THAT Family Tree Society Issue 62

I’m going to be taking a break from THAT Family Tree Society for awhile. If your blog hasn’t been featured yet, I will try pick up where I left off. But for now, I’ve got some new features in the works!
Introduction: 

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


I blog at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama.  I originally began blogging for two reasons.  One, I wanted to chronicle our days as a homeschooling family and, two, I was hoping to find a way to make some extra money with the blog.  However I quickly found that making money with a brand new blog is more difficult than it sounds and that the friendships I was forging were much more real and fun than I ever expected.  Blogging has become an outlet and an obsession.

2.    How long have you blogging?


I have been blogging since September 1, 2008.  What began as an experiment has evolved into a wonderful hobby/obsession/lifestyle.

3.    How would you define THAT family? 

Although I think most of us have a little of THAT in us, I think THAT family is the one the people whisper about behind closed doors, the one many find to be slightly odd, a bit outside mainstream or just plain weird.  THAT family is the one who is deemed abject by the world and it’s standards.  But THAT family is also the one who can walk with an inner peace because they know they are seeking His acceptance, not that of the world.

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


Without a doubt, when I started to homeschool my oldest son.  I was always the “weird one” in my family.  But this pushed me beyond the point of hope.  Thankfully, my family and friends have been able to see that while we may not be mainstream, we have a close family full of love. The path we have chosen is what works for our family and we will support whatever path they deem best for their families.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?
You can find me at Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama



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Picture of the Week:



The Week in Review: The princess and her light saber. I think that says it all.


Introduction into The Society: One of the few bloggers I’ve met in real-life! Help me welcome Just Frugalicious  (www.justfrugalicious.com) She’s a sweetheart!

 

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

 

 The name of my blog is Just Frugalicious!  My name is Kimberly, and I began documenting my savings in everyday spending to help others save, too!  With a background in retail (a bachelors degree and nearly 12 years in the field)  I knew how to sell someone on anything!  I also knew how to spend!  So, I have now become a ‘spender just trying to adjust’!  I coupon at an extreme level, to save as much as possible.  I love to document it, because, truly it is hard work to accomplish the savings!  I try to make it a little easier for others, as they see how I do it!   

 

2.    How long have you blogging?

 

Since February 2009

 

3.    How would you define THAT family?

 

THAT family – I think it might be easier to say what THAT family IS NOT!  It isn’t:  perfect.  clean.  calm.  easy.   quiet.  sane. 

 

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

 

We are THAT family.  I think we actually verbalized it when we go into our ‘sports attire’ and headed to Chick fil A for a free sandwich one Saturday afternoon.  While preparing, we had to force our oldest (6) to put her sports T-shirt on.  My husband and I looked at each other and said, “Yep, we are THAT family – the ones that don’t turn away free food – especially Chick fil A!!”  

 

5.    Where can we find your blog?  

 

My blog is at http://www.justfrugalicious.com   Come by to see how you can add savings into your life!

 

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Pictures of the Week:


The Week in Review: We learned that rotten pumpkins stink.

Introduction into The Society: Steps for Brady
Ours is a story of triplets, surprise baby 18 months later, practically cracking every day under the pressure of 4 kids 2 and under, my son’s devastating diagnosis with cancer in January, trusting God as we battled to save our son’s life, proclaiming victory over cancer, and now learning that that even though mishaps happen daily around here…we are being refined as we travel through this crazy life!
Here are my answers to your questions…
1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):

My blog is called Steps for Brady and my blog began as a place to tell the story of my son Brady and his battle with Neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. It has evolved into a family journal that documents our family as we travel through life, the 6 of us. We have 2 1/2 year old triplets and a 1 year old, the craziness never ends around here.
2.    How long have you blogging?

I started blogging in January of 2009. The first few weeks of my blog include the day we found out that the reason my 20 month old son wasn’t walking was because he had a huge tumor encasing his spinal cord and in his chest. In the months that followed, I documented our battle to save his life which included two life threatening operations and chemotherapy.
3.    How would you define THAT family? 

THAT family is the one that people like to look at from the outside, kind of in the “can’t help but watch a train wreck” sort of way. No really, I think THAT family has their fare share of chaos, calamity, drama, and misfortune. But THAT family pulls itself up, dusts itself off, and keeps going. THAT family realizes that the “junk of life” is just a means for them to become refined and to grow closer to the One that gives them the grace to endure it all:)
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?
I always had an inkling that I was raised in THAT family, but I realized that I was giving birth to the 3rd generation, when I was pregnant with triplets and on bed rest with triplets. Meanwhile, 5 floors above me in the hospital was my mother, who was fighting for her life battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the 2nd time. She had a life saving stem cell transplant and struggled to survive so that she could meet my babies, and I held off contractions and pre-eclampsia in order to stay pregnant so that she could be there for my delivery. This was the stuff of Lifetime movies people. Once a day someone would wheel me up to her floor so that I could encourage her and she could encourage me! Little did I know that less than 2 years later, one of my triplets would be diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer…and THAT family had to pull together once again.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?
Stop by and meet my family, read Brady’s story, and be inspired. stepsforbrady.blogspot.com

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Picture of the Week:

at the zoo

The Week in Review: We actually broke out the long sleeves in Texas this week. Of course, now we’re back in tank tops. Oh wait, it’s cool again. And now it’s hot. See? how we suffer??

