"Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket."
Author: Alan Beck

Friday, February 4, 2011


In case you've been wondering what makes my mornings a little easier, the answer is:

These nifty lunchboxes from easylunchboxes.com.  Most mornings I am packing 3 lunches, which used to mean 15+ plastic bags each and every day.  Once my cousin, Sarah, sent me this link I was SOLD!  I throw the food into the divided container (who wants their pickle touching their sandwich?  NOT my kids!), toss it into the cooler bag with a drink, a cold pack, and a note from moi, and voila....lunch is served!  (If you have school-age kids and you haven't tried these, what are you waiting for?  It's a huge time-saver, they're much better for the environment, and best of all, they're affordable!) 
No, this is NOT a paid advertisement.  Unfortunately.

And if you're wondering what makes me sad, it's this:

The library books mistakenly left behind (on library day) by a certain first-grader of mine.  Everyone who's anyone knows that if you neglect to return your books on library day, you are cast as ineligible for a new book.  Lucky for me, my tears of sorrow and mommy guilt turned to tears of joy as Dee came to the rescue.  She whipped on over here, picked up the books, and quick as a flash, delivered them to Duke.  Ineligible?  Not this kid!  Thanks, Dee.

If you're wondering what makes me wonder, it's this:
When my husband dresses our 5 year old in size 3T pants for school.  Did he not notice how they looked, or did he just think no one else would notice?  I'm still wondering.....

Maybe you're wondering what makes me happy?  It's the little things.  Like this:
One of my 3 glass jars that hang down from my pot rack.  The kids and I keep them stocked with candy that corresponds with whatever holiday is coming up next.  Holiday to holiday....that's how we roll.

And this:

Random paint on the wall.  Nothing makes me smile more.  Seriously.

And these:
New slippers made just for me by one of my amazing neighbor friends.  I'm back in the game, people.

Hope these pictures make you feel as though you've been right beside me over the last week. 

Oh how I wish you were. 

Topics for next week could be quite exciting, and may include:

-What it feels like when your baby turns 10
-How my children drive me to eat abnormal amounts of dark chocolate
-The standoff I had with my 3 year old at the grocery store this morning
-How incredibly awesome my brother is
(That was a paid advertisement)

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