#mkmml Cartoon Turkeys

Yes. My Kids Make Me Laugh. Only, since that’s too long to work as a hashtag, I’m going with #MKMML.

Today, it’s about cartoon turkeys.

Don’t worry, I didn’t know what one was either. Not until my sons explained it. [Read more…]

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Why Authenticity Matters

I’m continuing the theme of authenticity this week.  I’m so thankful I had the courage to write on this topic! The comments you all have left have been so encouraging for me.

Thank you for that.

It’s nice to know I’m not alone in the struggle between Authentic and Unfiltered.

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my kids make me laugh (again) #mkmml

Long ago, I wrote regular feature on Tuesdays called My Kids Make Me Laugh (MKMML). The premise was that taking time to notice the everyday antics of my kids and laugh with them helped me treasure my boys in whatever phase they happened to be in. Beyond that, it was supposed to encourage you to do the same.

You can go look, there’s a whole categories devoted to MKMML posts. Some of them are awesome. Some of them are, quite frankly, not.

When I looked at the awesome ones, it made me wonder what I quit writing them.  Then I looked at the “less than awesome” ones and I remembered. [Read more…]

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A is for Authenticity

Authenticity is tricky.

Just to be clear, I’m defining authenticity as

real or genuine : not copied or false

true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character

That can be tough to live up to. It’s easy to slip from authentic to unfiltered.

On one hand, I’d never want someone to think I was being fake or hypocritical or plastic.  But on the other hand, I don’t want to hang my dirty laundry out for everyone to see.

I recently heard it put this way –

You don’t need to flush the toilet in front of everyone.

I don’t know about you, but I kind of gross out when I realize that someone is in the bathroom while talking to me on the phone. It’s just weird. EXCEPT, if it’s my husband then it doesn’t bug me. It’s no big deal. There’s a different level of authenticity and transparency required for toilet flushing.

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what you may have missed last month

I spent October doing the #write31days challenge, I didn’t share much of what was going on with my personal life.  Since I think of y’all as my friends, I thought I’d share a little of what you may have missed last month.

Not the boring parts. This is just the good stuff.  Honest.  I culled through all the snarky text messages, boring Facebook status updates, and random notes in the margin on my calendar to come up with the juicest, sassiest tidbits I could come up with.

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Squirrels and the ice cream truck

Squirrels and the ice cream truck may seem like an odd pairing…

(unless of course you’ve watched enough Phineas and Ferb episodes.  She ends up getting ice cream at some point during the episode

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… but trust me. They’re related. [Read more…]

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And… this should catch you up to date

To finish catching you up to date, I’ll be honest and say I was more than ready for summer vacation to be over with.  My kids NEEDED the structure.

They were getting into all kinds of mischief.

Besides… my house was a wreck.

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What else happened this summer

Yeah, kind of a theme for the week – trying to catch everyone up on my summer while getting back into the swing of writing.  Bear with me… I’m also adjusting to this whole homeschool thing.

We had a blast on our month long road trip. I could (and should) share some amazing photos and stories and thoughts.  Give me time, I’ll get there. But first, I want to catch you up on the funny parts.

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Happy Egg-streme Procrastination Day

Today is tax day (aka Procrastination Day).

I find myself once again putting my entire life on hold while I make a mad scramble to finish our taxes before car line today.  I wrote about it last year. [Read more…]

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How MOPS saved me

MOPS, if you don’t know, stands for Mothers of PreschoolerS.  Groups of moms with young children meet all over the country to chat, craft, and remember that they are not alone.  I would not have made it to potty training without them.

One of the things the ladies of my MOPS group taught me was the importance of saying thank you.  It may be belated, but that doesn’t diminish my gratitude.

As I shared yesterday, I became a stay at home mom when my oldest son turned two.  My younger son was a mere eight months old (24 -16 = 8).  It was the start of summer, and I quickly discovered that all the activities and clubs and support for moms with littles was a school-year kind of thing.

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