Every time the song, Radioactive by the Imagine Dragons, comes on the radio, I turn it up, and flash my gang symbols.

Well, not really but I feel tough listening to it.

Turns out I shouldn’t have.

The video has stuffed animals in it.

Disturbing? Yes.

Rough and Tough? No.

Regardless of that, my gang and I are still jamming to it in the minivan.

Dress Like a Cow Day!

In keeping with yesterday’s free food post,

Chick-fil-A’s “Dress Like a Cow” day is today, July 12th!

Every customer who comes dressed as a cow from head to toe will receive a FREE MEAL.

If you are partially dressed like a cow you will receive a FREE ENTREE.

Here’s a look back at some of our looks:


Wonder Moo


Our Star Wars year…





OurĀ  Musical Year with Moo Hendrix, Black Eyed Cow, Sheryl Moo, Moodonna, and 6 yr old cow who refused to go with the theme


Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven Today!

Well, the title sort of says it all.

Free slurpees at 7-Eleven today!

Get it – 7 – Eleven – July 11th

Visit any 7-Eleven today and receive a free small slurpee!


I’ll have 3 extra kids with me today so we are certainly going to be making a stop for a free slurpee.

I’m going for my favorite flavor – coke – seriously, I have to go right now and get one.


Adoption Update #1

A few people have asked for an update on the adoption so here it is:

Paperwork and wait.


Many times.

We’ve completed our home study which required references, autobiographies, and answers to many questions.

We’ve been accepted by the agency which required a lengthy application and references.

We signed the contract with the agency which required tons of paperwork.

We are now trying to complete the dossier (large collection of paperwork about us that must be notarized, certified, and sealed by the government).

After the dossier is sent in we wait for 4 to 6 months before they match us with a child.

Once we have a face and a name we celebrate.

And then, we complete more paperwork.

It’s a lengthy process but we haven’t lost steam yet.

Hopefully the next time I up date you I can say our dossier is in the mail!

Camp is here!

My 4 year old is flying the coop for a few days this week and she couldn’t be more excited.

School has been out for her for almost 2 months now and she is tired of me.

And well…I hope she has a good time.

When getting ready for her camp, which she is THRILLED about, she asked me a few questions:

“What bag am I going to put my sleeping bag in?

You don’t need a sleeping bag, I’m picking you up after lunch.

Sad face.

“What pajamas am I going to pack?

You don’t need pajamas, I’m picking you up after lunch.

Sad face.

“Do I change clothes there at night?”

You don’t need to change your clothes, I’m picking you up after lunch.

Sad face.

I have a pretty good feeling there will be a lot of crying when I pick her up after lunch today.


Our Daily Schedule

I know it’s summer and it’s supposed to be a carefree anything goes time but I need to have some sort of timeline for the day.

Here’s a rough sketch of what our day usually looks like:

7:30 – 8:00 Wake up and eat

9:00 Swim practice

10:30 Snack

11:00 Play a board game as a group

12:00 Eat lunch

12:30 Play

1:00 – 2:00 Quiet time – reading, playing in room (Mommy’s time on computer)

2:00 – 5:00 Play, pool, movies, friends, tv, games, video games, errands

5:45 Dinner

I am totally open to this being flexible but at some point of the day MOMMA NEEDS HER QUIET TIME.

Before the kids are allowed to do anything tv, computer, or video game related they need to do their chores.

They already bring their dishes to the sink, bring their clothes to the hamper, as well as other tasks so the chores I’m talking about are extras.

Having a simple chart has made completing chores no big deal. And let’s face it, there’s only two chores per day per person.

Is it a fancy chart that involves stickers, puffy paint, and ribbon?

H*LL no!

It’s written on paper each week by me and it works just fine.

Take a look at last week’s chart:


The big exciting change on the chart this week is that there are no chores scheduled for Saturday. We are usually exhausted from day long swim meets so I figured what’s the point.


Don’t worry, I’m not finished filling this weeks out yet. But I think you get the idea.

Do you have anything that’s making your summer a little easier?

Sleep Help

I am not a good sleeper.

I have to have a fan on, a sleep machine, and the air about 65 degrees.

Even with all of that, I toss and turn some nights, all night long.

So I was excited to see the “Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?” Katie show the other day.

I ignored the cherry juice, drinking flower teas, and tongue exercise recommendations and went right to the one that I knew I could follow.

Drink some milk before bed.

So for my health tonight I filled my glass nice and tall and gulped down my dairy.

I’m hoping it helps me have a good 7-8 hours sleep.

I bet the brownie with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream I had to accompany the milk will help me snooze too.


Happy Canada Day to all our friends & family up North!