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Hello!  Welcome to the Home Week of February’s You’re the Star Blog Hop.  We’re sick again, here on the farm.  Bear just turned 9, and the family birthday curse has reared its ugly head again.  Three down so far, that leaves two more kids to go…it remains to be seen if the adults will go down as well!  That being said, I can trace this one down to a single person.  Please, if you or your child is sick, please STAY HOME!  That mild little cold to you may cause a baby somewhere to spike a 104+ degree fever, instigating panic in his or her parents.  Now that my little diatribe is out of the way, Happy Monday!


 

 

 

 

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WELCOME to the February You’re the Star” Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the February You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts

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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts’ Blogs:

Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn

Heidi @ Heidi’s Wanderings

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME – recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home – even history posts – all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the January “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Air Cleaning Plants For Your Home by Comfort Spring


How to Make Storage Bins from Cardboard Boxes

Five Can Dump Soup weight watcher

 

I've been monthly meal planning for the better part of four years and have no plans to stop. Find out how why it's been a total game-changer for our family's time and sanity. #cooking #mealplanning #organization

 


 







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We’ve had a fun, not quite as busy as usual week here.  It was so nice to have a little time to breathe!  As I write this, my husband and kids are outside starting our tomatoes for the year.  I can’t believe it’s already time to start the spring planting!  This year is going by so fast…Baby is going to be 1 in just over a month.  Time flies…

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Welcome to the second week of the February blog hop called “You’re the Star!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:


In honor of the on-going flu epidemic, here’s a post from the Family Farm School archives:

Mommy Survival Mode

Right from the first alarming “beep” of the thermometer, my mindset has to change.  All of my current plans and items on my to-do list have to go on the back burner.  I have entered “Mommy Survival Mode”.  It’s a defensive place in my mind, I think, fueled mostly by adrenaline and Dr. Pepper.  I will lose my mind if I start thinking about all the things that aren’t getting done or the sleep I’m not allowed to have.  At the end of the week, the house will be a bigger wreck than it already was, I’ll be 2 weeks behind on laundry, and my face will not have felt the outside air in seven whole days.  I don’t sleep more than 2 hours at a time for the entirety of the ordeal.  But, it’s all worth it to make sure my fever-ridden children are as comfortable and safe as possible.

Fever is actually a good thing.  It’s one of  the ways our bodies fight off infections.  But, we all know that too much of a good thing can be dangerous!  And so it is with fevers.  It’s good to let our bodies turn up the heat just a little to make us inhospitable for those germs…but, as a mother, I have to make sure my kids’ immune systems don’t get carried away when they turn up the sauna.

One of our little ones is rather infamous for her ability to spike a 104 degree fever within a period of about 5 minutes.  It’s an impressive, terrifying thing to witness…especially when she’s already had as much acetaminophen and ibuprofen as she’s allowed for the next 2 hours.  We have had to resort to cold baths upon more than one occasion to cool her off.  She is the reason I cannot sleep when the children are sick.  It’s my job to check on them every couple hours to make sure no one’s immune system is cooking them.

So, what are the tools I can’t live without during my stay in Mommy Survival Mode? 

Good Drink

Find something your kids will drink.  This is so important.  When you’re running a fever, your body loses a lot of water and electrolytes…even more if there’s also a stomach bug in the mix.  Little bodies need to stay hydrated.  Plus, good hydration helps to keep a fever under control.  Buying enough Gatorade or Powerade, or especially Pedialyte to keep 5 kids hydrated while ill is rather cost prohibitive for our family.  So, we make up a little electrolyte drink ourselves with Kool-aid (made with only 3/4 the recommended sugar), water, and 1 teaspoon of salt per quart.  Now, if you want to avoid all the artificial dyes, there are a plethora of homemade sports drinks options you can find on a simple search.  Find one your kids like.  They’re all pretty easy to make, and so much cheaper than the commercially available alternatives!

Different colored string

All of our cups look the same.  Most of the time, that’s no big deal.  But, when something starts going around, cups start leaving the kitchen and going on to various end tables in the living room.  Pretty soon, I have no idea which cup belongs to which kid.  Since we have a bug going around, you can see why I might be rather concerned with making sure the right cup stays with the right person!  I could put a piece of tape and a name on each cup, but then there’s condensation, and the tape falls off.  I have several different colors of string that I use to make products available in my Etsy shop.  I assign a color to each child, then cut a section of string and tie it to the handle of each child’s cup.  Now, I know which cup goes with which kid.  It saves me from having to add extra dishes to my list of Mommy-I-needs.

