Wings to Fly

Jenn and I really appreciate all the comments made on the "Am I a Bad Mom?" blog post. It really is so wonderful to have such a great support group of moms who feel the same way we do.  Of course everyone is allowed to their opinions. That is just how we feel.

This week has been a very special one for me as well.  My oldest daughter started Kindergarten on Monday.  I too did NOT cry, but felt overwhelming joy as my daughter walked into school.  I did help her to her class the first day, but the next day her daddy dropped her off and she insisted she wanted to go in by herself.  He said that she didn't just walk into school...she strutted into school!  Like she owned the place. And she is only in Kindergarten!!   He said she looked at the other kids that had parents with them and turned back to her daddy and smiled.  She got to go in by herself!  The confidence she has is so endearing.  I hope she continues on that path.  Being humble and kind to others, but having good self-esteem and confidence, that others love to be around her.  Our little girl is growing up, and even though it is hard to let her go sometimes, I know in the end it will be so worth it!

My girl also enjoys riding the bus home every day too.  And even though there are scary things out there, I can't protect her forever.  I just need to teach her the correct principles and guide her as much as possible.  She needs to get out there and learn to make decisions and choose the right for herself.  Just like my mom did for me.  I personally think, that that is the best thing we can do for our kids.

I came across this poem and thought I would share, it fit so perfectly!

Wings to Fly

You came to me on a sunny Fall day.
You were so precious to hold in my arms to stay.
At first it was hard, you would hurt and cry.

I loved you so much, you touched my heart inside.
You are growing bigger every day.
I know I must let you walk away.
Down in my heart from here to the sky.
You are taking steps with wings to fly.
I am so proud of all that you are.
You will always be my shining star.
Your first day of Kindergarten is finally here.
I know you are excited that is perfectly clear.
Mommy will walk with you and kiss you goodbye.
Spread your wings precious girl it's time to fly.
~Heather J. Wiswell

My little girl is growing up!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Until next time~

Am I a Bad Mom?

Does it make me a bad mom that I will not shed a tear when my son has his first day of Kindergarten?  Please don't get me wrong, I will love this day. I will love watching him take on a new challenge. Love watching him make new friends. Love watching him get excited about something that is truly his own. His sister will not be part of his new world. His mom will only be a supportive part of his new world. This new world is his own. Does this make me cry? Not really. Does that make me a bad mom?
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I get it though, I really do. I understand that there is something so grown up about it. That your baby is not such a baby anymore. That understanding is not lost on me. I do appreciate how final it is. How big and amazing the first few steps into a 'real' school are.  I also understand however, how awesome it is that my child is at that point.

Hopefully the training that I have attempted to give him over the last five years has been enough to give him a good push in the right direction. Hopefully he will step into this world with a solid foundation.  He will know that his family believes he can do this, believes he is ready to do this, and believes that he will succeed.  Hopefully he will make good choices and he will make friends.  I know, however that I do not have the control anymore. That he is in control of what he does.  I have confidence in the fact that he can come home and discuss the good, bad, and ugly of his day.   That I will hear only what he wants to tell me, or can verbalize, and I will cherish what he gives me... but I will not cry.

 I have learned to enjoy this stage. To take pleasure in his independence. Not because I do not want to help him, (I DO) but because I see him light up when he can help himself.  To take pleasure in his starting a new challenge.  I want to see him read, to write stories independently, to start math, to have a world outside of mine.

He has given me his entire self for the last  five years and it is time for me to share this little joy with the world.  So, my boy, go and do. Go and be yourself. Go and be the little boy that shares your joy with others.  Go and try.  I understand you may fail at things, that you may succeed at others. That some days you will not let me into your world, but others you will want me to be a big part of it. Just know I am proud of you moving into this world. That I am happy to see you become the little boy you are.  I am so happy for you to enjoy your next step. I don't see a reason to cry for that.

Until next time,

5 "First-day-of-School" Printables

Well, the day has come!  I can't believe that this morning my baby girl will be going to Kindergarten?!?!!?  Where did the time go?  Seriously?  She is not old enough to be doing this!  And yet...the day is here!  I could not be more proud of my 5 (almost 6 year old).  She going to ROCK this.  She is so ready!  I think the thing she is most excited about is riding the school bus home.    (Ah...the little things.)

Well, everyone posts the cute pictures of their kids on their first day's and last day's of school so I thought it would be cool to compile a few of my favorite ideas.  So here you go!  Enjoy!  And don't forget that these years will just fly by, and before you know it, your child will be off to college.  So please enjoy this time you have with your kids.  These are some special years ahead!  Happy first day of school!!


Here was another cool idea I really liked!  I might try this in couple of days!  


If you have any cool ideas or want to share your "back-to-school" picture we would love it!
Until next time~

Crockpot Orange Chicken

When things get crazy you can always count on your crockpot for a nice home cooked meal.  You just throw it in and go.  As a mom we find this most helpful!  Well I am really excited because tonight we have ORANGE CHICKEN on the menu :)  A recipe your whole family will love!  

I found this recipe from  They have the best list of easy crockpot meals sure to please!!  Check them out!

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 – 5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed
  • 3/4 cup Smuckers Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce {it’s SO good!}
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • Crockpot

What You’ll Do:

  • Cook chicken in crockpot on HIGH for 3 hours {covered}
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce
  • Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes {covered}

You can serve with rice or potatoes or whatever you would like!  Yum!  Super easy and something that won't take up your precious time, will make your mouth and tummy do a little dance!  Yum!  Just the way we like it!

Enjoy your yummy orange chicken!


Toy Box Makeover

Our new house has a playroom in the basement. When the kids want to make a mess, to  play with Legos, color 10,000 pictures, get every block out and build an amazing tower... that is where they go. If it is a mess... it can stay a mess! That is the best part of a basement - it is IN THE BASEMENT!  While I love do allow for a mess or two to stay, I also want to have places to put the toys when we clean up.  
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Our previous house  did not have a basement and all of the toys, including the toy storage spots were in my kids' rooms. So now I have a basement full of loose toys without homes!  Another issue that has come up with the basement not having toy storage is that with this being a new house and requiring several other projects... we don't want to spend the money on purchasing new toy bins and shelving.

What to do?

Well, as I said... we moved... so while we may not have toy bins, we certainly do have Ugly Plastic Storage bins and we need to use what we have.    Now how to turn my storage bin into a nice looking toy chest... 

Check out what the CREATIVE DOMINICAN did to turn her plastic bin into something worthy of an upstairs room =)

Here is the BEFORE:
Storage bin to toy box makeover.

Here is the AFTER
Storage bin to toy box makeover

Super cute and EASY!!

This Momma did use fabric instead of wrapping paper and a whole lot of hot glue but I do have to say that this was a great idea!  Also, when you attach the legs if there is a chance your child is going to be getting into the toy box you will want to pad the hardware on the inside! Super easy with a little foam and more hot glue!

Check out the play by play details on how to do this HERE!

So off I go to make toy box number two....

Until Next Time,

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