10 Kinetic Kindergarten Sight Word Recognition Activities.

In case you're wondering, the first two months of Kindergarten have gone quite well. I think I've had to adjust more than Brayden, who has fallen into the routine and changes better than I could have even imagined. He absolutely LOVES school, LOVES his teacher (we do too!) and LOVES learning.One thing that I was not prepared for was the amount of creative energy I would need to exert in the afternoon, which has historically been the lowest point of the day for me ....more

Five on Friday.

Well, I tinkered with the idea of blogging every day in October (apparently there are blog hops that give you prompts or help you develop a theme to go with the month). It sounds fun. But it's just not in the cards for me right now ....more

Little Guy, Big Personality.

Admittedly, the phase between years 1 and 3 are not my favorite as a mommy. It's not that my kids aren't cute during that phase (by dang, they are CUTE), but it's just that the phase is SO FREAKIN' EXHAUSTING.However, there is a silver lining. Watching the personality come out in a little human is quite possibly the best thing to ever witness ....more


Currently, I'm sitting in my bed during naptime (which is quickly morphing into "rest time" since Connor is phasing out of naps. Please mourn with me on this...) eating lunch, because eating lunch at the park really turns into me getting angry quickly that I can only eat 1 bite every 10 minutes thanks to the inevitable cry to "momma" to help with something. So I waited to eat until I could eat in peace ....more

Vintage Baby Girl Shower for Lydia

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of helping put together a shower for my friend, Becca.And I should probably disclaimer that when I say "helping put together," that what I really mean is that I emailed and told the girls I would love to help and for them to tell me what to do. Ha! I am not a frilly details person, so sometimes I just need some direction and guidance and then have fun helping in the process :)Lydia is Becca's third daughter, so we didn't really want to go over the top with anything, but we still wanted to make it special ....more

For the Love of Blogging | AWBU 2014.

(Bear with me as I iron out some of the kinks in my new blog design.... and I HAVE A NEW BLOG DESIGN!!! Yay for finally finding the discipline to sit on the couch for 4 hours and figure out html coding that was intimidating me!)If you follow me on social media at all, then you know that this weekend I was tucked away in nearby Rogers, AR for the fourth annual AWBU (Arkansas Women Bloggers University).I'm going to be honest and say that going into the conference I was a little nervous ....more

First Fall Practices.

Last weekend was the first practices for the boys fall sports this year. After weighing all his options, Brayden opted for flag football. Connor really only had one option of soccer, which he heartily decided to play ....more

First Day of MDO.

One of the biggest adjustments we've had to make with Kindergarten is trying to explain to Connor that he still has two more years left at home. I'm selfishly glad for this fact, but to Connor, it's been a devastating blow to his world. I think in his mind, he's as old as Brayden and therefore can do everything Brayden does ....more

First Day of Kindergarten.

Well, after last nights post I was sure that I'd be a hot mess this morning. I even debated whether or not to put on makeup today, because, let's be honest here. (a) I rarely wear makeup to begin with, and (b) mascara and the first day of Kindergarten don't really seem like a great duo ....more

Thoughts on Kindergarten.

Several years ago, I swore I had my life figured out.I already had my man, my cute little dog, and a quaint home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a nice little landscaped yard. I planned on having 3-4 kids, and I was most sure of two things: we would never live in a certain city and we would never send our kids to public school. Fast forward six years ....more