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Archives for December 2011

Top 11 Posts of 2011

It's been a great year for The Playdate Crashers!  Thanks for having so much fun with us!  Here's to a great 2012! Here are the Top 11 Most-Viewed posts from us in 2011! #11 - Product Review & Giveaway:  LulaClips #10 - Baby Don't Like … Continue Reading

Home Alone

Home Alone

Guess. What. I have an entire weekend at home with no kids.  What what?! It's kind of a long, complicated story about how this came to be, but I'll try to quickly explain.  My husband and I were visiting my parents in Tennessee this week, … Continue Reading

A New Challenge

It has nothing to do with this topic, but here's Spencer hoarding all of his uncle Carter's Xbox controllers

My children have upped the ante. You know how last week I was whining about how my kids aren't sleeping in their beds and how things had to change?  Well, apparently my children are reading the blog. Last night, two nights into our visit at … Continue Reading

This Christmas

Miles with his new "Leap iPad"

Christmas morning with a 3 year old and almost 2 year old is FUN.  Serious fun.  They get so excited about their new stuff and it's just a total blur of energy and wrapping paper and "Oooooooh!"s.  They don't really care what they've gotten at this … Continue Reading

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tree

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!  Enjoy the holidays, whether you are at home or traveling.  Stay safe, remember why you celebrate, and share your love with those you're with. Here are some of our thoughts on Christmas and … Continue Reading

Thank You, Christmas Crashers!

Thank You, Christmas Crashers!

Blogging can be a pretty self-centered hobby at times.  Speaking for myself, it's easy to get caught up in the ME part, where it's all about what I think of a product or how my kids aren't sleeping well and woe is me.  We felt we needed to do … Continue Reading

Cut the Cord and Leave Cable Behind for Good


Cable is expensive, because of that our family has gone from periods of no cable, to basic cable, to cheap Dish packages, and now DirectTV. Satellite cable seems cheap but the usually either have poor signal that goes out whenever it rains (Dish) or … Continue Reading

Where did YOU sleep last night?


Oh friends.  This post is a long time coming.  I need to share this with you. I have some serious sleep malfunctions going on in my family right now.  No one is sleeping in their own bed all night.  No one.  And they haven't been for over a … Continue Reading

Things are different now


Things are different now when we visit my husband's family. We've been married for 6.5 years and have been dating or "together" since 2002.  I've spent a lot of time in his hometown, at the house where he grew up, and with his family.  But it's … Continue Reading

Big Changes at Christmas

Jamie's tree

It's hard to believe how much has happened since last Christmas. Last December I was 6+ months pregnant with our twins when I started having preterm labor scares. It was an unseasonably snowy winter last year and I remember interrupting Alex's all … Continue Reading

Mama’s Gonna Get Organized!

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Every year, it's the same thing.  I get to this point of the year, with the craziness of the season, and I lament about how disorganized my life and environment have become.  I mope about the sad state of my kitchen counters and am disappointed in … Continue Reading

Christmas lights through the eyes of a child


It has been so much fun to hear the boys' reaction to Christmas lights this year.  In previous years, neither of them seemed to care a bit about the lights, and we really didn't go out of our way to show them the lights around town.  Even when we … Continue Reading

Bye Bye Baby Clothes


Before you read today's post, please take a moment to look at our Christmas Crashers post!  You, our readers, are helping us make Christmas magical for 30 families! Two weeks ago, my husband loaded four large trash bags into the back of our Jeep.  … Continue Reading

Wish List: The Ladybug Game & Party Gras by Zobmondo!

Wish List: The Ladybug Game & Party Gras by Zobmondo!

My husband and I both come from families that love playing board games.  My mom is not happy unless at least one game has been played at every family gathering.  Brandon's mom had a huge metal cabinet filled with board games.  So when I say that my … Continue Reading

Advent Activities


We are 18 days from Christmas!  That means we're also one week into our celebration of Advent, where we anticipate the arrival of Christmas.  My Muffin Tin Advent Calendar has been a big success (both at home and in terms of the number of people who … Continue Reading

Review: Covillow Breastfeeding Cover & Pillow in One with Giveaway!


I have often been seduced by the beautiful patterns of nursing covers and the whispers of modestly breastfeeding my baby in style. However, the majority of nursing covers that I have tried to use have failed to deliver in the areas where I needed the … Continue Reading

Christmas Crashers


Christmas is a magical time of the year, isn't it?  Especially when seen through your children's eyes, everything seems brighter and more alive.  Snow makes everything sparkle, lights can transform a house or business, and Santa makes everyone … Continue Reading

Podcast #25: Reunions and Sleep Stuff


We discuss: - Thanksgiving - Christmas shopping - Jimmy Fallon's "Turkey Stuffing Song" - High School Reunions - The end of naptime for Miles? - Children rooming together - Teething pain and sleeping disruptions Please spread … Continue Reading

Fence Me In

Fence Me In

I don't normally talk about my husband on the blog, mostly because I think he'd prefer that I leave him out of my little bloggy business, but he and our friend JR deserve a major shout-out for a big project they completed a few weeks … Continue Reading

Krista’s 2011 Christmas Picks For Tots


My kids might be a little older than Jamie's, but that doesn't mean they know what they want any more than hers! Our kids are Miles, age 3.5, and Spencer, who will be 2 in February.  Miles has been reading for almost a year so he loves letters and … Continue Reading