Like No One Else {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 4, 2013

There are many quotes I favor – verses from the Bible I treasure, poems I love, excerpts from books I have memorized – all favorites for different reasons. So, I really didn’t think it’d be that difficult to choose one for today’s challenge. But, it was! I chose the following quote by Dr. Suess simply […]

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3 Things That Make Me Uncomfortable {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 3, 2013

There aren’t many things that make me uncomfortable. But, those that do, make my skin crawl. I know. Seems drastic. But, for me? These things are real deal breakers. For example… If I get your voicemail when I call you, I most likely will not leave you a message. If I do, it will probably […]

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What I Know About Big Families {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 2, 2013

I am the grand-daughter in a big family. I am the daughter in a big family. I am the mother in a big family. I may know a thing or two about big families. we make big noises. we make big messes. we eat big meals. we have big personalities. we make big plans. we […]

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The Story of Me {in 250 words or less} #BlogEveryDayinMay

May 1, 2013

I was born nearly thirty-six autumns ago. Four little ones came after me, and I became a mini version of my mother. I never played with dolls, since I had real babies to help feed, dress, bathe and tickle. Of course, I wanted to play mommy and loved every minute of it. In fact, I […]

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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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Angry Birds Birthday Party

April 26, 2013

  Ben’s 7th birthday was in January, but with so much going on his birthday party didn’t happen. Oh, I planned one. Then I postponed it, canceled it, changed it, and finally kinda gave up. So, when Party City contacted me and told me that they wanted to send me a bunch of goodies for […]

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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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The Ultimate Blog Party 2013 is just around the corner…

April 2, 2013

What is the Ultimate Blog Party? Well, it is just that — the ultimate place to party and meet new friends, (but no babysitters, airplanes, or tickets necessary.) It is super easy to participate — all you do is write a party post on your site, sharing a bit of what you and your site […]

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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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Silly :: Julia’s Middle Name

February 6, 2013

Just before Christmas, while in New York, we visited America’s First Pizzeria and this is what Julia does… Classic!

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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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