Happiness is ______ {2014-W26} #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 ______ {2014-W22} #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 ______ {2014-W16} #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 [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere – The Stairs Edition

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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!

“The Last One” Woes

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She climbed onto my lap quite dinosaur-esque, readying her position for some nap-related boob-time. I leaned back into the couch, my trusty heating pad clicked on to a “1” resting against my lower back. Just as I began to open Facebook, I instinctively decided to look down for a second at my baby’s drowsy eyes, [...]

Nap Time Rituals {Just Write}

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Her little baby nose snores outward the air from her slumber-filled dreams. She is one of tortured sleeper children; one that tosses and turns and flips like a gymnast in her sleep. No matter how warm or cold outside, her hair is always wet and matted with her sweat, my baby sweaty sleeper. Snoreeeee. My [...]

Quiet Naps or Loud Ones?

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My mother used to always advise people to run a vacuum or turn on a radio when their babies take naps. She would proclaim to anyone who inquired how she’d be as loud as she could, vacuuming while I slept. Why, you might wonder? So  the baby (me) wouldn’t startle and wake before ready. Think [...]

Top 10 Things Parenting Books Don’t Tell You (and I Wish They Did!)

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Oh, if only there was some magical book out there that cracked the “kid” code of all the goofy stuff they constantly do that makes you scratch your head. I’ve compiled a list of the Top Ten things I wish they WOULD put in those parenting books: Why, after you spend your time washing, drying, [...]

Post-Conference Wear and Tear

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Of all four flights I took to Charlotte, NC and back, the last, brief flight from Dallas was the oddball one. The flight attendant who checked me in could not give me a bulkhead seat (the larger row directly behind first class), so we were cramped in a regular coach seat, both V and me. [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere, The “Baby Dude is Everywhere” Edition

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After a long, hard day of playing outside, with all that fresh air he enjoyed, he fell out early one night. Disrupting his beauty sleep enough simply changing his diaper, we lovingly put him to bed, (our king-sized bed, mind you), and he TOOK OVER. He’s the littlest one (until the new baby is born) [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere, The Camera Phone Edition

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Unbelievably enough, I’ve gotten all these shots with my camera phone in the last few weeks. My kids have been hard at work falling asleep anywhere, lemme tell ya! The first two are of my Baby Dude after a long day of soccer. The poor dude came home and fell asleep standing up! He somehow [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere – The “He Didn’t Even Make It Up The Stairs” Edition

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You know you’re tired when….. …you can’t climb the stairs to the playroom. (My kids have a knack for this sleeping anywhere business. Check out my kids sleep anywhere series!) Do your children do this, too? Have you shared photos of your children sleeping crazy-like? I’d love to see them! Never miss a thing! Subscribe [...]

Mom Takes a Nap, Film at 11

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(Note: I would love to tell a beautiful tale of my husband’s triumphant return home as being magical and awe-inspiring, but illness has seemingly gripped our small kids again, and it’s been nothing but boogers and coughing for Round 2 of Douglas Family’s Winter of Illnesses 2011. Blerg.) Stop the presses, folks. Yesterday, I took [...]

One, Two, Four.. What?

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It’s Day One of hubby being out of town, Day Two of my attempt at a sleep makeover, and Day Four of no fitness/running/working out whatsoever due to leg injury. If a zombie had milk-producing boobs and did endless amounts of laundry, that’d be me. Hubs will be gone until the day before the SuperBowl, [...]

Sleep Deprivation Awesomeness. Only Not.

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When you first bring home your newborn baby, you’re expected to be up all night. You have this sweet-smelling, squealing pile of baby fluff to coo and ooh at you, calling for boob, cold, unable to coordinate it’s surroundings, needing you desperately. You’re expected to be zombie-like as a new mother, and if you’re lucky, [...]

I Don’t Feel A Day Over 25, Except Today

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Today is my 34th birthday. I was supposed to wake up to kids swarming over me, smothering me in birthday kisses and homemade birthday cards while coffee placed into my tired hands for consumption. I was going to wake up and go run 34 minutes – one minute for each year I’ve been alive. Instead? [...]

