This girl. That boy.

Sunday started a little rocky. Colton got his arm stuck in the freezer drawer (I’ll have to take a picture of the handle to explain it better) looking for an ice cream sandwich. I immediately panicked because he was crying and his arm was turning red. Then some weird instinct took over and I grabbed a bottle of mayonnaise and used it to wiggle his arm free. That’s how our morning started – knee-deep in mayonnaise.

Then the kids decided they didn’t want to go to church and Colton literally kicked and screamed the entire way there. Miraculously, the tantrum ended (as they do) and both kids turned their attitudes around. We ran some errands after church and even picked out some toys at the toy store. On our way out of the store I spotted one of these old school toys – where you put 50 cents in and the thing “rocks” while playing some horrible song. It rocks so incredibly slow, but the kids didn’t mind. In fact, we even got some smiles out of it! Money well spent.

many hats of a mom blog

many hats of a mom blog

Curious Colton and his Elsa doll

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family blog

Real Men like Frozen

Whenever I get back from a work trip, I like to just stare at my kids in the morning. I just admire their curiosity so much. I also love the way they look, touch and feel. They are the cuddliest little kids I ever did see. And they are all mine! I don’t get much time to admire them because as soon as we’re up Ryan makes us all breakfast and then we’re out the door to swim class, gym class and a day full of errands.

This weekend my aunt and Nana are in town so we’re having fun spending every evening with them. Plus, they bring toys when they come into town so these kids are getting more than their fair share of books, train stations, cars, and clothes. Colton’s favorite toy so far is still Kelsey’s Elsa doll. He walks around the house saying, “Elsa. Elsa.” when he can’t find her. I think he has a crush on her.

Traffic Jam



I’ve been wondering when I was going to become that mom with toy cars all over her house. I see it all of the time with my other friends who have boys in the house. It was only a matter of time. Colton and I recently played “traffic jam” in the entryway of our house. We crashed, vroomed, and raced for what felt like hours, but was only 30 minutes. And so, it is now official … my house is becoming a parking lot for cars of all shapes and sizes.

Learning Numbers with Cars

Do you have a car lover at home? Colton hasn’t gotten into them just yet, but I have a feeling cars will be all over the house in no time. I saw this idea online and thought it was worth sharing. Get your kids more familiar with numbers with this easy-do-it-yourself game.

All you need is a shallow box (like a pizza box), black marker to make a “parking lot,” and your kids’ favorite cars. You just give the parking spaces a number and label your cars (I used colored stickers). It was really fun to watch – Kelsey (my four-year-old) did it perfectly and enjoyed it. Colton (my one-year-old) just put the cars in the box and walked off.

Eh. Maybe next year.