mixed messages

2011-12-14T21:40:10-06:00December 14th, 2011|Elf on a Shelf, My Family|

Jase and I have been struggling with the holidays for the last few years.  At a religious level, a moral “why are we lying to our kids” level, at a “I wish this was simple” level, at a “all these messages are so confusing” level.  Just struggling.  I do a dance with those emotions and the guilt that comes with tearing the concept of Santa away from them and stealing the “magic” that society says we should create for them and marvel over.  I keep thinking, there must be a better balance than what we have now, more meaning, less stuff.  But what type of magic do I want for their […]

10 on Tuesday

2011-11-29T10:38:27-06:00November 29th, 2011|Craft Projects, Elf on a Shelf, Funny Places Taryn Sleeps, My Family, Our House|

1.  Our Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope yours was too.  If you want details about ours, you can find them over on Finding Our New Normal, complete with menu and photos.  I get a lot of questions about how we eat so I thought a pretty detailed post would be fun.  I will say all those carbs had me running for salad and extra fermented food for several days.  But maaaaan, it was good.

2.  Speaking of good great food, I got an email yesterday from the Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project.  Shortly after that, this happened.  Way cool right?!  That photo was taken at the Real Food Rally in Austin in October.  You can […]

it’s the little things

2011-11-27T22:34:00-06:00November 27th, 2011|Elf on a Shelf, My Family|

I’m pretty sure both of these two are going to be on the naughty list this year.  One for general elf mischief and the other for eating all our food, having a smart mouth and generally stinking up the place.  It’s called being 14 and it is NOT easy, on us, or him.  But that’s why it brings us great joy to watch Bob draw on his big old 20×20 mug.  When you are parenting a teenager, it’s the little things that keep you going.  Little things like rubbing your upper lip every time he walks by saying “I think you’ve got a little sumthin’ sumthin’ on your lip there….”, dancing […]

consider yourself warned…

2011-11-26T22:47:10-06:00November 26th, 2011|Elf on a Shelf, My Family|

Last year on Thanksgiving we spent way too much time up in the attic digging through boxes looking for Bob so that he could appear that night after the kids went to bed.  So last year we went and got all smart and decided to keep Bob hidden in the perfect place in the house so that he’d be easily accessible.  Only over the course of the last 11 months, we forgot just where that perfect hiding place was and have spent the last two days tearing the house apart looking for him.  I cannot believe the kids haven’t asked where he […]

pesky penguin stole bob’s hat and other happenings….

2010-12-19T22:30:27-06:00December 19th, 2010|Elf on a Shelf, My Family|

Bob has been a busy guy hanging out on our non-toxic, non-offgasing, makeshift “garland”.  He also had to go on a rescue mission, darned pesky penguin stole his hat, of all the nerve!  And the other night the kids asked if Bob could go with us when we were heading out in our PJ’s to look at Christmas lights.  They were thrilled that he got a frontrow “seat”!  HA!

If you are local, we followed this map for Christmas lights and it was totally worth it.  Teagan picked the #3 on the list as his top choice before we even left the house and it was by far the best one […]

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