Kindness Counts- Our Attempt to use the Carrot vs. Stick to get our four kids to be kind

Although the posts I’ve been posting may seem overly positive, there are lots of moments that everyone is NOT kind to each other.  In fact, sometimes it’s downright ugly.  We finally had a family meeting last night and brainstormed how we can all help each other with kindness.  They like the idea of a chartContinue reading “Kindness Counts- Our Attempt to use the Carrot vs. Stick to get our four kids to be kind”

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My Funny Valentine

Wow, guys….. What. A. Week. It’s been one for the record books. There were Valentine’s Day school parties, Garen on the road two days, getting ready for helping with decorations for the school dance, and more “real work” than I can shake a stick at. And then the weekend full of laundry, washing and puttingContinue reading “My Funny Valentine”

Whoooooo are you?

Figure out who you are and then do it on purpose. – Dolly Parton Such a fantastic quote.  It is tomorrow’s quote of the day for Tuesday in my planner.  I just recently watched the popular Netflix movie, Duplin’.  It was fantastic.  I’m not going to say much more because I hate spoilers but thisContinue reading “Whoooooo are you?”

Blueberry Crumble Pie with Shortbread Crust

I love blueberries….any way you fix them. Growing up, my Grammy made a lot of blueberry muffins, blueberry cobblers, and, occasionally, a blueberry pie. For quite a few summers in a row, one of my Uncle Mo’s good friends provided a steady supply of fresh blueberries.  Grammy always froze them and we had (almost) freshContinue reading “Blueberry Crumble Pie with Shortbread Crust”

Sprinkler Saturday

What do you do when it’s hot outside and you need to keep the troops entertained??? Go outside and play in the sprinkler!!! And Garen got out his fancy lenses to capture a few quick photos. I think they turned out pretty cool, don’t you?!?

(Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday: Bringing Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

Today’s (Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday prompt: Write about a childhood memory that changed your perspective. I could probably write quite a few stories about childhood memories that changed my perspective but for now, I’m going to go back to a memory from a long, long time ago that I barely even remember. I amContinue reading “(Not So) Tall Tale Tuesday: Bringing Joy in the Midst of Sorrow”

My Dad turns 60

Growing up, and even in the recent past, my mom has told me, “You are just like your Dad….” Man, what a compliment. My Dad is one of my heroes.  It’s no secret that I adore him.  I’m proud of his accomplishments throughout his career, but I’m even more proud of the man he isContinue reading “My Dad turns 60”

Photo Friday: A girl and her doll

We got Anna her first American Doll for her birthday. She loves it. Garen got this photo of us “doing hair.” I love it. So real. So special. Here’s another great one that Garen took. Happy Photo Friday!

Mommy Review Monday: Care.com for Finding Childcare

I have excellent babysitters/nannies that help us out.  And, with four kids and both of us traveling for work, boy, do we need it?!?  When I tell people that we have great sitters they typically ask me how I found them.  It’s hard to find good help from word-of-mouth.  If you hear about someone who’sContinue reading “Mommy Review Monday: Care.com for Finding Childcare”

Solution Sunday: You’re Grounded Chore Chart

In the words of my Grammy, “I don’t want to sound like I’m airing my dirty laundry,” but we’ve been having some behavior issues around here and problems not minding the first time, etc., etc., etc…. And a while back I saw a few Pinterest posts that had some ideas for grounding, including a “Congratulations,Continue reading “Solution Sunday: You’re Grounded Chore Chart”