Kids Swimming at Lake George

I remember few things clearly from childhood… as in, I can remember big life events and generalities, but the specific details are fuzzy. One thing I do remember though, is feelings. The feelings of comfort and security and being loved. I remember that clearly. One of my fondest memories/feelings was swimming in Lake Bemidji. I […]

why does a child need a mother?


Why does a child need a mother?  To tell them they are beautiful…to make sure they don’t become spoiled…to teach them to play fair… to assure them that heartache will not last forever…to believe in them when it seems that no one else does…to be a trusted confidant… to encourage them to be serious about […]

olivia and colton

Olivia giving me a look

Starting the day with this cutie is one of my favorite things in the world. I am by no means a morning person, but this little light of my life is trying (pretty successfully) to change that. As she sat across from me at the table this morning, she seems to be in deep thought while […]

dear lady who flicked off my kid


“Blueberry Pie muffins!” “Mom, we want breakfast burritos today!” Darn it, I totally forgot. But it’s all good, more for me. 😉 We headed out to school earlier than usual so that the kids could all get a breakfast burrito. (their first ever!) We were laughing in the car, talking about nothing and everything. Olivia […]

i failed to teach my kids about childhood hunger. did you?

Project Sunlight and Hatch Project: Stop Hunger Now and start at Home!

We have a pretty good life.  We have a warm house and food to eat and books to read and toys to play with. My kids have never known true depravation.  They have always had a warm bed and clean clothes and full bellies. I recently was sent a video from Project Hatch. <div>Please enable […]

even though

Colton and Audrey

 even though I asked him to look at her even though I told them to hug   even though he protested and clenched his fist and tried not to smile even though he acts so much tougher than he is… he loves that pesky sister of his. And she adores him. You may also like: Audrey […]

what i have learned


We are in a constant state of learning around here. Learning about our new home.  Learning about our neighborhood and surrounding community. About what grocery store is the best and where is the closest gas station. About what window has the best view of the sunrise, and about what trail has the most wild flowers […]


Colton and Olivia

thats my baby   holding   my baby. I think she likes it. You may also like: One Week Today What I Never Wanted to Say What Happens When Mama Wears Lipstick Baby of Mine

Works for Me {Beauty Edition}

Around this time of year in Minnesota, I start to get really uncomfortable in my skin. As in, my actual skin is uncomfortable. Itchy.  Flaky. Dry. Cracking. For the last six years or so, I have found instant relief in this one amazing product. RoBathol It is simply an oil that is added to your […]

On Being Mommy

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED Congratulations to comment #823 Marie   I have been blogging for about seven years now. I started when I was first pregnant with my oldest child, who will be seven in a few months. my little Colton at three years old Not really knowing my identity or who I was […]

A Treat For You, A Treat For Me. Or Not.

My mom sent me this: (thanks mom!)  YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2011 when…  1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave. 2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You e-mail and text the person who works at the […]

Growing Pains

I was awoken by a stuffled cry. In my sleepy haze I strained to hear… and eventaully heard it again. Tears.  Agonizing tears. I got up and went to my son.  He was sobbing quietly in his pillow, clutching his leg. “My leg mom, it hurts.” Wrapping my arms around him and holding on as […]

Today I Will…

  What are you doing today??? Poor Parker got cut off! Audrey is actually covered in petroleum jelly in this shot… she thought it would be fun to wipe it all over herself. And her bed. And the carpet. You may also like: Just a Little Rant What a Precious Person You’ve Become Sunny Smiles

Out of Focus

Although the weather man predicted snow today, I really had no idea that it would be like a FOOT of snow and that it would cause massive power outages accross the state of Minnesota and that from 11:00am to 5:00pm today we HAD NO POWER. About seven seconds prior to me putting to most beautiful […]

My Worst Possible Fear

Birthdays are an exciting event around this house.  No matter whose birthday it is, it is cause for celebration.  When Chad and I told the kids that we were heading over to Uncle Jamie’s house for his 60th birthday, they reacted with screams of delight. Upon arriving they were not disappointed.  There were friends and […]

I’m Gonna Miss This

I am leaving in a few short hours for San Fransisco, CA. For the first time ever, I am leaving behind these guys.   I cant believe how long its been since I posted a picture of these sweet little people.     Of those tiny baby teeth and shining eyes.     Of my little ones out […]

How We Beat The Summer Heat

A pictorial review.    (sorry your face got cut off Parker!) One of the neat things about this metal tub is that it is the very same tub that the kids' Grandma bathed in as a child. Kinda neat how it came full circle! :)      You may also like: Four Summer Must Haves My […]

The 5K My Way

This past Saturday my family and I participated in the Courage Center 5K.   And when I say my whole family I'm not kidding.   (lovin' Audrey's sassy pose) The race started at the Courage Center and ended up that the new Twins Stadium.  It was my first time there and it was super cool. […]

Take Me to the Old Playground

***anyone ever heard that song by Bruce Hornsby?? A couple weekends ago we ventured to the small, small town of Odin, MN.   Hubby's Grandma and Grandpa were celebrating a 68th Anniversary (sorry I wrote 50th), as well as throwing a "Thank You" party to everyone in town who helped out with his uncle Dales' farm […]

Audrey and Beezus

        And when I say Beezus I mean Inga.  All of my kids claim Inga as their best friend.   I sure hope that lasts forever! We met up with my mom and Inga last week… (or was it two weeks ago?)… and had such a fantastic time.   My mom bought Audrey that […]