I love Visit Idaho's campaign, 18 Summers. But I don't cry watching the commercials. Nope. Never. They're all about how you only have 18 summers with your kids. Only 18 summers before they grow up and things change forever. But I never think about that! I never think about my kids growing up. I'm savoring … Continue reading How Many Summers Do You Have Left?
Sometimes my kids tell me their chores are "too hard!" And then I remind them that, "Mommy grew up on a farm. Would you rather shovel poop? Scrub barn walls? Walk up hill both ways in the snow carrying 12 buckets full of grain to feed the yearling cows?" I may have exaggerated on that … Continue reading 5 Tips to Make Chore Time Happy Time
There is a point in your baby's life when one day you look at them, and they don't look like a baby anymore. Something has changed in their face, and you aren't sure what it is. They're bigger, for sure, but it's more than that. Their face has matured somehow. They don't have a baby … Continue reading Quit Wishing Your Kids Would Grow Up
Charlotte's Webb by E.B. White Suggested age range 8-12 This book is a classic of all children's book classics. This is one of the first books I read by myself when I learned to read! It holds a special place in my heart. It's the story of a little runt pig and the girl who … Continue reading Middle Grade Fiction: Charlotte’s Web
I think of myself as one of those parents who never falls prey to the begging of my children to buy them stuff. And certainly in the store that is true. But at home, on Amazon?? Just look at my history. 1. Batman watch Santa got our 11-year-old a watch for Christmas, so the … Continue reading The Last 10 Things I Ordered on Amazon
This post is about potty training. The Good, the Bad, and the Poop on the Floor. It's ok. You can cry with me. I've been a parent for almost 12 years now. Four cray cray kids. I'm sort of an expert. And I can say with absolutely certainty that POTTY TRAINING IS PARENT TORTURE. Can … Continue reading Poop on the Floor
I was sitting in my living room, probably doing something super productive like cleaning or napping, when my boys came in from playing outside with the neighbor boy. "Hey guys, what were you doing outside?" "Killer Bunnies!" they said emphatically. As if I'm supposed to know what that is. I grew up on a farm … Continue reading My Boys Are Obsessed with Killer Bunnies