Last night I had an epiphany as I tried to lay the baby down for bed. Whereas she normally falls asleep within a couple minutes, last night Mary was mad. Super mad. She was hollering and unhappy with me. While she cried, I hurried and tucked the big kids in bed, and then I […]
Earlier this morning, as I watched two of my girls paint on some leftover cardboard, I had two thoughts. First, I was pleased with my “mom skills.” I was using corner protectors for my new picture frame in the kids’ bathroom. The girls wanted to make tents for their miniature dolls with the cardboard. Creative […]
So far I’m doing good on my goal to have a fun activity each day! As I wrote about in my first summer boredom busters posts here, I’m using ideas from the fabulous Family Fun Boredom Busters book that has been sitting in my bookcase for years. Plus, I’m finally using those great ideas for […]
Looking for summer boredom buster fun that is also slightly educational? Read on! For today’s summer activity, we learned more about the letter “D,” but in a fun way that worked for my school age kid and my little ones. Read about more preschool aged activities or crafty summer boredom busters here. I started by drawing […]
Okay ya’ll, this summer, I want to be that great Mom who plays games, does crafts, and really enjoys summertime with the kids. Since Simon started school last year, I realized that there were so many fun things I anticipated doing that never happened. When I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to […]
Every parent has those moments when the urge to yell pulses within us. We think, “Why can’t my kids just listen to me?” and it seems that our attempts to be calm and kind are useless. But if the kids won’t listen, how we can teach them, direct them, or help them? Isn’t it our […]
Little Ruby joined her sister in dance class for “bring a friend” day. During the tumbling practice she tried a somersault and flopped on her face! Too funny not to share!
My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new […]
These quotes describe my life over the last couple weeks. Between floor demolition and remodeling, school programs, birthday celebrations, and deadlines, I have felt the stretch! Good thing my mommy brain can still multi-task. I hope you get a chuckle out of these quotes too! Feel free to share. Most days Hulu and Amazon shows […]
During our engagement, I made a conscious effort to include my fiancé in our wedding preparations. Perhaps the TV show “Bridezilla” motivated me to not be a complete control freak, but deeper down, I also really wanted his opinion! I was already halfway through my counseling training when we met and fell in love, so […]
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I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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