Monday, December 15, 2014

A separate post

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently purchased a piece of furniture that I've really been liking a lot. So much so, I've decided its worthy of its own separate post!

Below is a photo taken from our dining area. I like how this room flows directly into the living room (where carpet is) as well as the kitchen (to the right). The deep gray tile is not something I would've chosen, but is very durable and hides EVERYTHING = very good for families with small children. ;) The one hard part is the size of this room....as far as dining goes, it's adequate, but see that door to the right? That is the door that leads to our garage, and to the left of the window are the doors that lead to out backyard = major walkways/traffic zones! :O

Since we always seem to be running somewhere, I placed a large basket by the door to house all of our shoes (see in bottom left of photo below) BUT- with 5 of us, at 2 shoes for each of our pairs of shoes, it was just a mess of a situation when we either all needed to get to our shoes at once, or dig for a certain pair.



I shall now introduce to you shoe organization at its finest......



            This piece was actually was labeled as a "Media Console" by Downeast Outfitters (where it was sold for $250, but I got for $200 due to the Black Friday sale...only thing wrong with it was that it was missing the dowels to place the interior shelves on, but that was a easy fix with just cutting down a 1/4" wooden dowel from Home Depot for a $1).
I knew it was going to work perfect for our space due to it's deep size (as you can see it's doing double rows of the kids shoes on the bottom shelf, plus perfect height (clears the chair rail and allows for more shoes to be displayed on top shelves such as flats and Elyse's shoes) and the sliding doors make it so we don't have to allow for clearance for any baskets to be pulled out or doors opening outwards- genius! The baskets on the top are right now being used for the kids outdoor stuff (such as mittens, gloves, hats) and the larger baskets houses library books and backpacks. I love how everything is still very accessible but not so visible.




 Oh, and this Good Earth light fixture is a newer update for us as well a few months back. I'm such a fan of updating light fixtures....they are a HUGE bang for your buck!!! Bart was such a pro about installing it too....don't you love guys who can switch out a light fixture?! ;)


 May you all enjoy peace in your days!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Cheer

Hi All! Here I am. Not completely gone from blogland, just out for a little while my husband underwent and recovered from surgery----good news is that all went very, very well and just in time for us to enjoy ourselves a merry little Christmas.


Above photo is of some of our neighbor and friends gifts. Idea was found here. Love how easy and inexpensive they were...we're talking only 0.79 cents per 2 liter bottle of root beer (snagged on sale at Lees!) plus craft materials I already had on hand. Kids really enjoyed having a part in them too with their painted hand prints (which can also double as tree ornaments).
Tags read: 

"ROOT"ing for a won"DEER"ful Christmas and New Year!

Other festive things we've been up to...

Live Nativity at a local church....our first I should add! Liked how this was done the weekend after Thanksgiving when normally everyone is out and about shopping....it was nice to start Christmas honoring its true intention.

Fun neighborhood party- isn't just the best when you find out you really like the people you're already living by?

Reindeer Trek at Willow Park Zoo....decided I much prefer Santas that don't charge money to take your child's photo with them along with a more rustic style of decor.

Found an amazing piece of furniture at Downeast Outfitters at a steal of a deal (thanks to a Thanksgiving Day sale) to house and organize our never ending array of shoes, boots, gloves, mittens, and hats-----you moms know the tornado of winter gear that I'm talking about! I will try to post of pic of it sometime!

Getting ALL of the presents wrapped and ready for the big day.....this was so NOT the case for me last year where I was stuck wrapping, wrapping, wrapping on Christmas Eve :O. I can't express how much I LOVE getting this done and done with lots of time still left in the month to enjoy it all ~


photo credit of Gingerbread Homes found in downtown Logan
Outing planned today to peruse Gingerbread houses displayed around downtown Main St. (see photo above) while sipping on hot drinks....yes, I know I am cheesy but things like this get me so giddy about the season and yes, we live in a town with a street actually called Main Street!

