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THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 20

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Picture of the week:

Week in Review: Because sometimes a herd (school, posse)? of ducks show up at your front door and you just need to feed them.

Introduction into The Society: And now I’m happy to introduce you to the newest branch in our ever-growing family tree: No Small Thing. She submitted this post about shoe shopping to get into our little club!

1.  Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  

My blog is called No Small Thing.  I started it as a journal so that I could remember funny/sentimental things, even every day things that have happened in my life as a mother.  
2.  How long have you been blogging?

I started this blog in January 2008, so it has been about 7 months. 
3.  How would you define THAT family?  

THAT family in one word?  Us.  THAT family is always noticeable for one reason or another…the dirty fingernails, the koolaid smiles, the bumps and bruises and scrapes.  They are loud, and chaotic, and fun to be around!  They seem unlucky, as though a little black cloud follows them around, but they also don’t seem to notice that cloud.  THAT family may seem a mess, but they have a love for one another that is deep and it will weather any storm.
4.  When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

Well, I grew up in THAT family, and I was going to turn in my membership card when I got married.  I think I figured out that I was still a member when my third child followed me around Target asking rather loudly if he could “eat this booger?”  I was gettin’ the stares, I’m tellin’ you.  Or maybe it was the time I had to take all four of the children to the doctor (they were all sick) and the doctor asked for a urine sample from one of them, so we all piled in the bathroom together, me, three kids and a baby in the stroller, and they began fighting over who got to pee in the cup while the baby was screaming.  And I tried to shush them, I did, and I know everyone heard us.

5.  Where can we find your blog?  

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 19

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Picture of the Week:

Week in Review: My toddler has discovered the Christmas catalog. She enthusiastically kisses the items she likes. Good thing Santa doesn’t mind slobber. And please don’t notice her shirtless body in the kitchen. We try to hide our white trash ways. We really do.

Introduction into The Society: I’d like you all to make welcome Carolina Mama to the family. Y’all be nice now and go visit her great blog! She’s a Southern girl!

1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  

Being a Mama encompasses so much of who I am.  Wife. Mama. Family.  That’s me.  Carolina Mama is my everyday, whether it’s playing ball in the park with my boys, on a date with Mountain Man, or discovering a new product.  Really it’s just our day in the life.  Blogging is a continuation of a lifetime of words – writing.  Mommyblogging is perfectly available and convenient to this Mama.  

2.    How long have you blogging?

My blogging started the Summer of 2006.  I sort of entered kicking and screaming because I was more comfortable with being a Columnist and traditional media rather than the blogging medium.  I’ve blogged my family, causes, athletic events, paid blogging, of course, everyday fun  – I’ve fallen in love with it.  Through it all I have had the blessing of discovering a wonderful community.  

3.    How would you define THAT family?

Maybe I am THAT girl or THAT mama therefore THAT family because I have always been pretty comfortable being myself – in the sense, I do not simply follow and do what others do.  To me it’s a blessing to be who I am.  I have had friends say it takes real courage.  I didn’t realize many people struggle with this.  So I feel very blessed.  Of course, there are times when being a wall flower would be handy.  😉

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

Clearly, for us, becoming parents to Twins was our epiphany.  We were in a smaller town than we are in now and we were the talk of the town.  I once wrote about it that it was like being in a glass box.  Everyone saw your every move.  Small town girl that I am, this is endearing and yet THAT family gets noticed all the more.  

5.    Where can we find your blog?

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 18

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Week in Review: 
Now, y’all know I’m an introvert. I don’t like seeing myself on my own computer screen. But I felt bad about ignoring your requests to see my new ‘do, so here’s a couple of hair pictures. I won’t even tell you how many photos I took to get these. Photography? Not my gift.

Introduction into The Society: I’m happy to introduce you to When Does Daddy Come Home. I love the name of this blog. For obvious reasons! Visit her today and she’ll tell you more about how lucky she is to be a part of this tree!

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

I actually did not think up my blog name. I had to bribe someone, with a prize, to think one up for me! This was my favorite from the many ideas I was given because it fit our lives perfectly. I’m constantly calling DH at work… “When are you coming home? I’m going crazy over here… get home NOW!”

2. How long have you blogging?
January 2008— I’m a newborn blogger

3. How would you define THAT family?
THAT Family is comprised of NORMAL people who are just trying their hardest at this thing called parenting. Parenting is a learning process and we all need to band together in support, not in judgement. We slip up, we mess up, but most of the time it happens with an audience…

4. When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?
Probably the day my 5 month old daughter crawled (yes, she crawled VERY early) off my bed onto hardwood floor while I was in another room (I think I was actually on the toilet). The pediatrician on the other end of the phone had a tone that made me feel like THAT Family! Oh, and we’re always getting stares in stores. Not that we’re stupid or redneck— I’m one of those “ignore the tantrum throwing toddler” parents so it drives everyone around us nuts.

