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31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to the last post!

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Well, I did it.

I skipped a day.

Thankfully, it was a conscious choice, and I am proud of the decision. How many times do I let myself say that? {Hint: it starts with an “n”, and ends with “ever”} I was just enjoying my boys yesterday, and I decided that I wasn’t really willing to take time away to post. You probably needed a break, too, so…you’re welcome, really.

Yesterday my mother-in-law and I took the boys to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and my kids were in Heaven!

My picture on Instagram was of both boys painting. I talked about how great it was to see Noah just being a kid – a normal six-year-old. He never just takes time to be six. He’s always trying to be an adult, and so many times he gets pretty darn close.

As a matter of fact, since most schools are back in session, he really was one of the older kids there.

It was Stroller City up in there. Holy. Moly.

31 Days {Day 11} – I Surrender All

31 Days {Day 11} – I Surrender All

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I don’t know what’s up with me today, but I’m just a little bit in a funk. I have had a great day. I went to church and then a movie with my family, and a birthday party with friends.

Usually those are all things that would bring me up to a really great place. I would be ready to start my week with a cheerful and refreshed heart.

Instead, I’m feeling bogged down, lethargic, and irritable.

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

31 Days {Day 10} – Dating my Husband

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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Last night I got to go out on a date with my favorite person – Ty! It was so great to just have some time together. It was simple. We went to dinner at a great Mexican place (our favorite), and then we went to see a movie.

This is one of the most important things that Ty and I do in our marriage.

31 Days {Day 9} – Friday Five Faves

31 Days {Day 9} – Friday Five Faves

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I haven’t done a favorites post in a really long time!

But today, I am here to talk about all of my favorite shows that have started again this season! I am excited to start curling up with a snuggly blanket and a project, and diving back into my shows for this new season!

I have to admit – I have an obsession with a good story. I have to be very careful what new shows I start to watch because I get wrapped up in the story almost immediately and I want to know how it all plays out. Then I feel stressed by my DVR. I have to be very picky.

Because of my love of stories, I have a lot of shows that I really like. Although I really like the Amazing Race, I don’t really like reality TV. I’m also really selective about the comedy shows I watch, because I don’t like gimmicky humor, and I don’t like when the dad or husband is portrayed as an idiot, so that takes a lot of shows out of the running.

But I’ve noticed that crime/law dramas are totally my favorite. Police, CIA or other government agency, politics, law firms…so much good drama!! Also, I am realizing that most of my shows are on CBS. It turns out that CBS is consistently in the top spot for most viewers in the week for primetime broadcasts. They just get it right.

So without further ado, my favorite dramas returning to television this fall!!

31 Days {Day 8} – I’m Off the Hook

31 Days {Day 8} – I’m Off the Hook

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I have yet another confession to make, you guys.

I’m not the best at “playing.” Never have been. Like not ever – even as a kid. Telling me to use my imagination is like asking me to befriend a centaur.

Create rules to a game? Sign me up. I like order!

Follow the rules to a board game? Sure, sounds like a splendidly organized time!

Imagine a pretend family and their life? A car chase with bad guys? Throw in some dialogue? Stop punking me.

I don’t know what that means.

Sometimes this makes me seem like a really lame mom. There was a time that I would feel like the fragile, sweet little petunias I call my children would be so scarred by this obvious flaw in me.

But then I realized that my kids were doing it all on their own – as long as I didn’t hamper their imagination, they were creating whole alternate universes without my help! I mean, remember when Noah created a whole career, office building, and life for himself? He was doing just fine without me.

Now, when they ask me to play some imagination game, I say, “Hey, I grew two of you! Play with each other!!” Duh.

31 Days {Day 7} – Homeschool Room Reveal

31 Days {Day 7} – Homeschool Room Reveal

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Happy Wednesday!

I’ve been trying to post this all day! Technology is just not my friend, you guys….

Now that I’ve cried a little, yelled a little, and begged my computer to be kind, it’s time to finally reveal my homeschool room!

I haven’t really gone into why we homeschool so much, but have no fear – we have another 24 days!

Today, we’re just talking logistics.

First of all, this room used to be our playroom. We had a full-sized basketball hoop up there, and not much else. The boys really needed room to run around and play basketball. Plus, we don’t do toys, really.

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It was time for the hoop to go outside – as the boys got bigger, their jumping caused more and more of a raucous. Not to mention… it knocked a few light bulbs and light fixtures out of the fan in the dining room directly below the loft.

31 Days {Day 6} – My Struggle

31 Days {Day 6} – My Struggle

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Well, it’s day 6, and honestly, I’m already struggling.

I have a lot of things to say, and I have plenty of topics planned. And yet, I’m paralyzed.

I keep thinking to myself, “What if what you have to say doesn’t matter? Who’s reading all of these words, anyway? It’s not that big of a deal, maybe you should just quit. No shame in quitting – it’s a really hard challenge.”

It’s not about the numbers – how many people read. My biggest fear when I started this blog was that I would start to become irrelevant or to say things that no one cared about.

31 Days {Day 5} – The Van

31 Days {Day 5} – The Van

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Today is going to be a lot lighter than the last few days!

It’s fall break for us, and I mentioned that I don’t want to just make it a time of doing all of my chores. So I’m trying not to make it all about projects and to-do lists.

However, there is a quick little problem that just can’t wait – my van.

While it’s still a million degrees in Arizona, I refuse to vacuum out my car. I’ve been just resigned to the fact that my car will be unvacuumed for the summer. We had a minor rice spill recently, and just…whatever.

But when no one can walk around the car without stepping or sitting on a bunch of junk, it’s time to sweat it out for a few minutes to pull it back together.