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New & Improved Site Coming Soon!

I haven’t posted anything in a while because, well, you choose: I’m a lazy bum? I’m so caught-up with being a good mom that I stay off of the computer? I hate Doritos? My husband is balding? All of the above! THE ANSWER: I am lazy AND I struggle to find the time blog and give ... [ Read More ]

Holiday Portraits

Hi Everyone! - Here’s a blast from the past - our 2008 Christmas portrait... - - Don’t we look like the quintessential, All-American family (minus my very cheesy grin)? - Getting my family all dolled-up for this protrait was a peice of cake!  Trust me, I had it ... [ Read More ]

Saying Goodbye to a Giant

- I (we) buried my Aunt Barbara today (12/6).  Well, technically, I buried her yesterday since I'm posting this very late on Monday night. She passed away on Wednesday morning, December 1, shortly after 8am, after a somewhat abbreviated battle with colon cancer.  She had been slipping away, ... [ Read More ]

Once Upon A Time for Thanksgiving

Once upon a time, before I worked, I gardened and decorated seasonally. (Really, I did.  I have pictures below to prove it!) - It was my regular custom to festively decorate the interior and exterior of our Little House on the Freeway for occasions like Valentine’s Day, the arrival of spring ... [ Read More ]

Do I Live in the Hood?

Do I live in the “Hood?” I’m not sure.  And what exactly is the “Hood” anyway? For years I’ve been trying to answer this question, yet the answer has eluded me.  I need to know!  I have my suspicions, but I need facts; the cold, hard facts! Jonathan, my teen son, often comments that we live ... [ Read More ]

Proselytizing:The Ugly “P” Word

Recently, I visited one of my favorite blog sites. Okay, it’s my absolute FAVORITE BLOGSITE EVER!  Hands-down – it’s numeral uno!  This blogger makes me laugh and helps me enjoy life a little bit more through her blog posts.  Hr blog, turned empire, has not only hypnotized me, but apparently half of ... [ Read More ]

Ring Worm Girl?

About a week or so ago, in this post, I shared that Autumn Joy caught ringworm.  I was pretty okay with that since ringworm is easily contracted and easily treatable.  No stigma needs to be attached (yeah right) as many kids in school catch it. - One week after treating her ringworm with ... [ Read More ]

The Good, the Bad and the Best!

What are your parent-teacher conferences like? We recently endured experienced our first round for the school year.  Made me feel like I was in that classic country western: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I have four school aged kids: John, The Homeboy, who’s in the eleventh grade; Josiah, A.K.A. ... [ Read More ]

Happy Birthday, Ash-Cat!

Today is my Ashley’s birthday. She is an amazing (where did the time go?) 23-years-old. - She’s known to some as Ash-Cat-Kitty-Kitty-Meow-Mix.  But she’s known to me as Jamie (No One Else calls her that – though I don’t mind if they do.  Her siblings hardly know it’s her name.  I guess it’s a ... [ Read More ]

Little House Lessons: Appreciation

I have a love/hate relationship with my home. I love my little home. It’s so small that it reminds me of Laura’s Little House on the Prairie, or her Little House in the Big Woods (which is the first place that she actually lived). I can sit in my kitchen and look clear across my living room ... [ Read More ]

Hey Lil’ Sunshine

- Hey little Lexy.  You look so sweet and adorable. - When I see you like this, I just can’t help but forget about… ... [ Read More ]

Kids Say the Darndest Things

We recently discovered that Autumn Joy had ringworm on her neck.  For those of you who have kids who go outside the home for school (non-homeschoolers), you know that kids catch this sort of thing as easily as they breathe air, especially since it is highly contagious.  Once it’s detected, you ... [ Read More ]

Dad: My Hero!

Just how old is a gal before she no longer believes that her dad is Superman?    -   Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had the biggest, widest eyes for my dad.  I fondly remember sitting on the commode in my pajamas in the wee hours of the morning watching him shave, quietly watching him ... [ Read More ]

Run Baby, Run!

Today is my co-workers birthday.  Her name is Jenny.  - What up J-Lo?  J-High?!  I normally don’t give birthday shout-outs to co-workers on my blog, but with Jenny its different because she’s special.  Ooh-Ahh! No, she’s not my homey from around the way; we don’t eat lunch together at work or ... [ Read More ]