Fall Fun

We had gone to the early service at church so we could catch the Seahawks game.

It didn’t look good.  Before the first half was even over, must husband turned off the TV.  “Get in the car, kids.  We’re going to the pumpkin farm!

Mind you, we didn’t actually need to go to the pumpkin farm.  We grew our own this year.

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How Educators Can Gain Credibility With Parents

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I’ll admit it.  I’m kind of a snob.

{At least when it comes to written communication.}

I’m by no means immune to typos, but I have very little tolerance for some of the most common and most irritating mistakes.  Especially when they come to me via email and/or notes sent home from school.

Even though I know teachers and school administrators are human and have their personal areas of excellence and weakness (just like the rest of us), I still have an expectation that the people charged with educating my child will send home grammatically correct and error-free correspondence.  And, fair or not, when they send out things with these ridiculous errors it really knocks their credibility in my eyes. Continue reading

Yes, Things Will Change

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For the longest time, I resisted the idea that having children meant things would change in our family.  Everything would be the same, but with a baby. Continue reading

Surviving Dinner – Sausage, Shells, and Peas in Alfredo Sauce

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

I threw this together on a whim trying to use up stuff in the fridge and freezer.  Both kids had seconds, and I think my husband had thirds.  It went over so well and was so crazy easy that’s I’m resurrecting Surviving Dinner to share it with you!

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How We Use the Potty


Nope, it’s not that kind of post, so don’t worry.

My son was well on his way to toileting independence by his 18-month birthday.  So when Brynna was right around 16 months we dragged our kiddie potty out of storage to begin to familiarize her with it – what it is, where it goes, what it’s used for.

And, she couldn’t care less.  It’s been used exactly ZERO times.  So we’ve found alternate uses for the potty.  Here is how we put the potty to use in our house. Continue reading

It’s Not a War, It’s a Sisterhood



Like I’ve said before, I left the mommy wars.  I don’t think they really exist anywhere except on the internet and with a few crazies running around in real life anyway.

With that preface out of the way, yesterday this article from Babble started popping up all over my Facebook feed about how having a stay-at-home mom is a luxury for the working spouse.

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You Will Always Second Guess Yourself

I felt very strongly about keeping my son out of daycare once he started kindergarten, and it wasn’t just about the cost.

I don’t want to stay at work after I’m done for the day.  Why should I do that to Conlan?

Plus, truth be told, I wanted him to ride the bus.  He loves the bus.  What little kid doesn’t?  Ever since he could talk he chattered about how once he was old enough he would be able to ride the school bus.  I think he was looking forward to that part more than the actual kindergarten experience. Continue reading


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