Rare Sighting: Long Pants on 9-yr-old Boy

Rare sighting of young male child in long pants – caught on camera. The paparazzi was out in full force one morning last week trying to get this shot.

Seriously, you would have thought I was asking him to cut off his arm when I forced him to wear long pants. I mean it was 12 degrees outside. He took them off three times, rolled them up and finally gave up. Usually I don’t care, but when it is 12 degrees outside, I’m gonna put my foot down. I mean, I don’t want his teachers and the other moms to think I’m a slacker. I mean, I care if he’s cold too…

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Clearly I’m not the only person that deals with this issue - this article is totally my life. And the author is totally correct in the hoodie sneakery – that’s the only redeeming element of the whole wardrobe some days – and I do the same thing in the mornings.

Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving Breakfast

I know, you’ve got to save room for all of the food that will be placed in front of you the rest of the day, but this adorable cinnamon roll turkey just has to show up on your breakfast table! And it looks pretty easy too – I’ll let you know after I try tomorrow morning! Click here for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Some Christmas Props

These adorable photo props can be found at Target for only $5.00 and we’ve had so much fun with them already!! Go get some for your Christmas family photos, Christmas parties, Christmas morning…make everyone laugh at the office, at church…the possibilities are endless.

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2014 Christmas Gift Ideas (Things You Can Actually Afford)

It’s that time of year again. Yep, time for all of those cute, carefully planned, over-the-top, nothing we can afford, Oprah-like gift-guides.

You know the ones – with the adorable cashmere sweater at the ask-your-mom-for-Christmas price of $1,200? And the cute little journal for $250 to stuff in your stocking? And let’s never forget the million dollar Victoria’s Secret bra that we’re dying to rush out and purchase for our BFF. Wait, do they still do that? I can’t remember the last time I looked at a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

(I’m talking to you Gwyneth Paltrow. Have you seen this year’s Goop Gift Guide? Let’s just say Gold Juicer for $4,739.00. Really?)

I don’t know about you guys, but in this real world I’m living, we don’t have that kind of budget for Christmas presents.

So in an attempt to keep it real, and think of things you’d actually tell your spouse, mother-in-law or sister that you want for Christmas (when asked of course, one never just drops hints, right?), I’ve recruited several other bloggers to create a Pinterest board of 2014 Christmas Gift Ideas. Just click on the image below to see the board – and be sure to follow as we add new items each week!

2014 Affordable Christmas Gifts

2014 Affordable Christmas Gifts

Interested in joining our board? Drop me a note or leave a comment and I’ll add you to the board as well!

A Recorder Rendition

I’m all about music in our schools. And if you have an elementary child, chances are you’ve encountered your fair share of fun with the recorder.

Walker informed me last week that he told his music teacher that he didn’t have time to practice the recorder because of basketball practice. His father was silently cheering inside, but me being someone that 1) believes extra-curricular activities aren’t the only thing that gets you into college 2) cringes at the thought of what that teacher thinks goes on in our house that my son thinks this way and 3) actually appreciates musical abilities since I took 7 years of piano (but still can’t play a dang thing and my mom is basically self-taught and can open a hymnal and go to town on the keys) immediately jumped on the “oh no you didn’t” wagon, and got that recorder straight into his hands ASAP.

Well, believe it or not, he really started enjoying it. And last night, he couldn’t stop playing “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”, which is his most recent assignment. Turns out they have to memorize it and play it when they visit the NC Symphony.

Lucy was so enthralled with the music, she decided to sing along. Only after she picked herself up, moved to the other side of the room (but not out the door) and positioned her back to us.

Enjoy the musical renditions of Walker and Lucy: