What I’ve Learned as a School Pick Up Line Newbie

My son has been a bus rider since his first year of school, but this year we decided to try something different. He wanted to be a car rider, and since the timing worked out with little brother heading to preschool, I figured why not? He’s one of the big kids at his elementary school … Read moreWhat I’ve Learned as a School Pick Up Line Newbie

There Goes My Life – The First Day of Kindergarten

Mom thoughts on the first day of kindergarten at school

This is one of the very first blog posts I ever wrote-about the day my first child went to kindergarten. I read it every year before the school year starts and I feel a little tinge of this every time I send him off on his first day of school. At the risk of sounding … Read moreThere Goes My Life – The First Day of Kindergarten

Of Boys, Bunk Beds and Elusive Bedtimes

Upward view of a bunk bed ladder

“Stop it, mom said it was my turn!” “You already watched something, I’m turning it off!” We are deep into the summer break and we’ve done all the things. Swimming, watermelon, ice cream, fireworks, water balloons, water guns, cousins and bare feet in the yard and the treehouse. “You’re a doody-face!” “You’re a BUTT!” Ridiculous … Read moreOf Boys, Bunk Beds and Elusive Bedtimes

Mom’s Summer Vocabulary

Long summer days on school break bring back Mom's Summer Vocabulary, aka parenting snacks, kids, I'm bored and kids who are always hungry.

I love to foster an environment of boredom for the kids over the summer. I develop a lot of anxiety if I have to rush around from activity to activity and the kids play best when they’re bored, they really do. It also saves a bit of coin when we are blissfully unscheduled. We did … Read moreMom’s Summer Vocabulary

Making Memories When You Can’t Afford a Big Vacation

Big theme park vacations are not the norm for us, so visiting Legoland and Disney World this year is something we’ll always remember. I do recommend making memories on a big splurge at least once in a lifetime if you can. But the fact of the matter is, big vacations are not always possible. Spring … Read moreMaking Memories When You Can’t Afford a Big Vacation

Kids These Days…

Ellie's 10th birthday party at the nursing home to celebrate with her grandmother

For every negative article out there that talks about “kids these days” there should be an equal and opposite article that highlights how awesome they are. There will always be generational growing pains, and there will also always be a whole slew of kids out there doing something good. We should highlight more of that. … Read moreKids These Days…

Why I Was Never Really Much of a Disney Fan as a Kid

cousins

I was never really much of a Disney fan as a kid. That may widen some eyeballs and spurn a few gasps, but I really wasn’t. I know I enjoyed more than my fair share of Disney Movies on VHS growing up. But a Disney vacation was something that just wasn’t within the reach of … Read moreWhy I Was Never Really Much of a Disney Fan as a Kid

Explore Indoors with National Geographic Kids

Tyrannosaurus Rex encounter in the viewmaster virtual reality headset viewer

I love partnering with organizations that encourage learning and exploration. This is a sponsored post with National Geographic Kids and may contain affiliate links.    Of course we want to encourage you to get outside as much as humanly possible and explore the great outdoors together as a family. But the weather doesn’t always allow … Read moreExplore Indoors with National Geographic Kids

When Their Baby Words Are Almost Gone

When kids grow up and their baby words start to disappear

It really is a moment when your kids start to grow up out of toddlerhood and start pronouncing words correctly, isn’t it? We get so used to them and their little quirks and we adopt their words into our own vocabulary. Sometimes a family has its own language, you know what I mean? When cereal … Read moreWhen Their Baby Words Are Almost Gone

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