Happiness is ______ {2014-W4} #happinessis

loom bracelet making

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 [...]

Our Version of FROZEN – San Antonio Ice Storm 2014

ice covered tree

It’s our FROZEN version of a winter wonderland here in San Antonio! This tree trunk sways in the wind and cracks as it sways, it’s such a weird sight and sound! As you step on the grass, it crunches underneath you. My husband had her step on the trampoline, and it cracks beneath her feet, [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Eight} #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 [...]

Cosmic or Divine Intervention? Take Two


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 [...]

Tales from My Outdoorsy, Dirt-Filled Childhood


Seeing the gigantic unopened ten-pound bag of potatoes was enough for me to crave a nice, bitey potato salad. As I washed, peeled and marveled at the size of some of these monsters from the fresh sack, the smell of soil and earth infiltrated my nostrils. I couldn’t help but close my eyes at the [...]

At the Crossroads of Crying, Hyperventilating and Insanity: The Joys of Womanhood


Do you ever get that tight feeling in your chest, like someone’s sitting on it, forcing you to huff and puff through tears, inhaling with all your might as you fight off sobs? I do. These crying moments are fleeting, I know, it’s part of being a woman (a super-sensitive one, in fact), but sometimes [...]

A Little Dirt Ain’t Killed Anyone


It had become apparent to me, as I watched my daughter pick up her pretty fluorescent pink ball to throw down the lane in an effort to hit some/most/all of the pins, that she still had dirt on her face from being outside earlier today. Her hair was back in a pony-tail, gathered at the [...]

Tsunami Thoughts


I’m a preparer. I’m the bag-packer. The snack-bringer. The list-maker. The bandaid-carrier. I’m the ‘just-in-case’ mom. I have bags and bags of stuff I bring, even for short trips, because that’s what I do, I’m a planner. But how do you plan for things like this Tsunami? There aren’t enough Ziploc bag and storage totes [...]

Another Day of “Did That Just Happen?” “Did I Just Say That?” “Can I Haz A Nap Now?”


Words actually said by me: “Baby, DON’T DRINK THE SYRUP!” Something I actually did yesterday: I nailed blankets to the wall, covering my front and back doors. What the crap? Strange places I found peanut butter this week: On my entertainment center Smeared onto the toilet wand Unbelievable as that sounds, yes, I did in [...]

The Wind Run Adventure


I felt the morning’s breath on my skin earlier, enticing my excitement to run in dry weather finally. Yesterday I ran with both babies in the misty-rain – they were covered-up but I battled through puddles, wet roads and foggy glasses. It was not enjoyable, so I cut it short. Today, I was eager to [...]

Life (of it’s own) in the Garden


It isn’t the prettiest of gardens in the world, but the blood, sweat and dirt we’ve put into it sure is taking a life of it’s own. For instance, my oldest paired with a softball to cause our beloved crackle-glass birdseed feeder to break, spilling forth birdseed all over the front flower bed. After a [...]

Brand New Again


The air was brisk in the shade today, despite the sun smiling it’s bright smile. A slight wind whisked a few wisps out of my face while I bent over to push Baby Dude on the tricycle. The sun shone like a special Christmas gift just for me, helping fight off the chill from the [...]

The Long Weekend and Happily Ever After at Home


The children had off from school for President’s Day for a total of four days. They swore that their day off on Friday was because it snowed, despite it being marked on their school calendar long before the snow was forecasted. Silly kids. We enjoyed a February snowman with chalk-colored eyes (which unfortunately appeared urine-colored. [...]

A Southern Snow Story


You get a lot of “first times” when raising children, don’t we? First teeth, first words, first step, first day of school.. but it gets me right in the heart when an accidental first time appears on my doorstep, quite literally! My Baby Dude and toddler got to experience snow for the first time, and [...]

Fever and the Unexpected Snow


While we were in Disney, my daughter, Captain Obvious, came down with a fever. She had no other symptoms except she was cold. She eventually became tired and lethargic from it, so we took her back to the hotel instead of her feasting on pizza at CiCis. Within a day she was perfectly fine again, [...]

Summer and Bugs


Is summer over yet? Don’t get me wrong, summer is awesome – playing outside, swimming in the pool, vacations, the beach, getting tan and all that rocks! This isn’t even about the crazy heat here in the South, or the kids being home and fighting like cats and dogs all the time, or anything like [...]

Looking Old? Maybe. Feeling Old? Not really.


I guess you don’t really see it until you see it. In a picture. Because, you see, I don’t see myself when I look in the mirror. When I look in the mirror I’m checking my hair, brushing my teeth. I’m looking at what I’m supposed to be focusing on, not me as a whole, [...]

Adventures with Spiders 4AM-Style


Hacking. Coughing. Hacking some more. My poor, newly-five-year-old dude was just coughing his brains out. So I’m up, stumbling to the kitchen quickly, trying to fetch him a drink while simultaneously waking up to see the measuring cup through my blurry eyes. I’m also attempting to snag some cough medicine, Vick’s Vapo Rub, and, for [...]

Ask My Why I’m Up at 4AM


Neighbor awakens me, banging on our door. By the time I put the baby down and answer, and try to begin to wake my mind up as to why someone’s at the door at this ungodly hour, I open it to find he’s got a look of horror on his face. “Not sure you want [...]

Easter Ruined? I Think Not


Plants were purchased. Containers and pots and flowers-a-plenty, all lined up and waiting for transplantation. The tradition in our family every year is to plant on Easter. Mother Nature had something else in mind for today, though. Our first Easter in which it poured, and thundered, and she made it known there would be no [...]

The Spider Conspiracy


No kidding, as I just sat down to edit my freebies page with new freebies, I peer over my screen and see a creepy-crawly dangling from the chalkboard that hangs in our kitchen. What!? What is this? Another one? You see, just below that very spot, not but 3 days ago, there was a bigger, [...]



April showers, yadda yadda. (Between you and me, I’ve had enough in the past two weeks.) I am thankful for candles, for flashlights, and backup batteries, too. For snacky food that needs no preparation, for my grill lighter, and for it not being too cold/hot, so we could do without the heat/air, if need be. [...]

Gustav Thoughts


*Notes to self* While picking out games and books with your children is fun, so they can pick what they want out themselves, next time, don’t take them with you. As soon as you get home they’ll want to play, and without knowing how long power might be out (if it even goes out), you [...]