I fell asleep on the sofa watching the final miles of the Tour de France.
I was awakened by screaming soccer fans and rap music blasting on my son’s cell phone. I didn’t scold him like I usually do when he wakes me up with his inconsiderate, noisy movements.
Instead, I simply looked at him in bewilderment, wondering why had he turned on every light downstairs.
I did not yell because I was filled with a renewed sense…
Added by Tarsha Gray on July 10, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments
I would have to say that the months of the year, that bring the flowers and green back out into the open are my favorite simply because they allow for amazing family time! Because we live in the Mid-west and experience winter month with ice, snow, and cold, it is difficult getting out to do winter activities. Sadly most of that reasoning is due to me not liking cold or being cold! LOL! So I try to let go of my “hermit” ways during the nicer weather and venture out of the house with the…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on July 1, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments
After the last few days, this momma needs a massage! LOL! I can't believe how quickly this week has zipped by, any more than I can believe that we are almost through June and July is just around the corner. Of course, when the week keeps you busy, it is no wonder that it has flown by. I still find it funny that even after five months, I still have not managed to establish a routine with my days, which before long will make me absolutely crazy! Though I spent so many years living by the work…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 7:02pm — No Comments
How I met my hubby...He and I absolutely love getting asked that question. Simply due to the odd looks that people tend to give us when they hear the story. It never really gets old, even after all of these years! But of course, it is a rather peculiar story. Well it all started right about twenty nine years ago, I was right around eleven years old. My dad was getting married to wife number four. I think that I had only talked to my new step-mom once before they got married. I actually think…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 6:42pm — No Comments
Yesterday I was offered the opportunity to guest post over the The Wondering Brain with the wonderful Jessica Dy. I have included a bit of an update from the original, marked by an asterisk below.
Protecting our kids is a full-time job in today's society, with threats around every corner. As the mother of three, ranging in ages from 10 to 19, I know that the internet is a huge draw for kids nowadays. My kids, like most, know almost all there is to know about online technology. There…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Post originally shared as a guest post at The Wondering Brain
Books provide access to an unimaginable adventure. One of my favorite hobbies has always been reading, for as far back as I can remember. As a kid, I spent a lot of time with my grandma, and every week during summer break we would ride our local city bus to our local public library. I would of course make a bee line to the children's section to select my books. I had…
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
What is a blessing? Wow, what a loaded question, right? It amazes me to think of the things in my life that I consider to be a blessing. I am sure that it is a list that could vary slightly from some and majorly for others. I have really only even started thinking about and realizing just what I have to be blessed about, in the last maybe ten years. I am not sure if it is something that most kids even consider, and I think if you had asked me at any point during my teen years what blessings…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 6:01pm — No Comments
I would like to say to my dear hubby...Happy Father's Day! As I write this on Saturday night, so that it will be ready to post for Father's day, I think about how much he always wanted to be a father. During the time when he was married to his first wife, that dream could never be realized, since she could not have any more children. Of course, when he and I got together, I was able to still have kids. Now, while I of course wanted more kids, it was not something that I wanted to jump right…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 5:58pm — No Comments
I have been so busy these last few days, that I am just now catching up on the day to day, so her I offer a few days worth of ramblings. Last Saturday, my bestie, our girls, and I went out to our local farmer's market to see if we could get any fresh goodies. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, there was not much left, other than some plants and a few Amish Goods. Plants I don't need at this point, but I happily grabbed several different jellies, since the hubby commented when we made our…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 28, 2013 at 5:54pm — No Comments
I have noticed all of the post's lately about the upcoming Father's day and of course that comes with a Father's day tribute. Father's day, is really a day that I don't give a whole lot of thought to. Now that is not to say that I don't cook dinner for the hubby, and get him stuff from the kids, and maybe even a card from me. But otherwise, I don't really give it a lot of thought. This will probably be a hard post to write, only because it will be rather matter of fact, so here goes.…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 20, 2013 at 12:49am — No Comments
I swear sometimes I totally feel like the Energizer Bunny and I have to just keep going and going and going. LOL! The other night, as the rest of the house was in bed and it was just before one o'clock in the morning, I was sitting here at my computer with my headphones in and the melodic voice of Myles Kennedy blaring in my ears accompanied by either the guys in Alter Bridge or Slash and The Conspirators, finally with a few moments to wind down from the last few days. There is nothing…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 20, 2013 at 12:43am — No Comments
Road trips are often fun, especially with friends, but with a family full of kids, this might not be the most exciting activity. These occasions are inevitable, but don’t despair as there are more ways than one to avoid a having a hard time and actually enjoy the trip all the way. Here are five tips to follow in order to ensure a safe and smooth family road trip.
