Don’t Get Mad, Get Even – Indoor Snowball Fight

When I heard the kids cheerfully exclaim “It’s Snowing” I figured the winter weather they keep talking about had finally moved in.

I looked out the window and didn’t see anything.


I walked into their room to see what was going on, and the floor was covered in stuffing!

“Look Mom, Snow!  Let’s build a snow man”

What did I do next?  Grabbed my camera and joined the fun – of course.

Stuffing doesn’t make great snowmen, so thing rapidly escalated into a snowball fight.

Should I have been mad they killed some poor, defenseless stuffed animal – maybe.

But then I would have missed out on the best snowball fight of my life!

One Little Word

“Secure your oxygen mask before helping those around you.”

It’s something everyone who has taken a commercial flight has heard, but have you ever stopped to think about why they say it or how it might translate into other areas of your life?

If don’t take care of yourself, you’re no good to the people around you.

At the beginning of last year I wrote about needing to learn to love myself. I really meant what I said, and still do, but I never make an effort to do anything about it. It’s great to recognize the problem, but nothing ever changes if nothing changes. (Isn’t that basically the definition of Insanity? Hmm)

A couple 0f weeks ago I stumbled onto the One Little Word workshop offered by Ali Edwards. The idea is to pick one word, just one word, and make it more visible in your life. A word to focus on. A word to welcome into your life and make it a part of yourself. Ali sends out monthly assignments to explore your word through writing and creativity.

I signed up as soon as I found it. I need a little push, direction and accountability.

So what word did I pick?

At first I was going to go with “Family.” The kids and I have become homebodies over the last year and I thought it would be a good word to get us up and doing things again.

Then I pondered on the work “Simplicity.” Our life is chaotic and we really need to scale back and streamline our lives.

They’re great words, and things I really need to do, but they weren’t really speaking to me.

And then I took a scroll through my Kindle library and rediscovered two books that had really resonated with me – “The Gifts of Imperfection” and “Daring Greatly“, both the Brene Brown.  While reading them, I was confronted time and again with the idea of feeling worthy, or in my case, not feeling worthy.

  • Worthy of Love
  • Worthy of Beauty
  • Worthy of Praise
  • Worthy of Kindness

It’s hard to accept any of these things without feeling worthy of such things.  And so, my word found me.

One LIttle Word | Worthy

I just received my first assignment and I’m excited and a little nervous about tackling it.  This is going to be a year of self-discovery and dealing with difficult emotions.  But this is something I need to do to take care of me so I can take care of others.

Christmas 2014

We had such a fun Christmas.  The kids really understood the Santa idea and we’ve been talking about him for MONTHS!

Christmas Tree
O’ Christmas Tree

The Multiples Club hosted a Breakfast with Santa in early December.  Getting to see Santa was a big encouragement for Andy and Cassie to get ready and out the door that morning, but Ben, not so much.  He informed me he didn’t want to see Santa because he was too shy.  I did manage to get him into the car, but he continued to tell me he didn’t want to see Santa.

We pulled into our parking spot at the same time as Santa and when Ben saw him, he ran right up, grabbed his hand and walked him into the building.  Apparently, he wasn’t too shy after all.

Walking Santa to Breakfast

Ben followed Santa around like a lost puppy until it was time for Santa to go to his chair to see all of the other kids.


On Christmas Eve we let the kids open one present.  We made them wait until Aunt Katy arrived – which was pure torture!  As soon as Katy opened the door, they all excitedly yelled “Yay, present time!”  There was no “Hi” or “Hello.”  She didn’t even have both feet in the door.

The kids had a very hard time falling asleep that night, which meant they didn’t get up until after 8:00am!  Ben was the first to run downstairs to see what Santa brought them and was relieved to find the “Chuggington building toy” he’s been asking for for months.

Cassie was not pleased with her Santa gift.  She got a Barbie doll house, but Santa didn’t bring any new dolls for the doll house.  Oops!  I tried telling her he didn’t bring any new dolls because he knew someone else was getting her Barbies (which they did), but she didn’t buy it.

Not Happy

They had to wait for Aunt Katy, Uncle Aaron and the great-grandparents to arrive before they could tear into the rest of the presents.  As soon as all of the gifts had been passed out and they were given the go ahead, it was a blur of torn paper and excited giggles.  Andy was hilarious.  He enthusiastically yelled “Oooo, I love it!” to each gift even before he knew what it was.  Such a grateful child.

After presents and breakfast, the kids spent the rest of the day playing while the rest of us napped or relaxed.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season too.

How We Spent the Summer – Aug and Sept 2014

I had originally intended this post to be just about August, but when I got looking for pictures, I found only 5 – for the whole month!  So let’s just squish most of September in here too.  That only bumps my picture count up slightly, but at least I’ll feel like I’ve done my job in catching up on things.

How We Spent Aug and Sept

The kids got to take their first train ride in August.  Actually, it was my first train ride too!  I found out there is a little railroad just south of us that does ice cream sundae rides on Fridays during the summer.  For $10 per person, the kids and I got to ride the rails and eat some ice cream.  The ride wasn’t much, just down and back on a track running along the highway, but the kids thought it was great.

As for the rest of the time – I don’t remember being bored, but there must not have been a lot going on.  Here are some random picture of our everyday life.

We closed out the summer with a family trip to Omaha, where I more than made up for the lousy picture count the prior two months.  More on that to come!