That's it for me today ~ hope you're all finding joy in this wonderful season!



p.s. just in case any of you are in need of some good gift ideas...click here for a fun family/young kid gift, here for Planes movie lovers toy (love that they don't take batteries!), and here for little girls who love to say wheeee! Now let's hope my kids don't find this post! :O

p.s.s.. here's some fun stocking stuffer ideas....(all found very inexpensively at Kmart)
  • toothbrushes
  • silly putty
  • glow sticks
  • mini candy bars 
  • stickers
  • wind up bath toys
  • hair elastics (for girls)
  • Learn-to-read books (these are our favorite)

p.s.s.s. (last of these ps's i promise)....did you know Amazon.com does price adjustments?! Yes, they do as long as you purchased the item from Amazon directly! So, if you ever buy something from them (even over 6 months ago!), then later see it selling for less (even by pennies) and would like to be refunded the difference, do this:

1) type "Contact Us" in the search field. 
2) click on "Contact Us" in blue right below. 
3) It will now bring up a listing of all your past orders, click on "Chose different orders" if you're not referring to your most recent purchase. Once your order is found, select what specific item you know is now priced lower.
4) Select "Payment Issues."  
5) Select "Price changed on website." 
6) Select Email as the way to correspond for this correction, then type this: "Noticed that this item is now selling for less than what I purchased it for....could you please refund my credit card the difference? Thanks!"

....and volia, you're done! In a 1-3 days you should receive an email back notifying you that they will be refunding your card for the lower price amount. Love this!!!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Sea Salt


"I could honestly LIVE in here!"
 - me to my husband after he painted our upstairs bathroom 


I've always liked our main floor guest/children's bathroom because after living in town homes I was really sick of the closet-sized powder rooms that were always stuffed in a hallway off the kitchen. When we were checking this home out to buy it, I remember thinking that this bathroom was a good size with a good layout, nice plumbing fixtures, and new tile, just in need of some minor updating (don't forget to scroll down to the very bottom for the before pics- you'll die when you see the wallpaper that was in here before! :O) which we were able to do this summer for under $400!




Ahhhh, refreshing Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Thanks to my good friend Tami, I knew deep in my bones that this was going to be the PERFECT color for our bathroom....we didn't even bother with any paint samples, just went full gusto with a gallon of it (which I luckily got on sale at 35% off!). Delta Light fixture is a steal of deal in my opinion. Soooo much better than those awful Hollywood style light bulbs mounted on oak wood. We found ours at Lowes for only $98 (-$25 coupon I had = $73!).

note: the door and trim work (which we did not paint) do not look that ivory in person. ;)
I love this paint color because to me it's the perfect mix of greenish blues with even some gray in it making it refreshing + modern. I therefore HIGHLY recommend this color for EVERYONE to use ANYWHERE!!!! How many paint colors do you know of that are that wonderful and that versatile? Even the guy at Sherwin Williams told me numerous times how this is one of their most popular colors!

Oh, and about that mirror....don't you love now crisp and clean it makes this bathroom look? I actually found it in the home decor section at Lowes by allen + roth but since its large size was right for our long vanity, I decided it was the best choice for a true stand out feature in this room. Once we got it hung up, we realized that it was the perfect compliment to our chunky framed octagon window located on the opposite wall. We originally had it hung a bit higher, but then lowered it once we realized our kids couldn't see themselves in it....small detail, right? ;)

close up of shower curtain meeting our newly painted wall
I almost screamed right in the middle of Kohls when I came across this striped shower curtain....couldn't believe how perfectly it matched our paint color while drawing in the browns from the tile and counter top.


Towel hook rack found online here. We originally had the Delta brand brushed bronze towel rack that went with our other brushed bronze accessories, but returned it after I pictured our children hanging from it and am so glad we found this one because I love the looks of hooks and how we don't have to fuss with keeping them folded ever so perfectly (this is the bathroom our kids use after all). Towels (love their tabs!) are from my sister bought from IKEA.



CraftMei Etsy print "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein


 Print taken by me of Bart and the boys at Bear Lake. Sooooo proud to have my first b+w photo framed in our home! Frame from Hobby Lobby.


AND NOW FOR THE BEFORE PICS.....
Ahhhhh! Woah plaid, right?




