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Merry Christmas! I'mTaking Time Off

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by ssteinruck No Comments

Hi friends! Just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I'm taking time off from blogging (as you may have noticed...since I haven't posted anything since...November...2013!) I was thrown a curve ball over the past year and I'm reorganizing and re-prioritizing life. Haven't quite figured out where this blogging thing falls. If you have a question or comment about another post, please feel free to contact me. I'll still get back to you if I get an email or comment from you.

Thanks! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

So long

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

The Bear came to me and told me she wanted her hair cut short. In fact, her exact words were, "If I don't get my hair cut short, everyone will laugh at me and think I'm a zombie." Oh to be in a 4-year-old's brain sometimes. I figured it would pass, but a week later, she had asked me a million times if we could go to the hair salon and get her hair cut short.

So one morning, after spending about 15 minutes attempting to untangle the long locks, and too many "ouch, Mommy stop!"s, I caved. Off we went. I may or may not have cried when the stylist made the first few cuts. Ok, I cried. Don't judge - she's my baby and her hair is so beautiful.

Here's the before and after.

Still adorable. The Bear is very proud of her new do. I'm recovering.

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

This morning, Mr. Helpful handed me this card that he made, and I just have to share. Here's the front.

And inside...

Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day filled with love or chocolate or both!

Fridge Finds

Posted on: February 4th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

Life got busy. And that is why you haven't heard a peep from me in awhile. I don't have a project to share today, but more of a humorous discovery. I was rummaging through our fridge looking for a snack. I was hoping to find something sweet and salty, and healthy. A girl can dream.

Instead I found this.

Really? Three small carrot sticks left in the container. Who does that?! As if whoever was in there last couldn't finish three measly carrot sticks. Or they possibly felt bad for eating them all. Still.

I guess the up side is that our family ate a whole container of carrot sticks - a healthy choice. They may or may not have been dipped in peanut butter. I cannot confirm or deny.

Happy Weekend!

Christmas Traditions

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

It's funny how the family traditions we grow up with carry over into our own families - or morph into some new version that incorporates the traditions of your spouse's childhood. And then there are the new traditions that we start - whether on purpose or by accident.

One of my favorite traditions growing up was reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with my brother and sister. My brother was always the reader, and he read every word in the book - right down to the publishing information. There were songs in the back of our book, and he read those lyrics too. Fa la la la la...la la la la. We didn't sing it. We read it. It was a silly thing he started that just stuck. Now, we still try to read it on Christmas Eve if we are together. We've even done it over the phone when we are not!

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Nurse Mommy

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Hey all! It's been awhile since I posted. We've had a crazy week of sickness in our house. Stomach bug, hacking cough, sinus infection, and now pneumonia. And yes, Mommy got sick too. I thought that wasn't suppose to happen! So that's why I haven't done anything. There has been much snuggling and movie watching. Not much crafting or creating.

Maybe this week...we'll see. Who will be next to visit the doctor? I should just camp out in the parking lot.

Holiday Concert Part II

Posted on: December 2nd, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Last night we were treated to another evening of holiday concert entertainment. This time, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders took the stage. The house was packed - standing room only. And the only hope we had of seeing Bud was if they happened to get him on video on the big screens - which they did a few times.

Girly and the Bear hung in there like champs - they were both tired and hungry. Thank heaven for mints in my coat pocket. They saved the night.

Here's Bud. He didn't have to dress up. He chose his own outfit. Same outfit as last year.

We had to bribe him with the promise of ice cream when we got home, just so we could take one picture. So after one click of the camera, he was gone. And when we got home, before we were all inside, Bud was sitting at the table with a smile and a spoon. The kid loves ice cream. Can't say I blame him!

It's been a busy week with concerts and Bud's slight concussion (yup - fell off the monkey bars and landed on his head.) But I've been working on a fun holiday project . More next week, but here's a teaser picture.

Have a great weekend!

(Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!)

Holiday Concerts

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

This week is concert week for my elementary kiddos. Girly's was last night, and Bud's is tomorrow night. What is it about elementary school concerts that makes me laugh until I pee my pants cry?! So very entertaining - last night was mostly because the one kid who will obviously be an entertainer of some sort - is the son of one of my favorite friends. Cracked. Me. Up.

The Bear (who insisted on wearing her Christmas dress like Girly) spent most of the concert dancing in the aisle, doing the hand motions and singing along to all the songs (as if she knows them.) People around us were watching her more than the kids on stage. Until she noticed they were watching. Then she went into shy mode and snuggled with Daddy for the rest of the show.

So here are my girls. Bud did not want any part of the post concert picture taking. Out of about 20 pictures, these are the best. How on earth do you get kids to look and smile (a normal smile) at the same time?

Thank you Grama for the pretty dresses!

 

 

Being Thankful

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

We should be thankful throughout the year, but with the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we get a friendly reminder. I am not always as thankful as I should be. My kids definitely are not. They don't grasp the concept of truly being in need. Most of us reading this don't. Thankfully.

So this week, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am going to take a break from my computer and try to use every opportunity I can to show the kids how to be truly thankful. There is always something to be thankful for - no matter what. I love this quote I found on Pinterest (not sure of its origin) - so true.

I am off this week to be with my family. To eat turkey and abnormally large portions of everything else offered at the feast. To have leftover apple pie for breakfast. To watch football. To be thankful. And to try to teach them how to be thankful too.

Happy Thanksgiving! Be back next week with some fun things to share!

Fighting Consumerism

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Like many most families, our budget is tight. Especially this time of year, when Christmas wish lists are in full swing, and any store you visit has Christmas things spilling out of every aisle. There are new fliers and catalogs in the mail every day with sales and coupons galore, pushing us to buy and buy now.

I am a stay-at-home-mom and currently bring in $0 toward our family budget. But I'm also the one who does most of the spending. So I feel a huge responsibility to purchase wisely for things we need, and not get sucked into the pressures of consumerism. As luck would have it, both of our cars recently needed major work within one week of each other, leaving us out several grand. To say that we are on a "spending freeze" is an understatement. I'm making it a personal challenge - a game. Let's see how little I can spend and only purchase the necessities for my family of five. Game on.

Just the other morning, I had to go to Walmart to pick up 2 things: pull-ups and soap. Pretty essential. Unless I want to wash sheets every morning. Which I do not. I purposely did not get a cart or a basket. And I took the most direct route to the things I needed, not stopping to browse. I was on mission. Literally in and out in under 5 minutes, with only the 2 items on my list. I will admit to feeling a bit proud of myself as I walked back to my car.

However, a few stores down was Michael's. One of my weak spots. And they had a bunch of fall things out on the sidewalk displayed for 90% off! Oooh - I could pick up a few things for next fall for next to nothing! Giddiness set in and there was a great parking spot waiting for me. Before I even turned the car off, I stopped myself. Do I need more fall decor stuff? (YES!) No. Not really. We had a perfectly nice display this year that would be perfectly nice next year too.

I fought it.

90% off. Oh, it was hard!

But I pulled out of the parking lot, knowing that "they" did not win today.

Point for me.

Lawn Boy in Training

Posted on: November 7th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend! It was a gorgeous fall weekend here. I love fall.

At one point, I happen to glance out the window and saw the sweetest sight in the front yard. My Guy was helping Bud mow the lawn. Or visa versa. Whatever. It was a sweet father-son moment and I quickly grabbed the camera to take some candid shots of the two guys that I want to share.

Monday is usually my least favorite day. Coming off the weekend with my Guy home and no major rushing around, it's tough sometimes to stare down the week. But I'm choosing to be positive this morning, and I'm going to toss in that first load of laundry and drink my tea. Hope you have a great day!

 

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »