Happiness is ______ {2014-W33} #happinessis

new family entry

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 [...]

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-W32} #happinessis

Princess Anna

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-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-W28} #happinessis

SATXBloggers Pool Party

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 [...]

Summer Fun with Hasbro! #summerfun

Nerf Super Soaker fun with Dad

It’s SUMMER! (Said in my best Olaf voice.) Summertime fun comes in all shapes and sizes. I love having tons for the kids to do to keep them happily entertained amongst themselves, and I’ve partnered with Hasbro to feature some of their fun toys and sets to showcase all kinds of fun! Can it get [...]

Baby V Learned to Swim! (Kinda)

Baby V smiling and learning to swim

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of joining other San Antonio bloggers for a pool party! Baby V is such a water baby, but she’s been pretty dependent on one of us because of her inability to control her lifevest and stay afloat… until now. Yesterday, she learned to swim! (Kinda.) We’d purchased her a new [...]

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-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 [...]

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 [...]

The Best Friend Surprise

best friend surprise - the reaction

He didn’t know I’d secretly contacted his best friend’s mom to invite his best friend to the water park with us. He didn’t know that, while I was finishing up the AdventureCon conference, his best friend was being driven to the park.  He didn’t know that I was done at my conference, and that I [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W24} #happinessis

play doh fun

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” [...]

Sometimes Mom Has to Jump, Too

trampoline ballerina

I hadn’t really intended on it, I was outside happily picking crabgrass from the freshly mowed grass when she held my hand and led me to the trampoline. The evening air was too delicious to ignore. “Yay, mommy’s going to jump with us!” And so, I did. I got on. Why not? It’s fantastic exercise, [...]

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.

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 [...]

Microsoft Store Summer Camps #WindowsChampions

Microsoft Summer Camps

I am a compensated Windows ambassador. Very excited to share that Microsoft is offering free summer camps for kids again this year! The following summer programs offered are part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, which is dedicated to connecting young people with opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and employment. YouthSpark Microsoft is excited to announce a partnership [...]

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 [...]

This is Why My Husband Isn’t Allowed to Pack Sack Lunches Anymore

Batman lunch sack

“Do you think he’d be mad at me if I write “Merrizzle my Dizzle” instead of his name?” My husband asked me while he playfully flipped the Sharpie in his hand. “Um, babe? The teachers will be holding onto his sack lunch for him, and they won’t know it’s for him.” (In case you’re wondering, [...]

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 [...]

MALEFICENT Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages

Maleficent activity sheets

I’m a huge Angelina Jolie fan, and I seriously cannot wait to see her in MALEFICENT. With it opening in theaters in a few short weeks, I’m hoping these fun activity sheets, coloring pages, and mazes will help keep my kids (um, and me) continually excited (and occupied, ahem) until it finally opens on May 30th! [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W18} #happinessis

Ritz Carlton Buckhead Atlanta

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fun 80′s Shows to Show the Kids (& Netflix Giveaway) #StreamTeam

80's Classics to Watch and Share with Your Kids

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Do you remember your favorite shows from when you were a kid? I used to remember sitting on my parent’s checkered-print couch in the crook of my mom’s arm watching Dallas, or Bosom Buddies, or Night Rider. Gosh, just saying those names brings me right back [...]

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 [...]