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Anyone who’s ever gone through a busy season knows that it can feel like the world is spinning so fast you’re going to get seasick. I often find myself in these seasons unintentionally, as I pack my life to the margins and work it out so everything fits “just so”…but neglect to leave any room to accommodate surprises  – both good and bad alike.

This is the place I find myself in today, trying to catch my breath. If my life was pushed to the margins a couple of months ago, I’m certain I’m a few surprises past the margins by now. Read the rest of this entry »


Ok so does anyone else HATE that time of year when it’s time to switch out the kids’ clothes for the next season??? This process has gotten so unbelievably complicated since having additional kids. Here’s what mine looks like:

For Garrett…I go through and determine which clothes I want to keep for keepsakes (WHY OH WHY do we do this?), and THEN I have to decide which clothes need to be given away and which clothes need to be sold. Three different piles for him. 

Then, for my other son Grayson, who is the middle child, I add to the piles of either clothes I want to sell or clothes I want to give away, but then ALSO have to create a pile for which clothes are going to work to hand down to Garrett. I’m also doing this while pulling out ANOTHER pile of clothes that have already been handed down that need to go INTO Garrett’s drawer. I now have four piles going.

THEN for my daughter I have the same two piles of clothes to keep and clothes to sell, but we also give her things away to a friend of ours so within the pile of clothes to give away is a pile of clothes to give to Salvation Army and a pile of clothes to give to our friend. But then ALSO, Mackenna is getting to the age where some of her clothes will still fit her again next season so now there is ANOTHER PILE of clothes to keep for the following year. Now that’s six piles I think?

Then of course, some of the clothes need to be washed and some of them don’t…which I probably should do BEFORE sorting but I don’t and now I have laundry in my laundry room separated into all of these different piles, and then within THOSE piles are piles of whites and piles of colors. This is RIDICULOUS! AND just the tupperware alone to keep all of these things separated and organized could cost  a small fortune (which reminds me of a tangent I’d like to go on for a bit…I was watching the Nate Berkus show the other day and a mom was struggling with organizing all of HER hand-me-downs for her six kids…so of course they did this giant organizational overhaul that led her to tears, yada yada yada…but when they showed the big “reveal”, I kid you not, they must have had 100 tupperware tubs stacked and labeled in her attic!”) Well if I could afford $1,000 worth of plastic, I’d be pretty organized too. THe issue isn’t always knowing HOW to organize, it’s knowing how to do it with the resources available to us, am I right?? Oh and he suggested buying a label maker. GOOD GRIEF!)

OK sorry that was a LOOONG tangent. I love the fall, but this part, not-so-much. Thankfully, I think I’m almost done. Wishing you moms all the luck in the world getting your season-switching accomplished, however you do it :)


I HATE my dishwasher sometimes. It’s so weird. I know this is like one appliance that I’m supposed to be in love with, but there is just this tension between the two of us that I can’t quite put my finger on.

Like the whole idea of a dishwasher is great. You can just throw your dirty dishes in there and push a little button and voila! Clean dishes for all to enjoy.

But, just like your kids, sometimes your dishwasher doesn’t operate exactly according to the function for which it was created. As we all know, you really do have to halfway-clean your dishes before you even put them INTO the dishwasher… but I don’t think that’s even what bugs me really. I’ve kind of learned to deal with that.

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