Early Holiday Donations

Since 2008 we have followed, strictly, a holiday rule…for every gift received something we already own is donated. At first this rule was difficult for our whole family, especially the children, but it has evolved into something wonderful for us. In fact, here is a bag the kids brought to me this morning, unprovoked, of … Continue reading

Harper’s Ferry

One of the things that we do to make moving so often seem exciting for our family is to tout how many great new places we will get to see at our new house. Yesterday we decided to act on this perk with a little bit more of a stretch than a quick drive to … Continue reading

This relaxing moment…

Is brought to you by Micaela. Micaela just started working on Sonatina. This is only the first part…but it just sounds so soothing to me. I love listening to her play…but more importantly, I love that she loves to play! So sit back, listen, and relax 🙂

Encouraging kids to work hard

Devan keeps me on my toes! He is a go get ’em kid, full of energy. I love the energy, but I am fully aware that if I do not have a long list of things he can do then his energy will be funneled in a manner that isn’t ideal…for example, teasing the snot … Continue reading

Hitting the reset button

I didn’t get a chance to write at all last week…we had a very difficult week! It involved my husband being away for work, a serious doggy injury, an overseas auto-accident (everyone’s ok!), and the death of someone close to our oldest daughter. Last week I focused directly on what needed my attention and was … Continue reading

The Life of a Home

The house I live in was built in 1903. The same family owned and lived in it until the late 1990’s…several generations of them that is. This is the garage/storage shed that is in the back. I love looking at it. I think it’s the basketball hoop, maybe, and the worn out court lines painted … Continue reading

Food Waste Friday and a Cake

This week we lay to rest a pepper and some leftover Chicken Cacciatore that lived in our fridge for a couple of weeks (ewwww…I forgot about it, it was a quiet, non-stinky tenant there!). These were our favorite recipes this week. Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup – I only had cheddar cheese and it … Continue reading