B2S :: 1st Day

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 each of them – with lots of hugs and kisses – I prayed that God would go before them and help us all transition well.

BTS Josh and Noah

BTS Zach Julia Ethan

I was excited to hear all about their first day of school and rushed to pick them up. Josh and Noah get out earlier than my middle schoolers, so we had a chance to chat before the big kids got home.

Josh really likes his teacher, has already made a couple of friends, and said that “school is awesome”!

Noah had a fabulous first day. He said that he loves school and “can’t wait until tomorrow!” I really didn’t need to worry about him at all…


Ben and I had oour first day of school today, too. Well, sort of… We started the morning with a Bible lesson, math, and reading time. We then spent the afternoon getting the test of our school room organized and ready for the rest of the year. I have a feeling our official first day will be next Tuesday, after the holiday weekend.


Blogging With My Daughter :: 22 Words to Describe Me and You {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on May 12, 2013

For yesterday’s challege, we were to “write 20 words to sell ourself.” Julia wanted to list 10 words to “sell me” so, in return, I described her in 10 words.

We ended up each listing 11.

We were so busy at Magic Kingdom yesterday that we had to wait until today to post this. Actually, it made sense, since today is not only Mother’s Day, but also Julia’s 11th birthday!

Julia is…

  1. Talkative
  2. Bubbly
  3. Joyful
  4. Fun
  5. Happy
  6. Loud
  7. Energetic
  8. Friendly
  9. Artistic
  10. Beautiful

Plus 1. Genuine

Mom is…

  1. Loving
  2. Smiley
  3. Caring
  4. Bubbly
  5. Gorgeous
  6. Sweet
  7. Honest
  8. Creative
  9. Courageous
  10. Amazing

Plus 1. Bright

Check out Julia’s post from the other day – 10 Things to do to be a Better Mom


I was talking to my mom and she said she was doing a thing called #BlogEveryDayInMay. Today’s assignment is to “give your advice about anything” so I hacked her blog and want to give you advice on how to be a greater mom than you already are now!

1. Always listen to your kids. If you don’t, they think you don’t care. And they’ll most likely get upset.

2. Play with them. Go outside and explore with them.

3. Teach them things. Like how to bake a cake, or how to ride a bike. Basic things like that.

4. Talk to them. Ask them how their day was at school. ( They’ll tell you mostly everything, if they’re like me. )

5. Take them to fun places. Like the pool or the park. And do it often. They’ll enjoy it.

6. Let them go places by themselves. They won’t be a baby forever, you know!

7. Give your kids chores. They need to learn responsibility for their older years.

8. Tell your kids you love them. Say it often. And make sure they know that you do.

9. Let them know you trust them. If they know you do they will use that trust more carefully.

10. Give them ice cream!!!!! They’ll love you forever. I’m not even joking.

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Timmy :: King of the House

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on 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 is my last BABY brother, but happy because I don’t have to change any more diapers!!!

When my dad told me that we were going to have another baby, I really thought it was going to be a girl. This is what my dad said (for some weird resen I remember exactly what he said!) -> ”You know why mommy has been sick? It’s because there is a monster in her stomach! No, not really — she has a baby in her tummy!” I was so happy and that seems so long ago! Timmy is so big now!


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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Butterfly Kisses

June 6, 2012

Julia snapped this gorgeous shot on Ray’s iPhone while the butterfly flittered on her finger. She texted me the picture and said, “I think it really likes me, Mom… It stayed on my finger for three minutes!” Later I came to find out that she asked Ray to take a picture, but she wasn’t satisfied […]

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Brave Girls

May 26, 2012

My house is not one in which you will find princess dresses or lots of pink. Everyone always sighs and laments over how Julia is outnumberd – “poor girl” … “she’ll be one tough cookie.” Let me tell ya, my only daughter is already one tough cookie, with a mind of her own, and a […]

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Self Motivation

May 7, 2012

My four older kids are taking the STAR test in school for the very first time. Actually, most of the kids that attend their school are taking these tests for the first time, since most of them had been taught at home before this year. It’s a big deal, taking a big test for the […]

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That’s My Girl!

February 9, 2012

Julia was her chatty self after school today, but made me a proud (and giggling) mama! Here’s how part of our conversation went… Julz: This boy, Tommy*, came up to me today and said, “Hey, wanna be my girlfriend?” Me: And, wha…. Julz: Oh, I said, “Ew, no! You realize we’re only in 4th grade, […]

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More Fabulousness From @11dy

November 30, 2011

Elevendy – the fabulous production house who photographed and created my “Super Mom” image – enlisted the help of Zach and Julia for a couple of shots to add to a series of photos celebrating the number 11. Take a look… Did you publish your favorite picture/s this week? I’d love to see YOUR Wordless […]

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Play-Doh Cake Challenge

September 23, 2010

The table was covered with Play-Doh. Plastic knives, molds, presses and empty containers were strewn all over the kitchen floor, oozing in to the living room. But, in the midst of the mess, it’s no wonder that Josh and Julia would decide to stage their own Challenge, being the Food Network fans that we are. […]

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Bad Romance {If Only Julia Knew All The Words…}

May 31, 2010

Would you like to see what happens when our eight-year-old gets her hands on my Flip Cam? Ray and I could not stop laughing when we found this video! Julia was a good sport and laughed along with us before she sweetly gave me permission to share it. Scratch that – She begged me to […]

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Happy Birthday to Our Julz-Bee!

May 12, 2010

"Julia Grace" Create a free slideshow with Picnik! Today you turn eight. {Our baby girl is EIGHT!} I remember the day you were born, like it was yesterday. The first thing I made sure of, seconds after I heard your first cry, was that you weren’t ugly. {giggle} Everyone present said you were beautiful. And, […]

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“Anything you can do, I can do better”

March 10, 2010

No, you can’t!

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January 9, 2010

Getting the kids to bed tonight was quite a challenge. More so than usual. Nearly a whole tube of toothpaste ended up on the kids’ bathroom counter. Ben fell off the bed more than a few times during prayer. Ethan and Zach couldn’t contain their goofyness. Noah managed to head-butt me just above my eye […]

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Decorate Your Clothes

September 29, 2009

Julia and I received a couple of cool clothing decorating kits from JAKKS Pacific recently, and let me say we had some fun! The Attaching Kit was easy to use, there was no mess, and it was a fun way to add some pizzazz to Julia’s clothes. "Style Six Attaching Kit" Create a free slideshow […]

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