Here's the close-up my that I know my sister would want me to include....
Yes, they are of OUTHOUSES or THE OLD BACK-HOUSE, whichever term you prefer. :O



Thankfully, the wallpaper came down soooo much easier in this room than it did in our kitchen. Like, just peeled off in nice big sheets after only being sprayed down with water! The only problem was that the part from the border up was recently painted leaving a texture difference between that newer paint and the paint underneath the wallpaper so it required A LOT of sanding (all by hand by my AMAZING husband). 

Total Bathroom Update Costs:
Gallon of Sherwin Williams environmentally friendly paint in Sea Salt....$35
Light fixture.....Lowes $98 (I got for $73)
White wood framed mirror....Lowes $77
Rubbed bronze Delta Providence Venetian hand towel holder, toliet paper holder, shower curtain rod, shower curtain circles....Lowes $80
Amerock rubbed bronze towel hook rack....Amazon $30
Sonoma Life + Style Torrance shower curtain.....Kohls $59 (coupon + Kohls cash, so I got for $35)
Frames....Hobby Lobby $30
Seagrass basket (our baby wipe holder hider)....TJ Maxx $5

 GRAND TOTAL OF....$365!


What a great bang for our buck! Now all the wallpaper that's left is a border found in our family room in the basement....let's just say if you were ever hankerin' for a stay in a log cabin at Bear Lake, our room would be the place to fulfill this fantasy for you. ;)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Appetizing....

Finally found Gardein- the best of the best when it comes to meatless meat! I first heard about this on Ellen (like 2 years ago), so you can imagine my excitement when Bart spotted this in the frozen food section at Smiths Marketplace here in Logan. I've so far tried the Chicken Sliders, Crispy Chicken Tenders, and the Fishless Filet - all very yummy!!! I think they go for around $3.50 per bag and you get between 4-8 in each.


Came across this 3-pack of Krusteaz Pumpkin Baking Mix at Sams Club last month and have LOVED it! My favorite part about it is how it comes with 3 recipes all that can be made with the mix packets included such as Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cookies, and even Pumpkin Pancakes!


Now for the funny part of this post....get ready because I mean really funny! And appetizing....okay, not really. But still I'm promising you on the very funny.

For the most part our 3 1/2 yr old Grant does a really good job helping me at the grocery store....often times he'll be able to select which brands we buy of what, and even reminds me what we're out of, but as I've learned, the candy bins and the candy rack by the check-out are just TOO TEMPTING for him. So, for these areas of the store I'm sure to play extra close attention to him. 

But, on this most recent occasion, I was in the juice aisle which I didn't know had a container of Lindt chocolate balls right at his eye level behind me and this time he was extra sneaky....he not only unwrapped it without me hearing it, but then he put the empty wrapper back in the bin. It wasn't until about 2 aisles later that I noticed his mouth was full of something.....I looked at him straight in the eyes so I could once again recite my line of "We can't take things from stores without paying for it" but then I realized his big-eyed look wasn't "I'm sorry," it was "Mom, I'm going to throw up." (btw- I can confidently say that after 5 years of parenting I know this look well). I told him "It's okay! it's okay! it's okay! Just swallow it, and don't do it again." I suggested this because I thought maybe he felt really bad about taking it, or he just had too much of it in his mouth but then he blurted out "I can't, I don't like it!"

And there right in the middle of the grocery store, the sputtering out pour of bubbly, gooey chocolate began.

It reminded me of one of those chocolate fountains (you know, the kind you see at weddings or in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) only way less appetizing of course since the chocolate was now being regurgitated. I quickly lunged for the baby wipes in my purse and did my best to sop up as much of it as I could, but this now relentless monsoon of chocolate had completely covered the entire front of his shirt complete with oozing drip marks down both his shirt sleeves and pant legs. Oh me oh my. :O 

There were of course some onlookers....(I don't blame them, it really was a scene you don't see everyday). I think one lady thought I was trying to get him to spit it out....no, trust me I was definitely NOT wanting that, what was done was done! After he was finished, I made sure we went back to the aisle so that he could show me where he found it so that we could pay for it. When we were being run up, I had to share the story with the check-out lady who had a good laugh about it....then Grant looked up at us and just when I thought he'd say something along the lines of, "I won't do that again!" he instead said "Yeah, those big chocolate balls aren't very good." Oh man, he is a funny one! For another fun grocery store experience (4 years ago with Benjamin), click here.