Books and Movies

I spend a lot of time sitting on the couch reading stories when the kids are sick.  It’s always nice to have a few new ones available from the library.  But, of course, I’m bound to read the family favorites several times a day, too.  This can also be a great time to introduce your children to some truly great classics, like Peter PanAlice in Wonderland, or Treasure Island.  Of course, eventually, my voice is going to give out.  That’s a great time to have some favorite movies on hand.

Special Meals

When your kids have fevers, sometimes they just don’t want to eat very badly…even if you’re not dealing with a stomach bug.  Find some special things that are easy on the stomach to offer your kids.  Applesauce and bananas are great options.  Bananas are high in potassium, which can be lost due to dehydration during a fever.  Also, pancakes and biscuits are usually big hits in our house.  Last night, it was popcorn and spaghetti (with no sauce).  It was quite a bland dinner for my husband and I, but the kids ate something…and that was a win.  Nutritionally speaking, keep in mind that bending the usual rules when the kids are sick is ok.  A few days of carb loading isn’t going to do any lasting damage.  They need a few extra carbs to give them energy to fight the illness, anyway!  

An Extra Dose of Cuddles

This morning, I just sat on the couch and hugged my little Rhino for nearly an hour.  He was burning up, and I was sweating under all that extra heat, but it didn’t matter.  He needed me.  Most of the time, he’s a little bundle of energy, and has a hard time sitting still for longer than 30 seconds at a time.  But, when he’s sick, he still wants to just sit in my lap and cuddle with me.  For a little while at least, Mommy can still make everything better.  

Fever Reducers

Where would a list of Mom’s sick day arsenal be without a mention of fever reducers?  Good ole acetaminophen and ibuprofen can still work wonders for a sick child.  Sometimes, I have a little giggle at the transformation that occurs in a sick child half an hour after a dose of medicine.  This morning, Rhino got up, ready for his next dose of medicine.  I took his temperature, and it was an alarming 103.3, and he still had to wait another 30 minutes until he could have his next dose (remember, I had been up throughout the night, giving medicine or cool compresses as needed).  We made it through that half hour (and a little more), cuddling on the couch, with a wet washcloth on his head from time to time.  I gave him the next dose of medicine.  I settled him as comfortably as I could, and went to take a shower.  My husband hadn’t yet left for work…it was my last chance!  I finished, and said goodbye to my husband for the day.  Pretty soon, Baby woke up and needed to eat.  By the time I got done feeding her, and came out of my room, Rhino had on a backpack and was playing some sort of game.  When I came out, he proudly announced, “Mommy, I not sick anymore!” and gave me a huge grin.  I knew it was only temporary, and before lunch, sure enough, he was once again languishing on the couch.  But, these few moments give me hope.  Hope that this won’t last forever. 


By next week, my kids will back to their usual antics, and this will all be merely an unpleasant memory.  We’ll be trying to get back to normal, and playing catch-up on all the things we didn’t get done this week.  We will have survived another ordeal. 

Mommy Survival Mode, deactivated.


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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the February You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 

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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team’s blogs:

Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic


Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE – arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc – anything creative while remaining family friendly)
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(These features were chosen from the January “You’re the Star” blog hop)

How To Make Edible Yogurt Play Doh by Magical Mama
magical mama blog how to make edible yogurt play doh dough silly putty toddler baby activity

Easy Valentine’s Pom Pom Wreath by Crafting a Family
Easy Valentine's Pom Pom Wreath
How to Make a Custom Puzzle by Just Measuring Up
Make a custom puzzle with a message
45 Free Valentine Printables by Let It Shine

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone out there is doing well, and avoiding this “lovely” little flu epidemic.  It has been running rampant around here.  So far, so good, here on the farm (knock on wood!), but I feel like I should be bathing everyone in sanitizer every time we leave the house!  So, pull up a chair, and have a nice read…away from all those flu bugs!


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WELCOME to the February 2018 You’re the Star” Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the February 2018 You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 

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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:

Angie @ God’s Growing Garden

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN – gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the January 2018 “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Bay-Friendly Garden by Adventures in Weseland

Garden Goals for 2018 by Gwin Gal’s Inside & Out Adventures



  There’s No Place Like Home Sign by MY DIY OL

Kids Cooking Crispy Kale Chips by From Play Dates to Parties


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Welcome to this week’s You’re the Star Blog Hop.  We’ve had a trying week here.  We spent most of it frozen, which we Texans just aren’t used to.  Then, at the end of the week, one of our cars died.  It’s in the shop…waiting for parts.  When we break ’em, we break ’em good!  So, it’s time to pull up a chair, and a cup of hot chocolate, and read some fantastic posts from around the web!


