The elusive nap

Why is it that when you need a few hours of downtime, your kids never nap when they’re supposed to. But when you actually need to go somewhere at a certain time, they sleep so deeply you can barely rouse them? Go figure.

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Congrats Drew & Tenth Avenue North!

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Congrats to Mike D, Jason and the rest of the boys from Tenth Avenue North for winning the Dove Award for Best New Artist of the Year! Way to go guys – you deserve it!

 
I also need to give a shout out to former 10th Ave band member and good friend, Drew Middleton, for winning his first BMI Songwriter’s Award for his work on “Love is Here” – we’re so glad we got to spend time with him and Shannon this week while they were in Nashville!

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Celebrating after the BMI Christian Music Awards are (l-r): BMI’s Beth Mason; Songwriter of the Year Donald Lawrence; BMI award-winning songwriters Toby Mac, Drew Middleton.

 
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Shannon Middleton, award writer Drew Middleton (“Love Is Here”), and BMI’s Jody Williams.

Is nausea normal in your house?

My son inherited my husband’s gag reflex.

If I throw up, I’m down for the count. However, my husband throws up more than anyone I know, but then moves on like nothing happened. He’ll see, smell, or think of something gross, and off he goes to the bathroom, only to emerge minutes later to continue on his day as if nothing happened.

I just walked into my son’s room, who also threw up randomly in his bed after (seemingly) coughing too hard. As I picked him up to try to console and cuddle him, he was already ready to move on! What is it with these boys? It makes it so much harder to get someone to empathize with me when I’m sick!

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Hurry Up! A better way to organize your day

Do you often find yourself telling your child (or your spouse or yourself  for that matter!) to hurry up? I decided to make a conscious effort to stop saying those two little words and couldn’t believe how hard it was!

Really, it’s not my kid’s fault if we’re running late; it’s mine. It’s grossly unfair for me to tell them to hurry up if I’m the one that woke up late and didn’t prepare my day well.

Of course, there are the times when they’d rather tell each other knock knock jokes that don’t make any sense for a half hour straight instead of eating their dinner, but in that case we have set consequences and they just end up punishing themselves.

I’m a firm believer that our kids are our best mirrors, for good and bad. If you find yourself complaining about how they’re always running late, maybe you should evaluate your own scheudle and time management techniques – I know I had to!

So what’s the answer? In a society with a plethora of tools such as Daytimers, PDA’s, and the ever popular Outlook, I’ve devised a simple yet effective plan:
Every night before I go to bed, I pull out an index card. I write the date on the top left and below it write out any scheduled appointments for the day as well as set items that will definitely happen but may not have a set time (such as quiet time, kids nap, prepare for dinner, etc) – that way I have a “map” for how my day will look.

On the RIGHT SIDE, I write out my to-do list for the day: these are things I hope to accomplish in order of importance. That way, as I’m going through my day and have a free moment (hahahaha), I’m never sitting around wondering, “What should I do now?” I used to find myself so overwhelmed with the feeling of having so much to do but not knowing where to start. This method gives me a tangible and visible plan for my day without making me feel guilty if I don’t accomplish everything because I know I can always reevaluate throughout the day and at the end of the night before making my card for the next day.

Let me know if this helps you or if you have any ideas for organizing your day!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

While waiting for our friends, Drew & Shannon, to come over for Pizza Night, I decided to make some cookies with the kids. We sampled these at a recent playdate at Mary Elizabeth’s house and she said she had found it Southern Living. There are only 5 ingredients – you gotta love that! Fast, easy, fun for the whole family and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1  cup  chunky peanut butter
  • 1  large egg
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1  cup  milk chocolate morsels

Preparation

1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon. Stir in chocolate morsels.

2. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

3. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until puffed and golden. (Cookies will be soft in the center.) Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.

Does Florida need an Ark?

I was reading the kids their very worn and loved copy of Noah’s Ark by Lucy Cousins today and I got to the second page where God says to Noah, “I shall make a flood of water and wash all the wicked people away.” To which Kariss responded, “Where did they all get washed away to? Florida?”
Honestly, I promise, I didn’t say a word…