And lastly....just a couple of weeks ago that same curious young lad of ours (Grant) decided an arm of a Lego man looked appetizing enough to eat! After confirming that he did in fact consume it, I immediately called our pediatrician. After describing the small plastic object to the nurse, she told me that it would come out when he went to the bathroom, but that it may take a couple of days. Okay? I thought. Then she says the next part of "You should make sure though." Okay..... I thought again, then quickly wished he wasn't potty trained (never thought I'd say that!). I then called my mom and without hesitation she said, "Pull out your training potty and get some plastic knives" in the same tone an Army Commander would say "Bring in the troops!" Her tone was what I needed to get into full-on poo search committee mode....only I was a one-woman army for this assignment. Really, I had no other choice but to wait, contain, and search. See, I told you this was FUNNY!!!!! :O

Come 2 days later, I successfully discovered that glorious Lego piece. This truly brought motherhood to a whole other level for me.....not because of what finding that Lego piece entailed, but because of the satisfaction I felt when it was found. :) As every mom can attest - all in a days work!



Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Garland

I came across this cute garland (scroll all the way down to the end of that link) a couple of years ago and finally got around to re-creating it! Below are my how-to and final product pics....it's inexpensive, easy, and festive!

Side note: I bought this pre-made wreath from Michaels, I just added the brown ribbon to it.


Here's a shot of everything you'll need! I found all at Michaels craft store except for the plastic leaves which I already had.





Step 1: Measure out your twine (I just laid it up and over my door frame) but one tip I have is to add a bit extra to how long you think you want it, to account for all of the knots you'll be doing for each of the items which I learned shortens it.

Step 2: Hole punch your leaves. I learned that you can do this on plastic ones! Cool, huh?

Step 3: Lace the twine through each of the pieces creating a pattern of pine cone, acorn, leaf or whatever you want. For the acorns and pine cones, I just wrapped the twine around it with a knot



 And voila! Here's the final product. And because our door frame sticks out a bit from our siding, I didn't even have to fasten it, I just tucked it behind the two upper corners of the door frame. Really, really easy and a great way to add beautiful fall colors to the entrance of your home!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gots to do it.




Taking on a new perspective around here which has been requiring a lot of hope, courage, and prayer. Maybe I'm not the first one to say something along these lines....preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best? Either way, all that thinking can become pretty draining. Anyway- I have exactly 32 minutes to write this post before I'm off for preschool pick-up, but I think it will be a good 32 (make that 31) minutes for me to spend today.

Saw the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey {by myself I might add!} last night and L-O-V-E-D it. I'm kinda picky when it comes to movies (I don't like wasting my time) and this one hit the nail on the head in all areas of dramatic, funny, inspirational, and even a bit romantic. Definite must see.

Wearing these Hunter boots. All the time. Yes, they are pricey but the perfect way for me to transition from my ever-so-comfy-and-slip-on-ever-so-quickly flip-flops. Here's the look I love:


Eating this snack: Apple slices + peanut butter + granola on top. Yum! for all ages.

Loving Boscia skincare. Now that I'm no longer nursing (note this because of the salicylic acid it contains), I recently started using the Clear Complexion cleanser, toner, and treatment and am sooooo happy to report that it's not too drying or harsh and is leaving me with fantastic results! All of their products are preservative free and botanically based which I think is really important when it comes to the face. 

While on the beauty front, I want to share that I finally started using a wrinkle/aging cream! Ahhhh! No, really it's all good. I know at 33 I'm actually late on this but as I've mentioned before, I'm really cautious about what I use while either pregnant or nursing (aka my life during the past 5 years). To find the kind I'm using, I did some research and after hearing so many rave reviews about the affordably priced Boots brand (made in London), I purchased the Protect & Perfect Intense night cream and I can't get enough of it! It goes on so smooth and silky and I can really tell a difference in the morning. Hurry, it's on sale now at Ulta!

Is it just me, or are there a lot of good songs on the radio right now? Here's a list of a few I've really been enjoying....


Finally found adorable little girl shoes! Shopping for cute and well-made kids shoes in Logan is soooo hard, no? Here's a couple we've been liking a lot...I promise that they're both CUTE and COMFORTABLE. ;)


Cientas- they even are made to be scented with strawberries, no joke!


