Seven Snippets: Post-Halloween Edition


Just so you know, this is what we were going for with Joan of Arc and her horse: — 1 —  What we got was this: The photo above was taken on Tuesday at the Fall Festival held by the pediatric therapy group at the hospital (where Nathan goes for speech). The one below was […]

Seven Snippets: Post-Independence Day Edition!


Happy Friday! Did you miss me yesterday? We spent a great day as a family plus one – a friend from our years in north Alabama. I hope you all add had a fantastic Independence Day (or Thursday, if you aren’t in the US). I determined earlier in the week that This Would Be the […]

How NOT to Successfully Take a Christmas Card Photo of Your Kids


1. Don’t schedule it for a Sunday afternoon less than two hours after you finish your marathon training long run of 16 miles. The ability to move quickly, squat, and stand back up are all crucial skills for photographing children. 2. Don’t plan on taking said photo near a large body of water. Large bodies […]

Santa’s Lost His Mojo: A Christmas Story


Remember when I asked in a Seven Snippets post recently how much longer the Santa gig was going to last? Ten days. This year, Sarah Kate asked for a Zhu Zhu baby, a Kindle, and a NeatDesk (yes, you read that right – one of those fancy schmancy $400 home office scanners). I’ve been throwing […]

Seven Snippets: Christmas-Eve-Eve Edition


— 1 — I haven’t lost my marbles! I know it’s not Friday yet, but I’m posting my snippets a little bit early this week and forgoing my usual Thursday post because of the holiday weekend. I’ll also be posting this week’s Sun-Beams a little early. — 2 — Thank you to everyone who prayed […]

Holiday Road: Lessons in Grandparents, Holidays, Toddlers, and Cake Pans


Despite my steadfast declarations that we’ll always stay home for Christmas, some branch of my family tree manages to exploit a loophole every year. This year, my dad and stepmom were the culprits, planning a family reunion at their house this past Sunday. Given that my dad and his sister are the last remaining two […]

Gifts With Heart: Benefiting People With Special Needs


I’m not sure if it’s a function of the economy, my age, or something else altogether, but I’ve been looking for more unique gift ideas this year – “unique” meaning “not from a big-box store” and preferably a gift with purpose. If you’re looking for something similar, check out one of the ideas below. Note: […]

And So It Begins…The Holidays, That Is

Merry and Bright

“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” ~ Charles Dickens Both Mr. Andi and I are children of divorced (and remarried) parents. I don’t ever remember a Christmas when I opened my Santa gifts and got to play with them all […]