Holidays and Celebrations



If you follow the blog on Facebook, you may already know that Mother's Day, 2014 began as a wonderful day, and ended in tragedy. My stepbrother, Rob, my stepmother Karen's only biological child, was killed in a terrible car accident in Pennsylvania. We were with my parents when Karen got the news, and it was truly […] Keep Reading

Simple Paper Cone May Baskets


When I was a little girl, my bus driver gave me, and every other kid in her charge, a hand-knitted May basket filled with candy. This must have been a very big deal to me, because the memory has stuck me with all these years. I don't think most people exchange May baskets anymore, but […] Keep Reading

Easter, 2014


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday! Ours was so nice - very fun and relaxing - and the weather was just beautiful! On Saturday, I took the girls for much-needed haircuts. Because they both have long hair cut in a simple style, and it's neither heat nor color-treated, we can usually get […] Keep Reading

True Romance


This morning, when I was really annoyed because I'd been trying (unsuccessfully) for 20 minutes to drink a cup of coffee while dealing with kid demands and interruptions, I said to my husband, "It's a good thing I have low expectations for Valentine's Day, because let's face it - it's a holiday for people in […] Keep Reading


DJ got to bring treats to preschool today for his birthday, so I made dinosaur cookies for him. As you can see, he was pretty pleased! I have a set of Wilton Cookie Cutters that includes 2 dinosaurs - T-rex and stegosaurus - and I just bought a roll of premade sugar cookie dough, and […] Keep Reading

DJ’s Dino-Mite Birthday Party!


Here are some photos from DJ's birthday party yesterday. In addition to the dino dig, which was a big hit, we also played "pin the horn on the triceratops," and had a dinosaur egg hunt. I put mini dinosaurs inside plastic Easter eggs, and we hid them all over the church hall. When the kids […] Keep Reading

DJ Turns 4


Tomorrow is my Cookie Boy's 4th birthday! (This picture of him in his Cookie Monster outfit makes me miss my baby DJ so much). Because this is the year of the dinosaur at our house, I checked out this "Partysaurus" cake pan from the library. This cake is huge, and took 2 1/2 hours to […] Keep Reading

Christmas 2013 Recap

We made these cute little snowman chocolate bars for the girls' teachers again this year. The one with lipstick and mascara was designed by Cakes, our budding cosmetologist.

So, the children have gone back to school after 19 days. We've had a great deal of togetherness.....a great deal. 19 days of togetherness. 19 days. Living as we do in the upper Midwest, we've been trapped in the infamous "polar vortex," and on Monday, which was supposed to be the kids' back-to-school day, the […] Keep Reading

The 2013 Family Christmas Letter

More photos to come, but this is my favorite of the whole trip. It was a self-portrait, even!

By reader request on Facebook, here is our 2013 family Christmas letter (edited for privacy). I wrote it from DJ's perspective, mainly because of his mischievous wink in this year's Christmas card photo. It was an opportunity too good to pass up. 2013: The Year in Review By DJ, Age 3 Dear Family and Friends, […] Keep Reading

Preparing for Christmas


I hope my American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a lovely day with my parents, and I didn't have to cook or clean! I did contribute pumpkin pie and yeast rolls to the meal, though. The only downside to not hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no leftovers! Thankfully, my stepmom gave me the turkey […] Keep Reading