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!!!





Here are my little ducklings.  I am very lucky to have such a great family. 

My 4 kiddos on Mother’s Day

A few cute thing about my Mama’s Day

My son washed my van a.k.a. The Loser Cruiser.
*My daughter gave me a card saying the most special thing about me is that I love to garage sale.
We went to church and I dropped off my 3 oldest kids and my husband dropped off my 3 year old to their assigned rooms.  Coming down the stairs I heard this psychotic little kid crying and yelling “I HATE THIS PLACE.”  I thought whose little nightmare is that and saying “hate” about church – those parents need to do a better job.  So when I, a.k.a. Ms. Judgement, got down the stairs, I was greeted by – my psychotic son. 
My daughter went out and got me my favorite – Z Pizza and a can of Mountain Dew.


My mom with all her grandkids

I really feel like I won the lottery when it comes to my mom.  She is the B.E.S.T.   I always knew I had a good mom growing up but when I got a little older and more mature, I completely realized she was awesome.  Growing up on a farm in MN, we had no extra money.  And yet we never felt poor which is quite a feat raising 3 teenage girls.  I still remember Friday nights sitting with a big bowl of melted marshmallows and popcorn with my mom and watching The Love Boat and then Fantasy Island.  It did not get any better than that!

A few years ago, I was on a flight and I really thought this was the end of the line for me.  The plane was dropping and shaking.  Even the flight attendants looked scared – which is a really bad sign and they need to work on that!    So I closed my eyes and tried to think of a happy thought of each member of my family.  I had two memories about my mom.  The first one was when I was maybe a senior in high school.  I was sad (and probably TOTALLY hormonal and  TOTALLY over-dramatic) because some of my friends were giving me a hard time.  I was telling my mom this and then I started to cry about this and that.  Soon, we were in the car, just the two of us, heading to the mall, an hour away to buy a dress for the party I had been invited to but didn’t want to go because I did not have a dress.  Looking back on that, I bet my mom was wondering how the heck she was going to pay for that dress.  The other memory that came to my mind was as a little kid  making a fort and my mom bringing us “coffee” which really was coke in a coffee cup.  I totally remember her blowing on our cups and then handing it to us.     

My mom was with me after every baby I had (4).  With each baby, I always suffered from postpartum for about a month.  My mom was there with each one, until I started feeling like myself again.  She was truly a lifesaver.  I remember telling her after baby #2 that I just want to get in the car by MYSELF and drive away FOREVER.  She never said “Oh Kinzie, that is a crazy, weird, psycho, nutzo, wacko,  thought” but instead just gave me a hug and told me “it WILL get better.”  

Mount Rushmore

My mom also jumped in the good ol’ van with me and the 4 kids to make the drive from MN to CA.  Now that was a scary commitment on my mom’s part!  The kids were 1, 4, 6, and 8.  We had no idea how it would go but it was a BLAST.  Really, we never got mad or irritated with each other.  It is now a super memory for me and my kids.  The kids still talk about how Grandma taught them how to shoot spit balls in the hotel room.  Before we checked out, I had to wipe balls of spit off the ceiling, mirrors, pictures, and window. 

Shooting spit balls - Check out how my baby is carefully watching and learning!

Mom was up for anything on that trip and I never have a plan.  Sometimes that is good and sometimes bad.  I wanted to see Mt. Rushmore, which is about 5 hours out of our way.  Mom was game.  So we arrived at Mt. Rushmore and got out of the car.  HUGE thunderstorm with fork lightning.  We jumped out, took a quick picture, screamed back to the van and away we went. 

My mom is one great lady!  I am SO lucky to have her in my life AND my children’s life.

FIND ME BOOK featured in LA SPLASH Magazine!!

Just found out FindMeBook is featured in LA SPLASH Magazine!  We are in the Mother’s Day Family Gifts – Mother’s Day Family Gift Guide 2011.  Here is the link  http://bit.ly/ie3u0G    FindMeBook is in the middle of the article – just keep scrolling down until you see this – 


Find Me Book for Mom on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9, 2010

Every Mother’s Day offers a challenge to gift-givers who love the moms in their lives and want to give them a meaningful, unique gift. Find Me Book is that personalized present that mothers will appreciate. Find Me Book is a customized search-and-find book of faces placed in interesting scenes. Moms can snuggle up on the sofa and share their Find Me Book with their little ones, who enjoy a challenging search for familiar faces. Find Me Book creates special, bonding moments that gives Mom and child priceless memories. Find Me Book can be a treasure for years to come or can be passed on as a unique family memento.