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{babies don’t keep}


Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek – peekaboo.

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton



{dinner-time blues}

Sometimes I get the dinner-time blues. When I’m not in the routine of planning meals and thinking ahead I often have to scramble to get dinner on the table in the evening. The thing about kids is they always need dinner. and lunch. and breakfast. Arghhh. This can be so tough to manage.

I’m always looking for a better way to manage meal planning. There are so many online resources, plans and ways to organize recipes. I have a million cookbooks and some easy go-to dinners. I know that if I plan ahead my life runs so much smoother during the week. But I think coming up with meals, shopping for groceries, feeding our family with healthy ingredients & staying on a budget while doing all of that will always be a bit of a challenge for me. I have been guilty of feeding my kids popcorn and yogurt for dinner {and they occasionally eat z bars for breakfast on the way to school}. Somehow {with help from Aaron & some pantry/freezer staples} we eat everyday!

Here are a few of my go-to dinner options:

Some type of pasta dish with whatever I have on hand or Katrina’s Spicy Chicken Pasta

Panfi’s Famous Pasta Sauce

Tacos or Mexican Mountains

Some kind of version of this Veggie Soup or Taco Soup

We also eat “Breakfast for Dinner” or Pasta w/ butter & Parmesan cheese.

How do you plan meals? What are your go-to meals?



{playing games}

I recently talked about my unhappy feelings about the park HERE. A few of my friends laughed when they read it because they know how I am! But something they may not realize is that I love to play games!!! I love to play with adults or kids and I will play almost anything!

We have a ton of board games for the kids & I love playing with them because it’s fun, easy and teaches them about sportsmanship & strategy. I never let them win because I think it’s a great way for us to not only process what it’s like to lose and how to do that with grace but to also help them be happy for others when they win. It can be pretty dramatic when one of them does lose but usually they come around to cheering each other on {especially when they realize that everyone wins and everyone loses}! This precession takes a little time but it’s worth it. I find it hysterical to see how they use the strategies I have taught them or even how they come up with their own. Sometimes they shock me with ways to play that I would have never have thought of myself. All in all I just find games fun.

Here are a few of our favorite games {the kid games range from ages 3 to 8}.

::my favorite kid games::

UNO moo {I just started teaching them the UNO card game}
Sequence (for kids)
Connect 4

::their favorite kid games::

Don’t Break the Ice
Go Fish
Beat the Parents {we have the Disney version}

::a few I cannot wait to teach them::

Settlers of Catan
Hand & Foot
Apples to Apples



{ten on ten & mommy hands}

If you are joining me for the first time you may not know that I am linking up with the nester  this month for a 31 day writing challenge {write 31 days}. I have decided to write about my musings on MOTHERHOOD. So with that in mind I wanted to take pictures that showed where my mommy hands work and move and play all day by linking up with a bit of sunshine’s {ten on ten}. This is a project that I love to do every month on the tenth by taking ten pictures of my day. As she says on her blog it’s a chance for us to see more: Finding life and beauty in the ordinary things of our day to day!


I see beauty in all the ways mommy hands touch the world.

Mommy hands serve all day and all night.

Pray all day and all night.

Wipe tears, play games, sweep floors, soothe souls…all day and all night.

DSC_0292mommy hands hold babes tight

DSC_0267   mommy hands make coffeeDSC_0287 mommy hands help make beds & tidy roomsDSC_0307mommy hands make lunch & nourish babes

DSC_0299mommy hands create beauty & light candles

DSC_0296  mommy hands organize and workDSC_0311  mommy hands open doors & close doors & remind babes not to slam doors

DSC_0321mommy hands help little princesses get dressed for fall festivals

DSC_0346mommy hands read books

DSC_0291mommy hands shut off lights & tuck babes & say good night

ten on ten button



{not a park mom}

I really want to be a park mom. But I’m not.

I want to say I HATE going to the park with my kids but I don’t actually HATE it. It’s a strong dislike.

Sometimes it’s okay.

The kids run in a million different directions from each other and from me.

There are a million ways for them to get hurt {or germs}.

They rarely have bathrooms.

And where is the darn shade?

And oh how I despise finding sand/bark in their shoes for days after going.

Sometimes there are mean kids {and their parents seem to be clueless or missing all-together}.

And when I meet friends it seems like we cannot even talk unless we completely ignore the kids {although this is hard any time I’m with friends & the kids}.


We all have our things we like and dislike. Even us mommies.

You can have the park…I’ll be hanging with my kids playing board games or watching a movie!


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