How the example of my neighbor has changed the way I think of motherhood.
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Holding Onto Magic
My mom always knew how to bring our family together to enjoy ourselves. We have a number of traditions to help us remember the fun times, big and small. And, now I know how to hold on to the magic.
“There’s (a) wonderful Italian expression: l’arte d’arrangiarsi – the art of making something out of nothing. The art of turning a few simple ingredients into a feast, or a few gathered friends into a festival. Anyone with a talent for happiness can do this…” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love. I once bought ‘idea cards’ listing […]
Summer of ’74
Have I told you that Ray and I have five boys? Yes indeed we do, count them, five. In the summer of 1974 their ages were 5, 7, 10, 12, and 13. With the following words “Please, please, oooh pleeease”, three girls ages 7, 12, and 13 were added to our household for the summer. […]
Have you been BOO’d yet?! A FUN Halloween Tradition
If you haven’t been Boo’d, you’re missing out on a fun Halloween tradition. This is a great way to start off the holiday season and strengthen ties with neighbors. A Boo-Gram is a mysterious note you leave on a neighbor’s door with a bag of treats. The note is usually a poem. You also leave a large […]
Transformation of an Echo Chamber
Meal and study time at our house can definitely be a rowdy, rambunctious event! Our dining room, where food is consumed and most projects are accomplished, is a tight squeeze for the seven (soon to be eight) of us – especially with a vaulted ceiling that extends straight up to the top floor’s roof. Such […]
How do you take the stress out of family vacations?
Let’s face it: Vacations aren’t all the fun and games that they used to be. By “used to be,” I’m talking about back when I was a kid, and all I had to do was pack one small bag of personal activities and hop in the car when my dad called, “All Aboard!” All of […]
My Summer Bucket List
I love love love summer. I am always a little flabbergasted when I talk to moms who dread summer. Usually it’s because they feel overwhelmed at the prospect of so much free time. They feel it’s a bit of a chore to keep their kids busy. But that’s why I like summer. I cast aside […]
April Fools pranks are so… pointless? fun? I don’t know but I just love the chance to do silly stuff and get a rise out of my kids.
Sometimes you’ve got to have a little imagination to get you through the trenches of motherhood. You’ve also got to enjoy the imagination your kids are naturally full of. There’s nothing that brightens a dreary morning like walking in on your three-year-old daughter after the breakfast chaos to find her in the midst of […]
Fun in the Work Place
For many mothers, the home is the “workplace”. You could say my work office is divided between the kitchen and laundry room. The balance is particularly challenging when work and fun occupy the same office space.
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