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!  

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 51

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: I keep cranking out the gourmet meals!  My feature this week was grilled chicken with feta cheese and cucumber, and roasted grape tomatoes served on a bed of couscous. It was delicious! And it’s from the E-Mealz menu planning I use. If you love one-stop shopping, saving money, and incredible meals, you need to check this out! I probably should work for them because I’m like a food evangelist (Commercial is now over).

Introduction into the Society: Help me welcome Princess with a Half Price Tiara!
Check out her post on the hot dogs and spaghetti noodles. I’m going to try this one night when my hubby works late!

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

I came up with the name because although I am down to earth and currently wearing sweatpants that I bought at the Gap, five or six years ago on the clearance rack, I do like the finer things in life as long as I can get them on sale. 

I started my blog with the intent of tracking my crafts and ideas for teaching my children.  I am a huge list maker and sometimes spend more time making lists than actually accomplishing what is on them.  I figured if I was going to put stuff up for the world to see, I better get it done.  On a serious note, my son has some 
learning difficulties and I love all of the wonderful things I have learned through “blogging” that help me teach him better, there really are some nice, smart people left in the world.

2.    How long have you blogging? 

I started my blog in February of 2009 so I am still a newbie.  I am loving every minute though!!!


3.    How would you define THAT family?

I would define THAT family as the one who is always smiling and causes others to smile also, although sometimes you are not always sure if they are smiling with you or in sympathy!


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

Well, I always had a deep dark feeling but when I saw that you had a “society” and a button, I had such a strong desire to have one, I just knew!

5.    Where can we find your blog?

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 50

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: How do you know I’m a Mom? I have animals growing in my window sill. We are soaking in the last days of summer and trying to squeeze in all the things we meant to do!

Introduction into The Society: Milkland: 101 Days Attempting Biblical Wifehood
I’m going to let this blogger introduce herself (as emailed to me):

My husband and I are certainly THAT family. Super young! Alternative. Tree-Hugging. Make homemade stuff and church going folk? Yup! …..I couldn’t pick a single post or story to share because simple….everything I write seems to scream “Oh….they are that kind of family. How weird.” Getting featured on your site would be great! I’m starting a new project (blog described in my answers, Milkland) in my feeble attempts to figure out what I’m suppose to be doing as a young christian wife! I don’t have any mentors or christian women in my life so I’m left to my own means to figure this out…..having some exposue to attract some readers (aka people with experience and advice!) would be a god-send. Besides, I don’t think any of my friends are yet in that stage of life where budgeting and baking bread is facinating. I’m a lone wolf in the tattoo, multi-color hair crowd.
My site is new:

But you can also get a sense of who I am and my husband from our family blog:
It doesn’t take long to see that we are ‘that family’……..

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

I named my blog: ‘Milkland: 101 Days Attempting Biblical Wifehood’
When I was little girl with a larger than life imagination I always pretended I lived in
a world called Milkland, where everything was more amplified. Marriage has certainly been that: life amplified. I started this blog simply for the fact that I have absolutely no clue about what I am suppose to be doing as a christian wife! No mentors. No women in my life to give me some direction. The first eight months of our marriage I just kinda stumbled through. After decided to really get to work and start attempting to figure what biblical wifehood looks like for a 22, tattooed, multi-color hair, tree hugger idealist christian, I created this blog hoping someone out there like me might find some comfort in knowing not everyone knows exactly what to do after you say ‘I do.’ It’s a hard and often embaressing journey, but one I want to share.

2.    How long have you blogging?

Oh gosh. One decade. Exactly. But you have to understand I’m 22 years old. Blogging is a way of life for my generation! If you really do your homework you can find some old internet journals (what they were referred to back then) of mine. Nothing I’m too proud of. My entire awkward and sometimes rebellious teenage life is captured on livejournal. ‘A halirous read’ as my husband puts it. Milkland is a new blog. The 101 day journey has just begun. The only other blog I upkeep currently is a family blog for my husband and mine’s realtives and friends to keep up on our lives since we live in a different city.

3.    How would you define THAT family?

Well, THAT family, us, is generally commented about in the likes of “You are way too young to be married!” “Oh, you’re that kind of family who reuses everything attempting to save the world?” “Tattoos? Crazy hair colors? How childish!”…….well, fortunately we don’t mind. We love Jesus. We try to do good. And we’re proud to be ‘THAT’ family.

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

When we got married in our living room on halloween with only ten guest, and the officiator was the author of ‘Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars.’ Yup. Our status as the crazy weird family was sealed right then and there. That, and the fact we’re having a belated mock wedding this summer….complete with raffling off posistions for the wedding party (maid of honor, flower girl, groomsmen, etc).

5.    Where can we find your blog?

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 49

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review:  Is it just me or is she delicious? 

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome this fabulous and informative blogger, MoneyWiseMoms.

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

I started Moneywise Moms because I was working so hard to save/make money as a stay-at-home-mom that I wanted to help others, too. I write about ways to save on groceries, clothes, etc. and have fun with the kids for cheap. I get a lot of feedback from readers who really use my strategies and have seen a big impact on their budget, and that really keeps me going.

2.    How long have you blogging? I started  in January of 2008, but I’ve had a personal family blog since I was on bedrest with my twins back in 2005. I’ve always been the kind of writer that “talks,” so blogging fits me perfectly.

