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Sarah and her growing family
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Mom of Three is Mom To Be

I have been absent this summer. I’ve been a LITTLE busy! First there’s the whole 3 children thing. Who knew they could be so much work?! Then there was another little thing called MORNING SICKNESS. Whoever invented that term obviously has NEVER been pregnant.

Yes, that’s right, I said morning sickness We are expecting our 4th baby in January. We feel incredibly blessed and yes, we are very excited!!!

Before you ask, let me just address some frequently asked questions that I, as a mother to 3, soon to be 4, have encountered.

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Photo provided by Sarah H.
Photo provided by Sarah H.
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Stay At Home Mom, Work Abroad Dad

This blog has taken me a really long time to write. I can honestly say that I have spent more time thinking about it and working on it than I have in any other writing assignment I have ever had. The reason for this is that I had some really inspiring women give me their stories. I want to do their stories justice and I want to convey how awesome they are and I started over about 10 times on this blog because I wanted to make sure I was doing just that.

I grew up with a father that was and still is in the oilfield. He was gone all the time. His schedule for as long as I could remember was 8 and 4. That’s 8 days and nights away from home and 4 days home. In theory it doesn’t sound that bad, but 2 of the four days were spent traveling either to or from work.

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Photo by Sarah Hawkins
Photo by Sarah Hawkins
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Kindergarten Graduations and Mother’s Day

I have been absent the last few weeks, but it’s not because I haven’t wanted to write, it’s because I just haven’t had time! I can give you a million excuses, but here are just a few.

I have been planning my sons Kindergarten Graduation. While I am so excited to see him ‘graduate’ and wear his little homemade graduation hat and stand with his classmates, I have to wonder, if planning a graduation for 50 six year olds requires this much planning and detail, how much detail goes into a high school graduation ceremony? I better start planning now!

My kiddos also had an entire week off from school the last week of April and the week they were home I tried to sit down, many, many times and blog, but somehow I always got interrupted. My favorite interruption was the one where my middle son came to inform me that my youngest son had pooped in the garage. My youngest son has been potty trained since October, mind you, but apparently he wanted to try out the garage instead!

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Mom and The Easter Bunny
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Mom and The Easter Bunny

My very practical 5 year old son thinks that the story of the Easter bunny is utterly ridiculous. He doesn’t buy the whole "bunny-bringing-candy-filled-eggs" thing at all.

He’s a very logical little boy and he informed me that there was no way a bunny lays eggs and then hides them for little children to find. His exact words were, “Mom, bunnies aren’t interested in eggs or kids. They are worried about carrots!”

Tyler then informed me that he thinks the eggs come from my closet because he’s pretty sure he saw some there! Oops! I guess Mom needs to find a better place to hide them!

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Mom's Work is never done - Kids and their Birthdays
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Mom’s Work is Never Done – Kids and their Birthdays

Having 3 kids, we’ve planned a few birthday parties. For some, we have gone all out and for a few it has just been a small dinner with close family.

My daughter’s birthday is on Christmas Eve so it’s always tricky to try and plan her party. Do we do it before Christmas or after Christmas? Do we invite all her classmates even though it’s so close to Christmas? One year she decided she wanted a luau themed party complete with swimming. That year we did a ‘half’ birthday. She had a party in June at a swimming pool. While that was a lot of fun, come December, she wanted another party!

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Kids Say (And Do) The Darnedest Things
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Kids Say (And Do) The Darnedest Things

As a mom, you love your kids unconditionally, but they sure can embarrass you sometimes! Just the other day, standing in line at the checkout at HEB, my Bowen, who is 2, pointed to a bearded man standing behind us and YELLED, “That man looks like a billy goat! That billy goat STINKS!”

Talk about wanting to run away! I was so embarrassed and couldn’t even turn and walk in the other direction because I had all my groceries laid out on the belt and was ready to check out. To add salt to the mortified wound, Bowen then asked to have a chocolate bunny at the checkout. I told him no and that too much candy would put holes in his teeth. He pointed to the checker and said, rather loudly, “She has holes in her teeth!” I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! To the man with the beard and the checker, I am so sorry that my 2 year old has not learned better manners!

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Photo provided by Sarah Hawkins
Photo provided by Sarah Hawkins
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Mom’s Pearls of Wisdom

This is 'take two' for me. I was almost finished typing my blog and my 2 year old pressed the power button on my laptop. Of course, I didn’t save it and I couldn’t find the recovery file! Never a dull moment around here!

The first call I made upon the erasing of my blog was one of desperation to my mother. She is my ‘go to’ girl for anything that I need advice about. What better person than one who has been through, and survived, three children? If one of my kids does something awful, I call her. If I need motivation to clean my house (or write my blog) I call her!

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Sarah's husband Brad proves to be a big help around the house
Sarah's husband Brad proves to be a big help around the house
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Housework, The Never Ending Battle

My least favorite aspect of being a mom and wife is HOUSEWORK. Yuck! I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the quote, ‘cleaning house while you still have children is like shoveling the drive while it’s still snowing’ but that is exactly how it is!

If I clean while the kids are at school, it’s much easier to get it done, but as soon as the walk in the door, it looks like an explosion of backpacks, shoes and homework. If I clean while they are here, it’s even more pointless. As soon as I have one spot clean, they swarm to it like angry bees. Needless to say my house is never clean for very long.
Luckily my kids are getting old enough to help out. My daughter has dish washing duty (loading the dishwasher). Is it wrong that I assigned her one of my least favorite things to do? My 5 year old clears the table and wipes it down after dinner and they all help out picking up their toys.

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Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
Sarah's reasons for keeping it together
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The Morning Of A Stay At Home Mom

I’m a stay-at-home mom. When I tell people that, I get a lot of “What do you do all day?” I really wish I could say that I do nothing, that I sit around and watch soaps and internet shop all day long.

In all honesty, at the end of the day when I look back, I haven’t gotten anything noticeable done. I’m sure my husband wonders what I do all day, too. So I decided to write down every single thing I did for one day. Just to give you a glimpse of what I do. Here is a typical Tuesday morning.

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