InstaFriday: By the numbers…

2 sick boys

104.3 temperature for big brother

101.8 temperature for little brother

3 Trips to the doctor

Double Ear Infections times 2…plus RSV

Breathing Treatments every 4 hours

1 night spent in the recliner for Mommy and 1 night spent in the swing for Asher…0 hours sleep

225 mL of Amoxicillin for 10 days…times 2

1 yeast diaper rash, 2 bowls of baby food thrown up, countless blowout diapers

All of that adds up to…

One Super Exhausted Mommy

How was your week? life rearranged

I’m linking up with InstaFriday at Life Rearranged. My old dinosaur of a phone died and I got an upgrade, even though I swore I wouldn’t. Turns out, Mr. Happy Brown House gets a discount through his work and it hasn’t impacted our bill much. So, now I’m sending postcards of my day though Instagram. You can follow me on Instagram (@happybrownhouse)

Leaf Family Portrait {and commentary from Jonah}


We’ve been having a blast at the Happy Brown House with some of our favorite Fall/Leaf books, specifically Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. It’s lead to quite a few activities–most of which you can read about over at Totally Tots today!

But because I love you, dear readers, and feel like you might need a laugh just as much as I do, I will share with this gem of a picture and the “behind-the-scenes” commentary from Jonah….

Leaf Family

We’ll call this masterpiece “Leaf Family”…if you will. Jonah’s words are in bold. Mommy’s words are in fancy-shmancy brackets {’cause they’re pretty and all the bloggers use them}.  You’ll have to excuse my commentary, it’s 4:00 AM when I’m writing this, and after a sleepless night, I’m feeling a tad “testy”. I’ve finally given up on sleep since Asher will be up to eat again soon.

Leaf Mommy (far left) has big hair. {This picture was made while I was still in my “morning-glory-still-drinking-my-first-cup-of-coffee” stage and yes, I had big hair. Fresh from the bed and sticking up all over big hair. Apparently, this is how it translates on paper.}

Leaf Jonah (second from the left) has a tiny head. {I’m not sure what this was about. I thought it was supposed to be Asher, but he informed me that wasn’t the case. Maybe he’s been to see the head-shrinking tribe? That would account for the manners lost since the baby came.}

Leaf Daddy (third from the left) has a pipe. It’s one of those things that you put in your mouth and blow and smoke comes out. {Say what?!? Not only has he never seen a pipe or someone smoking one, but where in the world did this come from? Real Daddy doesn’t smoke. This led to a “smoking is bad” conversation. We’ll revisit it in the future.}

Leaf Asher (far right) has blue hair. {At this point,  that’s the least of my worries!}

By the way, I got all of this conversation on video. Classic. If I wasn’t technology-challenged when it came to my video camera, I would share it. Wonder if Leaf Mommy knows how to work a video camera?

Update: You can see the Leaf Family Video and all of Jonah’s personal commentary. Apparently, we should blame it on Frosty.

Frugal Fun Snacks & Learning, too!

Just wanted to let you know I have a guest post up on Pennies and Blessings showing a frugal fun snack for the summer…Grapesicles! In addition to that, we made some Fruit Kabobs and practiced making patterns. Super easy to set up and a fun way to let kids help prepare part of a meal!

And because I love you…I leave you with a link to Amanda at Impress Your Kids and the Fruit Of The Spirit Series…she made Fruit of the Spirit Kabobs! While you’re there, click around a bit and see some of the fabulous ideas to incorporate fun into teaching kids about God’s Word. You’ll thank me later.

Mommy & Me: Pool Noodle Games

Jonah and I bought some pool noodles recently at the Dollar Tree. No, we don’t have a pool, but we did have a purpose!

We were working on a post for Totally Tots to make some learning games. Turns out, pool noodles are for more than just floating around in the swimming pool!

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Want to find out about our learning fun? Check out the post at Totally Tots!

It’s a…..

photo credit: OscarandOllie via Etsy

BOY!!!

Jonah is pretty excited about his little brother! (And we are in awe that he called it.)

Yay for hand-me-downs!

Meaningful Easter Books That Teach!

The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

This is by far one of my favorite books! For three little trees who dream of what they will be someday – a holder of treasure, a fine ship, a hilltop beacon pointing to God – life proves to have something rather different in store. They are disappointed that their lives are so mundane. And, as the years pass, “the three trees nearly forgot their dreams.” Yet each eventually gets its wish, although not in the way it had foreseen. When that happens, each discovers that things turned out just the way they should have.

My Easter Basket: And the True Story of Easter

Kids will hear the TRUE story of Easter in a fun, colorful way. By using the many colors commonly found in Easter baskets, the author takes us through the entire Easter story–from the green palm leaves, to the purple wine, to the red blood, to the brown cave, to the white angel, to the yellow sun. My friend and fellow M.O.B. Society writer Katie Orr came up with a fabulous activity that would go well with this book!

J Is for Jesus: An Easter Alphabet And Activity Book

This book walks us through the week before Jesus’ death and Resurrection in alphabet form. It clearly teaches children about the Holy Week and the reasons we celebrate Easter without being too complicated or too advanced.

Here is a great list of books to read as we get ready to celebrate The Resurrection of Jesus… (click over to see the widget if reading in email or blog reader)

Winner of the Rebecca St. James Giveaway!

Just wanted to let you know the winner of the Rebecca St. James CD Giveaway is….

LeAnna who blogs at Thoughts and Whatnots!

Thanks to all who entered! I wish I could send one to all of you!

And for the record, my “back in the day” wasn’t that long ago either…I’m only 30! Some of your answers were cracking me up and made me think of songs I hadn’t remembered in a while!