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WELCOME to the January You’re the Star” Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:


Growing up in the Dallas area as a kid, we always had at least one or two ice storms each year.  Usually, they came on the weekends, but occasionally, we got a free pass out of school for the day.  While schools shut down, business generally carried on as normal.  The entire city was not brought to it’s knees for a light sheeting of ice on the roads.  Usually, everything just started a couple hours behind schedule.

Fast forward a few years, and move a few hours south, and we have a completely different situation on our hands.  These ice storms might happen once every two or three years.  When they do, the whole world shuts down.  

So, in honor of today’s world stoppage brought to our little corner of Texas, I thought I’d illuminate (for the rest of the world) why we Texans have such a hard time with ice and snow.

1. We just don’t see it very often.

For many of us here in central Texas, it has been years since we have seen that magical white stuff fall from the sky.  It brings back memories of childhood hope and wonder…and deprivation.  No child who grew up in Texas (panhandle region excluded, of course) ever got to play in the snow 2 years in a row (unless their family went skiing for Christmas every year).  When someone walks into a crowded room and says, it’s snowing outside, you can bet that everyone (no matter their age) is going to excitedly jump up and run outside to see…invariably running over at least 3 other people and leaving their jackets behind.  Should you happen to drive by at that very moment, you will see a bunch of grown people standing outside in shorts and flip flops (because they didn’t watch the weather report this morning…it was 70 degrees at 8 am) shivering and staring up at the sky in wide-eyed wonder.

Often, the mere suggestion of freezing weather is enough to make adults in Texas do rather silly things.  I once had a roommate (from South Texas) who, upon confirmation that the air temperature was below freezing, would climb the tree in the front yard with the sprinkler to “make snow”.  Of course, he knew better, but he just couldn’t help himself…he had to try!

2. We don’t know how to deal with it.

In this part of Texas (west Texas and the panhandle are excluded from today’s tirade), snow days and ice events are really rare.  So, we just don’t know how to deal with them.  We’re pretty sure that we have an ice scraper for our windshield somewhere, but we haven’t seen it since the last time we had to buy a new one 3 years ago (when we couldn’t find the previous new one we’d bought 3 years before that).  

So, we’re left with with a couple options:

  1. Pour water over the windshield to thaw the ice.  Whatever you may have been told, this is a terrible idea.  Don’t do it!  If you get the water too warm, it can break the glass.  Too cold, and it just makes the problem worse.
  2. Run the defroster in the car until you either:
    • Run out of gas and can’t go where you needed to anyway.
    • The ice gets thin enough to scrape it off with a credit card (be sure to call the bank tomorrow morning to get a replacement card for the one you bent trying to scrape before the ice was thin enough).

That’s all before we actually get in the car!  I won’t even discuss what happens once we get behind the wheel!  We Texans can be a pretty independent lot, but ice just isn’t our thing.  We’ll still get the job done, though, no matter how many cars we have to smash in the process!

3. Our community leaders are paranoid.

School administrators and business leaders would rather cancel everything ahead of an ice storm than watch the rest of us play “smash-em-up” on the highway.  I have to admit, however, that I’m still amazed that they feel the need to cancel life more than 48 hours before an anticipated storm.  The weatherman hasn’t even decided yet if it’s actually going to happen.  But, you can bet that the school closure reports will already be rolling in!  Perhaps they’re worried that if it snows and they haven’t given enough notice that someone will round up a posse and make them personally dump sand on all the bridges.

There have been occasions where all the school systems in the area have cancelled classes two days ahead of time, only to have no significant weather actually materialize.  There’s another little lesson about Texas…being a weatherman here is a dangerous line of work.  People expect you to predict the future, and do nutty things based on your suggestions.  There are so many different parameters at work in the atmosphere here that predicting the weather more than about 4 hours ahead of time is really a fool’s errand.  But, we do like our 7 day outlooks!  Just don’t bet the family farm on them!


So, to the rest of the world, trying to do business with Texans during an ice storm, try to have a little patience with us…the end of the world is nigh!

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the January You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts

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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts’ Blogs:

Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn

Heidi @ Heidi’s Wanderings

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME – recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home – even history posts – all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the December “You’re the Star” blog hop)

An Old Frame Upcycled Into a Jewelry Hanger by Grandma’s House DIY
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Adding Wood Planks To Our Dining Room by Repurpose & Upcycle
Adding Wood Planks to our dining room column and side wall

Pink Pine Cones by Penny’s Vintage Home

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies by This Autoimmune Life
Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies







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Welcome!  It’s been cold here (for a Texan, anyway), and it’s supposed to be colder tomorrow.  They even say we may have some ice accumulation on the roads.  Which, of course, means that everything will be closed down by the time you are reading this!  Ha!  We sure don’t know how to deal with cold, wintry weather.  We’re trying our best to keep everything from freezing on our little farm.  The chickens are cold, the hogs are cold, the children are cold…and one of our cows is starting to think it looks like good calving weather (I don’t know why they pick the worst weather of the year to have their calves, but at least one does this every year!).  We’re all cold, but our home is warm.  Pull up a chair and a blanket, stay a while!!


