Cherish Every Breath You Have

I have this habit of observing people. I don’t mean to do it, I simply happen to be a person who listens well, watches closely and takes in every moment with any person I come into contact with in person or virtually. It doesn’t take long to realize who is a positive, kind person and who is a miserable, not-so-kind person. I’ve been through a storm of crap in my life; I could go on and on with all of the bad stuff that has happened to me. I don’t. Why? I feel that, to dwell in the bad things […]

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Budsies Review and Giveaway – Turning Artwork into Stuffed Animals

Today I am sharing with you Budsies.com, a wonderful way to turn your child’s artwork into a forever stuffed animal. I was able to do two stuffed animals based on each of my youngest children’s artwork. I have to tell you, Budsies did an amazing job at getting my son’s artwork matched up to their drawing. The only complaint I would have, and advice for those who order, is that you note if this is for a boy or girl. I have two boys who do not like “girl colors” and sadly there is a lot of girl colors to […]

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The 7 Year old Boy Now and Other Things

Sweet Aj is now 7 years old. He has grown so big in the past 7 years. About two weeks ago or three, he had a med change from risperidone to abilify. Due to many reasons, but as usual with a medication change it takes time to get the dosage right and it takes time to see if this is even the right medication. Finally Aj is on track and while he scowled at anyone who dare make a “big deal” out of him turning 7 today, he was a happy boy who had a day with Dad and came […]

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Getting in all of the End of Summer Sleep Overs

My daughter is blessed in that everyone loves her and wants to sleep over or have her sleep over. That means once the end of Summer break comes she starts scrambling to get in all of her last minute sleep over plans. It’s sad for me that she sleeps at people’s houses, because she is already gone so much with her Dad so it seems I barely see her and during the school year I see her even less. I am happy that she loves life so fully though, so I guess I will just continue to cherish the time […]

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When All Else Fails … Color

Here we are on Tuesday and it’s really a Monday, I have a full day of work now with the exception of a lunch break to meet for my youngest son’s school drop off. I hope to get a lot of work done today, but as usual I am juggling many things at once. On days like today it’s so important for me to look back at pictures of my family and happy moments to remind myself what it is I truly am blessed to have …. love! This picture above is one I colored with my six year old […]

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Enjoying Spring Like Weather

The first Spring like day happened over the weekend and what do you do when Spring like weather occurs? Well in this family we head outside… Do not let the sight of snow fool you, this day was super warm and enjoyable. The kids and I set outside on what was meant to be just another outdoor day. But once those tracks were found, it was game on! The kids had fun following the tracks of whatever animal they were from while playing the guessing game of whether the tracks were that of a badger, a dog or a coyote. […]

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This is What I Get to Look Forward to #blendedfamily

The boyfriends daughter is 11 and my daughter is 10, they get along just as good as their parents do. The boyfriend and I hit it off immediately, being so much a perfect match that we didn’t think twice about moving forward together. The kids matched up so perfectly that we, again, were caught just rolling with the punches. Nothing has been had to be planned with us, for the most part, other than we have to find a rental for when Spring hits. The kids are insanely happy, I am insanely happy – everyone involved in our new Happily […]

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Mother & Daughter Walking a ColorSplash 5K Soon #art

One of my daughter’s passions in life is art, she has always been very artistic; whether she is drawing and coloring a beautiful picture of her family or writing her own note music with a song she created while playing it on her recorder to ensure the notes are just right – she loves the arts! Kiara and I spend a lot of time together creating fun craft ideas for the boys and her to do together. We enjoy making collages from old magazines, painting with acrylic paints and one of the things she wants most right now is an […]

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Touring a Plane and All of It’s Controls

My sons were not able to take advantage of the free flights held yesterday at the local airport but they were able to tour a plane built in the 1940’s. I was so thankful that a man noticed the boys were just standing around, I told him that it was their birthdays this upcoming week but they were too young to ride on the plane. The man asked if they wanted to sit in a plane and so off they went … The K man looks very serious in this picture, probably because the stranger is just a little too […]

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I am Going to Marry You Mama

My son Aj and I were just hanging out chit chatting about whatever when he grabs a hold of my hand walking along the yard and says “I’m gonna marry you Mama”. Those were the sweetest words I probably have ever heard in my life! I smiled and replied “well no you can’t marry your Mama, buddy. You may marry another girl some day though.” Aj, looking all bothered by this fact and says “I don’t want to marry another girl Mama, I am not getting married ever then.” I smiled, nearly giggling, and said “Oh but hun, I bet […]

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