Beyond

Every Friday, The Gypsy Mama hosts Five Minute Friday, where participants write for five minutes on the weekly prompt. This week: Beyond… Looking beyond the mess, behind the noise, past the chaos. Pants with stained knees mean that little girls were playing outside, getting fresh air and stretching their imaginations. Socks with holes mean that feet [...]

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A Mommy who is quicker to laugh than scold

My kids love to laugh. Don’t all kids? Audrey and Joel are funny, though: if they laugh too much, they get the hiccups. And if one of them keeps laughing after starting to hiccup, burps start coming out, too! (No names are being named here.) Georgia and Sydney have no hiccuping problems, so they indulge [...]

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10 things to be thankful for when your kids have the stomach flu

Isn’t it awfully early for kids to be getting sick? Joel is starting up his now-annual cold-morphing-into-wheezing cycle, and this afternoon two of the girls started throwing up. I could start moaning about laundry, but that’s not going to get me through this night. Although I reserve the right to start moaning at any point. [...]

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What kind of Mommy do you want to be?

I was a great mommy before I had kids. Were you? I had all kinds of ideas of how I was going to do things right with my own precious angels. But somehow, between the laundry, food prep/cleanup, the mitten issue, running back and forth to schools, brushing hair, changing diapers, homework, and all the [...]

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5 Minutes on Friends

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat!  Every Friday, The Gypsy Mama hosts “5 Minute Friday,” where she proposes a topic and people write for five minutes, no editing, no overthinking. This week’s topic is “Friends.” A friend is someone who makes you laugh, but also who [...]

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My take on the school calendar

Preschool’s in session today! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat! Audrey and Georgia are thrilled to have the day off today. They have been in school for 16 days now, and who doesn’t need a four-day weekend after a stretch like that? (Umm…I could’ve done without [...]

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Step in or let it be?

Last summer, a family moved in next door with three girls, ages (now) 9, 7, and 5. You may remember that my girls are ages 9, 7, and 4. So pretty much every day there are six girls either in our yard, their yard, our house, or their house. It is fabulous having kids next [...]

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Tooth fairy vs. Mommy

People in this house have teeth falling out left and right! Georgia lost her sixth tooth the other day, leaving her with the cutest school-aged smile ever. Georgia’s growing up, she’s getting a little cash, so what’s the problem? Well, the main problem is that she still believes in the tooth fairy. Shouldn’t she have [...]

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Rethinking Chores (again)

Chores. Just the thought of them makes both parents and children cringe. How do we get them all done? How do we get our kids to learn some responsibility and pitch in a little around here? How do we stay sane when we do the same things over and over, day after day? We have [...]

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As for me and my house: Giveaway

Congratulations, Courtney, you are the winner of this giveaway! When I was growing up, my parents had a number of framed Bible verses around the house. They became part of the background of our home, not something that I consciously noticed. But as I grew older, I realized that some of these verses had, just [...]

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