Introduction into The Society: 

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


 I started our blog to keep a record of our growing children and it truley is an adveture everyday. I also blog to share photos that I have taken.   

2.    How long have you blogging?

Since February 2009. 

3.    How would you define THAT family?

THAT family is the one that is always hearing things like “it could only happen to you” or the family who is always having to duck out of Sunday Morning Service at church because their children are throwing tantrums. 

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

I discovered we were part of THAT family when my almost five year old threw a temper tanrturm for almost three hours straight. I also knew we were part of THAT family when my one year old started dancing and swinging to the music just like Elvis.
 
5.    Where can we find your blog?  

My family blog is McFadden Family Adventures. It can be found at http://mcfaddenfamilyadventures.blogspot.com, stop by we just got a face lift and love comments!

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Picture of the Week:



The Week in Review: Sibling rivalry, who us?


Introduction into The Society:The Miller Mix!



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

When I first started blogging, I was a single mom with an adopted, toddler son. Then my boyfriend (now husband) entered the picture. And then a cat, and then a dog, and then a baby. Most people think of their families as a unit. I see mine as a mix — of personalities, of DNA, of needs and wants. Thus, the Miller Mix was born.

2.    How long have you blogging?

 At the Miller Mix since 2005, before that at Diaryland since 2001.  

3.    How would you define THAT family?  

For me, THAT family is the one that breaks the mold, that stands out in a crowd (often for all the wrong reasons). Around here, we are THAT family because our son is biologically my nephew and my husband’s cousin — making us related in a very hillbilly way. THAT family is the one strangers come up to in public saying “bless your heart” about something — for example, when my son is vibrating in his seat and my daughter is channeling the evil within, or when my husband insists on wearing his Volunteer orange from head to foot because it’s game day and who cares that we live in Tarheel and Wolfack country, or when I try to avoid the judgemental glances when my daughter pulls out all of her hairbows and kicks off her shoes in the middle of the grocery store while whining for gummy snacks. You know THAT family — they just don’t behave like “normal” people do.
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?

  I think I was born into THAT family, but I knew starting my own branch was inevitable when I was in grad school and decided to return to the south to raise my sister’s child while she recovered from a serious substance addiction. Then I fell for the best friend of my ex (and cousin to my sister’s ex/the father of my newly adopted baby) when he returned from living on the side of a mountain in east Tennessee. I really had no hope for a family other than THAT one, did I? Some might call us Jerry Springer, but we’re just THAT family. 


5.    Where can we find your blog? 
Come visit us at http://www.themillermix.com



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Picture of the Week:



The Week in Review:We had a great visit with grandparents! We spent a big part of Saturday putting the world back together. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it!


Introduction into The Society: Good, True and Beautiful–WELCOME to the fam!


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


My name is Sharon and I blog at Good, True and Beautiful, a small corner of the blogosphere that captures the crazy thoughts that run through my mind.  It was gonna be either blogging or therapy, and blogging was cheaper.  When I think about it, I’m amazed at how sharing little pieces of my life leads to friendships and buddies all around the internet.  So, now I’m addicted to blogging — guess I’ll need that therapy after all.

 

2.     How long have you blogging?  


I wrote my first post on Feb 3, 2009 (that also happens to be my husband’s birthday – it’s the gift that keeps on giving).  Initially I started a blog thinking that it might be a way to make extra money for our family – since I’m now consistently earning in the low double-digits, we can all agree that it was a real savvy business move.   I’m good like that.

 

3.    How would you define THAT family?  


THAT family has the ability to laugh at itself.  I think there is something contagious about not taking yourself too seriously.  It certainly has helped me get through some of the rough patches of motherhood.  I mean, no one tells you about the re-hydrating power of raisins – you just have to realize that joy for yourself.

 

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


I started getting a suspicious on the day when our hot water heater broke and I had to prepare for lunch with my pastor.  And my thoughts drifted here a time or two as I was watching an episode of The Waltons while eating my chocolate ice cream (with rainbow sprinkles).  But the truth was undeniable when I had to confront the cancer-sniffing powers of my toddler.  Of course, when I confessed it to my sister she said “I could have told you when you asked for the bread maker.”  I guess I’ve been in denial.

 

5.     Where can we find your blog?  


Head on over to Good, True and Beautiful  but be warned:  my impeccable sense of fashion might be a bit overwhelming.



