The Jamaica Photo Shoot

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I had high hopes of getting at least one family photo while we were on the beach. In Jamaica they offer you a professional photo shoot as a free service and then if you like any of the pictures you can purchase them. I told Jeff, "Why not?!?! It's free. And if they turn out terrible...we

Sesame Street Live

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I promise you that I plan to do one BIG review post on our Jamaica trip, but for now... I have to keep sharing the photos. Because.there.are.so.many. I love to take pictures. I totally get that from my mom. Hilariously enough, I used to say, "Mom, seriously...enough with the pictures." Ohhhhh how

Best Friends In Jamaica…

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One thing I didn't expect on this vacation is that my kids would make such great friends with other kids. The first day we were here we met another family from Rhode Island who had a little boy and little girl, Noah and Lillianna. Our kids were connected at the hip from the second they

My Daredevil

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Carnival night in Jamaica consisted of an awesome parade, complete with a band and all the Sesame Street characters! After the parade they had a bounce house rock climbing wall and bull riding station set up. Both Parker and SJ were completely terrified of both. They wanted no part. But Bents?

Ya’ Mon

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We are officially on our Jamaican vacation (day 5 to be exact). We've been talking about this trip for MONTHS so it's fun that we are finally here! Our first time taking the boys out of country and to the Caribbean. We taught them to say "Ya' Mon" before we got here and it's the first thing they

There’s Snow In My Pants

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My days tend to be ordinarily pretty routine. I don't like a lot of change when it comes to my exciting monotonous schedule. Throw in a kids doctors appointment or a bookkeeping meeting with my CPA...and my whole week is backwards. It's wake up at 5:45 am, quickly throw my knotted nest of hair in

5 Things I Did That Transformed My Child’s Behavior

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Every morning for four straight weeks I woke up on edge. {Perhaps you read about it here.} It was the kind of edge that meant you got up quietly, tip toed out of your bedroom, peeked into your youngest child's bedroom, and prayed that when you said "wake up sunshine" you would get a smile and not

The Light Will Shine

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You'd never know from the looks of theses sweet faces that we've been having such a hard few weeks. And when I say hard, I mean some of the most difficult moments I've ever experienced as a parent. EVER. I can honestly say that maybe I got a little cocky about this whole motherhood thing.

Flower Picking Summer Days – Can You Last For Eternity?

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I'm gonna wake up every day for the next 9 months an entire hour and half earlier than I am used to, rush around to get the kids UP, out of bed, dressed and fed. Fed will look like uncooked Pop-Tarts or a bag of fishy's as we walk run out of the house to hit school drop off line before the first

I’m Going To Own 2nd Grade. Like A Mom On A Mission.

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When you woke up and sent your kid to the first day of Kindergarten did you think, "Wow, life is gonna be so easy now that my kids are going to school!" They will get out of the house and be occupied for the entire day while I'm super productive and get millions of things done. Heck, I'll have so

It Only Takes That One Time

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I wrote this post over 2 years ago, right after one of the scariest incidents in my life, but was too shaken up to post it. I'm posting it now in hopes that it will remind you how important it is to ALWAYS be looking when your kids are in or near the pool. Or any body of water for that

Taking More Time For My Family Means…

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...saying "no" to things that fulfill my time. We just recently got back from San Diego where my husband and I spoke about work-life balance at the Digital Co-Lab conference. While I was preparing the speech I couldn't help but think that I wasn't qualified to be an expert at work-life