Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Its one of those things that keeps coming up. Over and over again. Every day there are more dirty clothes. The piles in the bathrooms just grow and grown. Every weekend, or every few days, I carry them downstairs, sort them into piles and start the washing process.




Bright colors.

Oxy. Water. Soap.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. On an average week, repeat 8 to 10 times.

The piles of clothes grown in the bathroom. The piles grow in the laundry room. Then the piles grow in next to the couch. In front of the TV.

Then they start to gather dust. Figuratively, but some times literally too. It can easily be two or three or eight days before they get folded.

Its not that laundry takes an extreme amount of energy, its the process.

There are so many parts, and you have to keep each portion going to make the world go round. It should be a well oiled machine.

It should be wear, sort, wash, fold, put away.

But its not. Its over stuffed closet, big pile, not sorted, wrinkled piles, gather up the hangers, distribute. Its a struggle.

Its should not be a struggle. But it is. Ugh.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Keeping Score

I've heard of sports leagues for kids where they don't keep score. Big Girl's basketball league didn't. I understand how they can be good for kids. Everyone gets a chance to play. Everyone has a feeling of accomplishment at the end of the game. Great. 

But we aren't those people. At our house we keep score. We try hard. And. We have winners and losers. 

This weekend we did a score tally on the school work from last week. The week had started off rough, but I knew there were more good points than bad ones. So, we tallied up the comments from the teacher on the weeks' work.

:) = 6
:( = 1

Pretty good score. Certainly enough to earn some dessert! :)

Friday, April 19, 2013


I think every mom remembers the first word their child says. Its a precious moment. As a working mother I prayed I would be there to hear the first little words from those sweet lips. 

Big Girl was on the young side when she said her first word. 

It was Halloween morning. After she was born in the summer. She was in her car seat on the way to a party. She was in the back jabbering and giggling. I pulled up to a red light and stopped the car. When the car stopped she stopped talking. After a moment I checked the mirror and looked at her.

As I looked in the mirror she said, "go." I swear. Clear as day. Go.

I was pretty much astonished. Figured there was no way that my little baby actually said, "go" in a meaningful way. I figured it was just ironic. Humorous. But ironic. 

When we got to the party, I was getting her out of the car and told her that we were a little late, that her friends were already having fun. (As if she understood what that meant.) After I set up the stroller and snapped her car seat in she looked at me again. I checked the break on the stroller. Check. Dug through the diaper bag to make sure I had everything. Then I heard it again. "Go."

I remember it like it was yesterday. 

She was a tiny little thing that kept saying go. 

As I pushed the stroller into the party she said it two or three more times. When I walked faster she smiled and giggled. 

I tested her. When I stopped she said it again. 

Clear as freakin' day. 

No one believed me. So the next day she did it again for my dad. 

And. She hasn't stopped talking since. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Words to Live By

You know how every once in a while you run across something you haven't seen or read in a while and you go, "Oh man. I gotta remember that." For me its usually a recipe or a craft that I really wanted to do, but somehow never found time for. Other times its a quote. 

In honor of our upcoming weekend at Windy Gap, here are six of my favorite Bible verses... okay, they aren't all Bible verses, but most of them are. 

Thinking back on each of these, I can't help but think of the impact they've had on my life. 

1. "As for me and my house, We shall serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

This is one of my absolute favorites right now. It speaks to the family and remembering our priorities. I made a print of this verse for our sitter before she moved. I thought it was perfect for a housewarming. 

2. "Before I formed you in your mother's womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5

When I found out I was pregnant with Big Girl I was scared. This verse was constantly in my mind during my pregnancy. Before I even knew if Big Girl was going to be a girl or I guy I loved her. I wanted to do everything I could do help her have a good life.

3. Enjoy the little things in life, for someday you will realize they were the big things.

I've been trying to live with this mindset for the last few months, and over the weekend saw this cute display at Windy Gap and had to get it. I'm loving looking at it on my dresser each morning.

4. "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3

Love. Love. Love it. Think about this at work and in my business life, but also when parenting my kids. Truly a phrase to live by.

5. Play Like A Girl. Beat the Boys.

Big Girl has a t-shirt that says this. She has been wearing it to play tennis. I love that this is both cute and empowering to girls. 

6. This one isn't a verse, but its a song. Step by Step by Rich Mullins.

"Oh God, You are my God And I will ever praise You Oh God, You are my God, And I will ever praise You. I will seek You in the morning, And I will learn to walk in Your ways, And step by step You'll lead me. And I will follow You all of my days ."

I remember this one from all the youth group adventures with my church friends growing up. We went to the beach for a retreat every summer, and one year we went to a national youth gathering in New Orleans (pre-Katrina). 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Darndest Thing

I grew up with the Cosby show. After it went off the air there were the re-runs. Then. Finally in the 90's Bill Cosby came back to TV with Kids Say the Darndest Things. 

The clips are all over YouTube. Hil-freakin-larious.

My kid could be on there. I know. Every mom says it. But mine. He would be a star.

Any time he doesn't know what to say he sings Hot Potato.

He is forever talking about his utensils. Recently he started singing about them. Sometimes to the tune of Wheels on the Bus. All fine and good.

Except he says fork, the "o" comes out with more of an "uh." And the "r" isn't said at all. So, the annunciation ends up rhyming with duck. Only with an F. (If you missed it, the full make you pee your pants funny post about forks is here.)

