“What do I do?” {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 6, 2013

Well, first I have to answer the question, “Who am I?” I am a follower of Christ. I am a wife. I am a mother of seven. I am a sister to four. I am a daughter. I am an aunt. I am a grandaughter. I am a friend. I am a teacher. I am [...]

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O-Duster to the Rescue!

April 30, 2013

As a self proclaimed “Type A Neat-Freak”; nothing quite gets Andrea’s blood pumping like a new cleaning product. While others may spend their time in the shoe or makeup isles of Walmart, she can be found in the cleaning section. Sniff, spray, smell, repeat. She could spend hours in search of the next great product [...]

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Celebrate National Superhero Day with Krispy Kreme

April 27, 2013

On April 28, people of all ages will be celebrating National Superhero Day with capes and costumes in honor of their favorite superhuman hero or villain.  Krispy Kreme wants you to celebrate this occasion with a FREE dozen doughnuts for the real-life everyday heroes among us! Download your Krispy Kreme Hero Appreciation Day coupon at HeroAppreciationDay.com today. Bring your [...]

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A Reminder

April 21, 2013
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“Everything is Bigger in Texas”

April 15, 2013

On my last trip to Texas, I bought some goodies for the kiddos. They were all convinced I was tricking them in to thinking these giant gummy candies were in fact jelly beans. None of them could believe that jelly beans could be that big. I explained to them that everything is bigger in Texas. [...]

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I can’t wait to meet YOU!!

April 4, 2013

Hi, I’m Christine – the crazy mama up there in my header. Yes, all seven of those kiddos are mine – six boys and one girl – and I’ll tell you about them in a minute. First, a bit about me – My husband and I will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary this summer. We [...]

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Timmy :: King of the House

April 1, 2013

I was reading through some guest post submissions and found the following, written by Julz last November… Timmy is in the house! It’s so much different when he was not here – which isn’t often. He is the little king of the house! He is growing up so so fast. I am really sad he [...]

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The Orange Rhino Challenge {Check-In}

March 28, 2013

Did you take the Orange Rhino Challenge? How have you done? I have managed to mostly stay at 4 and below on Orange Rhino’s Yelling Meter (see below), which is way better than I expected. I have been trying really hard to stay away from the “nasty snap”, “yell”, and “raging scream”. But… I’m human. And [...]

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A Day Full of BIG Changes

March 27, 2013

Ethan and Zach have been complaining for quite some time about their teeth. Their teeth are pretty crunched in their mouths, but they weren’t in any pain, so I wasn’t in a hurry to take them to see an orthodontist. I figured the longer I stayed away the longer the bills for braces would. I [...]

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Stop Yelling :: Take the Orange Rhino Challenge

March 18, 2013

I yell. A lot. Not as much as I used to. I’m not mean. But still… I have always justified my yelling by the need to be heard. With so many young kiddos running around – being loud, being kids – I need to be louder. I don’t like to yell. I startle my children. [...]

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From The Peanut Gallery

February 28, 2013

Ray : Where’s my iPad? Timmy : Your iPad’s gone! Joshua : Can we move to Alabama? Ray : No, son. We’re moving to Texas. Josh : But if we lived in Alabama and came here for a visit, we could sing “Sweet Home Alabama“! Timmy : That’s funny, Josh! Me : Noah, where did [...]

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FREE Doughnuts at Krispy Kreme

February 1, 2013

Every semester the kids get super excited when they see their report cards. Not only are they stoked to receive a great grade for their hard work, but Krispy Kreme will give them a free doughnut of their choice for every A (or equivalent) – up to 6 each! We happened to pick up the [...]

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Operation Boys’ Room :: Complete!

January 30, 2013

Ongoing is my quest to sort, de-clutter, and organize every room in our house. This week we took care of the little boys’ room. Boy, did it need it! As is our normal MO when de-cluttering a room, we first dumped out every bin and box, pulled random stuff out from under the beds, and [...]

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My Wedding Ring Debacle

January 29, 2013

It’s not surprising that my tastes and likings changed so very much over the years. Doesn’t everyone’s? Sure, my wedding ring held sentimental value, but the idea of a wrap around a solitaire, set in yellow gold, didn’t quite fit my style after ten years. Ray agreed that a new wedding set would be the [...]

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Time to Declutter and Organize

January 11, 2013

For quite some time now I have wanted to purge, declutter, and organize just about every area of my life, especially my house. There seems to be less and less room for us to live and enjoy life, due to the stuff that keeps piling up around us. Stuff ends up in corners, in half [...]

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“We all have stories…”

January 9, 2013

When I first began blogging nearly seven years ago, it was assumed that I was writing about every minute detail – sparing none. I was asked almost daily why I would want to put our “whole life” out there for any and all to read. I have always wanted to be real and transparent, not [...]

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Our Last Soccer Saturday

November 17, 2012

It’s truly amazing how quickly this soccer season came and went. We had 6 – yes, SIX – kiddos playing soccer, with four games each week. Talk about fun! Today was bitter sweet – The end of a season. Another year gone by. Each of us had two games to cheer on. Ray took the [...]

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No Wasted Time

November 7, 2012
"time flies, but the memories collected along the way can never be replaced"

I don’t know about you, but time is just flying by way too fast. My children are literally growing up right before my eyes. I wish I could slow down the hands of time. Every single milestone and new discovery is a valued treasure. I want to savor every single moment. And so, over the [...]

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An Easy Call

October 18, 2012

Less than a week and a half ago I introduced you to Chianti, the newest member of our family. I waited several weeks after we adopted her for a few reasons – 1) I was playing it safe, and 2) I didn’t want to jinx it. We weren’t positive about Chianti’s breed, although we were [...]

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We Caved…

October 9, 2012

The kids had begged and pleaded for a dog for probably as long as they could speak. They wanted a puppy, but we didn’t want the headache of training yet another “baby”. An older dog scared me, since there was no way to know his true history. Ray and I stalled. As long as we could. [...]

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Ray Takes On The Cinnamon Challenge

September 22, 2012

Ray’s brother and his family were over today and mentioned the “Cinnamon Challenge” and a particular video on YouTube. Our curiosity was piqued, not knowing what the Cinnamon Challenge was, and we immediately searched for the hilarious video right away. Of course we were all cracking up, but more than that Ray decided he’d like [...]

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The 10 Most Disgusting Things We Have Found In Our Yukon

September 16, 2012

We all caught a whiff of nastiness when we loaded up in the Yukon this morning. Since we didn’t want to be late for church, yet again, we rolled down all of the windows and tried to ignore the stench. Not surprisingly, the sand buckets we received from my nephew Isaac’s birthday party last Sunday [...]

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