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...]

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...]

Dear Step Son, You’re Right, Today You’re an “Equal”

Being a "step" parent is rough. Today, after reading a dissertation of a text from my 18-year-old step son last night, I realized that I don't treat him as an "equal" to my own kids. Today, everything will change, for him, and I hope he's happy that he'll actually finally have to follow rules for the first time in his life. Dear 18-year-old step son, I'm sorry. I read your 500-word text to your dad last night (yes, he showed me, you knew he would) and I can't say I disagree with you. You're right. We do NOT treat you as an equal to our "real" kids. You live by different rules. You are treated differently. In fact, you are treated way differently. Thanks for pointing it out so that I don't have to anymore. You did us all a favor and, thanks to you, your life will change today and you'll finally be "equal". You see, my "real" kids have a lot of rules. They live on a budget (yes, a budget, we're not made of money). That's why we have stuff. We work hard, I budget our money, we get … [Read more...]

Unbroken: My Word of the Year for 2016

My word of the year for 2016 is officially Unbroken. Is it even a word? I considered many words, but a friend suggested this word, and for many reasons, literally and figuratively, this is the word I decided upon. In 2016, I will be Unbroken. Every year, like many others, I try to resolve (no I don't do resolutions because those are just stoopid...I'm not suddently going to be buff or whatever) to be better than the year before. As with all of the many years before, I resolve to find one word, one sentiment, that will carry me throughout the year, to guide me to be better. This year, unbroken will guide me. Literally and figuratively, I refuse to be broken. If you've been following along at all (I thank all 5 of you), you know that I'm physically broken right now. I'm trying to cope with it, but it's not going as well as planned and it's frustrating. But that's not all. In a lot of ways, I'm not just physically broken. A whole lot of me has been broken for many years and it's … [Read more...]