Silent Night in Sign Language

I first learned this signing from one of my conducting professors at Meadows (SMU) when I was getting my Masters in Sacred Music. Tim Seelig was the conductor of the Turtle Creek Chorale for many years, and the singing and signing of “Silent Night” has been a favorite of their annual holiday concert. I have […]

Christmas Story-Time with Mommy Manders!

Holiday Family Story-Time in Lake Highlands Monday, Dec. 7th, 4:00-5:00pm Highlands Christian Church, 9949 McCree Road Come join the Christmas fun! Cookies, carols, cozy Christmas books, and much more! Great for the whole family – all ages welcome. After our activities, enjoy some fellowship and “reindeer games” on the playground Go home with some great […]

12 Days of Christmas: Scavenger Hunts and More Family Fun!

On Christmas night, Michael James (6) was crying at bedtime because Christmas was over. Poor thing – 25 days of build up counting down on the Advent calendar, 4 weeks of waiting as we lit the advent candles on our wreath, SO much anticipation, and just like that the day had come and gone. Daddy […]

Amazing New Discovery: The Secret of Happy Parenting! In the Midst of All the Merry…

Well, I guess I finally figured it out – again. What I’ve been seeking and finding and forgetting over and over again for years, the very “Secret of Happy Parenting” itself….. (drumroll, please)……an EARLY BEDTIME!!!! If we’ve heard it once we’ve heard it a thousand times as parents*: Kids need their sleep!  Duh, Duh, Duh….happier, […]

SNOW DAY! 10 Things to Do to Fight Cabin Fever with the Kids

And not the kids themselves….. SNOW (well, ice) DAY # 2 in Dallas for our family. I was hoping Friday morning would start out by sleeping in for ALL of us, but MJ had other plans and awakened me and Ellie for a 6am party! I managed to snooze a while longer after getting them […]

Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go: A Busy Mom’s Holiday Carol

Day number five of our Christmas countdown, and I’m already worn out. Mostly by the energy, enthusiasm, and preparation it takes to keep the attention of 120 pre-schoolers for daily Christmas program rehearsals at school, followed by kicking and jumping to the “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker, jingle belling with 2-year-olds, and then playing referee […]

My Top 10 Brain-Building TOYS for Christmas

It’s a cold, rainy day in Dallas….guessing some of you might be getting started on your online holiday shopping….Yesterday, I overheard some moms asking each other with deep sighs of dread if they had yet begun their holiday shopping. We all agreed that it was definitely the season for avoiding the malls! As you begin […]

“Good Tidings” and “Good Riddance”!

Well, as 2012 comes to an end along with the holiday season, I am reflecting on the “good tidings” of the year. I am also wishing I’d been at the 6th annual “Good Riddance” Day Celebration in Times Square on Dec. 29th to cathartically “let go” of some of the bad stuff. Apparently, hundreds of […]

Countdown Update: Lessons from Life and Kids

{I know we’re all still reeling from Friday’s awful tragedy, holding our own children close, and trying to move on with some holiday spirit for their sake. I thought I’d done all my crying about it on Friday…sitting next to MJ that evening at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert, holding his little 5-year-old hand, […]

Connect with your Kids at Christmas: Christmas Questions

I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, to practice  the art of dinner conversation! It’s also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just have these questions in […]