A Perfect Mother’s Day may look like this picture.  Everyone smiling and happy and love all around.  Just wanted to share what a ONE MINUTE photo session really looks like.  It is amazing what goes on in a span of 60 seconds.  I actually get a big kick out of the “real” pictures to get the “perfect” picture.  So here are the rest of the pictures –














I am lucky and blessed to have these monkeys!  Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there!!!





My mom took us ziplining for Easter at Big Bear.  Yes, this is the same mom who took me skydiving during Christmas Break.  She is definitely not a pansy!  I actually think she is now considered an adrenaline junkie.


We went to Action Zipline Tours and they were fantastic.  We could not have asked for a better group of people to hook us up and let us zip around.  My mom, sister, 2 nieces, 2 daughters, and myself got to go for 3 hours and we all wanted to keep going when it was over.


Here is our crew right before the first zipline.  Not too sure that helmet would have saved us- I think it was for show.


This picture just sums it up – I am a spaz.zipline 4

Beautiful scenery!!!  zipline 7

My little dare-devil.  She now wants to work at Action Lines when she gets older.  I still can’t believe this used to be my super shy kid.zipline

Here is the Adrenaline Junky!


This picture is a perfect example of how it does not matter your age – your sister will always try to get you.  My dear sister had the zipline guy jump crazy on that very “stable” bridge as I was walking across.  SCARY!!!


We are high up!


My sister could totally work at this place too!

Here comes my sassy niece!

Just Hanging!


This last picture cracks me up.  This is our group sitting on the side of the road 1/2 way down Big Bear Mountain.  Apparently, when driving downhill, you need to coast more so you don’t ride your brakes.  As I was driving down, we started smelling something hot.  I stopped my 2001 mini-van (jealous?) and saw smoke coming out of the 2 front tires.  So of course we put some water in the coolant because that seemed to be the practical thing to do and waited a little bit.  We took off and in about 10 minutes, we could smell a super strong smoking, burning, we are all gonna die, hot smell.  We pulled over and smoke was pumping out of the tires.  Long story short, really nice man stopped, told me about switching gears and not to hit brakes, we let van cool for almost 1 hour and made it down alive!  Thank you Larry!!!  AND it cracks me up that I completely caused this problem.  Lesson learned!

A great day of ziplining, family, and automotive repairs!  Thanks Mom!!!!

Valentine’s Day Fun

Valentine’s Day is so much fun when you have younger kids. Here are a couple of fun ones:

Healthy Valentine!
Healthy Valentine!
Who doesn''t like Pop Rocks?!
Who doesn’t like Pop Rocks?!
GREAT boxes to store your valentines.
GREAT boxes to store your valentines.

valentines findmebook 3On the bottom the card it says – Happy Valentine’s Day for “crayon” out loud!


And of course – make a special personalized Find Me Book for your valentine!!!  All ages LOVE this book!

Martin Luther King Jr. aka Dad

gty_martin_luther_king_family_1957_coretta_ss_thg-130114_ssh“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr. had 4 small children.  So many stories have been written about all the great things in his lifetime that he did but when he got home, 4 little kids just called him Dad.  He had such a passion for righting a HUGE wrong in the world.  I like to see some of the pictures of Martin Luther King Jr with his kids.  Just enjoying them and being their dad.



This one cracks me up because we have all been  there during a photo session!
This one cracks me up because we have all been there during a photo session!

I know I have said this before and I will say it again –

It is impossible to explain to my kids when they ask about Martin Luther King Jr. –   I feel extremely embarrassed.  I absolutely HATE telling them that not so long ago, black children could not even attend the same schools OR drink from the same water fountain OR sit in the front of the bus OR …….  ABSOLUTELY embarrassing to try to explain this to my kids.  They are completely baffled on how  people could have even thought that AND acted on those crazy beliefs just because of a different color skin.   So CRAZY and ignorant.

hen I was teaching, we would be talking about Martin Luther King Jr. and it was the same uncomfortable conversation of trying to explain such bigotry and hatred.  A good activity we did to show how completely ridiculous people are when they are racist was the “Arm Test.”  I would have all the kids put their hands in a circle on the table.  Then I would say the whitest arm is the smartest and best and then we would keep going until the darkest arm was last.  The kids really could see how absolutely ridiculous such thinking was AND is today.

