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 [...]

Allergy Relief with Young Living Oils

Allergy Relief with Young Living Oils

Moving was SUCH a task. I knew the movers were coming to pack us up and I wanted to be fully prepared in advance. This forced us to open up every box, container, drawer, closet and more in the house to evaluate, organize, and purge our stuff. For my son and me, who suffer from [...]

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-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 [...]

What Happens When Your Puppy Wants to Help Sweep

Puppy Helping to Sweep

During her sweet, loving, helpful times, my toddler loves to help me clean (and by “clean” I mean, take over the spray, spray everyfrigginthing she can, “washing dishes” by running water all over the place and splashing about, using the broom to sweep for about five minutes before using it as a sword/weapon, etc.). Despite the [...]

My Husband, The Poet Dad

husband's poem to the kids

We realized late last night we’d run out of toilet paper, so my husband vowed to pick some up before work early this morning. Sneaky husband, he decided to also surprise the kids with doughnuts for breakfast, and an adorable note. My husband, the poet dad. (P.S. Would you like to see more of my [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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?

“Birdie Birth Control” – You Don’t Hear That One Every Day

porch birds

The @#*($&@#($@#*&$ birds are trying to make a nest on our porch again. The second I heard their evil, squawky peeps, I felt as though I had PTSD, and I immediately twitched tourrettes-like. I exploded out of the house, waved my hands like a freakin’ crazy lady and screamed “Get outta here!” My kids came [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere – The Stairs Edition

kids sleep anywhere - on the stairs

Remember this picture of Baby Dude? And this picture of Super M? Well, their sister has decided to have a crack at this whole “sleeping on the stairs” thing, too. What is it with the stairs, man? -> My kids have a knack for this sleeping anywhere business. Check out my kids sleep anywhere series!

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

If You Give a Mom a Coffee

It was just a typical morning of waking up, attempting to press the button on the Keurig, only to discover a mess I couldn’t leave alone. From there, it was just like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” only it was “If You Give a Mom a Coffee.” If you give a mom a [...]

Baby’s First Car Wash (Didn’t Go So Well)

baby's first car wash - foam!

It all seemed innocent at first. She watched diligently while the cars in front of us were sprayed and washed. She pointed and called out “WAH” smiling and laughing happily as she waved her arms. We had just been to the grocery store, and were snacking on some of our purchases while we waited. It [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere: The Baby Indoctrination

toddler sleeping standing up

There can be no doubt that she is our child. It’s official, after showing signs of being interested in joining our ninja-powered sleep academy, she’s fully indoctrinated now. Picture proof: In this first picture, she gave up on staying awake to enjoy the sights during our bike ride, she just curled up and racked out. [...]

Out of the Mouth of Babes, Part 18

Baby Sis new fall 2013 picture

The kids are pouncing all over my husband, after he finished loading the dishwasher as he was helping me in the kitchen (with the stove and oven on). “Alright, kids, it’s about a million degrees in here. Stop climbing all over me, and let me go change out of winter clothes.” “But daddy,” my six-year-old [...]

Sexiest Husband Alive

sexy husband cleaning the fridge

“You and your bionic nose,” he scoffed. “I’m telling you, baby, something is MOLDY in there!” I whined. Every time I opened the fridge, the whiff of mold socked me in the mouth. I was five feet away folding laundry, and my oldest son opened the fridge, and I could still smell it, even from [...]

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 [...]

Cinnamon Rolls and Toddler Destruction

before and after cinnamon roll destruction

I decided to try to be Mommy of the Year this morning and come home from the elementary school to make a batch of cinnamon rolls. (Not from scratch, from Immaculate Baking. Who wants to make ‘em from scratch when their’s tastes SO DANG GOOD? Also because I hadn’t had coffee yet and I was [...]

Why Our Toyota Sienna Has Magical Powers (or Just Funny Parents)

Toyota Sienna magic

My five-year-old son is CONVINCED our minivan has magical powers, and that it allows him to change the radio by pointing at it, the old cowboys-shoot-em-up way, and fire his pointer at it to change the station. His laugh alone (let alone his hilarious reaction) makes it all worth it. See for yourself:

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Two} #happinessis

my son the running back

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 [...]

Sanity Lost. Laser Gun of Doom… Free!

laser gun of doom™

We try to go on a walk every day, with Baby Dude riding his bike, and Baby V either in the stroller or the bike trailer. Today was no different, we left even earlier than normal so we could play at the park before we left to pick up the kids. As we rounded the climby thingie, [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Six} The 9/11 Edition #happinessis

pigtails

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mount Washmore and The Battle with Chocolate Donuts

laundry chute loft

This post is sponsored by Resolve and Burst Media. Lauuuuuundry. Blerg. You know my battle with Mount Washmore in the past. You know laundry is not my favorite. So long as it’s in a laundry basket SOMEWHERE in my house, I’m okay. It’s when it’s on the floor, because some lazy schlep, er, darling child [...]

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

10 Sticky Situations Where Baby Washcloths Can Save Your Life

I’m a member of the JOHNSON’S® Baby CARES council. Kids are dirty little monkeys. And that’s okay! Kids are allowed to experiment with their surroundings (and food, ahem), it’s how they get to know the world around them. But life with kids can get really messy. (And sticky. And somewhat gag-inducing at times.) But when [...]