DIY Super Mario Bros Birthday Party

Super Mario Bros birthday party decorations

Post may contain affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure and Privacy statement for details.       For my son’s 6th birthday, I aspired to throw a really cool birthday party without breaking the bank. I did a Super Mario Bros theme and made an obstacle course in the yard by using things I already had at … Read moreDIY Super Mario Bros Birthday Party

Precious Vandalism

When our kids are quiet we always have to investigate why don’t we? Yesterday afternoon, my six year old son Timothy went to his room to “take a nap” (which has yet to actually turn into taking a nap) while I was putting the baby down for a nap in the crib. I stepped into … Read morePrecious Vandalism

Awesome Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

I could sit here all day and come up with homemade Halloween costume ideas.  I absolutely love it!  I love to reinvent stuff from home and get creative in making cool costumes.  Here is a pic of my husband and I when our son was about a year old.  We went with a Mario theme, … Read moreAwesome Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

Let Them Fail

Someone has to have the kid that’s the best at something, and someone has to have the kid that’s the worst at something. It is a competitive world and we are pushing kids harder than ever before to succeed at absolutely everything. Of course we want our kids to have ambition and get ahead in … Read moreLet Them Fail

The Weed Remains

We had an impromptu family bonfire at my house the other night.  The weather finally cooled off enough for us to enjoy the fire pit.  We got a lot of rain this summer so grass and weeds started to grow under the wood, so in true man form, my husband doused the grass and wood … Read moreThe Weed Remains

Things I Wish I Knew Before Kids

The things I wish I knew before kids, advice to new parents.

Expecting a baby is such an exciting time. It’s common to buy top-of-the-line everything and to prepare that perfect nursery. For your first baby, anyway. While it is fun to shop for your little bundle, after your first time around the block things tend to relax a bit as your prepare for your second. It … Read moreThings I Wish I Knew Before Kids

Little Smiles, Big Trials

We tend to share our happiest times in life online.  But what about the other ones? This is a recent picture that I uploaded to social media.  Two happy boys.  You almost don’t even notice the messy house in the background.  They are the loves of my life, my greatest joys, my babies. I don’t … Read moreLittle Smiles, Big Trials

I’m Coming Out

We can never get enough of someone coming out of the closet can we? It may or may not be equally shocking, but I’m coming out of the spiritual closet.  I am a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and I am proud of it. Whaaaaa?  Audra???? Really??? It certainly doesn’t align with my early life.  … Read moreI’m Coming Out

Mom, What’s Wrong With the Car?

The car completely dies on me as I’m driving down the road with my two young kids in the backseat.  I try to pull over with no power steering to avoid an accident and I’m thankful there is at least a good spot to pull over on this particular stretch of road. I turn off … Read moreMom, What’s Wrong With the Car?

“She’s Gone.”

I had a new post ready to go for today, but in this past week, I have seen so many dogs in pictures and in person that looks so much like our Sunny, she was our first child before our human babies came along.  I went back and read this, and was moved to share … Read more“She’s Gone.”

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