A Tender Sibling Moment

Siblings holding hands during big brother's tube feeding

C was lying on his new crash pad, receiving his nightly tube feeding when Baby Jo walked up to him. She babbled something that neither Hubster nor I could comprehend, but her big brother seemed to understand. He reached his little hand up and held hers. They held hands for a minute or two before Baby Jo ran away to play. A few minutes passed before she came back, babbled the same thing to her beloved big brother, and they held hands again. They repeated this exchange several times. My mama heart swelled with pride. Tears of joy filled my eyes. Such a tender sibling moment between these two loving children.

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Game Day Recipe Round-up!

It’s getting close to the Big Game. Are you hosting a party? Charged with bringing an appetizer to share? We’ll either be traveling to visit our soon-to-be-born niece or watching some awesome commercials at home. I’ve shared some of my favorite dips and appetizers here over the years, so I thought I would do you all a favor and put them all in one place for quick reference. Because I’m nice like that. ;) Find some delicious game day recipes below!

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Multitasking for young families with Pennzoil oil changes at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

Most of the time, being a one-vehicle family is pretty simple for us. We live on campus, Hubster walks to work, and the kids and I are free to use the car during the day. The one thing I dread? Taking the car in for maintenance. I do not like waiting with two small children while our car is in for an oil change! That feeling of dread faded away when we visited the Automotive Care Center at our local Walmart.

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Hubster…oh, that guy!

Hubster and Kristin cuddle in bean bag chair

There are many times each year that I’m guaranteed to only see my husband for about 10 minutes each day. I know that he loves working in student affairs and I try my best to be as supportive as possible. Solo parenting is challenging though and I stand in awe of those who do it all the time! Last week, Hubster had ResLife spring training. He would get home around 2am and we only saw him briefly as he was getting ready to head out again in the morning.

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15-Minute Meal Recipes: Turkey Tex-Mex Salad

I was provided turkey by #JennieO. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

With two young kids and a husband who often works late, I love 15-minute meals that I can get on the table quickly. I love salads, but they need to have substance to them if we’re going to make them into a meal. This Turkey Tex-Mex Salad is one of my new favorites! It’s cheesy, spicy, crunchy, gooey goodness. The best part? It is so easy.

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Throwback Thursday: Videos of Baby C!

I love looking back at old videos of C. It seems like so long ago!

Here is Baby C ripping paper and laughing.

Here’s Baby C doing pull ups!

(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Sibling Moments

When things are difficult, these quiet sibling moments are even more special. These two sat next to each other after bathtime to watch an episode of Daniel Tiger while C had his tube feeding. I live for these moments when they get along!

Quiet sibling moments #LittleMamaJama

Game Day Appetizers: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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The playoffs are one of my favorite times of the year! My husband and I are huge football fans and had the privilege of attending our team’s divisional playoff game this month. There is nothing like the energy in a packed stadium when your team wins! Even though our team won’t participate in the Big Game, we’re still excited to party on Game Day. I like heading to our local Pick ‘n Save to stock up on everything I need for our favorite Game Day appetizers. I’ll be making Bacon-Wrapped Dates!

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The Truth is I’m Struggling

You may have gotten this from my posts about fear and the autism clinic last week, but the truth is I’m struggling. Special needs parenting is kicking my butt in a whole new way. I knew C would have a difficult time transitioning to preschool. I didn’t expect to see him lose skills and independence. I didn’t anticipate that he would get a cold and end up vomiting so many times that he hasn’t kept a full tube feeding down in days. Yes, vomiting from a cold; because that’s how his life is as a tubie.

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Two Weeks Later: My Grain-Free 2015

When I made the decision to have a grain-free 2015, I was a little nervous. Would I be able to stick to it? Would I let you all down if I couldn’t? Would the extra work at mealtimes be worth it?

Hubster and I are now two weeks into our grain-free challenge and I have to tell you…it is so worth it.

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