How to get organized for school the night before (in 1001 easy steps)

By Amy | October 22, 2015 | 9 Comments

Mornings often seem like they are trying to kill me. Buses in our world come at 3 different times for 5 different kids, the first one arriving on the scene at 6:45 am. There are teen girls in the first round which involves a lot of bathroom time (thank the good Lord above for the…

No Hiding the Wrath of Addiction

By Erin | October 16, 2015 | 30 Comments

We all have something that we have been hiding. And, no, this time I am not talking about hiding with coffee. There are things – life events – that define who we are. Most often when thinking about those life events, we reflect on our fortunate experiences. When, in reality, it is the unfortunate events…

I Already Miss You

By Amy | October 8, 2015 | 47 Comments

5 kids in this house and chaos reigns. Most often we are trying to figure out how to squeeze everyone in, get everyone to sit down, get everyone where they need to be, get everyone to BE QUIET for just 30 seconds. You would think that when we are down a kid we would feel…

The sit…you’ve earned it now go claim it

By Amy | September 23, 2015 | 8 Comments

These days, living with 5 kids is sort of like living in a frat house, or what I would imagine living in a frat house to be, based on my time in college visiting quite a few of them. It’s loud, there is a lot of yelling and mayhem and mess and everyone is always…

(Legal) Child Labor

By Erin | September 20, 2015 | 2 Comments

Our family room couch rarely ceases to hold my electronic-yielding children. There are semi-permanent impressions of their rear ends in their favorite spots. If the wrong child lands in the wrong butt print, there is major trouble. I’m serious – like World War III kind of trouble. I often wonder how they can hold their…

What Your Kids Really Think of You {Life through Sam Colored Glasses}

By Amy | September 16, 2015 | 14 Comments

“Mom! Look! It’s the most persect car ever!” (Not a typo, Sam pronounces “perfect” as “persect”. While we are on the topic does anyone else feel like crying when their babies start to pronounce words RIGHT? I still haven’t gotten over Ellie switching from “jum” to “gum” and she’s 14. I love little kid speak…

Curse the Red Cart

By Erin | September 10, 2015 | 16 Comments

Curse the red cart. Seriously, the cart has magical powers. Some wicked marketing genius cast a spell on every woman whose hands land upon that darn handle. It can’t be just me. Target carts send me into some dizzy spending tizzy during which I have zero willpower and spend with wild abandon. At one point…

Why bedtime was easier when my kids were little

By Amy | August 27, 2015 | 18 Comments

I may sound crazy, but parents of newborns and toddlers you are currently living the bedtime dream. I once believed that when my kids were older I would get to sleep again. I dreamt of the day when I would tuck each of them into bed without nursing them every few hours, without swaddling and…

You did WHAT?

By Erin | August 27, 2015 | 26 Comments

I have never been one to shy away from making life altering decisions in a decisive and quick way.  Like the time I called my mom on my way home from a blind date professing that I had met the man I was going to marry.  He sure is a dream come true. Lately, I…

Hiding in the Closet with Coffee

By Erin | August 25, 2015 | 18 Comments

There are days where all I want to do is hide.  If I were to build my dream home, there would be a small closet with one comfy chair, some dim lighting, maybe some soothing “elevator” music, and, of course, my Kurig.  It would be my hideout.   Isn’t that the feeling we created time…


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