Ninjas That Are Strong


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It all started with a Wallykazaam episode…The Nice Ninjas. Then came American Ninja Warrior (which I think Nolin has only ever seen little clips on Youtube). This led to scaling walls, flying 5 year olds throughout the house, and impromptu obstacle courses.

More recently there was also the Magic Treehouse book Night of the Ninjas.

All of these things have created a fascination with Ninjas for Nolin and ultimately led to his first publication. Granted I missed the boat on writing about this milestone since it happened back in August, but I was reminded about it when Nolin picked up My Grandma’s a Ninja at the library this week.

On August 4th, Nolin (and Mommy) became published authors. Since Jenn has been staying home with the kids, she continues to find new ways to inspire and challenge them.

This was a book that they worked on and created together while Grace took a nap. So without further adieu…I present (the soon to be New York Times Bestseller) Ninjas That Are Strong!


100 Ninjas saw 100,000,000 bad guys.

Who will win? The Ninjas

100 ninjas see 1,000,000 sharks.

Who will win? The Ninjas

Ninjas see Grace, Mommy and Daddy.

Who will win? The Ninjas (Looking at the picture, I think Daddy could have taken the ninja)

Ninjas See Nolin. (wait for it…)

Who will win? Nolin! (I bet you didn’t see that surprise ending coming?!)


This is seriously one of my favorite books ever. It also taught me a very important lesson…Don’t mess with Nolin if he is wearing a super hero cape!


Tiny Dancer


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_DSC7088There is a special light in all of our lives that sparked on September 23, 2012. Each year that light gets brighter.

Grace, you’re the little voice that makes sure to ask me every day how my day at work was, to make sure I give mommy a kiss before I leave, remind me to look both ways before I cross the street, and to make sure I put my dirty clothes in the laundry.

Your smile is contagious, your laugh is infectious and your dance moves are awesomely outrageous. If I do one thing right as a parent it will be to ensure that you never lose that spirit.

From the first day I held you in my arms, I’ve loved you, and on this day we celebrate you…Happy 3rd Birthday, Grace! We love you!

Salt Life


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2015-09-21_01-33-25Although we live in Florida, we probably don’t go to the beach as much as we should…especially since our kids love it. But over the past few weeks, we had two great beach weekends.

The first was a weekend at Cape Canaveral the second was a weekend in Saint Pete Beach. The two trips were a bit different.

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Back To School


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2015-09-10 02.21.52 1All around the country over the past few weeks parents have been rejoicing…it’s back to school time!

Last week I think I may have seen the last of the first day of school pics on Facebook. Nolin & Grace actually started a few weeks ago.

This is a big year for us. Nolin started Kindergarten, Grace started pre-school (as the oldest kid in her class because she missed the cutoff by 23 days), and Jenn…well she started vacation. Continue reading

Two Week Notice (pt.2)


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2015-08-13 09.35.08 1It was on to the second leg of our Summer Vacation tour as we packed up the car and kids and started the 9 hour drive to Ba & Pop’s house. It’s funny, I never thought there would be a time where a 9 hour car ride seemed like a short trip…especially with 2 kids.

This was the portion of the trip that had been making me fairly nervous for several months. While we were in town I would be attending my 20th High School Reunion (not sure there is any way around it…I am officially old) and a three-hour reunion show with my college band. All while trying to balance spending as much time with my family before we would be separated for three weeks. Continue reading


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