“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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Here’s my number… My Sleep Number, that is.

September 6, 2012

The average person spends close to a third of their life sleeping. Now, of course, that’s not the case for a new parent, but that’s just a short season, really. So, if we spend so much of our lives in bed, resting our bodies and rejuvenating our brain, it would make sense that we would want […]

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Meet Hairy the Tarantula

September 2, 2012

Last year my parents began a new tradition – an overnight campout on their “ranch” on Labor Day weekend, complete with a huge breakfast the next morning. It was great fun last year, and again this weekend. Except for one thing…. Just after we set up our tents on the lawn, Josh began to yell. […]

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This Busy Mom :: Staying Healthy and Fit

August 13, 2012

As a busy mom it’s easy to put myself last. I’m sure you can relate… Changing diapers, feeding kids, folding laundry, and soccer practice will always come before exercise, eating well throughout the day, and drinking plenty of water. I suppose if I can keep the kids activities straight, I will be able to make […]

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Big Families :: “How can you afford to have all those kids?”

July 6, 2012

“How do you not go broke with all those kids?” Is that a question you hear often? My fellow moms of many and I have decided to tackle this very topic in the next installment of our series on big families. Why? Because WE hear this question almost daily! “How do you do it?” Series […]

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Big Families :: “How do you do it?” {Meals}

June 1, 2012

This week in our “how do you do it?” series, my friends and I are talking about meals – who prepares the meals, what we cook, clean-up, and more! “How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi […]

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When Mama’s Away…

May 30, 2012

Last week, when I was in Orlando, I received a text from Ray with these pictures of Timmy. Apparently he made a big ol’ mess of powdered sugar and chocolate. Boy, was he a happy – albeit busted – little booger!

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Big Families :: “How Do You Do It?” {Cleaning}

May 25, 2012

I have a small group of friends in the blogosphere who have large families and are asked the same question I am so often – “how do you do it?” Some of us decided to team up and start a weekly series on our blogs addressing topics such as mealtime, homework, chores, sports, and any […]

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The Day We Got A Kinect RUSH

May 12, 2012

Ray was out of town and it was a cold cloudy day. As we ran to our car, we felt random raindrops land on our nose or our hand. My kids were bundled up and asking for hot chocolate, but we had made a commitment – I had made a commitment. We were to be […]

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Our National Walmart Ad for Johnson & Johnson #SmartSavings

May 3, 2012

A couple of weeks ago my youngest boys and I got to participate in something very exciting… We had a photography crew, a hair and makeup artist, and a team from both Johnson & Johnson and Walmart take over my master bathroom, transforming it into a studio, for almost a full day. You may be […]

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A Visit With The Dentist

April 16, 2012

It had been way too long since my kiddos had been to see a Dentist, so last week I bit the bullet and spent quite a bit of time at the Dentist’s office with them. SIX appointments in one day is enough to make ANY mama pull out a few handfuls of hair. Oy! After […]

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Hot Pockets, Drumsticks, and DiGiorno. Oh my!

April 11, 2012

Being on camera is something I love to do. Feeling the lights on my face, with cameras surrounding me, makes me feel… giddy. Bring my family or a couple of my friends onto the set and I’m a happy girl. Add good food and it just makes for a really good time. This week I had […]

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A Timely Reminder From @daddysweeney

March 24, 2012

In the middle of my world of chaos, with the daily routine of life as a mom of many, it’s so easy for me to get bogged down with my to-do lists and busy calendar, what I lack in comparison to others. I tend to lose sight of the blessings in my life and what […]

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Caught Red Handed

March 1, 2012

Remember the photo that Ray posted the other day? He asked you to create a caption for it and you did not disappoint! Check out what y’all came up with. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what happened. Well, rest assured that Timmy was not harmed. Nor did he harm anyone. He did, however, find my […]

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What happened?

February 28, 2012

Take your best shot and add a caption for this photo… – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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New Year, New Wardrobe, New Earth

February 16, 2012

I just spent the entire afternoon folding and hanging up clothes, putting pairs of shoes in their proper places, and emptying out the purses I’m not currently using. I decided mid-way through that I should do some purging. I am amazed at how much “stuff” I have. Or, had, rather. Part of the reason why […]

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