That time I caved and let the kids play Pokemon Go…

Lloyd and Dory BOTH hitched a ride on Daddy as we walked back home from hunting Pokemon.

**Confession: A couple of weeks ago, when the whole world started going crazy for Pokemon Go, I made a promise to myself that my kids wouldn’t be one of those zombies walking around with a smart phone at the ready to catch fake cartoon monsters because they have nothing better to do. I mean, seriously? … [Read more...]

Letting myself go…

One of my minions snapped this picture for me. Not a t-shirt to be seen!

Confession: When it comes to my appearance, I haven’t really tried to look nice in years. But that it changing. This week I actually sat down and thought about when things ended. When did I stop buying cute clothes? When did I stop putting on make-up every day? When did I stop putting it on ever? When did I become a jeans and my-husband’s-t-shirt girl? … [Read more...]

Dory turns 1, and I turn to God.

Happy and healthy, Dory is checking out the new couch she got for her birthday.

I have written and re-written this post. While faith isn’t the focus of my blog, it is the heart of everything I do. I wanted to write a post about Dory’s first birthday. This child is a miracle in so many ways, and she is adored by us all ( except maybe Lloyd. His feeling for her run from barely tolerant to utterly smitten, and usually within just a few minutes). … [Read more...]

The story of a lost wallet, in which the only thing lost is my mind.

My wandering wallet.

Today was a kickin’ summer day – the kind that makes me feel like I am killing it at the mom-game. We started with watching “Pan” at the Rave. It’s $1 per person and the kids love it. With a family our size, going to the movies is normally a special occasion. For example, we all just saw “Finding Dory” for Jason’s 6th birthday. But I digress. … [Read more...]

“I miss the new, clean house.”

I took this shot from the front door of our condo.

Two Sundays ago our Flawed Family returned from vacation. What a fun vacation it was! We spent a week at Corpus Christi in the nicest condo (un-sponsored shout out to Nemo Cay Resort http://www.nemocayresort.com) that had room for all eleven of us, and a few more too. When we got home, the first thing that Lloyd (4) said was “I miss the new, clean house.” … [Read more...]

Screen time in the summer…

melanie screentime

**See disclaimer at bottom Summer is upon us people. And to quote one of my favorite Disney movies, High School Musical 2 (no, I’m not joking!) “But it’s summer… Everything changes.” Confession: I am guilty of allowing my kids too much screen time during the summer. I actually swing from one extreme to the other – I let them play on the family tablet, iPad, DS, Wii, and WiiU unchecked until they all start fighting because they want to be on the same device. Then I swing to the other extreme and say, “Fine! No one gets to play on ANYTHING.” (I’m totally balanced. Heh.) During this past school year I have been doing a lot better at regulating. Screen time tends to be a … [Read more...]

Girls’ Night Out = Wicked Traffic

ALM Wicked

**This post contains affiliate links. I make a tiny percentage off of purchases made through affiliate links, and it doesn't cost you a penny more. Thanks for helping my blogging business grow! Friday the 13th was the night I got to go with my big girls to see Wicked. At last! Yes, I had seen it just a few weeks before, and I loved it. I was only too excited for my girls to get to enjoy it as well. If you have never heard the music of Wicked, you can buy the CD here on Amazon. It is amazing! When Adam and I went, we had factored in plenty of time to get to Dallas Fair Park Music Hall. We arrived a little over an hour before the show, and enjoyed a leisurely dinner while waiting for the … [Read more...]