First Day of School

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This past Monday we started school (we homeschool) and so we’ve got a new 4th grader and Kindergartner in the house! We had a great day! I feel so blessed to be able to sit with my children, teach them and spend time with them. Sure, homeschooling can be challenging at times and I do often find myself asking God if I’m equipped for it all, but it’s a privilege to get to be with them and sit alongside them as they learn new things. It’s filled with fun and so neat to see them grow in this way as well.

You might have noticed that the blog has been a bit quieter this week. I’m honestly just trying to regain some sort of balance of it all and get us on a routine, too! Between schooling two children, caring for a 2-year-old (who now knows how to open baby gates, what in the world?!) and then trying to keep the house somewhat organized and clean all the while taking care of my oil business as well – well – it’s been tricky this week! Ha! Oh, and let’s throw in a field trip as well!

Hopefully I’ll get back to Project Life Tuesday and a more normal blog schedule soon, friends! Giving myself some grace for sure! ;)

Here’s to a great new school year and let’s pray that I don’t lose my sanity in the process! Ha

Interview your kids

I recently saw a friend on Facebook who asked her children a set of questions and recorded their answers. You know I was all over that because I LOVE doing little interviews like that with my kids every now and then. They are always so funny and really show their personality. I love the honesty and innocence of it all too and so today I’m sharing the questions I asked and the answers that both Caylin & Jack gave. You better believe that I’m going to print these out and include them in my Project Life soon. ;)

Here we go!

Caylin’s Answers

1. What is something mom always says to you? I love you.

2. What makes mom happy? A cookie dough brownie blast from Sonic (Ha! So true!) ;)

3. What makes mom sad? Nothing really. She’s not sad that much.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? I just look at her and laugh.

5. What was your mom like as a child? Same as us – looney!

6. How old is your mom? 37

7. How tall is your mom? Good question.

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Hug us

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Work on Project Life

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Being an awesome Lemon Dropper

11. What is your mom really good at? Singing (I need to get her hearing checked) Ha!

12. What is your mom not very good at? I can’t think of anything

13. What does your mom do for a job? She has a print shop and oil business

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Mexican food

15.What makes you proud of your mom? She’s the best Mama ever

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Barbie Power Princess

17. What do you and your mom do together? Antiquing

18. How are you and your mom the same? We both love one another

19. How are you and your mom different? I like kids stuff and she likes adult stuff

20. How do you know your mom loves you? She tells me she loves me.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? He loves Jesus.

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Hobby Lobby

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 24

Jack’s Answers

1. What is something mom always says to you? I love you

2. What makes mom happy? Me being happy

3. What makes mom sad? Saying something mean

4. How does your mom make you laugh? She tells hilarious jokes

5. What was your mom like as a child? Just like meeeeeeeee!

6. How old is your mom? 32

7. How tall is your mom? About the size of a cashew jar

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Make me happy

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Go places

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Being the best Mama

11. What is your mom really good at? Lemon Dropper stuff

12. What is your mom not very good at? Being a mean person

13. What does your mom do for a job? Sells oils

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Milkshakes

15.What makes you proud of your mom? Her hugging me. She loves me.

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? I would create a new superhero. Rainbow Flower Mama

17. What do you and your mom do together? Go to stores

18. How are you and your mom the same? We have the same eyes

19. How are you and your mom different? I’m a boy and she’s a girl

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because she always hugs me and says I love you

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? She loves to hug him

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Antique stores

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 22

See how cute these are? It just takes a few minutes! I highly recommend interviewing your kids and seeing what they think and say! Then get those sweet/cute/funny answers documented in some way – whether it be on your blog or in your scrapbooks! You’ll be so glad you did!


The story of my button and why it’s not going anywhere

You see those three words right above there. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Yep, I know that we all look at ourselves so critically most of the time, don’t we? We look in the mirror and wish our hair wasn’t in that awkward stage or that our skin wasn’t so pale or that we would lose 20 pounds or that our teeth were straighter or even that we were taller.  Yep, we’ve all been there glancing at ourselves and wishing we could snap our fingers and change the things we didn’t like. I’m totally guilty of it myself, but this is a story about REALLY seeing yourself … the way you should.

Let me explain.

A few nights ago I was tucking my son Jack into bed for the night. He is a hugger and so I knew I was going to give him about 10 hugs before it was all said and done (that’s the norm each night, LOL). When he went to give me the first big hug I warned him, “Jack, be careful. I put some Oregano oil on my face and it’s a hot oil so if it gets on your face it could burn you a bit and I don’t want that to happen.” He stopped short of hugging me and looked at me confused and said, “Why do you have Oregano oil on your face, Mama?” To which I replied, “Well, you know this mole I have right here (pointing to my face just below left eye)? I’m applying oil to it so that I can remove it from my face.”

Jack’s eyes got SO big and then I saw this look flood over his face. It was like he had seen a ghost or something. It took me by surprise and he said, “But Mama, you can’t get rid of that. It’s your button.” I said, “My button?” And he said, “Yeah, you remember when I was little and I’d sit on your lap or hug you and I’d see your button and I’d push it and you’d make a funny sound or face and we’d both laugh so hard? It’s your button. You can’t get rid of it. If you did, your face wouldn’t be the same anymore and I wouldn’t have that button.”

My heart sank. I could see that it clearly upset him. I had totally forgotten about that and how it would make him giggle so much. How could I have forgotten that? I could see tears welling up in his eyes as I explained to him how I was so sorry that I was trying to remove it and that I didn’t know it meant that much to him. To which he then said (get your tissues ready, folks), “Of course it means so much to me, Mama. It’s your face. I love your face.” Sigh. Right then we BOTH were crying. It was just the most heartfelt, sweetest, caring moment I’ve ever had in my life. Sounds so simple, but it was.

