THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 57

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  ="outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline- line-height: 1.2em; color:initial;">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  rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="" style="outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; line-height: 1.2em; color: blue; text-decoration: underline; ">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.

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 55

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 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 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! 

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 54

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. 

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 53

Pictures of the Week:

The Week in Review: We survived the first week of school! Whew!

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome my friend over at Stop and Smell the Chocolates!

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

My blog is called Stop and Smell the Chocolates because I think everybody should take a little time out of their busy day to enjoy God’s blessings all around them.  And I like chocolate.  A lot.  I try to make my blog a nice place to take a little break and I have chocolatey goodness every Friday! I was inspired to start blogging by my friend Sarah at Real Life.  I think there’s a hidden writer in me that wanted to get out.  Blogging has been the perfect outlet! 

2.    How long have you blogging?  

I started my blog in April of 2008 and am still going strong!   

3.    How woul
d you define THAT family?

THAT family can be so many things – a family that makes you appreciate your blessings, a family that makes you laugh, a family that can laugh at themselves, a family that inspires you, a family that educates you in what not to do, a family that makes you feel not so strange after all…   :) 

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

I must admit – I was in denial about this for a long time.  I don’t have multiple trips to the emergency room.  I only have 1 son, so I don’t have sibling issues to deal with.  I thought that somehow I didn’t “qualify”.  But then one day I found some dirty dishes that I had hidden in the oven 3 days earlier.  And it got me thinking…and thinking.  Well that and the fact that I don’t have a problem with cake being a breakfast food.  I started realizing that the clues had been there all along – I really was part of a THAT family!!  It explained so much – LOL! 

5.    Where can we find your blog? and I also blog at which is still me, but less chocolatey!

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 52

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: My kids have been begging all summer to go roller skating! And so I did what all good Moms do, I sent their Dad to the rink with them! (The last time I skated, I spent hours unwinding toilet paper from my wheels. Believe me, they were better off with him!) They had a blast. I couldn’t believe the amount of bruising the next day though….
Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome Peterson St. Louis!
1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  
Well, it all started as a way for me to keep the in-laws and other relatives up-to-date on the kids and everything that family is up to here in St. Louis. So to make it easy to remember…ta-dah Peterson St. Louis. It just kind of blossomed from there to one of the best parts of my day and something I really enjoy. I have always enjoyed writing, so it has actually come quite easy to get into! I write about our daily lives, family stuff and share parts of the beautiful city of St.. Louis!
2.    How long have you blogging? Since October of 2007. I have a few genealogy blogs that I upkeep for the family to be able to access. (Although they are not linked to this one!) I have been working on my family tree since 1993 so it has been quite the task to figure out what needs to be added to the blogs and to keep updating the info as I find it.
3.    How would you define THAT family?  
THAT family–well, we consider ourselves to be the family that doesn’t mind being the odd one. We love to laugh. We go all over the place, take a million photographs and then I blog about it. We go to arts and crafts shows, haunted houses and then a random church just for good measure. We go letterboxing for fun too! (If you have no idea what that is, just go to for info!) We like to explore and share the world with each other. And no matter what happens we are always there for each other. We get mad, we argue, we act silly, we laugh and we love.
4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  
I have always been a part of THAT family. If you knew my family history, you would know that I was born into THAT family! But my children have learned (the hard way?) that I love life and I enjoy making them and others laugh. I have tattoos and listen to loud, heavy music but hearing their laughter and getting snuggles is what makes me feel all mushy!
I think being a part of THAT family is a huge compliment, because we all look after each other and that closeness is what I think life should be about! And with us, what you see is what you get! (That’s a good thing, right???)
5.    Where can we find your blog? 
You can find me at I love to meet new bloggers and check out their blogs too!