Riley Boot, Red
Riley boot by Wee Squeak- you can easily take the squeaker out, or leave in and laugh your heart out!



And last, I found this article on blogging kinda interesting.


K, I made it with 4 minutes to spare....off I go!



p.s. future posts I hope to do...fun and easy fall garland, story of our first home purchase, pics of our updated guest bath, boys room, and Elyse's room. Not sure when I'll have the time for these, just someday...someday, I say! :O



Monday, September 29, 2014

Women Unite!



I caught a blog post the other day from a woman who heard about other women in third world countries in need of help. So she did something pretty cool by putting together a team to create a large number of menstrual kits as directed by the non-profit, Days For Girls International.

Her post really struck a chord with me as it explained why this small act is of such great importance. As taken from the Days For Girls International website....

Imagine...

​What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find during their menstrual cycle...but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world.


I myself am not a sewer, but I went right over to the website and donated $40 which will go to help 60 women! I have since told a few of my friends about it and hope to continue the awareness and support for this cause in any way that I can. I've been wanting to find a way to help other women in need in some way for awhile now but I guess I just keep thinking that I don't have the time, or know where to begin. Well, I'm taking this project as my sign to be aware and supportive to these women in need. 

You can make a difference too! Click here to learn how to make your donation whether that be through sewing some kits, organizing a sewing team, collecting other needed necessities, or donating money. I also just declared them my charity through AmazonSmile which means that every time I shop for eligible purchases on amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5% to them. You can set up a charity of your choice by visiting smile.amazon.com. Pretty cool, right? Women unite!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away....

(okay, our backyard)....we threw a STAR WARS party for our son Benjamin's 5th birthday!!!

Benjamin's interest in Star Wars has been continuing since last year (which is when he decided that he was a real Jedi Knight), so when he told me earlier this summer that that's what he wanted his b-day theme to be, I was ready to make it as out of this world as I could. Thanks to A TRILLION great ideas on Pintrest and blogs (this fantastic one in particular) it all came together really well and fairly inexpensively.

If you google "Star Wars Parties" you'll quickly learn how many clever food tie-ins there are with the movie. We narrowed our snacks down to these favorites: Jedi Juice (Capri Suns), Force Fuel (mini sodas), Chewy Brownies, Padawan Popcorn, Wookie Cookies (Teddy Grahams), and Han Rolos (Rolos candy). We also served Out of This World Pizza from Dominos.

Since his party was close to the end of the summer, I scored on some of plastic serve ware on sale from Smiths Marketplace (we already had the big yellow plastic bins which I pretty much use in some way for EVERY party we throw). I thought the big black bowl (which we used for the popcorn) resembled Darth Vader's helmet and the above yellow chip/veggie dish resembled a space ship. ;)

Here's a view of the entrance guests saw when they first arrived. Signs read: "Welcome Young Jedi" and "Jedi Training Center." The sheet of galaxy background is just excess off one of the tablecloths.

Here's a round-up of all the games we played. Like I did for Grant's 3rd b-day, I just attached signs to our re-usable tall garden stakes. These were spread out throughout our yard to designate each different game station. Here's a list of what each game was:

Darth Tater: We had a mini Darth Vader helmet that I attached to our Hot Potato game. This simple game is always such a hit!

Princess Leia Says: Used this one as an ice breaker as we waited for all of the Young Jedi Knights to arrive. It was played just like Simon Says, only with Princess Leia and using sayings like..."Run around like Han Solo" or "March like a Storm Trooper" or "Dance like a Ewok."

Jabba The Hop: Purchased these king size pillow cases (because every review I read about real potato sacks said that they stink!) for kids to do potato sack races in. They worked great!

Light Saber Challenge: Each child was given a mini light saber to to keep white balloons/ clouds up in the air.

Torpedo Toss: Kids tossed lawn darts (I found mine at Bed Bath & Beyond) at a large 2' Darth Vader balloon that we tied to a hula hoop to keep it on the ground. I meant to get a photo of it but before I could, one of the torpedos launched him back into outer space! We all joked that he was going back to the dark side. ;)


Here's a shot of the banner that I made! It read the famous Star Wars saying: May The Force Be With You. It is my first and probably only banner that I will make. I just used my computer, paper, and ribbon and it was therefore really cheap, but it was pretty time consuming to cut out each letter, back with card stock, hole punch twice, then thread threw onto the ribbon....it sure made for a cute back drop though!