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Added by Karen Rodriguez on June 18, 2013 at 7:20pm — No Comments
A dollar spent, sure doesn’t mean what it used too. I cannot believe how expensive it is just to grocery shop for a family of five almost six…since Clevis is known to have a meal with us on occasion. But holy cow, another dollar spent is more like another couple of hundred dollars spent. I can remember when $40.00 a week would buy a cart full of groceries, now that won’t get you much. It is funny to watch those extreme coupon shows, and I do, but I for one am just not able to make that…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on June 15, 2013 at 7:55am — No Comments
Raising children is extremely hard! We moms (and dads) have our work cut out of us. Life with children is not easy, they get in trouble, they make messes, they’re dirty, but they also show us more love than any other person on the planet could. The truth is though, at certain times, we ALL can stand to be better parents. I have comprised a list of important things, I think we should remember to tell our children because we do get busy and even though they know we love them, we don’t always…Continue
Added by Emily Kreifels on June 11, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
After getting the kiddos situation in the kitchen with an art project this morning I set off for the family room to fold clothes. Exciting I know! While folding I turned on the TV and quickly found myself being pulled into a talk show. The topic was unconventional marriages. The host was interviewing a traditional Orthodox Jewish marriage. First I found it ironic that the topic was unconventional marriages and the couple was in a traditional marriage. My second thought was, when…Continue
Added by Kat Tom on June 8, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments
Well this holiday weekend at Corntassle Cottage was filled with various adventures. Most of the weekend was wrought with storms, and some of them included heavy rain and wind. We even had a few branches blown down onto the neighbor's house. Luckily they were not large enough to cause any real damage, just a scrap on the siding and a dent in the A/C casing, for which I am thoroughly grateful. We even managed to be able to grill out steak's for dinner on Monday evening; there is nothing better…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on May 30, 2013 at 3:01am — No Comments
You would think that by now I would be used to the usual chaos at Corntassle Cottage; unfortunately, I am not much of one for chaos...then again I think I could get extremely bored without it! Though I suppose with a hubby and three, well actually four children I can't forget my son from another mother, chaos is a package deal. LOL! Each of them brings their own special brand of chaos into the family. Three of the four males are of course teens, 13, 19, 20, and there are days that they seem…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on May 30, 2013 at 2:45am — No Comments
Well, yesterday I received a letter from Lil Miss, during her Language lesson, as a small bit of bonus work. Now, I did not even know that she was doing so, but we have been trying to work on her handwriting. Also, she has been working on comma's and punctuation in her Language "class". This is the rottenest lil monster and the sweetest lil angel, all wrapped into one, and I love her with all of my heart. The following letter was written and copied almost word for word...the only thing that…Continue
Added by Stacey Gannett on May 30, 2013 at 2:39am — No Comments
Added by Angela on April 4, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments
I love Valentine's Day. I love going out. I love good food. I love romance. I love chocolate. The list goes on...
But sometimes the pressure of finding a babysitter for that one particular night, then heading out to an expensive restaurant only to find it will be a 1 1/2 hour wait time just to eat, seems like more trouble than it's worth. Last year, we decided to do something different - celebrate at home - family style! We still went out, but just chose a different…Continue