Middle School, B.L.A.A.R., and Lessons from Bug

I'd like to thank Click Communications for sending us Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life so that I could share with you my feelings on standardized testing, my Bug's journey as a square peg, and our feelings in general on this movie. "Rafe has an epic imagination…and a slight problem with authority. Both collide when he transfers to a rule-crazy middle school. Drowning in do’s and don’ts, Rafe and his best friend Leo hatch a plan to expose the principal by breaking every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. As the principal strikes back, Rafe’s world, at home and at school, explodes into hilarious chaos (both real and imagined) in this laugh-filled family comedy based on James Patterson’s best-selling book series."  Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life When I was first presented with the opportunity to watch Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, I really had no interest. I mean, for real, I still have kids in elementary school, I've watched others of mine go … [Read more...]

The Kindest Soul I Know Turns 8 Today

When you're graced with true greatness and beauty in your life, you learn to appreciate everything around you. The kindest soul I know turns 8 today, and I'm happy and sad, all at the same time. Some things in life are very complex. Some things are not. I deal with complex issues every day, but the minute I pick my Bubby up from school, my life gets easier, happier, healthier again. He completes me, as weird as that sounds, and I think the feeling is mutual. Today, this little man, the kindest soul I know, turns 8. EIGHT. My BABY turns EIGHT today. How can this be possible? He was born yesterday, right? You all remember it like it was yesterday too, don't you? He makes me laugh (constantly), he makes me cry (yes, sometimes he's a butt too), but he completes my world and I don't know what I'd do without him. My Bubby. He's my baby, he's the forth chamber of my heart, and he's so excited that he turns eight tomorrow. Me? I'm ready to turn back the hands of time and hold him in … [Read more...]

Cleaning Up Life’s Little Messes with 6 Kids

Just so you know, I did receive an O-Cedar EasyWring Spin Mop and Bucket System to facilitate this story about cleaning up life's little messes, but all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. #OCedarB2S As the mom of six kids, I've gotten pretty good at cleaning up life's little messes. Having the right tools is absolutely paramount to success with cleaning and your sanity! I'm sure you can image that my entire adult life has been full of life's little messes. Crayons and markers on the walls, nail polish on the carpet, crumbs a plenty, and of course many, many spills on my tiled floors. This mom of six rarely rests, especially during back to school time, because there's always something to buy, someone to pick up, meals to fix, homework to "help" with, and messes to clean. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't change my life, or my mom status, for anything, but sometimes it all gets a little overwhelming and that's why I surround myself with the best tools to get the job done … [Read more...]

Hate Begets Hate: Let’s Stop the Cycle Now

Hate begets hate, violence begets violence, toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the powers of love. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. I'm about to step out of my comfort zone. I don't "do" politics. I don't discuss ugly things. It's about time I discuss both of those things, and so I shall. I have opinions that I keep to myself, because I should. While I watch the world around me shatter, I keep my mouth shut. Because I should. But I have six children, and I really should not keep my mouth shut anymore because their future depends on me. On my opinions. On my actions. And so tonight, I step out of my comfort zone, and I speak my mind. Anger is the route of all evil. Not guns. Not bombs. Not the angry acts of terrorists. Anger. External and internal anger will destroy this world. It has destroyed our parent's past, and it will destroy our children's future. Unless we put an end to it today! TODAY!!! Anger begets anger. Violence begets violence. By … [Read more...]

A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren't necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I'll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach. Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other's space is enough. And most of the time, just letting them be them...well, it's enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style! Bubbles! What's a beach day without bubbles? What's any good day without bubbles, actually? A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it's not even really a day, is it? The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until... You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still … [Read more...]

The Storm Will Pass. The Spring Will Come.

Spring is a time of new beginnings for all of us. Never make rash decisions based on the winter storm's events. The storm will pass. The spring will come. Embrace the warmer weather. Embrace the blooming flowers. Embrace what you love the most and be the change. Every spring, I seem to re-evaluate my life. I guess we all do.The storm will pass. What changes can I make in this world, to my life, to make it a better place? I'm often tempted to throw in the towel and just give up after braving the winter storms. I think we all are. Being cooped up, both literally and figuratively, makes us all feel that way at some level, I guess. That overwhelming feeling of, is this really all working out for me, is it all worth it, kind of gets to you, you know? I know you know. So, what do you do? Do you throw in the proverbial towel and just decide that the struggles aren't worth it anymore and start anew with a whole new life? I mean, we're all getting old (as we read my dribble), so is it all … [Read more...]