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  • HELLO.

    I'm Jenn. I'm a full time mom to five. I love photography, Africa, crafts, thrifting, classical music, and this crazy good life God has given me. I spend my days dreaming up decorating solutions while picking Goldfish crackers out of my hair. I like my camera , guacamole, and old stuff. We've got three home grown littles and two who came to us through the miracle of adoption. We are loud and busy. I take lots of photos because I'm fully aware that life happens in a flash...and I don't want to miss it.

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Space Mud

It really just looks like a bowl of slime. But this slime provided me with 4 hours of uninterrupted play at our house this weekend! And because I feel as a mom it is my duty to pass on any vital information that may provide this type of respite to others…I am sharing the recipe with everyone that I know! I was less than thrilled when A’s preschool teacher sent me home with the recipe and several of the ingredients in a little plastic baggie. And I grumbled the whole way to Walmart where I had to spend $8.00 on a giant bottle of white glue. Oh, but the reward!

2 cups white glue
1 1/2 cups water at room temperature
1 cup hot water
2 1/2 tablespoons Borax (laundry detergent)

1. Combine glue and room temperature water, blend thoroughly.
2. In larger bowl ,combine hot water and borax, stirring until borax is completely dissolved.
3. Slowly pour glue mixture into borax mixture, stirring constantly.


January 28, 2008 - 11:26 pm

Beth - AAuugghh!! I can’t believe those sweet little babies are not babies anymore. Anna gave me your blog address and I jumped on it so now neither of our husbands will be getting dinner in a timely fashion now! I have missed you and think about you often. I am sorry I have been a dolt and not called or anything. Maybe now we can keep in better touch, I am definitely better at blogging!

January 29, 2008 - 1:52 am

Jenn - Hi Beth!! I’ve missed you too! I told Anna today that we all must get together soon! I’ll ring you up!!

April 27, 2008 - 3:02 am

jenibabe73 - Add a few drops of food coloring and you will have colored slime! We have used this recipe at our school for years. The kids do go nuts over it! Make some orange slime at Halloween time & pass out to the trick or treaters (in mini zip bags)!

We have success! I had to pry the sparkly silver slippers off of J’s feet…she has been wearing them for 4 consecutive days. But when we found these groovy little numbers on the Marshall’s clearance rack for $10.00 her little heart sang! Her silver slippers have magically disappeared to that special place where retired shoes go (email me if you’d like to know when I list them on ebay;)). Just had to share our happy find…I’m not sure who likes them more…me or her! And I don’t really care as long as her feet are still smiling!

January 29, 2008 - 3:24 pm

Lala - LOL… OH SWEET HAPPY FEET!!! BRIGHT FUN colors… or SILVER SPARKLES… either would make anyones feet HAPPY!!!

And always the bargain hunter!!! :o)

Love, Lala

February 5, 2008 - 4:57 pm

Jam Clothing Company - Oh those shoes are the cutest! What brand are they? I love ’em. 🙂

Talking Trash

I don’t usually make a habit of airing my “trash” with the world. But today it is a cause for a bit of celebration. OK, not a bit…I need balloons, a cake, and a serious shopping spree! That is my pump…resting peacefully in my trashcan. And I am FREE! I received permission this morning to unplug! They didn’t exactly encourage tossing it into the trash (there IS a $5000 fine for not returning it to the medical company)…but I couldn’t resist the happy visual image of seeing it sitting lonely at the bottom of the can 🙂 Off to enjoy my day!

January 25, 2008 - 7:21 pm

Lala - WOOHOO… FREE AT LAST!!! YIPEE!!! Now… go forth and SHOP with abandon… and let me know what you get!!! PICS TOO!!!

OH… and take that OUT of the trash… box it back up… and return it to the med co… wouldn’t want you to get fined!!!


Love, Lala

The Price of Productivity

The girls and I share a space in our downstairs family room. It’s a big space…L-shaped and the perfect spot for hours of play. We keep most of their toys there…the play kitchen, grocery store, puzzles, and their babies. Today they were parents…of lions…kind of strange I know. Their little lions were sick. They had “The Spits”. And as a Mom I have to agree with them that that is the worst kind of sick. And so they spent the afternoon taking care of their little lions (remember that Simba and Nala from the Lion King are big at our house right now). I was in the room with them. I heard the little lions crying, the mommies scurrying about to take care of their sick charges. What I didn’t realize was WHAT A MESS my children can make while I am busy being productive! I only sat down at my machine for a minute (or hour or two). I guess that’s the price I pay!


An 8am phone call from my own sister this morning jolted me from my morning haze. I loves those calls. The unexpected ones that are meant to be “just a quick question” but turn into long conversations while you hurry to brush your children’s’ teeth and put their socks on for them. My sister is a writer. And I get the privilege of hearing her column before it goes to press. This morning’s conversation reminded me just how special “thisters” are. I have two of them…and they are my best friends. When we are visiting together, and the night is wearing on, we always end up singing a lisping rendition of Irving Berlin’s song. It is really kind of a strange tradition. But one I cherish…I can only hope that my own two girls will grow up to be best friends too!

Sisters, Sisters

Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters,
Never had to have a chaperone, no sir,
I’m there to keep my eye on her
Caring, sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome
She wore the dress, and I stayed home
All kinds of weather, we stick together
The same in the rain and sun
Two different faces, but in tight places
We think and we act as one
Those who’ve seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us
Many men have tried to split us up, but no one can
Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister
And lord help the sister, who comes between me and my man