our first jack o’ lantern

halloween 2013 halloween 2013 halloween 2013 Believe it or not, this Halloween was the first time we’ve ever carved a pumpkin together. Every year we mean to do it, but we don’t. True drew the face and then Ben and the two big girls carved it together. They were so proud to have their first Jack O’ Lantern and this mama was happy to finally do it as a family after all these years!

Our Halloween evening turned out great, even if the day was a little stressful for me due to some mishaps over here. We went out with some neighbor friends and met even more neighbor friends, so we’re excited to get to know these new friends who live in the area. We’ve lived here for almost 6 years and haven’t been too social, but we’re working on it.

The weekend is here and Ben has the day off on Monday, so we’re hoping to cross off some major things off our house to-do list. Wish us luck! What’s on your weekend agenda?


The Mystery of Pinkie Pielilocks and the Three Bears

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Have a look back at some of our past Halloween stories…
2012: The Adventures of Spider-Girl & She-ra
2011: Barbershop Quartet
2010: The Three Little Piggies
2009: Hannah and Gretel
2008: The Untold Story of Oz
2007: Little Red Riding Hood



pieces of home pieces of home pieces of home pieces of home pieces of home I’m kind of out of words for today. Just wanted to share these tidbits of our home that make my heart happy and thankful.



their drawings

drawing drawing drawing drawing drawing drawing They love to draw and this book is so great to springboard off of for our art lessons. True and Brave are a little over a year apart, but you can still tell how that slight bit of time affects their perception, spatial understanding, and certain developmental abilities. It probably isn’t so obvious just by looking at these pictures, but I totally see it in their drawings that they often leave all over the house.

I love all their drawings, but they do so many, so often, that I frequently end up putting some in the recycle box. I try my best to not be a hoarder, so I always feel bad when I toss something they drew. I do keep some (a lot actually) and put it in a memory box, but it’s so hard to pick sometimes what to pick to save and what to toss.

Our “memory box” is in a coat closet and I put the things I want to save into that box. I try to encourage them to do a lot of their drawing into their designated sketchbooks to make things easier to save since it’s all in one place, but those girls love to get printer paper to draw on and I find those drawings everywhere!¬†What are some of your tips for keeping your children’s artwork?


i am the leader and this is my crew

the ladies the ladies the ladies the ladies So much of the behavior I see my girls exhibit are things that Ben and I both do, good and bad. It’s so scary how much they mimic us. It really is an excellent reminder of how we need to purposefully lead and teach them. We’re doing the best we know how, just as our parents did with us, but I know everyday there is definitely room for improvement. I’ve said this before, but I definitely am such a crazy mama. There’s always so much to do and time moves fast that I feel like I’m always stressed.

Everyday I’m learning how to trust God, be present in the moments, and give more smiles and hugs. Honestly though, some days smiles and hugs are in short supply and I always feel really badly later thinking I didn’t seize the moment with them. I let the stupid things that stress me out get me and make me cranky. I totally know it’s dumb. Tomorrow is never promised to any of us, so I really want to remember to be intentional daily.

Here’s to working on smiling through those refining moments and to have a generous amount of hugs and kisses every single day! I need to lead by example after all, so I better make sure to give them something good to follow.

P.S. The three big girls are wearing classic dresses from City Kid Style. I love the ease and playfulness of the dresses!



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