I believe them and I’ve seen the truth in them time and time again, in [...]

Monday Morning Lexism

Lex is always thinking and planning and this morning his thoughts went like this; Lex-”Mom, please don’t stop me from growing a beard.” Me-”I don’t stop you from growing a beard. Your body decides when it’s ready to grow a beard and then you decide whether to keep it or shave it off.” Lex-”Well please [...]

No News is Good News?

Max is now in 4th grade and for the last 3 years, I’ve grown accustomed to having regular contact with his teachers. There was lots of communication about how he was doing in class and on the playground, as well as working out strategies to help him become a more successful student. Don’t get me [...]

What’s Your Button?

My proverbial button just got pushed. You know, that one phrase that sets off the absolute worst reaction in you? Mmmmm M! I am so angry and upset! I decided to take to my blog to vent a little instead of seething until I blow. You know how kids fight, argue and cross the line [...]

Sunday Morning Good Stuff

A friend of mine owns a race company and I often times help out with the race day busyness. Yesterday, she put on an Adventure Race and Gabi persuaded Anna to run it with her. They picked a name-Electric Pink, made t-shirts and got excited for the fun. Signing in and getting their bibs. Team [...]

Kid Induced Crazies

It’s not yet 10am on Saturday morning and already I’ve had to shut the TV off and send kids to separate rooms. I’ve found myself saying such crazy things as, “you HAVE to let your brother breathe! It’s part of basic living!” and “DO NOT shake your cereal at him!” I love love love having [...]

Recycle…Your Leftovers

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about recycling your food. But I’m particularly pleased with tonight’s recycling effort because it took leftovers that really didn’t go over very well and turned them into a meal that got gobbled up and seconds were even asked for! Sadly, I didn’t take a pic as it came [...]

Afternoon chores-Excuses and Answers

The kids are doing chores (not so unusual) and have been asked to do things that they don’t normally do. This is because Tristan is needed outside to help Clayton with the yard. Tristan needed to learn to edge and use the blower. So Max was asked to unload the dishwasher. After a great deal [...]

Saturday Morning

It’s 6:30am on Saturday and I’ve already had to reprimand kiddos. That’s because I now have 3 of them up and raring to go! What in the world is going on?! Monday-Friday, I have to make the rounds to the bedrooms 2-3 times with “Good Morning!” or “Wake up! It’s time to get ready for [...]

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day-A day “off” to celebrate the American Workforce. That is, of course, unless you’re a mom. Then Labor Day means a day of work, entertaining, cleaning and making food. Somehow moms get lost in the shuffle. Happy Labor Day, none-the-less. It’s always good to have a day to celebrate with family and friends! We’re [...]

An Open Letter to the Tooth Fairy

This certainly  is not the first time I’ve discussed the Tooth Fairy. Over the many years of Lang kids losing teeth, there’s been plenty of times to talk about the Tooth Fairy’s services. But this is the first time I’ve written directly to her. I’m sincerely grateful for her flexibility and willingness to accommodate our [...]

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