Ending the School Year 2016

Tweet I know I say this every year – as does every other parent of a school-aged child, but really? Where did this school year go? It seems both like yesterday and also so far away that we sent the girls off to three separate schools for the first time. Juggling kids in high, middle […]

Holy Orange Lego Batman, it’s the Robotic Wizards!

Tweet For a family whose kids have really never been much into playing with LEGOs, it may seem odd that for the past two years, our October-December has been all about those little plastic bricks. Or rather, about LEGOs + robots. Which equals First Lego League (FLL) – a robotics program for kids in 4th […]

Refreshing Our Back-To-School Routine with Healthy Essentials #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored

Tweet This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Sending the kids off to […]

School’s out for the summer!

Tweet Where did this school year go? I swear just yesterday I was all worried about Abbi transitioning to middle school, and now she’s all done with her first year there. And since our middle school is only 7th and 8th grades, next year will already be her last year of middle school! Then Hannah […]

The new definition of “busy”

Tweet I remember back to when each of the girls was born and thinking how wonderful it was to have this new little person joining our family. Visions of sweet baby kisses and smiles filled my mind – but what I did not think about back then was that each of those tiny little babies […]

Getting ready for middle school… Already?

Tweet What they say is definitely true — time flies when you have kids. I remember that the first five years of Abbi’s life seemed like such a long time, up until she was ready to head off to kindergarten. And then I blinked — and now she’s going into seventh grade and starting middle […]

The first day back

Tweet Yawn, whine, rub sleepy eyes, run for the bus stop… That’s what the first morning back to school after a 2-week break entails. Complaining kids who are tired and cranky and don’t want to get up – plus a tired mom who feels the same way but knows it’ll get easier after the first […]

Yep, all three of my kids got on the bus…

Tweet Yesterday was a day that I’d joked about, yearned toward, dreaded and dreamed of at various times over the past 11+ years of being a parent. Back when I was working full-time, it was the magical ‘end of daycare’ day when suddenly the obscene-feeling amounts of money we were paying out for daycare would […]

Fun in the Sun for Field Day! (Review/Giveaway: Beyond Coastal sunscreen – ends 6/22)

Tweet This has been a very strange spring weather-wise, but Mother Nature appears to finally have gotten the message that it’s June and for the past couple of weeks we’ve been blessed with the kind of weather that the kids had been waiting for, the shorts-wearing, swimming, sun-filled kind of days that also involve something […]

Wordless Wednesday: Father-Daughter(s) Dance

Tweet They came, they posed – they danced! 🙂 Don’t forget to see more photos at Wordless Wednesday, Project Alicia, Live and Love Out Loud, Seven Clown Circus, Parenting By Dummies,Better in Bulk, and 5 Minutes For Mom!