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    The Jamaica Photo Shoot

    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 aren’t out anything.” #exceptoursanity

    Because yea, they turned out terrible.  (more…)


    Sesame Street Live

    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.

    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 I am now… HER.

    Sesame Street live was at our resort. I didn’t think the boys would care much because they don’t really watch Sesame Street much, but boy was I wrong.  (more…)


    Best Friends In Jamaica…

    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 met.

    Plus, you may not know this, but one of the names we love for a little girl (if we get a girl via our adoption) is Lillianna. (more…)


    My Daredevil

    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? The middle one. (more…)


    Ya’ Mon

    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 said to our Jamaican driver. He died laughing! (more…)


    There’s Snow In My Pants


    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 the tightest ponytail possible, grab a sports bra, pop in the 21 day fix DVD, sweat and curse the insanely-fit-rock-hard-abs instructor making me doing 60 straight seconds of burpees followed by 60 seconds of weighted lunges…repeat, finish my 30 minutes of morning hell bliss, wake up the kids who aren’t already awake, jump in the shower – typically with a toddler in tow, dress myself…and each kid…even the seven year old HATES picking out his own clothes, make a healthy shake and breakfast for the kids – which tends to be a pop tart or microwavable pancakes – I keep it classy, rush out the door to take them all to school, come home, plop myself in front of the computer AND….. (more…)


    5 Things I Did That Transformed My Child’s Behavior

    How to Transform Your Child's Behavior

    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 a death look.

    How to Transform Your Child's Behavior

    For four straight weeks I didn’t get that smile I prayed for. Instead I got the death look AND a terrible attitude accompanied by screaming, kicking and, yes, name calling.

    It was hell. Not just because he woke up in a bad mood, but because that bad mood continued into the day. It didn’t matter what I tried (and believe me? I tried it all – or so I thought)…he was mad. At the world. All the time.

    I mean, I know where he gets his evil faces, but still…

    How to Transform Your Child's Behavior

    We would drag him <—literally — to pre-k. He didn’t want to cooperate with a single word I spoke. Or a word his dad spoke. Which is rather different for me because I’m used to my kids not listening to me, but their dad? They all listen to their dad.

    That deep stern tone does a number on kids.

    But not this kid.

    He was not phased.

    How to Transform Your Child's Behavior

    Then one day the daycare called me… they wanted me to talk to SJ over the phone because he was not listening to his teachers, kicking people, and calling people very ugly names. (more…)


    The Light Will Shine


    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.


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    I can honestly say that maybe I got a little cocky about this whole motherhood thing. I thought that I had it all figured out… and then some.

    I was pretty judgmental at times when I saw other kids doing the “wrong” thing and I thought to myself… (more…)


    Flower Picking Summer Days – Can You Last For Eternity?

    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 bell rings.


    It seems like all summer I look forward to the school year starting. I look forward to the routine (I live for schedules). I look forward to the boys going to bed early (#truth).

    I look forward to normalcy.

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    It Only Takes That One Time

    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 matter.

    And maybe you don’t need reminded. If not, good. But just in case you are that mother that thinks you are in control of all situations in life (like I thought)…here’s a few reasons why you are not.

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    A Blur

    We have been so extremely busy this summer that we have barely enjoyed our pool. From the RV trip to speaking in San Diego…and now to Portland, Oregon on Friday…it’s one big travel fest over here.

    I’m not complaining…because it’s definitely been adventurous, but I’m ready to take a break from the crazy and let life SLOW DOWN a little.


    Do y’all ever feel like summer-time is here and gone in a flash?

    I mean, how on earth can it possibly be July already. One of my teacher friends was already setting up her classroom for next year. Really?


    The time that I have spent at home has been spent working and redecorating. Ha!

    We hosted a July 5th party and so, of course, it motivated me to re-do gallery walls and spruce up my back patio. Funny how having guests over always motivates you to finish projects that have been needing finished for months. I should probably host a party monthly to keep me on top of my to-do list.




    THE FINAL DAY #rosesrvtrip2014


    You know what felt soooooo very good? TO BE ON OUR WAY HOME!

    Guuuurls…I squealed like a little girl on Christmas morning when we pulled back into the RV rental parking lot and I spotted that dirty black mini.  I never thought I would be so happy to see my soccer mom vehicle.

    This trip was one for the memory books for sure, but nothing beats heading back to the place that you call HOME. Especially for a chick who is a home body.

    I can’t wait to do a recap of the entire trip in one long post…you know – RV tips, money saving tricks, how to not die in a 23 foot camper while your 3 kids screech at the top of their lungs – I’m sure it will be an epic post.

    Or perhaps I’ll just let Jeff Rose recap it… Maybe a “How Much Does It Cost To Rent an RV and Travel the States” post seems more intriguing.

    Anyhow, THANKS so much for following along with me. I wanted to document this trip so I would never forget it! I know I bombarded you with pictures and videos and snarky social media statuses – for that I apologize. Ha! (more…)

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