This post is dedicated to Betsie. Thanks for laughing at and with me.

It has been over a year since I have used this blog. Life with the cave boys continues to be busy and stressful.

And it is because of the darling cave boys and the darling princess that I have decided to dedicate time to this blog once again. They provide me with plenty of material! The purpose of this blog is to blow off stress and in turn hopefully help you blow off stress as you read about the antics in this crazy American family.

I have also come to realize the true value of asking for (and taking) 5 Minutes Please.

Can you say



It’s my own fault, really. I am too good of a mom! I cater to my children. I put them first . (I say this light-heartedly/in fun. And I know that this is my own problem–not a fault of the kids.) And in catering to them and not taking the 5 Minutes I so naturally need to have a proper bowl movement and pushing it back too many times, I have been gifted with Hemorrhoids!

Starting now, each child will have to fend for themselves while I take 5 Minutes to poop!!


I so love to tease . . . and surprise.

Today is April Fools Day! I know it’s going to be a long day because the 4 1/2 year old will milk this “holiday” ALL DAY LONG! And he doesn’t quite getting the joking thing. So, being the good mom I am, I’ll have to go along with it ALL DAY LONG.

But I am going to get the kids good!! I made them a sponge cake. Now, in their short lives, they have had little experience. I do not think they have encountered sponge cake–so my April Fool trick might not go over as big as it should. Oh, well! I’m doing it anyway!! Be sure to come back tomorrow to read about the “playing out of the April Fool’s trick!”

Making the “sponge cake” . . . .

The Ingredients

Making the Cake

Frosting the Cake


And because I am a paper crafter, I dressed the cake up with this cake wrap that Eleanor created. You can find it at her on-line store, SVG Shop. (Love Eleanor’s creations, by the way!)

Dress it Up a Bit

REMEMBER, to come back tomorrow to read about the “playing out of the April Fool’s trick!”

When my siblings and I hit the teen years, my mother started saying: “If I die, you’ll all follow 3 days later.” The “you” included my father. We all thought, “ha!”

Now that I am a wife and mother, I get it! Geesh!

See, the little things just don’t take care of themselves. I’ll give you just a few examples:

  • Change the toilet paper roll . . . with plenty of notice
  • Change the hand towel in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Laundry (do I need to mention this one?)
  • Throw away the dirty diaper lying on the floor
  • Push the trash down in the garbage can so it does not fall out (it won’t bite and you can wash your hands!)
  • Straighten and sort the receipts
  • Keep the social calendar and make play dates
  • Send birthday cards, holiday wishes and the such on behalf of the family
  • Plan family birthday celebrations—Including my own
  • The 12 year old girl will not go to bed unless I tell her. (I am slowly training the father to direct her to go to bed.)
  • My groom of 16 years will not go to bed until I come to bed. He needs more sleep then I do, but if I do not join him until 1 am, he’ll still be up.

There are other times that I feel my hubby is invisible to the children. Fellow Moms, I know you can relate:

  • At the dinner table all requests are directed at . . . MOM.
  • In the middle of the night when a dear child comes to our room in need, who do they wake? MOM.
  • Additionally, who do they wake in the morning demanding breakfast? MOM.
  • Who do they ask to help them with “xxxxx?” MOM.

You have also heard the expression, “God couldn’t be everywhere so he created mothers.” And now you know why.