Soccer Knocks ‘Em Out

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Soccer’s a tiring sport, man. After the game nap. Couldn’t resist sharing this! Watching his siblings play, man, you can’t get anymore exhausted as a little guy. Can you believe how red his hair looks? Too bad I couldn’t join them. Nap times with kidlets are the bestest. Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for [...]

Kids Sleep Anywhere, Part 2

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My super-squirrel-y ninja-sleep skills are busy at work again, young Padawans. This time, after a trip to the ever-addictive Starbucks did my young sleepmeisters fall out, hard. First, my Baby Dude, who was originally laid upon the pillow on the couch. After a couple stretches, he ended up like this:   (I think my laundry [...]

No Room for Mommy

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We ran out of baby sister’s favorite cereal she calls “her cwackuh see-wee-ull (cracker cereal).” Without being aware, a brand spankin’ new box was purchased for our princess on Tuesday, our shopping day. Today she discovered it, excitedly so, so we cracked it open and it’s all she’s wanted. All. Day. Long. So far, 1pm [...]

My Kids Sleep Weird. Period.

kids sleep anywhere - the office chair

I swear, I don’t know how my children sleep in these strange ways. Especially my toddler, who is a force to be reckoned with in the sleep department. Rivaling my kindergartner, even. This time, she fell asleep on my office chair. Don’t ask how. I’ve stopped asking my children “how,” because it will lead no [...]

Kid Contortionist Sleeping

kids sleep anywhere - crazy sleeper

Ah yes, my young Padawan is learning the force from his siblings quite well, my friends. I swear I don’t know how they can sleep like that!?However, it is very reminiscent of the first time I caught them sleeping together. For more Wednesday fun, visit Wordless Wednesday, 5MFM, MomSpective, MomDot, Seven Clown Circus and We [...]

Kids Will Sleep Anywhere

kids sleep anywhere - sleeping while standing up

I’ve talked about my ninja-like skills for insta-sleep with my kids. This is nothing new. They have mad skills in the sleeping anywhere department. Super-abilities or powers, if you will. The force is strong with this one, however. Standing up, people. That takes talent. Having kids is friggin’ AWESOME, man. Never miss a thing! Subscribe [...]

Do You Know What Happens When You Go to Sleep at 9pm?

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I didn’t either, until last night. I mean, I’m sure I’ve gone to sleep that early before, probably during an illness, or newborn stage with one of my children. But 9pm is super-duper early. It’s my kids’ bedtime, for crying out loud! Last night, we were coming home from a day of shopping and having [...]

Gimme an S! Gimme an L! Gimme an E-E-P!

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Do you know what happened to me last night? Nothing. One big fat gigantic goose-egg of nuthin’. What’s so special about that? I went to bed at nearly 11. E-l-e-v-e-n. That, my friends, is unheard of. No writing a post for me, no checking emails before bed, no posting on forums, no Facebook, no Twitter, [...]

Husband’s Post – Adventures in Getting to Work

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Our five-year-old son is a video game addict. Whenever a video game is on-screen, even if he isn’t playing it, he loses all mental capacity and stares blankly at the magic box. Sometimes I swear he drools, or something. In an effort to curtail my son’s attempts to mainline the Wii or Playstation, we’ve drastically [...]

Kids Strange Sleeping Positions, Take Two

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My children have a talent for falling asleep wherever and whenever, in the oddest of positions, there’s no denying that fact. (Recall my ninja-like skills, because my children. fall. asleep. everywhere) My youngest? He was seemingly well on his way to being inducted into that super-secret Sleep-However Academy™ after his Disney nap. Now he’s an [...]

Spellbinding Moments with Children

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How is it possible that children can make you want to rip your hair out and yet, be so incredibly amazing they can bring you to tears, just by needing you? They are such amazing creatures. I am spellbound by them daily. Tonight, my toddler was giving poor hubby a hell of a time. He [...]