Jason and I have been married for 28 years this summer. It’s amazing to think about really. It seems like yesterday but I can’t seem to remember a time when we weren’t together.
I hold degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. After teaching 3rd grade for a year we decided that our family needed me at home. That is where I have been for nearly 20+ years with a short excursion into the work force during the 2005-2006 school year which ended that summer when I found out I was pregnant with Emma.
We live in the midwest with aspirations of some day living in some place beautiful like Alaska (but I’m secretly voting for some place warmer like Florida). I guess we need to decide soon if we want to bring our children with us, though, as our oldest is now 24 years old!
I began OurKidsMom in the summer of 2010 as a means to share photos and stories about the children with family on the west coast. It soon branched into a parenting site mixed with a few deals, then family friendly review and giveaways and now a Parenting Lifestyle blog with a few review/giveaways mixed in. Most recently I have begun sharing my fitness/weight loss journey as I am now down over 150 pounds from my highest weight.
I am opinionated and love to share my thoughts about fantastic products with friends and family… and now my readers. With “two sets” of children ages 24, 19, 9 and 8 we have our hands and hearts full and are living and loving our lives with 4 children!
Meet the family…
Kaytlin is our oldest child, 24. She has a frugal mind and stayed home to save money and pay cash for community college. She recently graduated with a BFA in graphic design and is now working full time as a production artist.
I am proud to say that she is my graphic designer for OurKidsMom and is the artist behind our header and button. She is also our second mommy for the two youngest.
Meet Joshua, 19. He is currently attending his second year at a local University where he is working as an RA in the dorms. He is still uncertain about his major, but is gravitating towards PR &/or marketing. He spends his free time waiting tables or taking his girlfriend, Aly, out for a night on the town.
Josh is the clown of the family and is also a very loving and loyal person. I am proud of the young man he is becoming.
Speaking of Aly, she has recently joined the review team here on OurKidsMom! She loves to read and will be sharing her thoughts on newly released books.
Emmaline Grace (pronounced Emma LINE) is our 9 year old princess… the world revolves around her, or so she believes. She is serious, but yet very funny, very vocal, smart and also very sweet, kind and loving.
Emma loves to dance and is constantly doing cartwheels, splits and hand stands. She is starting her 6th year of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and tumbling. This past year was her second in competitive dance and her team took home quite a few trophies! We are gearing up for year three with two exciting competitions on our agenda as well as nationals.
Ethan is the final addition to our family… our (Momma’s) baby. He just turned 8 and is in second grade.
Ethan loves Minecraft, dinosaurs, computer & video games, playing outside and telling (very) long winded stories.
He often tells me he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up, is a fabulous reader and is already doing some third grade math.
Emilee Camille graced our lives for 5 precious days