Who is mommy?

So this questionnaire has been floating around Facebook and I thought it would be fun to do it with the girls and then it turned into a hubby/wife questionnaire using the same questions so I asked Matt as well.  Here you go:

Brooke, Kendall, Matt

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think. When you re-post put your Child’s age.
P.S. Theres a blank copy in the comment section!

1. What is something mom always says to you? I’m gonna whip your butt, Don’t burp at the dinner table, I love you

2. What makes mom happy? When we are good, When daddy hugs you, the girls

3. What makes mom sad? When we don’t act right, not watching TV, Death

4. How does your mom make you laugh? Tickling me, tickling me, blonde moments

5. What was your mom like as a child? Like Kendall, played with toys, sporty

6. How old is your mom? 28, 29, or 27 ….. 28, 28

7. How tall is your mom? Really tall, I don’t know, while laughing, shorter than me

8. What is her favorite thing to do? Do stuff on the computer, painting with me and Brooke, softball

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around? Watch tv, something on the computer, hang out with the girls

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Dancing, playing kickball, blogging

11. What is your mom really good at? Washing the dishes, singing, organization

12. What is your mom not very good at? Painting our nails. Drawing, painting

13. What does your mom do for a job? Wash clothes, on the computer, no job

14.What is your mom’s favorite food? Pizza, pizza, grilled cheese

15.What makes you proud of your mom? When she comes home , when she paints, toughness

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? Aurora, Elsa, Doopey

17. What do you and your mom do together? Clean our room, paint and play games, it .. softball (wow matt, wow lol)

18. How are you and your mom the same? We have the same ears … except yours are bigger, our noses, competitive

19. How are you and your mom different? I wear dresses and you don’t, our hands.  Mine are little and yours are bigger, our personalities

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Giving me kisses, because you give me kisses every night, because I’m the best

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? That we both like fruit snacks, that he kisses you a lot, my eyes

22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go? Frishs, frishs, Taco Bell

23. How old was your Mom when you were born? 34, 5



Sports – Parenting Tuesday

Today the topic is sports – Parenting Tuesday.   Matt and I both grew up playing sports and being active.  We knew we wanted the girls to play sports or at least be active.  We were hoping it would be sports but knew we didn’t want to push to where they didn’t want to do anything.

We started the girls playing at 3 and both girls did great and had fun.  The next year we signed them both up again and we had a failure with Brooke.  She decided she didn’t want to play during the first game :(.  Kendall, however, has stayed with it and played again this year.

She has so much fun and loves the game.  Each game I notice her getting better and better and am so proud of her for sticking with something and continuing to love the game as much as her dad and I do.  This year we have also let her sign up for soccer.  She is so uncoordinated so we are hoping that soccer will give her some balance and coordination :).

Here is my little ball players picture this year taken by LifeTouch!



How do you keep your kids active?


Parenting Tuesday – Summer

The girls school year is finally coming to an end.  Okay well actually, I can’t believe that the year is already over.  I feel like it was just yesterday that we were preparing them for Kindergarten and having fights to get them on the bus.  Well 3 more days of school and summer is officially here!!!

I have recently been thinking about how I am going to continue to teach them and get them prepared for 1st grade …. UMMM did I just say 1st grade :(!

As we were walking through the bookstore today, we discovered a reading program, where if the girls read 8 books this summer they get to pick a free book.  The girls are just now starting to read so it was a way to keep them engaged and eager to read.  We also got them some activity books to prepare them for going into 1st grade.

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I can’t wait to see how well they do over the summer and to see how far they come with their reading!

What ideas do you have for summer learning?  Any recommendations?


Parenting Tuesday – Growing!

Summer is right around the corner and it is super warm out right now.  It is was time to change out their clothes. The girls have both grown so much that I was sure when we were going through the clothes we were going to be getting rid of a lot.

I separate the girls clothes each year in tubs and then we change out the clothes for winter and summer.


