B2S :: 1st Day

August 27, 2013

Sending five of my kids off on the first day of a new school year, in a new school, was bittersweet. This will be Noah’s very first year away from home, and I know I will miss him in a different way than I will miss the others. This morning, as I said goodbye to […]

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Summertime Fun At The Austin Ice Cream Festival

August 17, 2013

There are certainly no shortage of fun things for the whole family to do in Austin… We were excited to discover that this weekend was the 7th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. Ray and I thought it would be a great way to spend one of the last Saturdays before school starts, so we decided […]

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#WordlessWednesday :: Texas Lightening Storm

August 7, 2013
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The Ultimate Road Trip

August 5, 2013

It will be two weeks tomorrow since we pulled into our new driveway. While we sorely miss our friends and family back in Cali, we are well on our way to feeling at home in our new place. But, to get here we had to take the mother of all road trips… Ray, two of […]

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The Youngs’ Top 10 Camping Tips

June 22, 2013

1. Have the kids pack the ice chest, so all of the ice melts all over the sleeping bags and Mom’s clothes. 2. Unknowingly piss off your neighbors just before your trip. CPS may show up as you’re leaving and delay you by three hours. 3. Make sure you bring your large untrained dog with […]

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45 Rules for Moms of Sons

June 9, 2013

From the moment I read Michael Mitchell’s 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters, I knew I wanted to put together my own set of rules, but for moms of sons. After all, I do have a bit of experience and I figured it would be easy. But, each time I sat down to write my […]

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My Biggest Fears {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 7, 2013

There are most certainly things that make me uncomfortable, but I’m not afraid of many things. Those of which I am afraid, scare the living daylights out of me… Spiders more than just make my skin crawl; I am terrified of them. I couldn’t even search for a photo to include in this post without […]

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“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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