Top 10 Posts of 2015

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Top 10 Posts of 2015

2015 did not turn out how I imagined it would, well, not exactly. With a baby on the way, I knew life would get busier but I thought I would still keep writing on this blog 2-3 times a week and even start a book. It’s almost laughable how optimistic I was. In the past year, I gave birth to my third daughter, sold a house, and moved into a new one. In the last two months, my girls trick-or-treated; we had a housewarming party; my parents came to our home for Thanksgiving; we hosted Christmas with my in-laws; and

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The Garage Sale That Wasn’t

On Monday as I drove back into my small town after running a quick errand with my girls, I saw that our community sign had a new notice on it, “Village Garage Sale, Fri-Sat.” “Crap,” I said.  “What’s wrong, Mommy?” my four-year-old daughter, Ginny, chimed from the back.  “Oh, nothing. Just last-minute news that your Mommy has a lot to get done this week.” Once home and after I sent my girls for some quiet time in their room, I got busy planning. I knew we would have a community-wide garage sale soon, but usually the village notified us on

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Terrifying Threes Coming to an End

As hard as it is for me to believe, my daughter Ginny turns 4 on Tuesday. I can’t be more thrilled. I expect her to wake up that morning and no longer act like a threenager! You hear about the terrible twos, but trust me when I say they don’t compare to the terrifying threes….the threenager year.  While I love my little girl oodles and enjoyed watching her grow up this past year, I’m done with three. Well, at least until Grace turns three in November. At least I’ll have a brief reprieve.  At the same time, I find it

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The First Full Day of Spring

Yesterday, it finally happened. Spring arrived. While I enjoy snow and don’t mind the cold, I was done with winter. I needed warmer temps and the opportunity to take my girls outside more. And, happily. Spring came. But instead of spending the first full day of spring outside (it was warm enough with the sun shining), I spent the day inside. My oldest daughter, Ginny, woke up several times the night before in tears. It turned out her right ear hurt as did her throat. After giving her some children’s ibuprofen, she and my husband went to the guest room

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Yes, I Am a Feminist

On this, International Women’s Day, I feel the need to come out of the “closet” (so-to-speak) and admit that I am a feminist!  Those who know me are probably laughing out loud right now, saying to themselves, “What closet, Denise? We’ve known that about you for years!”  True, true. However, I feel the need to say it on my blog, a mommy blog; a blog about a stay-at-home mom trying to survive motherhood. A belief seems to exist that a stay-at-home mom can’t be a feminist. Feminists work outside the home full-time and have their children in day care, right?

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Be-“Witch”-ing

“What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?” I asked Ginny, my imaginative three year old. While I hoped for an answer, I didn’t expect one. Her first three Halloweens I picked out her costumes without any input from her. It wasn’t until last year that she started understanding what Halloween was. However, Ginny plays dress-up almost daily in some way. Sometimes she comes out and declares that she is a sheriff. The next moment, she will be dressed differently and claim she is a ballerina. None of her “costumes” match the title she gives herself. When I asked the question

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No Power

It feels very strange writing a Sunday Summary again. I missed last week because I had no power. We were in the midst of a snow storm. Ultimately, we got 9 inches of snow. All was well and good until lunch time when I got the first hints that our power might become an issue. It flickered on and off four times in a matter of 10 minutes. Worrisome to say the least. Of course, right as I was about to start on my blog later that afternoon, it happened again. Four quick flickers. Then, a few minutes later, the

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Sunday Summary 11/24/13

What a week! So much happened that it feels more like 2 weeks passed than just one.  In last week’s summary I mentioned that we were expecting lots of big thunderstorms. While my small town barely noticed any storms, the areas north and east of us were hit very hard. One town, Washington, IL, was hit by an EF-4 tornado, taking hundreds of homes. Other towns were affected too. In fact, the state of Illinois had 24 tornadoes touch down last Sunday. EF-4 tornadoes in Illinois are rare. Any tornadoes touching down in November is almost unheard of. I’m so

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Sunday Summary

Wow! We are fully in November now, heading full steam ahead to Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. To me, Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family. This year, for the first time since I got married four years ago, I will be going to spend Thanksgiving with my family. We don’t leave for another couple of weeks, but I can’t wait! I’m getting very excited at the prospect of spending time with my parents, my niece and nephew, my sister and BIL, and my aunt and uncle. It has been a long time. I’ve missed that familial energy. My parents

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Sunday Summary

This past week was a busy one! My family had a lot going on and a lot of preparation for my baby’s first birthday celebration (2 weeks early, but who’s counting?).  I recently became an active member of the local chapter of MOMs Club International. There were a couple of activities I participated in this week. Monday morning we went to Ergadoozy, a local indoor activity center for kids. We spent over an hour there playing and “socializing”. (Okay, I socialized, my girls played.) Then Wednesday night, I had my first EVER moms’ night out. It was a painting party.

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