5. Where can we find your blog?

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 16

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Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: Looks like someone else is qualified to be a part of THAT family. But she doesn’t have a blog. She does have a stylish pacifier though. Don’t you think?
Introduction into The Society: Shannon of Simply Shannon submitted this great post as her THAT family resemblance! (It’s great in the sense that it’s perfect for this little club, but not great in the sense that I’d suggest it).
1.  What is the name of your blog?
The original name of my blog was “Life in the Fat Lane” and I started it to try and guilt myself into taking better care of my health…however, I recently renamed it “Simply Shannon” because it has turned into something quite different from what I originally intended it to be.  

Now my blog is an outlet for my creative side, which has been pent up for years and years; a form of therapy; a place to socialize with other women; and a fantastic way for me to learn new things!

2. How long have been blogging?

I have only been blogging for a few months.  I started officially in January, but didn’t really get into it until sometime around May or June.

3. How would you define THAT family?

I define THAT family as the family that always has something going on, or a funny story to tell.  I think that really just about every family is THAT family, but some hide it better than others.  To truly be THAT family, you can’t be afraid to let it all hang out.

4. When did you discover you were a member of THAT family?

I think my first inkling that I might be a member of THAT family was when my Dad decided to dance with my brand new boyfriend (as in my “boyfriend” of about 5 minutes) at my 12th birthday party.  I’m sure that I had plenty of glimpses before that, but that was the first time that I think I was really old enough to get it.

5.  Where can we find your blog?

My blog can be found at

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 15

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Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: My boy got his first shiner (black eye, not drink) and I am so proud. The funny story that goes with it? That’s what’s funny…there’s not one. He thinks he bumped heads with someone.

And, I’d be crazy if I didn’t mention my FABULOUS blog makeover? Shauna from
See My Designs worked her little heart off to have it ready by my first blogoversary tomorrow! Thanks Shauna. Y’all MUST go visit her and treat yourself to one of her affordable sassy blog designs.

She is quick, inexpensive and so creative! She is also one patient girl to put up with my specific, non-specific ideas and I couldn’t blog without her!

And now, I’m happy to introduce you to CanCan of Mom Most Traveled! She submitted this funny story as her THAT family moment!

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

My blog is Mom Most Traveled. I started it because I enjoyed the friendships I formed with other bloggers in my old blog (I need to say blog one more time…blog. Okay; no more blog talk). It was also supposed to be away for extended family to keep up with us as we travel and/or live on the other side of the world. Somehow it turned into a review blog as well.

2. How long have you blogging?

I started what I called an “internet diary” in 2000. I didn’t really know the term “blog”.  

3. How would you define THAT family?  

THAT family is the one that gets all of the stares and the under-the-breath comments. “Here comes that JONES boy again…”  

4. When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

I wish I could blame my children but I realized it first when as a young married couple my husband and I entered a talent show at an ESL teacher’s conference in Thailand. We wrote what we thought was a funny song about using a squat toilet. We of course expected the talent show to be light-hearted, but to my horror the act before us was a mother-daughter team doing sign language to the song Love in Any Language. We did go on to perform our act but those in attendance were obviously disturbed. One girl rewound her video camera to record over our skit. And the next year before the talent show they made a general announcement about not performing distasteful skits (and they actually said this), “like a song about a squatty potty or something.”

Later when my first child was born I sort of got “bad mom vibes” from the other mothers at playgroup because I let my son eat paper. They would say, “Oh! He has PAPER IN HIS MOUTH!” and I would be all, “What!?! OH NO!” even though secretly I didn’t care. I had to put on my “good mom face” in public.

5. Where can we find your blog?

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 14

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Picture of the Week:
The Week in Review: My toddler’s enthusiasm at something actually baking in the oven was unprecedented. She has a thing for banana bread, apparently. And I have a thing for her.  And banana bread. And pumpkin bread. All breads, really. It wouldn’t be fair to leave any out.

The next special family being inducted into this institute society is Julie @ Blessed with Five. (Due to personal reasons, Julie had to make her blog by invitation only for the time being. If you’d like to read it, please email her )

Julie colored outside of the lines with her submission to this little club! So, we’re shaking things up a bit and breaking format.  (I like to live on the edge).  Once, you read the following , I know you’ll want to rush over and share some comment love with Julie, because she makes my family look normal.  Almost.

For the sake of time, I am going to simply bullet the reasons I think our family is THAT family too:


§       People always STARE at our family . . . any place we go. I guess two adults, one teenage daughter and four boys under the age of six is not very common in our area.

§       When all seven of us arrive at our table in a restaurant the people seated around the table we are taken to seem to scowl. A
fter the scowl our family is watched with EAGLE eyes . . .  I am certain people are on pins and needles waiting for the first child to make an outburst.

§       No matter where we go, someone has to pee or poo!

§       The UPS and FEDEX guys know us well enough to recognize us when we are at the gas station or in a store.

