Life List Item Crossed Off: Our Tea Party Send-off at Mad Hatter’s Tea

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Yesterday, a few of the San Antonio bloggers came together for a “Brunch Send Off” for me and my friend Claire, as we’re both military wives and both our families are both moving away :( I became super excited when I heard our brunch would be held at the Mad Hatter Tea House - to go to a real tea house and [...]

Parents, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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My husband hates being late. No matter how early we begin preparing, somehow we always find some way to magically leave the house later than expected (especially for soccer games). (I’m thinking it has something to do with having eleventy-billion kids with eleventy-billion things to keep track of.) I hate being late, too, but I [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W12} #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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-One} #happinessis

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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 [...]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

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After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard, vacillating between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my [...]

The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Spent Apart EVER

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I never thought I’d write those words. I mean, who am I kidding. We’re always seemingly apart on Valentine’s Day. I’d (mostly) gotten used to it by now. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the “holiday” anyway, mainly only because I like decorating for it, and baking for it, but I personally don’t need [...]

Two Weeks

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He’s gone again. This time, for two weeks. Gone during Valentine’s day (again). He left at 3am early Monday morning, after only sleeping for a couple hours (if that). We clung to one another while we slept. I fell asleep sobbing, holding him, as I normally do the night before he leaves. Reality sets in [...]

We Did It! A New Dining Room Set

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As soon as I found it on Craigslist, I transferred money over from Paypal. But would the sellers wait for me? Would the sellers be flooded with other offers? We emailed back and forth throughout the week – asking dimensions, etc. The man was sweet, patient, eager to sell and downsize for his family. He [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two

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Good gravy, people. Yesterday, something happened that gave me chills. Something that practically mirrored what happened almost two years ago, when I wrote a story about a chain of events that happened that made me question my beliefs on whether or not something else is truly “out there.” Divine intervention, if you will. This story begins [...]

Grief-Stricken, Helping Newtown, and Saying Thank You

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Today’s alarm was a cruel one. Monday mornings are always particularly tougher than any other day of the week, specifically because it comes on the heels of two straight days of a little freedom and some extra shut-eye. The routine is back in session, work will commence, kids will go back to class and have [...]

Back to School, Back to Me

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I will readily admit I was vehemently against sending the kids back to school. I loved our lazy summer mornings, unlimited in-bed tickling wars chock-filled with wet bathing suits everywhere, squealing happy and tanned-skin kids, and a momma without a crazy, schedule-filled calendar of extra curriculars. I dreaded the 5:45am alarm for this year with [...]

Mom Mondays

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I fixed lunches and prepped new lunchboxes and felt the tiredness weigh me down like a brick dress. I could have probably fallen asleep on my feet if I’d have tried. I took craptastic pictures of those tasty lunches that I couldn’t share yesterday, and so I didn’t. In fact, I inadvertently took the day [...]

The Post-Deployment “Coming Home” Embrace

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I saw this picture on Facebook, and my eyes immediately welled up. I have been there. I remember the feeling of wanting to look my absolute best for him, and the nervous prepping involved, fumbling with the hair dryer and shaky hand applying mascara. (I succeeded after my third attempt. Ahem.) Being dressed up for his [...]

Blogging Inspiration from SARK

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When you’re in college, you go through that self-discovery phase – who am I? What am I doing on this Earth? What am I going to be when I grow up? Am I ready to take on the world? I loved my college campus, sitting underneath the beautiful trees, soaking up the sun, reading a [...]

One (Heartbreakingly Beautiful) Week

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“Mommy? Why is your belly still big?” My seven-year-old asked. “Because my belly is still getting used to not having Baby V in it, sweetie. It now has a lot of air in it.” I answered. Likening it to a balloon, he poked at it a bit, but I winced, as I was still a [...]

Baby Love {Pictures}

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I don’t think I can quite elaborate the tired-elated-exhausted-excited-aching feeling I’m going through at the moment; chock-filled with so much emotion and contentment and the OHMYGODIHAVESEVENKIDSNOW feeling. And then, there are quiet times in which I listen to her breathe, and squeak, and squirm just a little in my arms, and I ache to stop [...]

Nesting and Happy Baby Mail

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This weekend has been a flurry of wonderful weather, an excellent burst of energy, and lots and lots of nesting. It has felt marvelous to be on my feet all day (words you never thought you’d hear from a fully pregnant, ready-to-go-at-any-time, right?), and getting everything “ready” for this baby’s arrival. Slowly but surely I [...]

The Meanest Mother in the World

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When I was a child, I specifically remember my mother clipping out an article from an advice column and pinning it near our rotary phone on the wall. You remember, the kind of phone with the super-extra long cord so your mom could be cooking on the other side of the kitchen and still talk? [...]

Labors of Love

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I went upstairs to straighten beds and tidy up a bit while the olders are at school and the youngers were otherwise occupied. I ventured into my son’s’ room and saw the softness of his comforter, the sunken-in center of my oldest’s feather-soft pillow where his head had just rested earlier this morning. I couldn’t [...]

The Morning Surprise (aka Ways to Jolt Your Pregnant Mother into Hyper-Mode)

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This “What the Heck!?” moment is brought to you today by the letters W- T- F, and the number 7 (for my seven-year-old). It never fails. The day my husband absolutely has to be at work super-ridiculously early for a PT Test, I get the best worst most-effective wake-up call first thing in the morning. [...]

Carpe-ing the Diem! Seize the Parenting Moments, Good or Bad (and Sleep)!

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Chalk drawing + toddler + messy outfit I got stuck on a blog post from Momastery the other day, being passed around Facebook in a congratulatory tone, motherly fists in the air in response, except it kind-of hit me the wrong way. I like the author’s style of writing, and I can certainly understand her [...]

Reader Survey – Would Love Your Feedback!

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About a month ago, I had a survey here on this blog that asked: “What is it about a blog that makes you want to come back? What prompts you to subscribe or read a blog regularly? Especially if you are particularly busy?” The answers gave me a lot of insight. You guys love the [...]

Charitable Giving with Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Projects

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They didn’t ask too many questions when I gave them the task to “look for Disney stuff.” The only questions each of my children would ask me was, “Is this okay?” when they’d show me what they found. They commanded the job with such authority, navigating aisle after aisle searching for Disney stocking stuffers. “Do [...]

Christmas and Toys and Presents, OH MY (Does It Have To End?)

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I just spent the last hour being schooled in the way of Beyblades. I learned how to use their ripcords, how to know which Beyblade goes with which launcher, and how to “win.” They are basically tops that spin really fast. Decorated with stickers and some light up and have different “effects,” I can’t begin [...]

Giving Back this Holiday Season

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Do you see all those boxes there? Those Priority Mail boxes moved me to a gigantic puddle of tears. Those boxes are being sent to soldiers overseas this holiday. My children’s middle school organized an Adopt-a-Soldier campaign, which ended up becoming Adopt-Many-Soldiers when our schools’ families got involved. Every fifth and sixth grader proudly collected [...]

Join Us for the Cheerios #sendCheer Twitter Party on 11/10 and Help Support #military Families

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If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed I’ve been tweeting and retweeting a lot about something called “#sendcheer” lately. It’s a campaign I’m currently running with Collective Bias that I couldn’t be more excited about. As an Army wife myself, helping military families, big or small, is something I’m quite passionate about, [...]

Forty-Eight with Many Exclamation Points

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“Go ahead and take off your shoes.” The nurse scribbled away while my second grader slid out of his velcro sneakers and onto the scale. He stepped onto it gingerly, as he always does. She walked up behind him, masking the scale from me as she moved the metal dial, ticking it over, and over, [...]