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Mom Challenge: Day 1

Today is the day.  I’m beginning my self-imposed (and hopefully, self-motivating) Mom Challenge.
Today’s topic:

1.   Ask “what is one thing we can do together, this month?”

This, I confess, was a no-brainer. I didn’t even have to ask.  Although, I suppose if I was technically following “the rules”, I would have done so.  Ah well…hindsight, and all that.  And rather than do it sometime this month, we decided to do it today.

A few weeks ago, Sister Bear’s teacher made AppleJack Cookies with the class as they studied Johnnie Appleseed.  After Christmas, we found ourself with a large number of apples in the house; therefore, she has been begging me to make AppleJack Cookies with her.  Today, in an attempt to put her desires first (although I had a bajillion and one things I needed to be done), we cleared as much counter-space as we could in the kitchen, washed our hands, and got to cooking!

I realized at the last minute that we were missing nutmeg, but oh well…we proceeded anyways.

As you can see, Sister Bear is still in her jammies.  We didn’t even get dressed today.  I must admit…it was nice:)

I forgot to get a picture of the final, finished product, but that’s okay.  The cookies weren’t what this was about.  This was about taking some time to fully focus on the kid(s) and doing something that was important to them.  I am not a wonderful cook, but Sister enjoys it so much that I really do need to take the initiative to work with her more in the kitchen.  All in all, Day 1 was a success.  The cookies are almost gone (not my favorite, but the kids LOVED them!),  and I made a new memory with my daughter.

Now … tomorrow will be more of a challenge…. 🙂




Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Cookers, Mom Challenge, Parenting, Sister Bear


Mom Challenge

I don’t deal well with clutter.  And chaos.  And living in a disorganized manner.  Therefore, my patience and focus are being stretched to their very limits by our current situation as we deal with the home renovation aftermath.  I find myself snapping at the kids, and my husband.  Actually chomping at the bit to get to work so as to get away from this mess.  It’s only been a week, and yet I feel like I’m at my wit’s end.

In an effort to distract myself, I signed up for pinterest this week.  Such a cool site (aka a massive time suck!) that’s given me all sorts of inspiration and creative ideas.  I stumbled across this today and have decided, in the interest of my sanity, and my children and husband’s, that maybe now this would be a good time to implement this little challenge.  To focus myself on what really matters, which is not the fact that I still can’t cook in our kitchen, and little clouds of dust still whirl around me with every step I take.

Thus, tomorrow, I began the 30 Day Mom Challenge:

Of course, these are all things I try to strive and do on a daily basis anyway, but hey – sometimes we all need a little help, and a reminder of one’s priorities.  And besides, I like lists!  Here we go!


New Year’s Eve: A Celebration

I believe this year marks the sixth year that we rang in the new year at home, with our two pride & joys, in our pajamas. Just the way I like it.  Each year I find that we begin a new tradition of some sort.  This year it was my son’s request that we have pudding in a cloud.

Of course, you can choose any flavor pudding you would like, but we went with the tried & true chocolate.

We had a delicious dinner of pork chops, roasted potatoes, and the requisite black-eyed peas, for good luck.  We watched the Dick Clark New Year’s Eve special, always a pleasure.  It always takes me back to my junior high days when I eagerly awaiting a sighting of NKOTB on the annual special.

J-Bo made it till about 11:40…and then his eyelids started to droop…

By 11:45, he was out.

We tried desperately to wake him for the midnight toast, but he was dead to the world.  (When I told him the next day that he had fallen asleep and missed the ball drop, he said, “You didn’t even try to wake me up!”. Hahahaha!  We were literally yelling at him, and he wouldn’t stir. Silly boy!)

So we toasted in the New Year with just three of the J’s.

And then….Sister Bear crashed.  🙂  At about 12:09.

Here’s to a New Year, my friends.  May it be full of an insane amount of love, light and most importantly, laughter.


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Posted by on December 31, 2011 in J-Bo, New Years, Sister Bear



My little girl believes in magic.  As every 7 year old should.  Specifically, she’s on close terms with the Tooth Fairy right now.  Today, she was an amazing trooper while the dentist extracted her front tooth.  (It was a partial from when she broke it as a toddler, and the new tooth growing in above had nowhere to go; thus, the need to remove it.)

She thinks she looks like a vampire.  My husband says she looks like a hillbilly. Her brother calls her “The Toothless Wonder”. I think she looks like a sweet girl who now speaks with a lisp and has difficulty eating corn on the cob. 

I also think she looks like a girl who wakes up sobbing at 3 in the morning, just absolutely distraught that the Tooth Fairy hadn’t visited.  It took some explaining that Ms. Fairy had a big old world to tend to every night and just hadn’t made it to our house yet to get her to calm down. Still…she was restless and awoke to every little rustle of the sheet.  I’m surprised the Tooth Fairy was even able to sneak in undetected.

But she did…oh yes, she did. *grin*



Scoot, Scoot, Scootin’

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  At the end of the road we live on, there is a little park that we have visited many times over the years.  The best part of the place though, is the truly excellent biking/walking/running/skateboarding/scootering (you get the drift:)) path that encircles the whole park. I would guestimate it is about a mile around.  Today, we went biking and scootering.  Sister Bear was too quick on her bike for me to catch a photo, so here’s J-Bo blazing past me on his scooter.  It was so good to soak up some vitamin D together.



The Little Hall Family: By Jalyn – Age 7

Note:  The two extra people on the left are my niece Lexi and nephew Dalten.  Then we have Jaxen, Jalyn, Daddy and Mom.

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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Jalyn, Sister Bear


Easter 2011

Rain, rain, go away…come again another day!

Oh how we desperately need the rain, but we had all crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t come on Easter.  Therefore – it did.  Never you mind … we had a grand time all the same. 

The rain couldn’t stop us from joining our family and friends at Nana and Papa’s house for lots of food, lots of laughter and eggxact counting of eggs for an indoor egg hunt (Yes, I just said eggxact. I’ve been waiting for weeks to use that word. Ha!).  Counting was a must because really, who wants to have to follow the smell weeks later to locate a missing egg? Not I.)

And then… my loving son actually “smiled” in a photo with yours truly.  Trust me- to even capture him in a photo lens is a hard feat these days:)  A big thank you to my sister-in-law Kristy for so kindly documenting the moment.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Easter, J-Bo, Sister Bear