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Cup ‘o the day coasters

This was not originally my idea.  It was “pinspired” by a pin I saw a while back, where somebody let their kids decorate their own tile, which they then turned into coasters.  They kept the coasters on the counter and each family member had to keep their cup of the day stored on their coaster.  The idea is that it helps to keep track of everyone’s cup, and reduces the amount of cups that are brought out everyday.  I know in our house, it seems like there are at least fifteen cups littering our kitchen by the end of every day–it’s a constant frustration for A.T. and me.

Enter the photo coasters that Laura gave me for my birthday.  (Check out her post on how to make your own.)  I lined them each up on our kitchen counter, and now the boys will have to keep their “cup ‘o the day” on their coaster.  We will see how it works, but I thought I’d pass along the idea in the meantime.  Laura had some other great ideas for these coasters on her post, check them out!


Great Alphabet Printables

When the older four boys were getting ready to start school in September, boy #5 was feeling left out of the all the hype, so he started asking his brothers what grade he was going into. His brothers convinced him that he was in “pre-k,” which officially made me his pre-k teacher.

So far, our pre-k has consisted of some Wii time and a lot of running errands with mommy, but we’ve managed to incorporate a few official school activities in there too.  He picked out his own pre-K folder when I took his brothers back-to-school shopping and was eager for something to put inside of it.  So, I went back to a website that I stumbled upon a while ago, called DLTK’s Printable Crafts for Kids, with many free early elementary printables and activities.  I like it for the alphabet coloring worksheets specifically, but there’s so much more to it than that.  I’ve been keeping his folder full of fun coloring worksheets and then when I’m working on my computer, or sewing up orders, he pulls out that folder and colors to his heart’s content.  And, when he runs out, I return to that website for more, the supply is seemingly endless!


Freezing Food in Bulk

Ten pounds of raw chicken, ready for the oven

Cooked and cooling

Packaged and ready to freeze

You won’t find me blogging about food often as it’s one of my least favorite topics in the world. But, the reality is that I do have five (always) hungry boys to feed, and they require said food a minimum of three times a day. So, it’s something I have to think about whether I want to or not. I get the dinner time blues a lot when trying to come up with something to make quickly that can feed a small army, but here’s one thing I started doing that has helped a lot with the stress of dinner time.



Toddler Lessons: Old Spoon, New Spoon

This is my daughter at the tender age of 5 months holding on to her spoon for dear life - she was sleeping at the time

Recently, we purchased new spoons and forks for my daughter since she’s actually using them now.  The other day, I fed her extra sticky oatmeal so she could feed herself and not end up with oatmeal all over her lap.  About half way through, she said she was “all done” and handed me the bowl.  To that, I said, “do you want your new spoon?”  She quickly took her bowl back and happily fed herself the rest of the oatmeal with her new spoon.  It truly is amazing how exciting a new spoon can be to a toddler. (more…)


Balancing Life

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May 2, 2011 | Mommy Monday, Parenting | Tags: ,

I don’t have 5 kids, I know that, but life can still get busy and crazy and I can get worn down pretty quickly.  I won’t go into the drama of our busy lives, but suffice it to say, we hope we’re not in this season of life for ever. (more…)


Toddler Lessons: Contentment

Around 16 months of age, our daughter decided that she no longer wanted baby food, but only food that came off mommy and daddy’s plate.  I really didn’t have a problem with this, but a lot foods we ate she wasn’t able to chew because all her teeth hadn’t come it yet.  To this day, if we put it on her plate and she won’t eat it, all I have to do is (more…)


Winter Past Times

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Apr 9, 2011 | Everything Else, Parenting | Tags: ,

I’m so grateful for five boys who make me slow down every once and a while and pass the time with a good board game. Of course, I enjoy the time with them more than the actual games, but I love the games because they do.



“Helpful” Helpers

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Apr 7, 2011 | Everything Else | Tags: , ,

One of the things I love about having kids around the house is the unexpected surprises.  I opened up my fridge recently, after returning from Sam’s, and found this–a giant can of instant lemonade powder, front and center.  My three-year-old “helped” put away groceries that day, and logically thought that lemonade must go in the fridge.  Well-intentioned help is the best kind sometimes. (:


Toddler Lessons: Covetousness

My little girl and I went over to a new friend’s house for a play date a few days ago.  The other little girl is about 2 months older than my daughter (although, you wouldn’t know to look at her because my daughter is such a BIG girl and her new friend is quite small for her age!)  If you’ve ever seen 20 month old toddlers “play” together, perhaps you know by the title “covetousness” what I’m about to say.  (more…)


Spring Break Adventures

The ride on my dad's boat was a big hit

A short hike out by Sarasota Bay

Relearning our swimming skills from last summer

I just returned from spring break in Florida with the family.  Both my husband and I are from Florida, and so we have no shortage of family to visit down there, and it’s a great excuse to get some much-needed Florida sun in the middle of a cold North-Georgia winter.  Our trip this year was wrought with adventures, but was relaxing nonetheless.  And, we came back a little tanner than when we left, so that’s always a plus!

I’m glad to be back, but missing that balmy, Florida sun already.  Click on this post to see many more pictures of our spring break adventures! (more…)

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