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Simple Ways to Grow Closer as a Family

Summer is a busy time, with vacations, barbecues, sports, the kids are on school break, you name it. In our house at least, it feels like the family is flying in all different directions at once and don’t always connect. Time is one of the threads that help weave a strong feeling of family togetherness … Continue reading Simple Ways to Grow Closer as a Family

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Date Night: Our Mini-vacation

On Thursday my husband and I left the kids with his parents and drove four hours east to Kansas City. I previously had written about how anxious I was leaving the kids at home with their grandparents. It only got worse as the week progressed, to the point I thought that I would need to … Continue reading Date Night: Our Mini-vacation

10 Free Places to Visit as a Family

These days many people are trying to get by on a small budget or living a frugal lifestyle. I like to get out of the house and have fun with the kids during the weekend, but I don't want to spend tons of money. And let's be honest, sometimes families don't have the money to … Continue reading 10 Free Places to Visit as a Family

How to Drive Mom Crazy in 10 Easy Steps: The Nighttime Edition

Don't eat supper because "it is disgusting!" And cry because you want icecream. Refuse help dressing in pajamas, then try to put them on upside down and get angry when it won't work. Insist you don't have to go pee before bed. Brush your teeth and immediately ask for a snack. Look for the one … Continue reading How to Drive Mom Crazy in 10 Easy Steps: The Nighttime Edition

Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family

We have had much more rain than normal over the summer, so Abby has not been able to play with her favorite outside toys as much as she would like. Ususally we enjoy playing in the playhouse, splashing in the water table, digging in the sandbox, riding her tricycle, and driving her Minnie Mouse Powerwheels … Continue reading Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family

Friday Reflections

I love having children close in age. kids were playing. Oscar was in the Pack 'n Play standing up and Abby, who had been watching a Lego cartoon, was standing up next to the Pack 'n Play. they are facing each other, giving Eskimo kisses and giggling. It was very sweet.They get along so well, … Continue reading Friday Reflections

Date Night- Finally!

Several months have passed since my husband and I went out for our last date night. As I was preparing to write this, I had to sit and seriously rack my brain to remember that we had gone to see either the last Avengers movie or a Star Wars movie. It has been so long … Continue reading Date Night- Finally!