One Minute to Spare

cartwheels

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, […]

Kindergarten Awards

shocked to receive a second award

It was the tiniest piece of paper attached to his report card, a cut-out form letter that read “Your child will be receiving an award on Wednesday, February 11th. Please join us in the cafeteria for the awards assembly at 9:30am.” He’d only been absent once this quarter, so I knew he was getting a […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W51 & W52} #happinessis

Santa 2014

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W48} #happinessis

thanksgiving 2014

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Surprise Secret Love Letters To Your Kids

secret love note on the sidewalk

So long as the weather holds out, we walk to and from school every day. Our neighborhood is fairly new, and filled with so much to admire and see while walking, to include a carved heart with someone’s name in the sidewalk from when the concrete was poured. “I wonder who wrote that in the pavement, […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W42} #happinessis

making Halloween cookies

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Dressing Up in Costumes from BuyCostumes.com

How to Dress as Abby Sciuto from NCIS

I’m a compensated BuyCostumes.com ambassador. I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED! I haven’t been THIS excited about a Halloween costume in, oh, FOREVER! I love NCIS. I love Abby and Gibbs and DiNozzo and Duckie and McGee and Palmer and GOSH. ALL OF THEM. As soon as I opened the box from BuyCostumes.com and saw my […]

Halloween Costume Shopping for the Family from BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday

shopping Halloween costumes at BuyCostumes.com

As part of being an Orange Tuesday ambassador, last week we were assigned to shop for our Halloween costumes from BuyCostumes.com! I can’t wait to show you what we chose! Both younger boys have chosen to be Captain America – one will be the traditional with regular Captain America shield while the other one will […]

Our Love for Garanimals

peanut butter lover

When I was asked to create a post for Garanimals, I knew it wouldn’t be hard. When it comes to kids clothes 5T and under, we’ve owned quite a lot of Garanimals in this household. Just to give you an idea, here’s a little snapshot of some of the things in Baby V’s drawer currently: […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W39} #happinessis

Baby Dude turns 6

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W37} #happinessis

flower picking

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W36} #happinessis

baby dude skipping

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W34} The Back to School Edition #happinessis

First Day of 9th Grade

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Baby Dude’s First Day of Kindergarten

Baby Dude first day of kindergarten

I was pregnant with him during the infant stages of this blog, and now, a month shy of turning 6, he started kindergarten today. Many of you who have been reading this site from the beginning have watched him grow up. Somehow I blinked, and this diapered-crawling, baby food hating, light saber lovin’, well-traveled sidekick of mine went […]

End of Summer Fun

fun in the sun

I am in denial that summer is almost over. School starts next week for us, and I’m not ready. This summer has been a fantastic one, and I’m not ready for 5:30am mornings and practice schedules yet. We’ve been busy setting up our new house here, and drinking in all the delicious sunshine (when we […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W30 & 31} #happinessis

poolside entertainment

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W29} #happinessis

kissy tickle face

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W27} #happinessis

peanut butter lover

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W25} #happinessis

parkour

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Summertime Fun – Chalk on the Trampoline

drawing with chalk on the trampoline

We’ve already had a ton of fun on our new trampoline (even though summer’s not even a week old for us yet). It was a perfect summer day – sun beating down, windy enough to keep us moderately cool. The kids had been playing as hard as they could, but were getting to that “bored” […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W23} #happinessis

dad being awesome

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Trampoline Sprinkler Fun – A Poem

having a blast on the trampoline with the sprinkler

Bathing suits snap against skin, tightening knots on waistbands, water spout creaks, sliding into the “on” position, forcing icy retreat through the snake-like rubber hose, sprinkler hissing, flailing water to and fro. Happiness and jubilation beneath the blue sky. Summer has arrived.

Happiness is ______ {2014-W22} #happinessis

puppy naps are the best

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Our Newest Family Member

back to sleep

It’s not every day you find your newest family member at a gas station, but that’s exactly what happened. – – “Mom? Dad? Our gas says “free (three)!” Baby Dude worriedly pointed out. (He is such a little mini-me with his planning, organization, and logistical look at things. He keeps tabs on the gas reading […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W21} #happinessis

my lunch babies

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W20} #happinessis

Texas sunset

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W19} #happinessis

Happy Mouth's Day

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do […]