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-W21} #happinessis

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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 [...]

Today, He’s Ten

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I don’t know how we got here. To double-digits, just like that. I blinked, and my curly-haired, sweet-faced, wide-eyed boy suddenly is ten. I scoured every memory card, online album, and blog post for images of him over the last decade. Ten years of raising my sweet boy. (TEN, OMG!!) His hospital picture. At an [...]

Baby V’s Second Birthday Garden Party

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Yesterday was a full day of preparations for Baby V’s second birthday party. Because she’s shy and afraid of strangers, she isn’t the friendliest baby in the world, so we opted to invite only our neighbors and kids’ friends she sees all the time so she’d be surrounded by familiar faces. (Unfortunately, it still didn’t [...]

She’s Two.

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Yesterday was February 28th. Today is March 1st. With a leap day baby born February 29th, somewhere, in the middle of yesterday and today, my baby became two. Two. Here’s how you’ll find her normally – undressing. But she loves to dress up as well. Hair bows are becoming “a thing.” But then again, she [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W1} #happinessis

playdate at the park 70-degrees January

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 [...]

Seven.

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She wanted princesses and sprinkles. She was adamant about that. And so, with sparkly confetti, princess-colored pink and purple decorations and crepe paper, I went to work, using her many Princess toys to form her centerpieces. We kept her upstairs until the big “reveal” at dinner – her favorite – barbecue chicken. We had a [...]

Fourteen.

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Just like that – in a blink – I closed-opened my eyes, and he’s fourteen. With gifts wrapped festively in Christmas wrap, a friend sleeping over, and his favorite dinner recipe freshly prepared, we rang in his fourteenth birthday beside the Christmas lights twinkling reflections onto the table. I went dessert crazy, preparing way too [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Eight} #happinessis

baking pies with Baby Sis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Seven} #happinessis

cinnamon bun and coffee by the christmas tree

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happy Birthday to Me – Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Six} #happinessis

pink purple sunset

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Nine} #happinessis

Baby Dude's birthday candles

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happy Fifth Birthdaaaaaaay, Baby Dude!

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This Super Hero Spinny Bowler is FIVE today! Can you believe it!? We’ve been busy cleaning and decorating to celebrate (that is, in between football and soccer this weekend – gah!) But the decorations are coming along nicely! I can’t believe it’s been five years since THIS: Where has my baby gone? Happy Birthday, my [...]

Ice Cream Birthday Waffle Sundae with Biscoff Spread and OREOs #EggoWaffleOff

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I am a compensated Chief Waffle Officer for Eggo®. You want to celebrate each and every moment of your loved one’s birthday, right? They wake up, they get hugs and kisses and “Happy Birthday’s!” from everyone in the home (which, if you’re a part of our family, is a lot of people). When they head [...]

DIY Birthday Crowns

Easy DIY Birthday Crown

This craft post is sponsored by Lance Snacks and DECA. We just celebrated my son’s ninth birthday last week. We invited his school-friend over to hang out and celebrate with us, but what he didn’t realize was that his friend was secretly bringing his bike over to ride because my son was getting a new [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Nine} #happinessis

lollipop love

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

364 Days Old

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Today, she is 364 days old. Tomorrow, she will already be one. But tomorrow is not her birthday, March 1st is a day passed her birthday. She is a leap day baby; a baby born on a day that doesn’t exist for three out of every four years. I hate this. I feel all kinds [...]

Today, She is Six – Her Birth Story

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The November/December before she arrived was a busy one. My brother got married in Tampa on Thanksgiving weekend, the military relocated us from one on-post house to another just two weeks before Christmas, forcing us to package up our entire lives and stuff it into an (old) new house. This move caused us to have [...]

November Twenty and Birthday Reflections

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I’ve lived thirty-six years on this earth, and every time I see November 20th on a food expiration date, or advertised online, or written/typed anywhere, I revert back to being a kid again to proclaim (if only in my head) “Hey! That’s MY birthday!” I still can’t believe I’m not a kid anymore. Sometimes I’ll [...]

The Post in Which Mom Asks for a Maid for Her Birthday

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Life is like a freaking Gravitron around here lately. Ohmyword, the nauseating spinning. Have you ever ridden on the Gravitron? That spinny wheel of death at your local fair that sucks you up the wall as it spins faster and faster, as you feel your cheeks press against your earlobes and your stomach contents rise [...]

The Birthday Fail and Lesson Learned

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During every walk this week, Baby Dude and I concocted a plan about how we were to “picnic” on his birthday yesterday, having lunch on a blanket, at the park, eating our PB&Js and carrotsticks in the sunlight while sipping water and swinging swings. It wasn’t the most dazzling plan of all plans, but it [...]

Six Months Old

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How did that happen? How did I wake up to find a sweet-faced baby scootch-crawling all over floor? One that gnaws on everything she can find.. One that has discovered a love for the exersaucer and things that spin.. One who loves her siblings so much… That is, in between the teething crying.. Six months [...]

Princess Doll Cake – The (Almost) Caketastrophe

how to make a princess doll cake

Let this post serve more as a warning to you folks attempting to make your own Princess Doll Cake, m’kay? Note the strategic blurring of the photo around the edges, particularly the bottom. Don’t ask what happened to the bottom cake. It wasn’t pretty. First, save yourself some trouble – not every cake needs to be [...]

A Happy Birthday Lesson (To Me)

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Today, as I celebrate being thirty-five years young, and (not) celebrating having to check off the 35-44 category on questionnaires now (instead of the 25-34 category), I am proof that you’re never too old or too young to keep learning new, valuable lessons. Even on your birthday. —- Yesterday, when my husband took (most of) [...]

Toy Story Birthday Party

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This was Baby Dude’s first big-deal birthday party, where he was old enough to realize everything happening. He’d been talking about it being his ‘birt-day” for weeks now, but doing all of THIS? This was HUGE to him. As huge Toy Story fans, we’ve amassed quite a collection of Toy Story paraphernalia. We broke it [...]

Baby Dude is THREE!

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Hi. I’m Baby Dude.Today, I’m fwee (three).I wike Tars (Cars) and Buzz Wite Year. And Woody. And “Po Sawrai” (Power Rangers Samurai).I wike to eat mommy’s eggs for bweakfast (my cream cheese omelet) and wick the pwate cwean. I wike pwaying “kick baw(ball) now” (otherwise known as “soccer”).I wike video games, jumping on da twampoween, [...]

The Road Trip Accident Story and My Soon-To-Be Teenage Driver

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It was summer 2007, and our (then) family of seven had traveled to the Tampa/Orlando area visiting my brother and his family and every area theme park known to man. Our Toyota Sienna was only a half-year-old and this was our first official family vacation we’d taken with it. Our intention was to spend half [...]