We went through the tubs and started to try on the clothes.  Shirt after shirt, short after short, we were trying all these clothes on and I was completely shocked that almost EVERYTHING still fit the girls.  I have definitely seen them grow and changing but I guess it wasn’t as drastic as I was thinking … or I buy clothes a little bigger so they last a little longer :).

Here is the pile that no longer fit either girl


I guess the girls won’t need much for summer 🙂

How do you change out clothes for the season?  Do your kids outgrow all their clothes in one season?


Being Graceful



Today is Parenting Tuesday and I am joining Writeous reflections to talk about being graceful.  I wanted to join the two posts today because with our situation they tend to go hand in hand.

  1. having or showing grace or elegance.
    “she was a tall girl, slender and graceful”

When I think of graceful people I think of elegance and striding when you walk.  I then take a deeper meaning to it and try to relate things to my life.  I remember when the girls were first born and were both in the hospital.  Matt and I would work and then head to the hospital to see our girls.  We would do this over and over and then I remember all the things that made us feel loved and appreciated which to me means graceful friends and family! Giving up their time that they would normally be doing something else to help us made our day.  Here are some things people did that showed their grace to me:

1. Making meals for us.  We had several friends and family that made easy frozen dinner to where all we would have to do it pop it in the oven or microwave and it was ready.  It was something that we didn’t have to take an hour to prepare or cook to where we wouldn’t be eating until midnight after we returned from the hospital.

2. Babysitting.  We don’t have other kids but when Brooke first came home she wasn’t allowed in the hospital wing with Kendall so we always needed someone to watch Brooke.  We were so grateful for all those who helped us out with watching her.   Now … if someone has other kids before they have preemies or a hospital situation by offering to babysit you are showing grace and support by saying hey would you like me to watch _______ while you guys run to the hospital for a few hours.

3. Just sending a card with kind words.  I remember getting several cards and emails from other people who would just make our day.  We would be really struggling and praying for our girls to make it and then we would come home and in the mail have a card with just such uplifting words that would make those fears and worries a little less.  We have to be realistic and we know now everyone is going to be able to come help out or make dinners but just sending a card can go along way.


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Parenting Tuesday – Situations

Today for parenting Tuesday I am going to be talking about something that has been driving me nuts a little bit lately.  It might be a long post so bear with me.


As many if not all of you know my girls were born prematurely at 26 weeks … yes I said 26 weeks, my smallest came in at a mere 1 pound 4 ounces.  Lately I have been seeing a lot of post where people are complaining one way or another.  Let me give you an example:

1: I don’t know how to be nice and say this but it really bugs me when people tell me that my preemie needs to be on solid foods already

2. It really bugs me when people talk about their baby being in the hospital for 20 days.  Mine was in the NICU for 2 months!

Now don’t get me wrong. I too get caught up in the situations where I get so mad when people talk about spending a week in the hospital with their child.  I spent close to 300 days in the NICU with Kendall. We have been in the hospital several times since as well for at least a week at a time. 


Lately I have been seeing a ton of these post and each time I see one I seem to get more mad at them.  I understand the situation is hard and you wish it wasn’t happening.  WE ALL WISH IT WASN’T HAPPENING!!  I am not trying to sound mean or complain but I want people to realize that even though they are in the hospital or going through a tough time doesn’t mean that others aren’t as well.  Your child was in the hospital for a week well mine was in for almost 300 days ….. but you know what someone else was in there for even longer …. and some don’t even get out at all.

My point is that no matter where you are in your journey or what is going on in your life, there is always someone else out there who has had less of a situation and someone out there who has had a worse situation.  It is life.  Don’t freak out, don’t worry, don’t try to make people feel sorry for you.  Suck it up, stay strong, and keep going. We all have difficult circumstances in our lives and we can’t sit and dwell on the situation or we can get up and kick the situations butt!!  

Which will you choose??


