Happiness is ______ {2014-W16} #happinessis

my new garden friends

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?

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 ______ {2014-W12} #happinessis

hair like dad

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 [...]

I Think The Medical Profession Hates Me

5am

There’s a reason why people are afraid to go to the doctor – they’re afraid. Some are afraid of needles. Some are afraid of the tests conducted (and even more afraid of the results). Some are afraid because they fear taking medications (and their side effects being worse than what they’re taking the medicines for [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W3} #happinessis

handsome new haircut

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-W2} #happinessis

fresh paint on windows 8.1

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Fourteen.

blowing out the birthday candles

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 Fifty} #happinessis

crafts 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 [...]

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 [...]

Neighborhood Football Game

neighborhood football

It was near sunset, I was busy preparing dinner, and a couple of the kids came in to give me a kiss and felt cold as ice. I knew it was going to get cold that night, I just didn’t expect the temperature to dip by THAT much (given it WAS 80-degrees earlier). I started [...]

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 [...]

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 Forty} #happinessis

football friday

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 [...]

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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Two} #happinessis

hug brother

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-Nine} #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 [...]

When Big Brothers Dress Their Baby Sisters, THIS Happens

brother sister buddies

“Mom, she’s got spinach on her dress from lunch. Can I change her for you?” I listened for a moment for the Twilight Zone music, and didn’t hear it, so I almost was ready to believe it was real life. “Uh…” “C’mon mom, I can do this!” He insisted. “See?” He posed with her for [...]

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 [...]