A recent study was released that revealed the most lonely stage of parenting. And the results are probably shocking to everyone besides those who are actually in that stage. Are you ready to know which one it is? Well, you might be surprised to know that moms who are raising middle schoolers are considered among the loneliest of any stage of motherhood. Yep. More than when they are babies and even more than when they leave the nest.
Note to self…next time you give one of your kids’ rooms a makeover, be sure to take photos of it immediately after you place the final little accessory on a shelf. Because, if you don’t, you will put it off and put it off and put it off because you know that in order to take the pictures you will have to clear out all of the little ‘extras’ your child decided to add to the room once the makeover was completed.
When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit. Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science.
Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test tube when you can use an empty bathtub at a friend’s house and a full bottle of shampoo? All in the name of science! So it was fitting that we celebrated her 6th birthday with a day full of messes and opportunities to blow her mind.
Last year, while on a family vacation near Astoria, Oregon, we stopped by Fort Clatsop where Lewis & Clark spent the winter months after reaching the Pacific Ocean. It didn’t take long for my kids to get hooked on Lewis & Clark–wandering the grounds with historical interpreters, getting to dress up in replica clothing, writing with quills, and the one that sealed the deal for my son: a live musket loading and firing demonstration.
Our oldest daughter celebrates her 15th birthday very close to Halloween. In fact, we brought her home from the hospital on Halloween with little pumpkin booties! Every year, we have a birthday party for her usually involving some Halloween fun. She loves to “dress up” and swears she will never stop “trick or treating”, and I think I believe her. When she was 5 painting pumpkins was the high light of the party.
The older I get the more I’m realizing that I just have to come to terms with the things that I will never be good at.
Walking through a room without bumping into something
I’m pretty much permanently stuck at a 1st grade level when it comes to my artistic abilities. Actually, that might be stretching it a bit.
Let’s just say that I’m typically the last person chosen when it comes to picking teams for Pictionary.
Fortunately, though, we always have the hope that our kids might redeem our short-comings, right? And when I realized that my daughter was showing considerable artistic talent I was not only beyond impressed at her ability but also relieved at this chance for redemption.
I’m so excited to be joining the fabulous Kristen Duke for an amazing series called Decorating with Pictures which includes over 50 different contributors sharing some incredible ideas for creatively incorporating your family’s photos into your decor.
AND there’s a different giveaway happening each day so you will want to be sure to click HERE to enter to win today’s awesome prize!
You know, lately I’ve found myself in a season of transition. My kids keep doing this thing that is driving me crazy and causing tears to well up in my eyes at any given moment. But I’m powerless to stop it from happening.
Happy Monday to you! Today Angelina is showing us how to make a kids teepee from a shower curtain! A perfect indoor hideaway! …please welcome Angelina!
Hello Picket Fence Readers and Friends. This is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise! I am so excited to be here sharing with you once again. Today we are going to be talking about decorating Small Spaces. We live in a 3200 square foot house so the last thing I should be sharing is Decorating in Small Spaces. However with a family of Eight Big and Little people, 3200 square feet shrinks awfully quick.
We have 4 bedrooms total. 1 Master Bedroom, 1 Boys Room, 1 Girls Room and 1 School Room. (there is an office that, subs as a Sewing/Craft/Catch All Room 🙂
I am sure like me you have seen the whole Tee Pee trend sweeping the blog world. My girls have been asking me to make them one, I have been reluctant only because the Size and Space needed to house one of these things. And, that’s when it hit me!!! I had that wonderful DIY, AH HA!! Moment. I could make a Small Tee Pee using a Shower Curtain.
I mean, that’s what a Shower Curtain is for, RIGHT?? No Sew, Quick, Easy, Inexpensive and most importantly Space Saving!! That is my kind of project.
Hello Picket Fencers this is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise. I am so excited to be here again sharing some Summer Fun with you.
Summer was always my favorite time of year when I was a kid, as I am sure I am not alone in this. It meant time away from school, family vacations, staying up late and sleeping in. All of which I would LOVE to do on a daily basis, even still today.
However some things have changed as I’ve gotten older.
Like SADLY realizing that SUGAR is not my BFF ( though I wish it was ).
For about 9yrs now our family has been eating an Organic lifestyle, we have just recently gone Gluten and Grain Free as well.
I LOVE that our kids are very conscientious about their Health and the foods that they choose to eat.
However getting there wasn’t easy. It took a lot of teaching and playing around with different ingredients and recipes but I am thankful we had willing participants.
Now!!! Our Kids are the ones more on top of it then even my Husband and I. ( Seriously )
One of our kids favorite things to make is, POPSICLES!! They LOVE using all natural fresh ingredients and coming up with new ways to make things exciting.
But what they LOVE best is, knowing what ingredients are inside their popsicles.