It’s Just a Plate

The Plate

It’s just a plate.

The plate was left on the table.
The plate was knocked off the table.
The plate hit the floor.
The plate broke into pieces.

Neither kid was at fault. It was an accident. However, I lost my temper. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did.

I vigorously washed dishes and cooled down.

Lily came to me a while later with tears in her eyes telling me how grateful she was to have a family.

I apologized and told her that I was just frustrated, not that it was an excuse.

So, like everyone else, I can just vow to try harder, to be better, next time.

Mom Monday: Your Bath Must Be Longer Than 5 Minutes

It has been such a gorgeous day. The weather was in the upper 70’s, with the exception of a couple of rain showers, it was sunny and warm all day.

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That means the kids spent a large portion of the day outside. Bikes came out of the garage. Sidewalk chalk was out front. Their little lawn chairs are on the patio.

The sprinkles of rain also made the already wet ground perfect for playing the dirt and mud.

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The Heart of a Child

My kids are always looking for change on the ground. Sometimes they get lucky and find a penny.

Navy was lucky. He found a penny when we were out running errands.

As we were walking to the can, Navy saw a homeless man holding a cardboard sign. He asked me if the man was homeless. I told him that’s what the sign said.

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Motherhood Isn’t a Competition

Chocolate Tour at DeBrand’s

I was reading a blog post from a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) and how she had moments of depression. Not the clinical sort. Moments of isolation, guilt, longing.

Here’s the problem…

Every mother has that. You aren’t special. Be it stay-at-home-moms or working moms. We all deal with this at some point, to some degree. Making it a SAHM vs working mom issue is yet another thing to divide mothers.

We’re a sisterhood of motherhood.

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Life Gets a Little Crazy Sometimes


We’ve been on-the-go a lot lately. We’ve had zoo outings, Girl Scout field trips, back-to-school shopping, and the many festivals that happen in our area.

Today was supposed to be much of the same. It didn’t work out that way, but that’s what I had planned.

Instead, the bulk of our day was scrapped. After dinner, we blew bubbles.

My Son Wants to Be a Girl Scout


Navy is 2. He sees his 6-year-old sister put her Girl Scout Daisy uniform and head off to adventure.

Sometimes, he gets to tag along to her meetings. They are filled with stories, giggling, crafts, and snack time.

Who wouldn’t want that?!

When I was picking some things up at ScOutfitters for Lily, I picked up a Brownie sash for Navy. The Brownie sash was much cheaper than the Daisy tunic, and he will be entering kindergarten when Lily heads into Juniors.

I also bought some numbered birthday patches from Michael’s for Navy’s sash.

When checking out, the cashier said another troop had some little brothers who were kinda jealous and tagged along. They got them Girl Scout shirts and called them the Cookie Crumbs.

He adores his sister. Girl Scouts is teaching Lily to be an empowered, compassionate young lady who is active in her community. Sharing that with her little brother is a good thing.

I think Juliet Gordon Low would be proud.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.


“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrations by Eric Carle.

We picked this for Lily’s Building Bridges With Books bingo sheet. She needed a book from Eric Carle.

I like the book.

I like the blue horse.

What did the children see?
A teacher.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 5/40
Building Bridges: 5/25