Happiness is ______ {2014-W17} #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-W15} #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-W8} #happinessis

new favorite picture of baby dude

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 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 [...]

Happy Birthday to Me – Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Six} #happinessis

pink purple sunset

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 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 [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Four} #happinessis

baby Steelers cheerleader

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 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 [...]

Hell Has a Name, It’s Called “Yesterday”

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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 Modeā„¢. That is, until the enormity of the task [...]

Soccer Cinderella and the Royal Ball

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Once upon a time.. there was a sweet blonde-haired kindergarten princess who loved playing soccer with daddy, the King, as a her coach. After a game one Saturday, her mother, the Queen, surprised her with a fun, dress-up date to go somewhere special – a Royal Ball at her local Walmart! Unfortunately, the kind, well-intentioned [...]

When Mom Takes A Day Off, She Gets Shinguards. (Huh!?)

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When other moms take the day off, they go shopping for themselves, treat themselves to a spa day, relax, eat out. Y’know, stuff like that. Me? I got myself and the kids dressed, and took my toddlers shinguard shopping. Because it’s sexy and I’m a huge soccer dork who really wanted to get her daughter pink [...]

When The Toddler Mascot Gets A Medal, Too

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He’s the only one that didn’t play on a team this soccer season, being too young. He dressed up every game and played in spirit, though. “Where’s my sotter twoze (soccer clothes)?” he’d say, as he watched his older siblings dress Saturday mornings. When the season ended, all our children had parties with snacks and playing [...]

For the Love of the Win, and Not the Game

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It’s no secret that we’re a sports family. We’re active folks with active children and crazy-busy lives shuffling kids to-and-fro. I know I have a lot more gray hair from it, but I feel my children are learning some wonderful life lessons from it. Mostly. Except when the referees ruin the game for them (and [...]

Halloween Schmalloween. Today is Mom’s Freaking Day Off!

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Today might be Halloween, but other than dressing up and trading candy, today shall henceforth be known as MOM’S FREAKING DAY OFF, YO! Friday, Saturday and Sunday were non-stop, mom’s-gotta-go-go-goooo kind-of days that make me pant in exhaustion just thinking about them. I tried to stop and take a belly bump pic, but honestly? I [...]

You Know You’re a Soccer Mom When….

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Your kids take their muddy soccer ball, and smear it on your back window. Like this. And you drive down the street, not seeing it at first, until the light shines through, or suddenly your back window is needed, and you’re all like, “WTF!!?” while double-taking the rear-view, and your kids, who had forgotten at [...]

Six Hours of Soccer in the Texas Heat. ZOMG!

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The day started off with the morning sunrise shining rainbows through the front door. Then I hear, “Mom? I can’t find my cleats and shin-guards.” “Look in the bathtub.” “The BATHTUB!? Uh …. why???” “Just look, baby.” It’s called “Toddlers.” They’re weird, okay? With five of my six children playing this year, Baby Dude felt [...]

Advice from Brandi Chastain for My Soccer Playing Son on Getting Serious and Going Pro

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Growing up in an active family myself, it didn’t surprise me seeing my children fascinated by sports, dribbling soccer balls almost as soon as they learned to walk, and begin playing soccer at age four. My oldest son, though, shows the most dedication and proficiency, wanting to become pro when he grows up. One of [...]

Thank You, US Women’s Soccer

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The US Women’s Soccer Team lost in the World Cup yesterday to Japan. It was a grueling three hours of nailbiting faith and drama, and seeing these women play their heart’s out. I could not be prouder of all they’ve accomplished. I hope they wear their silver medals with pride. Today they return home to [...]