Another good activity is to give each of your students a lemon or apple.  Let them describe it.   Some will describe the size, color, and/or any dents or bruises.  Put all the lemons or apples back in a pile.  Each student will be able to identify their own lemon very easily.  Now have them peel it and put them back in the pile.  All the same.

Then we start talking about what a great and incredibly brave man Martin Luther King Jr. was and they start to see how extremely important this man was to the whole world.  He was not afraid to stand up for something that was so horribly wrong, unfair, and unjust.  Such a HERO.

Thank you Martin Luther King Jr.!

Street signs mark the corner of Rosa Parks Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Detroit

Happy Birthday Zayn!

Image“Who is Zahn?” was the first thing I asked my 11-year-old when she asked if she could have a birthday party for Zayn Malik.  THAT question got me a look of “How don’t you know that mom” and I swear she was also rolling her eyes at the same time.

My daughter made some good reasons to why she NEEDED to have a party (a lawyer in the making) and I said yes.  I am so glad I did because it was a BLAST!  She invited 13 girls and they were all about his birthday too.  They decorated, blared One Direction music all night, played games, and even had a cake with candles and sang Happy Birthday (for the complete stranger that sings in a band).


Here are some other ideas we came up with for a One Direction Party-

*One Direction Memory – Just print up double of pictures of the boys and glue onto index cards.

*One Direction Pin the Tail on the Donkey – Get your favorite poster .. Pick somewhere on the poster where everyone must pin a specially cut out heart. Use Blu-tack to stick the heart on. The nearest to the spot wins the poster

*One Direction Identifier – Tape some audio of the guys.. Cover someone’s eyes and they have to guess which One Direction member is speaking or even singing. If they guess right.. they get another guess.. The person who answers the most questions correct wins a prize.

*One Direction Jigsaw Puzzles

*One Direction Musical Chairs – or I like to call it “Musical Rags.”  We never have enough chairs so we always use washcloths.

*One Direction 5 Corners – Put a One Direction band member’s name on each corner (or spot) in the house.  Let the girls pick a spot and then someone draws a name.  If they are in the drawn name’s spot – they are out.  Game keeps going until one girl is left.

*One Direction Dance Party

*One Direction Trivia

*One Direction Favorites – drink hot tea and eat Smarties

*One Direction Pictionary – have teams and first one to guess their teammates One Direction themed drawing gets a point

AND check out the cute invitation you could send (I found this AFTER we sent ours)



You are invited to my One Direction birthday party../ sleepover

It will be heaps of fun with Zayney games

Fabulous Liamonade Punch &

One Direction cupcakes in different Styles

Harry up and RSVP me.. or you will Louis out big time..

Niall be looking forward to seeing you there.. xxxx

If you aren’t able to come it will Payne me..

Directioners to the Party:…
There is only One Direction


It definitely was a super night and so fun to see how these boys in a band can make 11-year-old girls go crazy and get absolutely silly.  It’s just fun to be a part of it even if I don’t know anything!  AND did I forget to mention that all the girls slept over.  Enough said.  Goodnight!


I saw this story on Good Morning America this morning and it totally cracked me up!

Here is a picture of the Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Mass at  Holy Trinity St. George Monastery.  The photographer captured a touching moment where Putin is bending down to say something to the little boy.  Cute right?

putin findmebook

NOW this is where it gets funny!  Check out the next photo taken and look at the little boy’s eyes.

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putin 3 findmebook


What do you think Putin said to this little guy?