Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Fun

There really is not much about summer that I dislike and those few things (namely mosquito, sunburns and allergies) I am willing to tolerate for lovely weather and all the fun things that go along with it!

There is just something about the warm weather that makes me feel at peace. 

I am really looking forward to making a lot of memories this summer. So far, we have a road trip planned to go back and visit family and friends take in some local attractions. A must see on our list is this Dam that neither my husband nor I ever went to while living in the area.


We will also be definitely getting out for some camping trips as it is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors. Catching frogs, swimming, hiking, campfires, and all the rest of the fun that goes along with it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When you feel like you have failed




Parenting is not an easy job. It’s a long journey, one filled with joy, heartbreak and challenges along the way.

Our parenting journey has had the added experience of our kids having been diagnosed with varying conditions meaning that both of them require extra supports at school and at home.


We are lucky to have had some great experiences working with some of the people on our teams. 

If there was one area that I would pinpoint as a challenging one to navigate it would be the school system. There are so many different variables and people involved that it can be difficult to coordinate everyone on the team and find effective ways to communicate among each other.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Falling Down...on a Friday

I have a history of having bad things happen to me on Friday nights, and many years ago it was even narrowed down to a specific time after two separate bad events occurred on Friday nights around 6pm. 

I have since acknowledged that that bad things will happen anytime, anyplace but listen to my story and you will see why back then I got a bit leery about Friday nights around 6pm... 

-16 weeks pregnant with firstborn child, I was struck by a truck while crossing an intersection, ripped mirror off with my head and dented in door badly enough it couldn’t be opened. Suffered concussion and required 16 stitches to head. Baby thankfully was fine! Occurred on a Friday evening around 6pm. 

-About a month after being struck by the truck I was attacked by a dog outside the grocery store on my way inside. The dog lunged at me jumping on my now prominent belly ripping the front of my jacket then getting a grip on my arm causing puncture marks and blood to be drawn. Trip to the hospital and all checked out okay, had my tetanus shot up to date so other than getting my armed cleaned up and bandaged and having to sew up my jacket, the only residual issue from this was a fear of large dogs.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: January 16, 2017

It's been a while since I posted a menu plan for the week. There are a couple reasons for this, one being that we have been incredibly busy including the fact that hubby and I started an ASL class once a week for the next 15 weeks organized through a friend. We have also all been sick with a cold. 

During that time though I did come up with a plan for our meal plan going forward. We have a number of tried and true recipes that we love that I am looking to build on to give us a robust list of go to meals/side dishes/breakfasts, etc to rely on. From there I am just going to use those well loved recipes to rotate through our meals plans, perhaps adding one new recipe to try once a week to add to our list. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why I painted my pumpkin teal this year

Halloween is kind of a big deal at our house. I’m not afraid to admit that we have more totes of Halloween decorations than we do for Christmas.

We enjoy dressing up, whether it’s simply throwing on some masks or being a bit more creative with theme costumes that involve a mixture of handmade and store bought aspects such as our Star Wars theme from a couple years ago.



Something else that is actually a real big deal and not something to joke around about is food allergies. I have made sure for years to buy peanut free chocolate bars and usually also have rockets in our stash of treats to hand out.

But something I didn’t really think about before was those kids that have severe allergies and can’t actually eat ANY of the food treats available.