Thank You For Your Patience | My Life & Foundation Repair

As many of your know, my life/house is in shambles right now as we are getting our foundation repaired. Yesterday was a long (and loud) day of drilling, cutting and piering which has left my household in a mess. Here are a few pictures of the process... Cutting the first hole... there are two in the garage and five in the lower living room. The first hole proved that we were doing the right thing. There is an almost ten inch void under our … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays from OurKidsMom’s Family…

From OurKidsMom’s family to yours… we hope all your wishes come true this magical season. … [Read more...]

Happy 5th Birthday Emma!

It seems like just yesterday you were turning 1 our sweet Emmaline Grace. We blinked… and now you’re five! Happy Birthday darling… you will always be my baby girl. … [Read more...]

Sibling Rivalry & Competitiveness … It’s Getting Dangerous!

If you’ve been around a while, you might remember reading in November about our “baby” case of sibling rivalry. That was mostly hitting and yelling. I was reassured that it would get better, and for the most part I guess it has. The aggressiveness with each other has pretty much become non-existant. They play together daily and Ethan even insists on getting kisses from Emma at bedtime. I think more than ever they are now competing. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Three years ago today our lives were forever changed for the better.    It’s incredible how fast time flies.  It seems like just yesterday he was my chubby little toothless booby baby… all giggles and grins.  And then it happened.  I blinked… and he grew up.  I tell him often… “You will always be Mommy’s baby… you know that, right?” He always answers in his sweet little voice … [Read more...]

20 Years Ago…

Twenty Years Ago… Our lives changed Forever. (My first time holding Emilee… and one of our very few “family” photos.)  Our sweet angel baby Emilee Camille was born. She graced our lives for 5 beautiful but heart wrenching days. Because of a fluke birthing accident our lives were changed forever. You taught us to not take our lives for granted. You taught us that life is fragile, precious and can be changed or extinguished in … [Read more...]

Gender Non Conforming Boys… Should I Worry?

Childhood gender nonconformity is a phenomenon in which pre-pubescent children do not conform to expected gender-related sociological or psychological patterns, and/or identify with the opposite gender. Typical behavior among those who exhibit the phenomenon includes but is not limited to a propensity to cross-dress, refusal to take part in activities conventionally thought suitable for the gender and the exclusive choice of play-mates of the … [Read more...]

This is for the birds…

Thursday morning I awoke with every intention of getting my daily giveaway written and posted. I made my coffee, set the table with my laptop and had a seat. Then my oldest son came downstairs and told me about a dove my husband found sitting in the bush at the bottom of our front steps. Of course I went out and had a look and then tried to move on with my day. Josh noticed the neighbor cat stalking our direction… I guess he decided that … [Read more...]

Updating Your Traditions #LogCabinSyrups

  Thank you to Log Cabin for sponsoring my post about updated traditions in my household. To learn more about Log Cabin Syrups (which are all free of High Fructose Corn Syrup), breakfast for dinner, and other new ways to update traditions in your home, click here. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. For years our family has had a Sunday tradition of gathering … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday Take 2 : Emma’s Black Eye

Emma had to pee… so she said. She was gone for a while and came back down to ask me something. I asked her who’s makeup that was and she started to panic… “No Momma!! It’s not makeup!” and she ran away. The color is off in the photo, but her eyelid is pink from blush and the black marks are mascara. I told her that was momma’s makeup and she said “But MOM! I want to look pretty, too.” It made me laugh really. It also brought back … [Read more...]