Benjamin and Grant already had STAR WARS t-shirts (found at H&M this past spring, before they quickly sold out!), and Bart and my Dad were happy to wear black and yellow tees that I found at Old Navy (which are now also sold out).

The tablecloths, mini spaceships, goodie bags, and Darth Vader balloon were all ordered online from Birthday Direct. The above shown mini light sabers are the BEST! My sister found them last year and they've held up very well to all of our kids constant and rough play. I've spotted them at Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kmart.

Ordered party invitations from here and since Benjamin was a Jedi Knight last Halloween (thanks to my sister's awesome sewing skills) we had a pretty great picture of him posing with his light saber to use for it.


That's our STAR WARS party in a nutshell Millennium Falcon. Thanks again to everyone who joined us!


p.s. click here for a really funny Star Wars themed nursery that I recently came across.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Have to share this....



This site to learn all about Net Neutrality and do something about it (even if that means leaving a message on your congressman's answering machine). I'm the first to admit that I'm kinda out of it when it comes to staying current on the news (terrible, I know!) but thankfully my husband keeps me abreast on the latest issues and problems going on, and I'm here to report that: THIS ONE IS A BIGGIE. It really does upset me whenever I learn how greedy and unfair corporations can be, making it very necessary for us to voice our voice!

This beautiful look (make sure you scroll through all the slides with the arrows on the top) into actress Julie Bowen's life as a mom. I found the photography stunningly real and incredibly sweet, and found her outlook on motherhood refreshing and fun. I can sooooo relate to her and so many of her comments....especially the one about her wanting to be given food in pill-form like Judy Jetson and how a crisis involving her kids happens every second....boy can I relate there! ;)

This book on marriage. I love the simple but valuable insight it shares and how applicable it is to single, engaged, newly-wedded, or married folks. I'll be giving this out as future wedding gifts for sure. Today my husband are celebrating our 7 year anniversary! We had the pleasure of going out on Saturday afternoon for a date mini-golfing (thanks to my dad frequently taking us as children, I've always had a love for it) and dinner at a local Italian restaurant, Le Nonne ~ it was lovely!


Hope you all have a fantastic week ~ the weather has been quite perfect out lately!




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Intracasies of Raising Children

Image artist: Rebecca Peragine

Some day last week we were having one of our typical weekday mornings...boys were eating bowls of Cheerios, Elyse was throwing Cheerios, and I was cleaning up Cheerios. You know, just another delightful Thursday. :) But somewhere in between our usual day-to-day stuff, I stopped and listened, I mean really listened and this is what I heard....

"Brother, Mommy said we could have......TRAIL MIX!" - Grant

"Mom!, Elyse just ate her first sunflower seed!" - Benjamin

 "Grant, today I have soccer practice. You can come, just make sure you don't come on the field unless we're having a break." - Benjamin.   "No, Mommy said I can play at the park."- Grant

"Mom, is it okay if I wear this today?" - Benjamin holding up his STAR WARS t-shirt which I'm pretty sure he had already worn twice maybe even three times that week.

I know these short lines of conversation from my kids doesn't sound like much, but on this simple day last week I savored it and really wanted to remember it. A few weeks ago (around the time when everyone was getting ready to be in back-to-school mode and we were still in lots-of-days-at-home mode), I decided on a new schedule for us.... 

Mondays we play by ear. 
Tuesdays we go out somewhere. 
Wednesdays we have a play date.
Thursdays we eat out.
Fridays we go to a park.  

Simple, but just what we needed to get us through to a new season. Benjamin also recently started back up with soccer (which I love by the way!~ new friends to make, new parks to visit, treats to bring, speedy son to watch soaking up every minute of his intense new life as a real athlete). Grant, Elyse, and I have some other kid-related classes that we'll be starting up with soon too.

Whenever I write about children on this blog, I try to balance the funny/real life stuff with the incredibly sweet moments that they so very often add to our lives. Here's some quotes I've been collecting that I feel do just that too.....enjoy!