Five summer #momfails

Five summer #momfails
Well, the longest summer ever is drawing to a close (three days to go)! Here's a recap of five summer #momfails, and what I can improve on next summer...

An 8 year old writes his first blog post

An 8 year old writes his first blog post
Hi! My name is Logan. I am eight years old. I am writing about what my mom and dad have taught me over the years. Most of my learning has been at home. The reason I think this is important is because I can be a better person. (Also, I did NOT want to write this, but my mom forced me to write it.)...

Bunnies, buds, and bugs: 13 books for spring/summer

Bunnies, buds, and bugs: 13 books for spring/summer
Here are 13 great books that cover the topics of spring/early summer, flowers/gardening, (life cycles of) insects, and (farm) animals. The list is appropriate for ages 1-8, and also includes a few classics. Happy reading!
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My game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever.

My game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever.
This year, our summer is 3+ months long: end of May until early September. Part of me loves that; part of me is mama deer in headlights. Here is my game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever. ...

My husband got a vasectomy, and I was not expecting what happened next

My husband got a vasectomy, and I was not expecting what happened next
First of all, my husband is fine. This is not a story of balls gone wrong, so sorry to disappoint. Nor is this a surprise-we're-having-a-fourth-baby announcement. What we were not expecting was our seven year old's reaction... 7 year old: But WHY did you have surgery, Daddy? Daddy: Well, there's a procedure that a doctor can do that makes it so you can't have any more babies. Our oldest son's eyes went wide. He stared up at my husband, and then found his way down to me, playing on the floor with the baby. 7 year old: ...no more babies...? He burst into tears and crumpled to the floor. My husband and I looked at each other, shocked. Neither of us had told the kids the specifics, and neither of us had expected this. Me: Oh, buddy... I pulled him toward me, and he let himself be wrapped in my arms. He nuzzled his face into my shoulder and I could feel the trickle of tears and hear his little sniffles. We sat there on the kitchen floor, and I held my seven year old in the same way that I've been holding my almost-one year old. It is a strange stage of parenting in which we find ourselves......

Where can I let go in 2019?

Where can I let go in 2019?
"Where can I let go in 2019?" That's a question I've asked myself lately, as I'm feeling tension between my boys and within me. Basically, I often want things to be different than they are. You could also call it not accepting my reality or having way too high of expectations. So, here's my plan for 2019...
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Three ways to de-stress this holiday season

Three ways to de-stress this holiday season
As a recovering say-yes-to-everything, do-all-the-traditions kind of person, these exercises have helped me prioritize during the holidays. I am very grateful for my friend, Melissa, who introduced them to me. Here are three ways to de-stress this holiday season:...

Nine twists on fall traditions

Nine twists on fall traditions
  1. Collect leaves --> Go on a fall scavenger hunt: Take leaf collecting a step further and print out (or create) your own fall scavenger hunt. Kids can arrange their treasures on a large sheet of paper for parents to adhere with a hot glue gun. Pro tip: do this after the cherubs are in bed so you don't burn yourself. #beentheredonethat
2. Pick apples/pumpkins --> Do some apple/pumpkin baking: We all visit the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, and I bet we all bake something with our fall fruit loot. My kids LOVE using the "apple snake" (apple peeler, corer, slicer) that you can buy for $13. And since I don't need loaves of pumpkin bread tempting me, we bake using this pan ($13) and then give individual mini loaves to family and friends. 3. Chug apple cider --> Sip a fall steamer: Don't get me wrong. I appreciate a good mug of apple cider, but it's so much sugar, and my kids and I slurp it down so quickly. Buy a few bottles of Torani syrups with flavors such as Pumpkin Pie and Butterscotch. Steam some milk and add a tablespoon or two for a fall steamer. Add coffee for an autumn latte. 4. Go out for the game --> Create a DIY sports bar: It's fun to take the family out to a restaurant for the Bears game. Wait...what am I saying? No it's not! Avoid the meltdowns and overpriced appetizers by purchasing some frozen snacks at Costco. Throw them in the oven, set up a plastic table cloth near the couch (or ON it, if your kids are like mine), turn on the t.v., and open a beer that you didn't just pay $7 for...

Six ways that ice cream saved our summer

Six ways that ice cream saved our summer
We had our third baby boy in February, but I was determined NOT to be home bound this June, July, and August. In late May, we kicked off our Gosser Family Ice Cream Adventure. Here are six ways that ice cream saved our summer:  ...
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10 mistakes we've made in our marriage

10 mistakes we've made in our marriage
I could have titled this "10 things we've learned in our marriage," but that doesn't have the same ring to it. (See what I did there?) A friend recently reminded us that there is no failure; only feedback. Over the past decade, this Republican/Democrat, introvert/extrovert, sports lover/theater nerd couple has gathered a lot of feedback on what works. And perhaps, more importantly, what doesn't. Here are 10 mistakes we've made in our marriage:...