 

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Welcome to week#3 of the January “You’re the Star” Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
January “You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 

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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team’s blogs:

Miranda @ The Myrabev Life

Linda @ Country Loving Mom

Elizabeth @ Family Farm School

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY – parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc –  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the December “You’re the STAR” blog hop)

 

76 Fun Winter Activities for your Family by Magical Mama

15 Fun Ideas For Charlotte’s Web by Not In Jersey

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Making An Easy Advent Calendar with Felt by Just Measuring Up


How to Make an Advent Calendar out of Felt

 


Andes Mint Christmas Bark by Marilyns Treats
Mint Christmas Bark. The definition of cozy. Hot cocoa, pj's, a crackling fire, a good movie and this! #andes #mint #bark

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Brr!  What a cold week!  We certainly aren’t used to temperatures that stay below freezing for so long here.  My kids have been a little stir crazy, too.  I hope you’ve been staying warm.  Snuggle up and find yourself a good read!

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Welcome to the second week of the January blog hop called “You’re the Star!

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the January You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 

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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team’s blogs:

Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic


Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE – arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc – anything creative while remaining family friendly)


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(These features were chosen from the December “You’re the Star” blog hop)

2018 Printable Calendar by Keeping It Real
2018 Calendar - free printable
Free Printable Gift Tags by This Autoimmune Life

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags
Snowy Windows & Mirrors by Chas’ Crazy Creations

Snowy Windows and Mirrors (and more) 

My Favorite Pillow Covers & De Stash Challenge by Stone Cottage Adventures

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Welcome to an Extra Feature week of the You’re the Star Blog Hop!  I’m a little late posting because I was just so busy with all of the Christmas activities here on the farm.  My parents came to visit, and we had a great Christmas Day!  My husband has taken the entire week off of work, and won’t go back until next Tuesday.  So, that means I have him around to help out with lots of extra projects, and he still has time to finish up the second bookcase for the living room.  We’re really looking forward to having that in and loaded up.  It’s going to make a huge difference!  On to the party!


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WELCOME to the December You’re the Star” Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:


I don’t have much to share this week, but here it is…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

From the Family Farm


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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the December You’re the STAR” blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month – these 5th special Mondays are called “EXTRA feature” days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day – we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN – gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE – arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc – anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY – parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc –  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME – recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home – even history posts – all while remaining family friendly)



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(All features were chosen from the November “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie by Mrs. Kringle’s Kitchen
 

How We Save Over $10,000 a Year! by Grandma’s House DIY
How we save over $10,000 per year on insurance, electric bill, cigarettes, smoking, cheap, save money, frugal tips, car maintenance, household products

When God Says “Yes” by Living Our Days

DIY Hazel’s Turned Leg Coffee Table by
H & G Designs
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Well, the countdown to Christmas has begun here.  I have 4 kids who are about to burst with excitement, and one baby who is still wondering why Daddy just dragged a tree inside!  So, in keeping with the holiday exuberance…on with the party!

 

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WELCOME to the December You’re the Star” Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:


My big girl,

Time passes so quickly. It was only yesterday that we were bringing you home from the hospital. But, now, here we are, 7 years later. You were the first baby we brought home to this house. We still lived in town when your older sister was born. I know you often get frustrated because Bear gets “all” the new things first. But you have that distinction…the first baby in this house.

You have grown up so much this past year! Last year, you were still barely reading. You could do it…when you wanted to. But, most of the time you didn’t want to. This morning, as you read to me from your school reading comprehension book, my eyes teared up a little. You’re reading fluently now, and hardly need me at all.

You’ve learned to add and subtract, multiply and divide this year as well. You fight with math quite a bit, too. But secretly, you know you’re really good at it. You’ve picked up near-instant recall of most of your addition facts without any prompting from me. You did it by yourself.

But enough with the academics.  You are so much more than phonics and multiplication tables!  Your energy and enthusiasm for life are infectious.  I have to laugh sometimes as I watch you play with other kids.  You can march right into a crowd of kids and take charge, handing out parts in your imaginary games like a casting director.  Those kids never knew what hit them!  Most of the time, they even think it was their idea.

