Category Archives: both kids

Working Mom Woes

I used to be a regular blogger and it pains me to see that my last post occurred in 2016. But middle school started and we jumped on the family merry-go-round of schedule insanity. My day usually starts at 4:00 a.m. and most days don’t wind down until 10:00 p.m. and in between those hours, I’m […]

Cookies for Santa

Christmas Eve is a very special day in our family. We enjoy waking up and tracking Santa’s travels across the world via the NORAD Santa Tracker app on our phones and iPads. Over the past couple of years, we’ve also been fortunate to talk with live NORAD folks by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD. The kids enjoy speaking […]

Holiday Bakers

I’ve always loved baking a variety of treats at the holidays, but none of us needs multiple batches of goodies in the kitchen. So, our holiday tradition has always been to bless our neighbors with a tin full of baked goods. Before we had kids, I didn’t understand how complicated or messy this task could […]

Surprise Lights

On the first Friday of each month, one of the towns near us has a community event that encourages people to visit each of the small businesses in their town. Usually, we check in at a local church and obtain the list of challenges. And, as you complete a challenge which may include guessing how […]


This Halloween, our kids had some pretty creative ideas. Our son wanted to be an Enderman from Minecraft which is his favorite video game and our girl wanted to be Hermione from Harry Potter. Every year, we take the kids to a thrift shop with their costumes in mind. This usually is a pretty targeted […]

Adventure Time Tuesdays

For the past 3 years, my husband has created a wonderful summer tradition for the kids, entitled “Adventure Time Tuesdays.” Each Tuesday, he cooks up an epic adventure for the kids and usually only gives them a short clue to figure out what they will be doing. They have completed hikes, had theme days and […]

Kid Olympics 

A few weeks ago, our kids both participated in our local AWANA Olympics contests. Because the kids are in different grades, they were on different teams. Both teams did a great job as they competed against a variety of teams throughout the state. And, at the end of the day, both teams won 1st place […]


This afternoon, the weather looked a little foreboding in our neck of the woods. However, the kids & I decided that we wanted to go out of the house to do something. I wasn’t quite sure what, but I figured we could take a walk at our local mall. It’s indoors and wouldn’t be affected […]

Our Non-Traditional Holidays

This year, we haven’t done any of the “traditions” that we’ve held so dear over the previous decade. Typically, our Christmas holidays have included the Festival of Lights, catching the Christmas ships and going to a local raceway to see some Christmas lights with hot cocoa. But this year? I’d say we have new traditions, […]

Briefing Council

Tonight, I was a nervous wreck. My kids had the opportunity to brief our local city council and I didn’t get any editing privileges. Let’s explain how this evening came to be…. On November 23rd, I posted the following picture to Facebook with the caption: Last night, the kids & I chatted about the holidays […]