I had never seen him cry like that before. It was all over this raw emotion and heartache at the thought of losing the “button” on my face. I embraced him tightly and reassured him that I would never ever again try to remove my “button” and that I would never have tried to do that if I had known how much it really meant to him.

This sweet exchange between my son and I reminded me that although I might look in the mirror and see somethings that I wish I could change and even remove completely, that my son can look at the same thing and he sees something so much more than that. He sees my “button” and remember how we would giggle and smile and how it brought him joy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just always see ourselves the way that our children see us? We have to remember that there IS beauty in our imperfections. That we ARE enough.

Jack taught me so much in that sweet 10 minute conversation. So much about what I think of myself and about what I SHOULD think of myself. He took something that I’ve always thought was ugly and brought beauty to it. That kind of love is such a blessing. There is so much power in what our children have to say and what they think of us. Today I’m thanking God for this “button” on my face and the joy it has brought to my son. Not only that, but the joy that it has brought to me now that I was reminded of the sweet memories that surrounded it.

I’m not gonna try to remove that button ever again. Nope. Definitely not. Instead, Jack will push it and I’ll make a silly sound and face and we’ll giggle. That button will always be there and be a constant reminder of the beauty in my imperfection, the unconditional love of my son. and how I am enough. Button and all.


Have you seen these cute little TeenyMates yet? These little guys are relatively new in our home, but they have multiplied lightning FAST. You’d think they were bunnies or something. Ha! My son Jack is a bit obsessed with them right now and the first couple of packs have turned into collecting the ENTIRE collection. How does that happen, anyway? Good thing we’re all football fans in this house because we’re all totally loving them, too! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that when he got an extra Packer I jumped for joy (I’m a big Cheesehead) and the little guy is now sitting on my desk. ;)


These TeenyMates guys are one-inch pocket players and they are stinkin’ adorable. Jack is just collecting the NFL ones right now (these are all Series 3) – but I’m sure he’ll try to expand that in the near future once he gets the other two that he’s needing to finish his collection – it’s the Ravens and Seahawks in case you’re wondering. ;)


A couple of weeks ago, I contacted the makers of TeenyMates to inquire about the collectors tin that I was wanting to purchase for Jack to keep his little guys in. Unfortunately they were sold out of the tin, but when they heard that Jack loved them, they sent him a couple packs of the NFL and MLB guys as well as their newest little figures – TeenyFreaks.


One side of the TeenyFreaks are normal looking folks, but when you turn them around …


… they are totally freaky and they are a BIG hit with Jack and even Caylin. ;)

You can find these little guys in Target, Toys R Us, Walgreens and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores around you. We’ve gotten the majority of Jack’s collection at Target (sorry folks who live near us that have kids that love them, too. I think we’ve bought them all up, LOL)! Oh, and heads up – there is even a Cartwheel coupon right now on them! ;) They retail from anywhere from $2.59 to about $3.99. You can find the TeenyMates website HERE.



Every little package comes with 2 TeenyMates, a check off sheet (see above) and a couple of puzzle pieces (when you get all of the guys you have a complete puzzle that has the little players on one side and a football field on the other that you can use to play a game of football with).


I think part of the fun of these is that the contents are a surprise! There are even some rare ones that you can get which is super fun! ;)


Needless to say that if you venture over to our home anytime soon you will see these cute TeenyMate guys scattered about our house causing lots of fun and giggles. I mean, come on – they are SO cute!

Guess what? How would YOU like to win some packs for your kid(s) to play with? Well, the sweet folks at Party Animal, Inc. said that I could give away a 4-pack bundle of the TeenyMates of your choice (they have NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA) and a 4-pack bundle of the TeenyFreaks, too! How cool is that?!

All you have to do is venture on over to the TeenyMates website HERE and come back and comment which TeenyMates your kid would love to have! You can post another comment telling me that you liked their Facebook page HERE as well and you can get another entry! I will pick a winner this Friday evening, February 13th.

Have a great Monday, friends!

  • Disclosure: I was sent two packs of NFL TeenyMates, two packs of MLB TeenyMates and two packs of TeenyFreaks, but all opinions and comments expressed in this blog post are solely my own. We have been loving these little guys for awhile now and have bought A LOT of them. I’m super excited to get to share them with you!

Jack’s First Day of Preschool


Someone was pretty excited to start his first day of Preschool last week. ;)


Jack wouldn’t sit still for anything,  complained about the sun being in his eyes a bit and insisted on wearing his puppy backpack, but in sweet Jack fashion he was a trooper and indulged this memory keeping, photo snapping Mama of his and I think I came away with some super cute shots for the Project Life® album. ;)


The cute shirt he’s wearing is from one of my most favorite places online, Petite Lemon. I just love their super comfy and cute customized kid clothing and products. I thought this shirt would be perfect to get Jack to wear for his first day of Preschool photo! I mean, how cute is that little pocket with the crayons in it? Ack! Adorable!


I remember bringing this little boy home from the hospital not too long ago and now he’s in preschool? Sigh. I need someone to hold me. I’m not joking. Sending all of you other Mamas out there BIG hugs as you send your little ones (and not-so-little-ones-anymore) off to school.

Just one more reason why I’m glad we homeschool – after this shot I was able to help him inside, take his shoes off, give him a big hug and spend the rest of the day with him, teaching him all sorts of fun, cool stuff.

Now THAT is a great first day of preschool. :)