But, when things don’t go your way, you do have a bit of dramatic flair.  How many times have I heard, “Momma!  Monkey won’t be a fairy.  I’m NEVER going to be able to play my game!”

You should see the annoyance painted on your face at my typical sing-song response, “Never ever ever in a hundred million years!”  You know then that I won’t play the drama game today.  Most of the time, you walk off in a huff…and then promptly figure out how to play nice with your brother.  

You always want us to tell you stories.  You can hardly get enough, and it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve already heard it, either.  You like to ask for stories about Trinity, my old dog who now lives only in our memories.  You want to know about Trinity getting run over by the horse, or Trinity and the squirrel, or maybe the story of how I got Trinity.

But you don’t just like animal stories.  Some of your other favorites are the one where G-Pop dropped a brick on his brother’s head (for those concerned, everyone was ok!), and the story of Granddad getting his tongue stuck to a railroad track.  Of course, we won’t leave out the story of you or one of your siblings “getting born”.  You’ve heard all of those at least a hundred times. 

You’ll hear them a hundred more, if you can get us to keep telling them.

You seem to need that connection to the past.  You’ve told me that you’re afraid you’ll forget Trinity and Granddad…that’s why you want to hear the stories so much.  So, I’ll keep telling, as long as you’ll listen.  Even when you correct me when I don’t tell it right!

Most of the time, if I want to find you, I can go look in your room, amidst the costume wreckage that you’ve thrown about your room, looking for the perfect outfit to be a princess, or a fairy, or a mermaid.  You are so full of imagination.  You make me smile when you come prancing by wearing your “heel shoes” and a glittery dress, dripping in “jewels”.  I know the magic will someday fade.  But today, you’re the queen, with a brand new baby-doll princess.  I’m glad that you’re still little, time is growing short.

I love you, my sweet little princess.  Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Laura

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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the December You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts

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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts’ Blogs:

Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn

Heidi @ Heidi’s Wanderings

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME – recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home – even history posts – all while remaining family friendly)


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(All features were chosen from the November “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Victorian Romance in the Dining Room by Debbie-Dabble Blog

DIY Faux Shiplap Walls by Junque Cottage
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Deer Art For the Holidays by Comfort Spring

Sweet Potato Crisp Casserole by The Blended Blog






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Happy Monday everyone!  I know things have been a bit slow around the blog here lately, I appreciate your patience!  Baby has been keeping me a little tied down with her newest milestones.  We are in full-on, “I can’t let Mommy out of sight for an instant!” phase.  It’s exhausting, but I suppose it’s nice to be needed!

On to the party!


 

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Welcome to week#3 of the December “You’re the Star” Blog Hop!

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WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
December “You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your FAMILY week Host & Cohost 

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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team’s blogs:

Miranda @ The Myrabev Life

Linda @ Country Loving Mom

Elizabeth @ Family Farm School

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#3 FAMILY – parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc –  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the November “You’re the STAR” blog hop)

 

10 Ways to Improve Your Christmas Right Now by Mrs. Kringle’s Kitchen

 

Finding My Center (in Two Ways) by Life In Spandex

20 Minute Home Core Workout

8 Organization Mistakes That You Are Making & How To Fix Them by Just Measuring Up


How to Organize Your Home for Good


4 Top Saving Tips You Need To Know For Christmas by Intentional Home Life
Getting Christmas done on a budget can seem impossible! I've got four frugal money-saving tips to help you stay in the black without being a Scrooge!

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It’s been another busy week here on the farm.  Baby was sick this week, so I didn’t do much except sit and try to make my poor fussy one feel a little better!  ‘Tis the season for germ swaps!  Thankfully, she’s feeling better now.  On to the party:

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Welcome to the second week of the December blog hop called “You’re the Star!

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WELCOME to CREATIVE feature week of the December You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your CREATIVE week Hosts 

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This week is CREATIVE feature week
Swing by the Creative hosting Team’s blogs:

Colleen @ Butterfly in the Attic


Darlene @ Let It Shine

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#2 CREATIVE – arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, yarn work, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, painting, computer art, fashion etc – anything creative while remaining family friendly)


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(These features were chosen from the November “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Camila Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern by Lilia Craft Party

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments by Magical Mama
magical mama blog christmas tree cinnamon applesauce ornaments

Decorating Pumpkins With Non-traditional Colors by Purple Hues and Me

Fall Herbal Centerpiece by Gwin Gal’s Inside and Out Adventures



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Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn’t be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post – rest assured – we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES – other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )

 

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