§       We tend to run late, a lot!

§       We are the ones that tie up checkout lanes at Wal-Mart! Yes, we are the people that purchase three cart loads of groceries EVERY time we shop. Our register receipt is THREE miles long!

§       I know the call nurse, reception attendant and the pediatrician on a first name basis.

§       The poison control center sent me an EMERGENCY packet because I had contacted them so many times. “Children’s toothpaste is not poisonous, but may cause diarrhea!”

§       When my children are on the driveway to play our yard looks as if it is a “yard sale!” People have actually stopped and walked up to see. My hubs think the boys have too many riding toys! Hmmmmm

§       I am the neighbor you hear asking her children if they want to be paralyzed. We have an in ground swimming pool . . . there are stairs leading into the pool on the shallow end . . . for some reason my boys insist on jumping close to those stairs. After many bouts of instructing and then telling them not to jump near the stairs, I finally deduced it might be easier to give them an example. So, I had one of the boys lay on the pool deck and not move a muscle. I explained that if they jumped in and hit one of the steps just right they could become paralyzed and that meant they could not move – they would have to lay day in and day out. The boys seemed to “get it” after that demonstration. During my “demonstration and talk” with the boys our neighbor from next door came over laughing and said, “You sound like I would have when my kids were little. That question probably would have come out of my mouth too!

§       We are the family that has a portable “Johnny” sitting on our driveway. (for the construction guys only!)

§       We are the family that has a huge garbage dumpster on the driveway as well. (construction)

§       If you come to the door you will feel as if you are being ganged up on by THAT family because every child and dog will be at the door to see who you are.

§       Three of our boys thought it would be fun to have a “PEE Fight in the bathroom one day! Mommy found “it” and was not at all impressed!


My list could go on and on . . . but I think you might just agree . . . we are DEFINITELY a THAT FAMILY too!

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 6

THAT family photo of the week:

The Week in Review: School starts tomorrow, so I finished up some last minute shopping with three kids in tow. That is always a treat. My son has been working out feverishly on the Wii Fit, that was bought so the adults in the family could get into shape.  On his last weigh in, it said he was malnourished.  I long for the Wii Fit to say I’m malnourished.

And now, I’m excited to introduce you to Cathy of Mommy Motivation. She’s joined our popular club with this post, a 5-in-1 THAT family moment.

1. Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

Mommy Motivation ‘cause I thought I was going to change the world into better mommies one at a time. Hmm.  I’m thinking I might change my blog name to better reflect my purpose.  Something like: Me!  It’s all about ME!


2.    How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for – let me check my counter – I don’t know these things.  I can’t even remember my age without calculating back from my year of birth, which is === .   Ha!  You didn’t really think I would…< /span>


3.    How would you define THAT family?

Oh my goodness I used to think it was the white trash.  Now that I got me some of that, I’m starting to think it is about honesty and humor.  And I don’t know about honesty or humor… but I’ll just stand around and watch y’all. K?


4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family? I am!?  What?!?  You mean my PERFECT family?  That was before I had children.  Man I was smart and pretty darned good at most things.  Did I mention I now have three? 


5.    Where can we find your blog?

To REALLY learn how to be a good mommy, stop by Mommy Motivation.  and read my thoughts on sahm’s!


Oh, I have to go pee now.

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 4

THAT family photo of the week:

We thought my parent’s pool would make a lovely setting for some pictures.  Too bad we didn’t think about our toddler getting in the water and soaking her matching outfit! 

The Week in Review: I’m pretty sure my latest visit to Wal Mart will be mentioned in the Employee Handbook, Ch. 2 on Unruly Guests.  And we started swim lessons, all of us.  In a moment of insanity, I signed up to take a Mommy & Me class with the toddler.  After 2 lessons in frigid water, I’ve been rethinking the need to learn to swim, after all. 

And now, I’d like to introduce you to Heather of Wanting What You Have.  She submitted this post as her entrance into this prestigious, ahem, society! 

 1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog)

My blog, Want What You Have, is about frugal, simple, more meaningful

living. I write about getting organized, saving money, and simplifying

your life, so you can have more time to enjoy the things that really

matter – God, and family. 

2.    How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in October, 2006, while on bed rest during my second

pregnancy. I needed something to occupy my mind, because I was worried

that I would die of boredom before the baby arrived.

3.    How would you define THAT family?

I think THAT family is every family, though most people don’t like to

admit it. Every family goes through crazy, hectic times when life feels

out of control. It’s normal.

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?

I think it dawned on me the day my house was so messy, and I was so

exhausted from chasing after my youngest, that I swept all of the kids’

junk into a big pile with my broom, and then left the pile sit in the

middle of the living room floor for three days. I knew that I would be

horribly embarrassed if anyone came to the door and saw the kids fishing

through “the pile” for their Legos, but I DIDN’T CARE! 

5.    Where can we find your blog?