Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Thanksgiving Incident

Everyone has one.  ESPECIALLY if you have kids.  ESPECIALLY if you have young kids.

This is our story.

Wednesday night: drive to MI to stay at Joel’s grandparent’s.  Don’t forget to bring your dog, since you didn’t ask anyone to take care of her while away and since you will be there for only 24 hours and everyone else brings their dogs too.

Thursday morning: wake up, get all dolled-up for Thanksgiving with the extended family and entertain kids until either A. the food is ready or B. naptime has approached.  Forget to keep track of your dog 100% of the time, even though you know she gets nervous and scared around so many other dogs and loses control of her bowels.  Joyfully watch your son slide down the stairs into the basement on his belly (a newly acquired skill).  Next goes your daughter.  Followed by panic and screaming and crying as she’s realized she just slid through and is now clutching onto dog feces.  Snatch her up quickly and take her to upstairs bathroom to begin the cleaning process.  Resist punting the dog down the basement stairs.  Instead, tread carefully down the stairs, surveying the damage and gathering up your son before he climbs back up the stairs through the smeared poo.  Take him to upstairs bathroom to help daughter and husband in the aftermath.  When in bathroom, realize son is also covered in the feces, with a considerable amount all over his belly because of the sliding excitement + shirt sliding up his body.  Cringe.  Carefully strip his clothes off and plunk him into bath.  Curse in your head about how you never take spare clothes anywhere because this stuff doesn’t happen to you or your kids and now your children will be enjoying the Thanksgiving festivities with their relatives in their underwear (or diaper).  Approach the washer and dryer that look like they are directly from outer space and just stare at them, unable to decipher which one is which, not to mention where the detergent goes and how to turn it on.  Find Uncle to help you.  Get the clothes washing and check on husband and kids.  Dry them off, try to calm down and find Grandma to let her know you need carpet cleaner because your dog crapped all over her stairs and guests will be arriving shortly.  Resist punting dog again when opportunity arises.  Finally have a moment of peace when your husband hugs you.  Everyone reassures you that not only is no one mad, but they don’t even really care and the carpet is easily cleaned (or so they claim).  Sit down.  Pray.  Take a deep breath.  Enjoy watching your naked kids running around and realize this all was kind of funny.  Later, when telling your sister-in-law what she missed, realize that this will be the holiday incident to look back on and say, ‘At least it wasn’t like that one time…’

Thursday night: Go home, texting and calling lots of friends and family about the funny thing that happened at Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Saturday afternoon: Blog the story so that it will forever be burned into your memory

What was your Thanksgiving Incident?!




(enter room) “yeah, honey?”

“What’s that noise?”

“You mean Sullivan coughing?” (note: his crib is directly next to her bed…)

“No…it’s a doggy”

“You hear a doggy barking?”

“No, it’s outside” (ok…)

“Are you scared, honey?”

“Yeah, that’s why I’m trying to hide” (again, ok…)

(insert Sullivan having a coughing fit)

“Oh, it IS Sullivan coughing!” says Mylin


Participation required…

I took this idea from Cardigan Way and tweeked it a bit for my own personality…(though as I searched and searched and SEARCHED her site for the post I’m refering to…I cannot find it – guess I shouldn’t leave so many drafts in my post schedule to go back to and fill in with links…)

Read my answers below and then reply either in the comments or write a similar post (Ahem: Rachel, Sarah, Leslie, Kim, Jill…) in your own blog answering these questions!


I am currently obsessed with: Checking, even though Joel claims it is run by Satan

My biggest pet peeve is: when cars have not been scraped or warmed up in the winter but still drive around town oblivious to the rest of us drivers fearing for our lives.

I could eat an endless supply of: any type of cookie

I am currently reading: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.  That chick is a total hippie!

My bedtime recently has been: 10:30

The last movie I watched was: Mystic River.  Do not necessarily recommend, even though it wasn’t horrible.  I had nightmares for several days though, but I am SO SENSITIVE to so much!  It actually was a factor that helped us decide to fast from movie/t.v. entertainment until Christmas (other than Christmas movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I am writing this while: my kids are napping (and I should be too!)

The scripture that is really speaking to my heart is: Being confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.—Philippians 1:6  This was in my devotional last weekend and appeared on The Better Mom this week too!

