Category Archives: Mom

10 Things Kids Love that Parents Don’t

1. Chuck E. Cheese The video games are loud, the music louder and the screaming kids run in circles, high on sensory overload. The place usually smells like a gym locker and the pizza is only slightly better than a frozen one from the grocery store. Children have the time of their lives while parents…

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Stay-at-home Mom Problems: Grocery Shopping

Some days you take what you can get. Even if the only alone time you had this week was a few minutes in the produce aisle. Sometimes when I go to the grocery store and the boys are at home with Dad, I pick the longest line on purpose just get a few more moments…

The Stouts Take the Upper Peninsula

Well, I don’t know if we took The Upper Peninsula or if The Upper Peninsula took us. I’ve been trying to write about this trip and all the wonderful and crazy things that happened for 10 days now. It’s hard to sum it all up and not bore you to death. I was thinking about…

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A Life’s Work

I’m starting to suspect raising David and Wade will be my life’s greatest accomplishment. I’m OK with that. I grew up watching re-runs of That Girl, Mary Tyler Moore, Donna Reed and Leave It to Beaver. Talk about a mixed message. Glamorous, single career girls in the city vs. stay-at-home moms cooking dinner in high…

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You can Remove the Screaming Kid from Target, but You can’t Make Him Stop Screaming or Why I’m Glad Toddlers have Bad Aim

It was early evening. The sun hung low and bright in the sky leaving a trail due west across Lake Michigan. Small waves lapped the shore. The beach was quiet. Most of the day’s visitors were gone. A few people lingered, probably hoping to catch one those spectacular coastline sunsets. I walked just near the…

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Stout’s Adventure Camp for Unruly Boys

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes. Mine looks like a pop-up camper. All four of us enjoy exploring new places and revisiting our familiar favorites, but we don’t have a lot of room for travel in our family budget. So in February when tax return money was left over after making some necessary expenditures,…