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Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: I’m not naming names, but a *certain two year old* colored herself pretty with a pink marker. At least she matches. (Oh, and I was interviewed over here this week).

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome, Blooming Buds!
 1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):   
I started my blog as a journal for my girls (as I print it every year) and to keep family and friends up to date.  It was first called Life with my Flowers because our last name means Flowers in another language.  At the moment I realized we were THAT family, I changed the name to Blooming Buds, as I’m trying to grow my flowers healthier and ER-free.    

2.    How long have you blogging?
Since November of 2007. I love blogging so much, that I even make blogs for others a part of my graphic design business.   

3.    How would you define THAT family?
THAT family is the family that hears from people:  “When would God let you breathe for a bit??”…. OR… “those are the kind of things that only happens to your family”…. Or…”you always have something going on”…  Or when you are telling a story, please will answer: “That is not true.. That didn’t happen to you”… OR.. “You should write a book about your life.. For real”…    

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?   
One day, I realized my family is just not another family out there.. We are THAT family that people talks about while having lunch and at the park!!!!We are THAT family that is greeted when we get to the ER, because not only we go too much, but because we always go in bulk (all 5 of us.. as we have nobody to look up for the non-sick child)… My kids has pee on me on public places.. I have been THAT mom running in the mall trying to find something cheap for her daughter to wear because she pee on her clothes (and for some reason the extra outfit got wet or who knows what else, THAT mom that have gotten to the car to realize one of her kids dropped a shoe who knows where, my oldest daughter cracked her head open at a birthday party while wearing a white dress, my youngest has had blood coming out of somewhere from her face 4 times in the last 2 months (one of those bleeding, ending in 6 stitches), our camera has been mugged 2 times in the last 6 months (an extra time I was mugged, but there was no camera to be mugged)…  My oldest daughter has been THAT child in school since she first started attending.. First she was THAT child biting everybody else, and then she was THAT child throwing tantrums and disturbing the class…Of course, I cant forget to mention that we are THAT family who was driving one day, and a mister was trying to sell us a dog.. We were not into that, and at some point the guy got tired of asking and dissapeared leaving us with the dog INSIDE the car… 10 months later, the dog is still part of our family… Something like that only happens to THAT family…. I honestly could go ON and ON and ON…. 

5.    Where can we find your blog?  
My family blog is at www.3bloomingbuds.com. The name of my blog is Blooming Buds, but I had to settle on the number 3 (the number of my kids) for the title because the bloomingbuds.com domain costs over 4G.. Yes, it cant be that easy for THAT family to have the domain we want, right?  I LOVE LOVE comments and new readers.. So, stop by and I promise to stop by yours and comment all over! 

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Pictures of the Week (last weekend):

faux diamonds

petite gold balls
The Week in Review: Both of my girls were inducted into the ear piercing club. I decided a long time ago to have their ears pierced when they asked for it. We took my 9.5 year old and my nearly 3 year old watched. Two days later, I relented because my toddler had made up her mind and wouldn’t stop asking. They both did great!

Introduction into The Society: Happy to introduce y’all to:  Jamaican Mommies

Yes, the real Jamaica! 
1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  My Blog is called Jamaican Mommies and was started simply because I became a young mom and somehow started realizing that there were so many other young moms that I knew.  I therefore wanted my blog to be a forum where these other moms could come for information on varied topics and to also share their ideas, thoughts, concerns etc related to motherhood. The companionship has also been worth looking forward to as other moms share their experiences, letting you know, you are not alone. 

2.    How long have you blogging? Since May of 2009.  Right on time when my 3 month maternity leave finished.  I found that blogging was a way to continuously speak all things mommy related, while trying to deal with my ongoing separation anxiety.  
3.    How would you define THAT family?  THAT family is what in essence makes each family unique. For my Family, we are THAT family simply because we enjoy some of the ‘less extravagant’ pleasures of life- such as movie nights, a long walk in any natural zone, visits to the beach for days on end, drives to the countryside, trying new recipe (well me that is and hubby does the taste tests. lol) and basically being at one with nature. One of our new found pleasures has been cuddles with our six month older.. What can ever beat that?…We are also THAT family because sometimes we aren’t too perfect, and even though it might take a while, we value the merits of apologies and know that saying “I am sorry” is always bound to reap positive results…So you see, we are definately THAT family :-) 
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  I’ve always been a part of THAT family even before I had my own, but the realization really sunk in during my transitory period between University and ‘the real world’. It was then that I truly discovered the aspects/elements that I wanted MY family to have.  I have since been blessed to find a husband who shares these ideals and hopefully as our little one gets older, she will too.   
5.    Where can we find your blog? 
I know at first glance you might think it isn’t someplace where ‘international moms’ can truly feel at home, but once you are a mom or a mom at heart, I’m sure you can relate.  If you also want to learn about another culture via my posts, it is worth perusing.