Sunday Dinner Traditions

As I write this post on Sunday Dinner traditions, I’m sitting on my back porch with my feet up.  If I wanted to, I could see and hear a football game on the television from where I sit.

It is the first day that it actually feels like Fall here in Houston.  It’s finally not so hot and humid that you break out in a sweaty mess the minute you walk outside.

It feels marvelous.

I’ve given up on getting my kids to come outside and decided to just enjoy the peace and quiet all on my own. [Read more…]

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Back To School Traditions

Today is the kick off of my back to school traditions for our family.

Don’t worry if your own back to school count-down hasn’t reached single digits yet, I promise… your time will come.   Honest.

Until then, you can spend every possible minute trolling Pinterest for the best back to school ideas you can find and live vicariously through the rest of us.

Me?  I have something planned for every single day between now and the start of school.

Because I’m the mom and I can do that.

First things first [Read more…]

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Summer Saturday – Just like when I was little

It’s a summer Saturday.

As I write this, my kids are watching Woody Woodpecker.  My husband is cutting the grass.  I’ve cooked a hot breakfast.  Once the yard is done, we have an afternoon of family fun planned.

Just like when I was a kid.

Without realizing it, our family found that old time routine of yard cutting and chores on Saturday morning before playing all afternoon.

And it just feels… right.

Until a few weeks ago, we had a yard guy that came and cut the grass.  Between a desire to do a little budget cutting and a need to teach our kids some responsibility, we fired the yard guy.   We decided it was time to teach our boys to cut the grass and do yard chores.

Suddenly, everything just fit.

Summer Saturday Routine [Read more…]

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July friends.  I hope you’re having fun.

As is our tradition, I woke up this morning to the sound of fire engines.  Ever year, I forget that we live three houses off of a parade route.  We scrambled to get dressed and were in time to see the whole thing.

My kids came home with gobs of candy.  Some of it was clearly leftover Halloween and Easter candy.  To be honest, that’s pretty fair.  I think I handed out leftover July 4th parade candy for Halloween one year.

We’d only lived in our home for a month the first time we were awakened by the sound of sirens for July 4th.  I remember standing there holding the hands of my two diaper clad boys as they watched the parade go by.

They were in awe. [Read more…]

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