Surprise! We’re moving you to Fort Bragg, because you promoted, and we need First Sergeants right now, so when you get here you’ll probably get a company within a couple months.

Surprise! No, no you’re not getting a company. You’ve been away too long. Oh, and you’re getting deployed.

Surprise! Your husband isn’t leaving for deployment when you thought he was, it’s actually a full month later than you expected.

Surprise! So, about that deployment thing.. remember how you were supposed to get that job, and didn’t, and we’re deploying you? Just kidding. I mean, you’re still getting deployed ‘n all, but, you’re not staying deployed. You’re being sent back early to take a company.

Surprise, kids! Your mema is coming to visit. Just kidding, it’s not your mema, it’s really YOUR DAD COMING HOME EARLY!

Surprise! So, um, this is why I’ve been a little quiet 😉 Tee hee! We were just a tad busy with this…

hubby getting promoted to First Sergeant

Former First Sergeant Douglas pinning his son, the new First Sergeant. What a memorable moment!

And this…

three generations of Army men

Three generations of military men. Everyone wanted to hear the stories Grand Poppy was telling. It was the sweetest thing!

And this…

Baby V hugging daddy

It is SO SO good to have daddy home, again. *big smiles*


One Minute to Spare


I'd snuck into our room, seeing her snoring away, mouth agape, nestled like a baby with her legs tucked underneath her, but she'd fallen asleep in her clothes from the day before. It's okay, I said to myself, I'll wake her up early so she can shower. It wasn't like I wasn't up already with her older siblings, anyway. No big deal. Unfortunately, our mornings haven't been running the smoothest in these last few weeks of until summer. We are … Keep Reading

Bloodline on Netflix: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire #StreamTeam

Lying and Honesty - Titles including Bloodline on Netflix

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. The Rayburns, from the new Netflix original series, Bloodline, have some dark family secrets they’re willing to do anything to keep from coming out -- lying included. While you may not know the Rayburn clan just yet, The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Bloodline “an intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis.” Starring Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and set in the … Keep Reading

Less Lunch-Making Stress with Mott’s Snack and Go

Easy school lunch with Mott's Snack and Go

This blog post is sponsored by Mott’s and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. In all my lunch-making prowess serving up creative leftovers and sides to my children for Operation Awesome School Lunch, I've been stuck a little in the fruit department, especially for the little ones. They don't have a lot of time, with their little mouths and little inexperiences fingers to peel, eat, and finish a piece of fruit in the … Keep Reading

When Shopping With 6 Kids Goes Wrong. Way Way Very Bad Wrong.


This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. I haven't had too many issues with the kids, now that my husband is deployed and it's just me. I thought I'd have a lot more than I do, but we're managing quite fantastically at home. I have a few tough, stressful days here and there, particularly ones where I'm trying to remind my teens that, while their phones are fun devices, they are not the sole center of their … Keep Reading

Natural, Non-Toxic Bug Spray with Young Living Essential Oils

Make your own Bug Be Gone spray with Young Living essential oils

Spring is here, and that means the bugs return. I'm doing my best to take all the precautions I can to create an all-natural bug spray to prevent their invasion into my home, especially since my Champion of Bug Killing Extraordinaire is currently deployed and half way around the world. We live in North Carolina where there are some scary-looking bugs here, and I don't want to have to worry about 'em. The kids were pretty fascinated by this … Keep Reading

Get Out, Get Walking, and Get Active with #walkoutwednesdays

Omron Fitness Tracker

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omron Healthcare, Inc. Spring, heck yeah! I couldn't be happier about the Spring weather finally hitting in our area, and being able to look forward to temperate weather almost every day. This little Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker (HJ-327T) that I wrote about previously has inspired me to get out and walk everyday, and to be more active. … Keep Reading

How Big Brother Helps Fill Dad’s Role During Deployment #JohnsonsDaddyDos

big brother bonding with sister while brushing hair

I've partnered with JOHNSON’S® Baby as an ambassador. My husband readily admits that he's not the best at "doing hair." I'm the hair-doer in this household, whether it's a lattice braid, heart-shaped braid, or other "Hair Experiment." My husband celebrates when he does a ponytail (it's kind-of adorable). While he might not style hair the best, he's the "bestest" at brushing their hair after bath time. It's a special daddy-daughter bonding time … Keep Reading