And he is singing about the fork and the crock pot. Crockpot that comes out as a combination of two words. Crock without the "r" and pot which comes out potty. 

Read it again. 

Fork the crockpot. 

And me and hubby. We have mastered the faces that Bill Cosby has at the beginning of his segments with the little kids. Straight face. Don't make eye contact. If you make eye contact, you'll pick up on their joy. Then you will smile. Then, because what he says is really funny, you will laugh. Then he will say it again. Again will be in public. In public you will get funny looks. If you get funny looks he will say it louder. When he says it louder, he will get even more attention. Then, instead of being funny, you will be embarrassed. You will turn red in the face. Big Girl will ask why you are all red. You won't have a good explanation. So she will ask someone else what was so funny and in doing so will repeat the phrase. When she repeats the phrase she won't be seen as cute. She will ask what it means. I don't want her to understand what it means. 

Be like Bill Cosby. Keep a straight face. Won't be embarrassed. Won't have to explain "fork the crockpot."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Fruit Edition

I can't help it. I have to say something about this one. Hubby taught him two phrases to say while doing this banana trick. Any guesses? If someone gets them right, I will find a prize.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Wikipedia says, "Shorts are a bifurcated garment worn by both men and women over their pelvic area, circling the waist, and covering the upper part of the legs, sometimes extending down to or even below the knee, but not covering the entire length of the leg. They are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of trousers, which cover the entire leg. Shorts are typically worn in warm weather or in an environment where comfort and airflow are more important than the protection of the legs."

Funny Wikipedia picture of David and Julie Eisenhower wearing in 1971.


Worn in warm weather. Check.
Shortened version of trousers. 

Just as I thought. 

"Trousers are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth stretching across both as in skirts and dresses). The word trousers is used in the UK and Ireland, but some other English-speaking countries such as Canada, South Africa, and the United States often refer to such items of clothing as pants, a shortening of the historic term pantaloons." Thanks Wikipedia. 

In an area where comfort and airflow are more important than the protection of the legs. I.e. Raleigh in April. Check.

Toddler with a short memory. Check. 

Explaining this to a two year-old. No check.

He doesn't remember last summer. 

"Broken mommy. Pants broken." 

Broken? Um. Not exactly my son. 

"Fix it peas." 

"Um. They are fine. Your legs are supposed to be naked."

"No Momma. Pants broken."

"Sweetie. Your pants are fine. Do you want some breakfast?"

Sippy cup of milk. Totally tricked him with food. Easy way to out smart a two year-old. 

Kid in shorts. Check. Wait. He's wearing a soccer shirt. Score.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quick Craft

Y'all know I like monograms. If you missed my previous monogram post, hop over here and check it out. 

This weekend I rounded up some art supplies. Some from the pile of stuff from my Mom's attic clean out, some from other left overs from the reworking of our master bedroom. (If you want to see this project, scroll through the Raised in Raleigh Instagram feed from November.)

Excuse this picture being sideways. Y'all know I'm Photoshop challenged.
For the project, I took an old wooden frame, removed the national honor society certificate and the glass. Then I got my spray paint out. 

High gloss white for the old frame, yellow (leftover from our bedroom lamps) and silver for the letter B. The B was left from a prior project that I gave up on because it was too tough. 

When the paint dried, I staple gunned the B to the cardboard, then lined everything up in the frame and stapled the cardboard to the frame. Once it was all in place, I trimmed the extra cardboard with a knife. 

Once I have a few more pieces together for the master bedroom it will be perfect on our wall. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Little Man loves his Eggos. Every day he is all about Eggos. "Eggos peas." "Mommy Eggos."

Sometimes its one of those unending phrases. "Eggos." "Eggos."

If you haven't heard these conversations, you would probably think we are talking about the frozen breakfast food, Eggo waffles. If you have heard these conversations in person, you know that he is actually talking about Legos. More accurately, Duplos. 

He's also been on a dog kick, so he, hubby and I all made dogs out of Duplos.

 Can you guess who made which one?

Monday, April 1, 2013


Every kid loves candy. Chocolate. Cookies. Ice cream. Okay, my son doesn't eat ice cream. But, you name it, if its sweet, most kids like it. 

That is why bribery works. Kids want treats, and they try hard to please adults to get them. 

But I'm the kind of mom that doesn't want to be giving out cookies and candy every day. 

I know other families do it differently, but... Yeah. I also try to get fruit and veggies in each kid each day. But that, unlike getting candy in them, can be a real struggle. Especially with Mr. No Ice Cream. 

So, I've become a fan of any sneaky method out there to get veggies in my kids. 

For a while now I've seen these cookies on the shelf at the grocery store, WhoNu?  

Finally, about two weeks ago, I made a unrushed, kid free trip to the grocery store. (An extremely rare experience in my world.) I found myself taking the time to read labels and pay more attention to prices than a normal day. 

So after reading the box, these chocolate chip cookies jumped into my cart. Things just have a way of doing that to me

I was totally skeptical. But, I'm totally, the call when I don't like a product and get my money back mom, so I thought I would a chance on them. 

After dinner I handed them out (minus the healthness info on the box, since Big Girl can read.) And they were a hit. I was honestly a little surprised  I thought they may go over okay with the kids. I didn't think that I would like them. And for sure didn't expect my hubby to indulge in veggie packed cookies. But, when I tried them myself they were good. Better than expected. Would be fantastic after a few seconds in the microwave and a big glass of milk.