Category Archives: family

Thankful Turkey – A Family Tradition

Each year I make a paper bag turkey and feathers for our family’s annual Thankful Turkey. He usually gets called Tom the Turkey or Ted the Turkey and we add thankful feathers onto him each day. Here’s a photo of … Continue reading

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Preschool Drop Off

Everyday, immediately after preschool drop off, where the teacher comes to the car and helps my daughter out, I vow that today will be the day I go home and clean out my car. And yet, I don’t. I’m just … Continue reading

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Mystery Boxes…Do You Dare (Halloween Party 2013)

We had our annual Halloween party this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. As well as being quite tasty. But….not too healthy (only some of the butter we used). We may have cooked ourselves silly making sugar … Continue reading

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Man o man. This thing called life just knocks the wind out of you sometimes. The first thing out of my middle schoolers mouth when I picked him up from school yesterday was, “Kids told me Mrs. Matheus’ son died. … Continue reading

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Invest in a Woman

We are adopting. It is a wonderful thing which our family is very excited about. But it’s also something really sad. It means a family couldn’t be kept together. Either by financial reasons, illness, or death. I will always think … Continue reading

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The Rabbits – Part 2 – It Gets Ugly

Well folks. It didn’t get all Hakuna Matata on us over her. It went the way of the Circle of Life in a slightly more horrific way than I imagined. If you recall, our backyard became a rabbit sanctuary for … Continue reading

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Halloween & Christmas Gifts Right Here

I’ve got some fun family gift ideas for you today for both Halloween and Christmas. You’ve probably seen the PDF files for the Holiday Conversation Cards & Lunchbox Jokes in the Big D &  Me etsy shop – each set … Continue reading

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We’re Off to See the Wizard…

The wonderful wizard of oz! Because, because, because, because, because… Because of the wonderful things he does! This weekend I am taking my family to go see The Wizard of Oz – IMAX 3D! I know..I’m so excited. You know … Continue reading

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London – Day 1

My sister Kelly gave our Europe trip to my son as a gift so she could share her love of travel with him. As an added bonus, she let me come too (score!). Alex and I flew to New Jersey … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day!

We are laboring it up in these parts today…   Have a great one!

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