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Happy New Year! A Recap on 2012 and the Beginning of 2013-Part 2…Finally!

I’m back and so is my creative side. So here’s what the 2nd half of my kiddos were doing in 2012; Maddi-She finished up the school year, here, and then headed to San Diego to spend the summer with friends. She and a close friend of hers’ took a trip to the Dominican Republic to [...]

Happy New Year! A Recap on 2012 and the Beginning of 2013-Part 1

Happy New Year! I know we’ve all been hearing the crickets over here. There was so much to do with having all my kids home for Christmas that I just wanted to be present in it and not worry about sitting down to write about it. Unfortunately that carried over a little longer than I [...]

And For You…Goldfish!

This afternoon I came home from getting Tristan from his school and running an errand to find a plate of Holiday Chex Mix and a bag of oranges on our kitchen counter. Next to it was a Christmas card from neighbor children that wished the kids a Happy Christmas and included an apology for any [...]

A Little Christmas Magic as We Welcome Our Elf-Pixie

Yesterday there was a lot of Christmas Magic happening at the house of M.O.M. As you know, the kids have been asking about Elf on the Shelf and wondering if and when we would get our own Elf. I was still on the fence and since Christmas is only a week away, I thought we [...]

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 [...]

How to Get More out of Your Candles

I love having candles in the house. I always have! But I get frustrated at how many times I end up with a candle that has 1/2 it’s wax stuck to the sides and can’t be burned. This morning I had a GREAT idea! Why not place my candles (They have to be in a [...]

“You Should Tell Your Story”

I’ve heard this and felt this, many times. There have been several times that I thought I was ready to jot it all down and get it out. After-all, it’s a pretty good story; teen pregnancy/deciding to keep a baby I was encouraged to give up for adoption/being a working single-mom, going to school and [...]

Tummy Troubles

For the last few weeks, we’ve been battling some issues with Lex. All of a sudden, he’s started having uncontrollable bowel movements. Some days, he’s been in the bath or shower 4 times. At first I thought he had gotten a flu bug. Then it kept going. I took him off of all dairy products, [...]

Max, the Mad Genius~

This morning I listened to an exchange between Gabi and Max that kept me giggling. Either Max just learned new nuances of sarcasm or he’s been faking us all out with this whole Aspergers bit. Gabi was on the computer and Max was DYING to have his turn. Gabi was playing a “girl” game where [...]

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 [...]

This Morning We’re Just Like a Regular Family

This is the statement I got from Max when I handed him an egg and cheese sandwich, orange juice and 3 sausages for breakfast. Even though we don’t have cable, apparently his little mind has been filled with an image of what a “regular” family eats for breakfast. Then he looked at me in my [...]

…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 [...]