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Moonfrye's Blog – December 2011 Archive (25)

Moonfrye Family: Christmas With Five Tots Seven and Under: the Good, Bad and Merry! by Kerry Lyons

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Added by moonfrye on December 30, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Moonfrye Family: Belief by Katie Hurley

“I believe in…


Added by moonfrye on December 29, 2011 at 8:47am — 3 Comments

Moonfrye Family: How to Find Quiet by Mary Lauren Weimer

It's tempting to see a moment of quiet as a waste of time.

As moms we're given an impossible job description, whether we work outside of the home or not. The training for this job is a jumble of fantasy, others' expectations, competition, and role models like June Cleaver and Claire Huxtable.

We're told- in fact we tell ourselves- that there is always work to be done. Crumbs to be swept off kitchen floors. Little faces that need to be wiped. Meals to…


Added by moonfrye on December 27, 2011 at 9:20am — 6 Comments

Moonfrye Family: Outing Santa by Julie Cole

Good big brothers don't expose the Santa lie to little brothers.

I spoke last year about the difficulty of…


Added by moonfrye on December 24, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Moonfrye Family: Last Minute Holiday Sanity Savers by Kerry Lyons

With only TWO days until Christmas, here are a few final stress-busting sanity savers.  Think of it as your holiday survival guide courtesy of the Lyons Den… where every day is an exercise in survival!

  1. Drink. A lot.  Though it's tempting to toss back the eggnog and mulled wine, I'm actually referring to copious amounts of…

Added by moonfrye on December 23, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Moonfrye Family: Remembering Dad by Katie Hurley

The conversation happened much sooner than I had hoped.  It wasn’t that I was afraid, anxious, or unsure of what to say.  I worked all of that out long ago.  But in my mind, the mind of a mother who wants nothing but happiness for her children at all times, I wanted it to wait.  I wanted them to hold on to the…


Added by moonfrye on December 22, 2011 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Help Haiti Home

Hey everyone,

I am so truly grateful for all of your support on my journey this past year.  It has been an amazing 2011 and one of my greatest adventures has been my work with JP/HRO. The Haitian culture and people are some of the most incredible individuals that I have ever met and I feel truly blessed to be working with this fantastic non-profit. Please help me to spread the word and raise awareness for their incredible efforts. Here is the PSA I directed and produced with my big…


Added by moonfrye on December 20, 2011 at 11:56am — No Comments

Moonfrye Family: Mercy at 4pm by Mary Lauren Weimer

I'll set the scene. It's closing in on 4pm.

A four year old is struggling to stay awake. He runs from room to room, trailed by the sounds of his own high-pitched screech. He has dumped out all of his brother's Pokemon cards and I say a prayer that I can gather them up before the eight year old grows wise.

There is a two year old standing on the bottom shelf…


Added by moonfrye on December 20, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Moonfrye Family: Signs of Christmas in a house full of tots by Kerry Lyons

There were several moments this week when I knew the Christmas spirit had officially entered the Lyons Den.  If you go by the store windows, the Christmas season actually started the day after Halloween but, we like to take things a bit more slowly around here... or, perhaps better put, we have…


Added by moonfrye on December 16, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Moonfrye Family: Time Stood Still by Katie Hurley


We trudged back into the house, our mittens…


Added by moonfrye on December 15, 2011 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

A Letter to Santa by Mary Lauren Weimer

Dear Santa,

I've thought long and hard this year about what I want most for Christmas. It goes without saying that I want an end to all wars, good health and prosperity for my family and friends, and for Banana Republic to bring back the version of skinny jeans they sold in 2010 but inexplicably changed to a style not quite as flattering for those of us with large backsides. However, there are a few other items on my list this year. Here goes.

10. Can 2011 be the year we stop…


Added by moonfrye on December 13, 2011 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Hey Everyone! Check out this USAWeekend piece of me and my girls on Make a Difference Day!

We held a bake sale to raise money for our friends at J/P…


Added by moonfrye on December 12, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

7 Tips to Survive the Holiday Chaos by Laura Rossi Totten

Like many members of our fabulous Moonfrye community, I’m a busy Mom.  I run my own public relations agency and I’m also CEO of our household and most days I wish I could clone myself -- especially during the holidays! 

With 20 days left until Christmas and only 8 until Hanukkah (!), I…


Added by moonfrye on December 12, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Warning: Showing Off May Cause Injury by Julie Cole

Just prior to taking this photo, someone may have attempted

a triple back flip off of the diving board....

I’m all about dads playing hard with the kiddos, but around here I’ve noticed that “playing with” the kids has a tendency to…


Added by moonfrye on December 10, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Moonfrye Family: Oh Christmas Tree: A Tale in Four Parts by Kerry Lyons

Decorating the tree just isn't what…


Added by moonfrye on December 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Moonfrye Family: Transitions by Katie Hurley

I could feel it coming for three days prior to the meltdown.  There was a slight lag in her step, an insistence on just one more hug/kiss/check each night, and an ever so slightly quieter tone in her voice.  She wasn’t herself.

She was holding it in, waiting for the right moment to come along.  I resisted the urge push, to try to help her get those feelings out just a little bit faster. 

I held her hand every second.  I read to her as much as I could. …


Added by moonfrye on December 8, 2011 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

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