Clean It … Quick

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 2.02.59 PM Looking in the sink, I was struck at a bit of a life lesson. Speed Police had graced our table with yet another rendition of her favorite meal. Noodles with butter and parmesan. That pasta is her Spindletop. The perfect meal. Thankfully, she also serves some type of fruit. I tend to make a grab for some greens. And, she has started adding chicken for those that would like a bit of protein in their dish. I keep thinking she will tire of the meal. No such luck. It doesn’t help that whenever a friend might be eating with us (we feed whoever’s at our house… if they want), the guest goes on and on about how great her meal tastes. In the midst of my mental grumbling, I have to remind myself that I got us into this little “let the kids do the work” experiment. Then I realize the truth behind it all… I’m sure they

Table Talk – Sink Space by Brenna Stull

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 2.05.02 PM Today’s Table Talk is by my friend Brenna Stull. She’s an author, speaker, mentor, teacher … and a mom in the thick of things just like us. (But from the looks of her kitchen sink (below), she might be a bit more on top of it than than some of us (although we all know that’s not saying much for me … Have I mentioned my Disorganization Recovery Program among all the others?!) All I can say is, get a cup of coffee and enjoy this wonderful guest blog that is right on par with the rest of us. Isn’t it nice to walk the road together?! Thanks Brenna. … and thanks for walking it with me. -Kay Sink Space I really hate to complain, since in the last few hours of me sitting to write this post the words “cool mom” came out of the mouths of both of my teenage boys (for the first time and at two different moments) in reference

Tuesday’s Tasty Tips by Jane Jarrell

Spice Kids   Today Jane has a real treat in store for us… okay lots of treats. All variations of one sugar cookie recipe. What could be easier … or more delicious. Just be warned – it involves butter and sugar. But many of the renditions include fruit. That’s enough for me! … And just in time to get us thinking about the holidays that are right around the corner.  How much fun to consider getting the kids baking – then graciously sharing their creation with neighbors, the mailman, grocery clerk… the list goes on. We just might make this a key part of our “Service Month” in December. Will keep you posted. Until then… Thanks, Jane! … and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Design Your Own—Cookies By Jane Jarrell My Mom, Dallas, resident, Sarah Cabaniss, was

Open Door

Screen shot 2012-01-03 at 10.03.21 PM I’ve noticed that my younger children have bought into our empowerment experiment a bit more voraciously than my older 2. They tend to meet our tasks fairly head on with out a lot of lip, sarcastic come-backs or the all too familiar tween/teen sigh-rolls (you know the ones … the pronounced, yet understated eye-roll punctuated with an audible air exhalation). I’m sure the younger ones will hone their skills in this area, but until that day, I’m going to do everything possible to solidify this work thing. I’ve also noticed that about the time hormones fire up, around 6th-7th grade, the open door communication policy (where questions and conversation are welcomed and returned) has been locked. Somewhere along the line, the kids rifled through my parenting purse and stole my keys. Or maybe they took
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