Parenting Tuesday – Kids

This week I have a fun little picture and topic for you.  Do you ever wonder sometimes how kids handle things or how somethings can happen and they don’t really realize it?

Well last week the girls kept having yellow/orange stuff right under their noses and on their upper lip.  I could not for the life of me figure out what it was or how they were getting it.  They weren’t really eating anything weird or yellow that it looked like and when we were outside they weren’t doing anything different.


As we got in the car to go to Kendall’s baseball practice last week the girls both grabbed a dandelion just like they normally do and were looking and smelling it in the car.  Just as Kendall was smelling it, I turned around to see her rubbing the flower and pretty much shoving it up her nose.


Melissa, the yellow under their nose and on their lip has been from the dandelions.  I could not believe it took me that long to figure it out but none the less we figured it out and we are no longer smelling dandelions that close to our noses.

Has this ever happened to you?


Parenting Tuesday – How to give

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how much I give.  I have always been a giving person, I have mentioned this a few times here on the blog but I would give and give until I had nothing left to give …. if Matt would let me.  :).


When it comes to giving, I don’t necessary go crazy all out for one certain thing or person, however, I tend to push the boundaries a little.  When I do swaps or gift baskets, I will get limits on how much to spend and I think 99.9% of the time I go way over that limit, not because I like to spend money but because I have a huge heart and am always looking for ways to brighten someones day.

….. Now my thoughts lead to how do I teach this to my kids?  We do the obvious and donate our old clothes and toys to drives, families, or churches in need.  I have tried to teach the girls that there is always someone in the world who is less fortunate than we are.  They seem to understand a little bit …. for 5 year olds anyway.

So my question to you is … how do you teach your kids about giving?  Do you do fun activities or certain things throughout the year in which could help teach my girls to give?


Old Times – Parenting Tuesday

So the Time for Mom link-up has officially been shut down.  We appreciate each of you who linked up with us, it just wasn’t working that way that we had hoped.  I hope you will continue to blog about mommy hood as well as read our blogs.

I am bringing back my simple Parenting Tuesday where I share something about being a mommy or the girls.  Today I want to talk about our weekend.  I was really craving some good donuts.  I don’t remember the last time I was up early enough to enjoy a good donut from my favorite place, called the Donut Haus in my hometown.  I had to beg Matt to take us there Saturday.

I was so excited when he agreed that we got up a little earlier than normal and took the kids to my old stomping grounds for some AMAZING donuts!!!  The girls and I of course all got sprinkles because ….. who doesn’t love a sprinkled donut??


Let me tell you that even though we didn’t get up as the sun was rising to get the freshest donuts they were still pretty dang good.  All four of us ate a ton of donuts … I am not even sure we ate lunch that day.

Do you ever take your kids to places you used to go as a child or growing up?


Parenting Tuesday – Teeth

Today I am talking about teeth.  Since we had preemies, we figured that some things would be delayed when it came to their health in general.  The one thing we knew for sure was that losing teeth was going to come later than normal for the girls.  The dentist informed us that it could be 6 maybe even closer to 7.

When Kendall came to us with a loose tooth, we were so happy for her.  Kendall hardly got to do anything first besides the bad stuff (surgeries, broken bones, blood transfusions, stitches, etc.).  Kendall was so happy that she got to be the first one to lose a tooth.  It took about 3 weeks for it to finally come out but the day finally came and we have our first official tooth gone!


Welcome to the final Time for Mom link up!  Yes, you read that correctly, this week will be the last week for Time for Mom.  The four of us co-hostesses discussed this recently and decided that while we had a good run, Time for Mom has run it’s course.  We will all continue to write about parenting and “kid stuff” on our blogs, so please follow along on each of our pages for many more posts to come!  Melissa will continue her parenting/preemie Tuesday posts, Brie will continue writing her fantastic parenting posts, Larisha will continue sharing her natural parenting tips and Rachel will keep writing about kids activities and toddler friendly recipes.

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