Happiness is ______ {2014-W26} #happinessis

sexy soldier alert - rawr

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-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-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 [...]

Mother’s Day 2014

Happy Mother's Day 2014

My husband truly had no idea what to get me this year for Mother’s Day. What’s funny is.. I wasn’t sure either myself. It dawned on me, though, when I was photographing our little Mom and Me tea party soiree, the difficulty I was having zooming in on certain things, and how badly my 18-55mm [...]

A Perfect Day for Kite Flying

Baby V flying kite for the first time

The wind was so strong, it was blowing flowers off and our porch was covered in rose petals everywhere. I knew it would be a perfect day for kite flying, the kids had only been begging us since we bought them last week, it just hadn’t been windy enough to do it… until now. She [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W17} #happinessis

neighborhood cat

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 [...]

First Time Fishing

altogether

It’s not that we, ourselves, had never fished, we’d just never fished with our kids. Together. Our older daughter had fished for catfish with her friend in Fort Polk. Our older son had fished with his friends, too. Both my husband and myself, we’d fished with our family and relatives on our own, but never [...]

Easter 2014 in Pictures

ready for easter egg hunt

Here’s a little taste of our Easter weekend in pictures with a sneak peek at the bottom. Here’s your sneak peek at the planting portion of our holiday. Just a little taste as we add the final touches before we share! How was your Easter?

Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

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-W13} #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 do [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty-One & Fifty-Two} #happinessis

baby helper under the tree

2013 WAS 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 very many things [...]

School Holiday Performances 2013

Eighth grade holiday performance 2013

Yesterday we had quite the busy day with holiday performances. My first grader’s performance was at 6:30pm, and I had to have my eighth grader back at his school five minutes away at 6:50pm for his 7:10 band performance at the junior high. While that was happening, my husband, first grader, and a couple kids [...]

Just Dance Kids 2014 Review for the Wii U #JustDanceKids2014

Just Dance Kids 2014 Wii U

This post is sponsored by Just Dance Kids® and Burst Media. We’ve always loved LOVED loved the Just Dance games for the Wii (can ya tell?), and we are SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to see the new games now available for the Wii U, too. Just Dance Kids® 2014 took what made Just Dance Kids® so [...]

Family Bike Ride Fun

family bike ride

We slept late for our day off on Veteran’s Day. The sun awoke us through the window, trickling in through the blinds and curtains, and we felt the warmth from it almost immediately. After a few somewhat chilly days in Texas, we welcomed milder weather with open arms, and were pleasantly surprised and elated the [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Five} #happinessis

soccer game siblings

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 [...]

Connecting with Our Teens Using Walmart Family Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile #shop

As you know, we’re a huge sports family. My children have practices, games, as well as social lives, and are at the age that they could really use a phone of their own. Sometimes practice gets out early. Sometimes their after-school activities are canceled. Sometimes they have to stay later, and need to get a [...]

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 [...]

Sneak Attack on Our Teens with a Walmart Family Mobile Wireless Phone and Plan

holy cheap wireless unlimited plans batman #shop

As soon as my kids started school and soccer this year, I knew we were going to need to invest in a cell phone for them. Our current mobile plan asks for a two-year commitment (yikes) and costs $45 (with taxes) for a non-smartphone and $50+ (with taxes) for a smartphone for EACH DEVICE. (Of [...]

Hell Has a Name, It’s Called “Yesterday”

smoke

Admittedly, in the waning days of summer, I let the house go. We were living too much in the moment, so busy with living these last summer days, I figured, once school started, that I’d get all Rambo on the chores and into Full House Cleaning Mode™. That is, until the enormity of the task [...]

My Daughter’s Locks of Love Donation

locks of love donation

We’d been growing out her hair for some time, now. We knew the “goal” we wanted to attain – to successfully grow her hair out enough to donate it to Locks of Love. It wasn’t the easiest of tasks for my poor girl. Her hair, since becoming that thickened adult-type hair, had become tougher to [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-One} #happinessis

girl bonding over nail polish

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 Twenty-Eight} #happinessis

sleepy kids

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 Twenty-Seven} #happinessis

sesame street at seaworld san antonio

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 Twenty-Six} #happinessis

flying on feet

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 [...]

New Trampoline (and I Did It! Woohoo!)

new trampoline

Originally, this trampoline-putting-together task was going to be a “fun” activity for my two middle-schoolers. An afternoon project, if you will. I figured it couldn’t be TOO HARD to put together the poles in the bottom to create the base of the trampoline, right? WRONG. All the kids were outside helping – even the littler [...]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation – Neighborhood Walk with Bikes #daysofsummer

walk with bikes

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fun things to do with kids during summer vacation. I’ve vowed to make 2013 rock, and so every day this summer (and some days more than once), I’m going to be doing something special, something awesome, and fun for (and with) my kids. I hope you’ll join [...]