On days when I don’t leave the house, I: wear Joel’s clothes (because they’re so comfy and I don’t have a lot of casual/cleaning day maternity clothes) and generally do not shower, or at least do not wash my hair…

If I could hug anybody today, it would be: My friend, Kim, she had a baby girl, Kate Ellen, on Monday!  Can’t wait to meet her 🙂

Ok, your turn!  Reply in the comments with an answer to any or all of these 10 random statement/questions.  Can’t wait to find out more about you 🙂

Just pray the scriptures…

Have you ever just sat there, wanting to be close to God, needing to talk to Him, and yearning to hear from Him, yet not knowing what to say?!  I know I have.  This morning, in my Beth Moore Devotional, Praying God’s Word Day-by-Day, I read this:

“When we pray the Scripture, we transfer the burden to God’s Word rather than our ability to pray correctly or adequately.”

“Lord God, Your Holy Spirit helps me in my weakness  I do not know what I ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for me with groans that words cannot express.  And He who searches my heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because Your Spirit intercedes for me in accordance with Your will (Romans 8:26-27).

Help me, then, Lord, not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to You.  And Your peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus (Phillipians 4:6-7).”

Thank you, God, for making it so simple for us.  Help me get rid of my own way of complicating my relationship with you.  Thank you for grace and second/third/fiftieth chances.


Blanket time

A couple years ago, I heard a friend sharing about how her children do ‘blanket time’ when they are little.  This time was for them to learn how to sit still, be content, and play safely while she did school with her older children (she has SEVEN).

I was very intrigued by this and asked several questions about how to appropriately and correctly implement it

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When Sullivan was born and Mylin was just turning 2, I began implementing blanket time in the mornings while I nursed Sullivan.  I needed Mylin to stay put so I knew she was safe, and this was a great opportunity for her to learn those sitting still qualities that all of us so strongly desire for our toddlers!  She caught on right away and I never had any issues with her obedience.  We’d pick out several books, lay out a blanket at my feet in the nursery, and she’d sit there and read (look at) the books until I said it was time to pick up.  Heavenly.

In preparation for #3, we began implementing blanket time earlier this fall with Sullivan (and again with Mylin).  My friend, Hannah, who taught me how to do blanket time, said that as soon as a child can come to you give you a five when you say ‘High Five!’, they have enough comprehension and obedience to sit still when told.  This happens generally no earlier than 9 months, but almost always by 12 months.  Our little man was regularly sitting still to eat snacks and could follow many other verbal commands, so we knew he was ready!

I found special new toys at a garage sale (score Melissa and Doug hand-me-down’s!) and those became their blanket time toys.  These stay stored up and only come out during designated blanket time.

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This is a wonderful time right now for Joel and I to do some quiet reading

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And soon (like 8 weeks!!!), this will be the best tool to keep the kids happily occupied while I spend necessary one-on-one time with the baby!

Any other tips on activities for toddlers and preschoolers to stay occupied while mama is occupied with an infant?!

When I have nothing left to offer…

I wish I always prayed and read through God’s Word when I have nothing left to offer…but I am still becoming disciplined in making that my go-to when I have to get-away from everything something else

I try to go to places that will encourage and offer something to me:

7 Truths and a Lie about Motherhood from The Better Mom

The Mythical THEY from Jen Hatmaker

5 Reasons We Don’t Homeschool (don’t let the title fool you…they do homeschool)

One of these sites: Tiny Prints or Minted to search for a Christmas card…

OR Christmas music on Pandora.

Katie from Cardigan Way would call this Lagniappe – and she just did 31 days of posts on this topic…

Where do you go when you have nothing left to offer?

Toilet paper – take 2

Well, remember this post?!

Shortly after I found this on our front porch:

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I assumed that the toilet paper ‘fairy’ was one of 2 neighbors (and the culprit was SARAH!)

But what I didn’t assume was that she played a trick on herself AND on us in this harmless prank!

In her haste to humor us, Sarah ACCIDENTELY bought her family 1 PLY TOILET PAPER with which to tease our family…and herself!

She claims the joke is on her…because they have an entire supply now…BUT I think the joke is STILL on us because we now have 1 MORE ROLL TO GO THROUGH before we can finally be done with this curse!

(Joel thinks that we should use this roll to decorate their house instead of suffering through the agony of 1 ply in the bathroom…we’ll see…)
p.s. Sarah, we love you 🙂