3.    How would you define THAT family?  
THAT family stands out–in good ways I hope–as laughing and loving through all the trials of life. I can’t count how many times people have said to me, “Wow, it’s always something, huh.” Yep, so we just keep plugging away.

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  
It was just recently, when I was walking through IKEA with my own wet pants (because a toddler peed on me), that I thought–hmmm, might have to join that Society now.

5.    Where can we find your blog? 

Come read more of our adventures, frugal and otherwise, at

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 48

Photo of the Week:

The Week in Review: We went to the pool nearly every day this past week. It’s so hot here in Texas. Let’s just say all that chlorine and sun don’t exactly enhance my hair. I lost a small bet with my son and he got to fix my hair and I had to put it on my blog. That will teach me not to gamble.

Introduction into The Society: Let’s give Scenic Route to Joy a big welcome today!

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

 My blog is called Taking the Scenic Route to Joy.  I started it when my now ex-husband and I were going through the process of separation and divorce, and it seemed like joy or anything remotely resembling it was a long, hard way away.  I started blogging then mostly to have a place to vent my fears and frustrations (and it felt like everything in my life was frustrating most days), and to corral my random thoughts. 

2)  How long have you been blogging?

This blog starts in November 2004.  I had one before this one, but it got eaten due to server issues, and I can’t even remember what I called it or when exactly I started it.   

3)  How would you define THAT family?

THAT family is the one who can tell you things their kids have said or done that they couldn’t possibly make up.  THAT family is the one that finds itself saying often, “But it seemed like a good idea at the time!” when yet another scheme has failed to work out quite as expected/planned.  (By the way, I expect that “But it seemed like a good idea at the time” will be engraved on my tombstone after I die.  Story of my life.)  THAT family is the one that, no matter how crazy things get, still manages to pull together and laugh and remember that they can get through anything together.

4)  When did you discover you were part of THAT family? 

I was a bit of an oddball in my family growing up, but I didn’t really feel like part of THAT family until my firstborn son got old enough to talk and really express himself, when he was about three years old.  He can come out with things that would have made my mother’s hair curl and fall right off her head, and when it was just the two of us after my ex and I divorced, we became THAT family.  Good thing I was pretty much immune to worrying about what other people thought of how he acted or what he said, or I’d have spent a lot of time being really embarrassed!  I’m now remarried to a man who’s really a boy in a man’s body, and we’ve added another son to the family.  I feel the insanity level going right off the charts.  

5)  Where can we find your blog? – stop by and say hi!

I forgot to mention that Sasha Sews (my giveaway from last week) is offering FREE SHIPPING to my readers for any order this next week. Please use the code WATF 1 and your shipping will be refunded thru Paypal.
THAT Family Tree Society will be on a short hiatus for the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t been featured yet, would you please email me your requests again while I try to get organized? Thanks!

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 47

Photos of the Week:

The Week in Review: My big kids are always asking to use their  “pocket knives.” (They were unapproved gifts, but thankfully they are extremely dull). I gave them each a bar of soap and let them carve away! They had a blast and even my toddler whittled with a plastic Ikea knife. It made for a great Daycation activity! Oh, that, and ice cream!

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

My blog is called It’s a Vivas Thing! For years my family has just, well, been one of THOSE families…it happens when you have five children. Many friends have started saying they *had a Vivas Day* or *It was a Vivas Thing*. Several of them started telling me I need to write these things down or no one would believe them. This year, I decided to start a blog….and hence, “It’s a Vivas Thing* was born! My very first blog I was trying to decide what to write when my teenage daughter started screaming in the bathroom because a spider had decided to join her! I love writing and am having a ball with the blogging. 

2) How long have you been blogging?

I started my blog in January 2009. 

3) How would you define THAT family?  

We’re the ones that other’s talk about and shake their heads at and secretly would love to be part of THAT family, but are afraid of what it would entail! ha ha! THAT family is full of craziness, laughter, adventure, love and spirit. 

4) When did you discover you were part of THAT family? 

I’ve been thinking it for a while, but it was pretty much confirmed for me this morning when chaos erupted as we tried to get kids to school, hubby to work, and catch a wild bird that the dog had brought in…and let loose in our house! As kids were running and screaming and hubby was rushing back into the house to find out what the commotion was about, all I could do was laugh and think, “We are part of THAT family!” 

5) Where can we find your blog

THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 46

Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: My hubby and I enjoyed a couple of days away while my kids played. We had a great time, but I’m so happy for all of us to be together again. And I’ve decided that I’m terribly in love with these two guys.

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome From the Desk of a Princess to the family tree!

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

My blog is “From The Desk of a Princess”…and no, I don’t have a strong penchant for Disney princesses (except for my Cinderella nightgown…). I am a Daughter of the King, royalty of the Highest Order; I serve a King! The original purpose of my blog was to journal my faith walk, and to write devotions with the hopes of reaching anyone who would stumble upon my blog so I could share the joy of a relationship with Christ. It has become much more personal over this first year, but He remains the central focus.

2.    How long have you blogging? 
I’m coming up on my one year anniversary and can’t imagine not blogging! I’ve met so many wonderful Christian ladies along the way. Kim of Thoughts by Kim probably being my closest connection…hopefully I will get to meet her this side of heaven! 

3.    How would you define THAT family? 
They have a way of taking life, good, bad and in between, and making a memory out of it. THAT family has lots of laughter in their home. And it seems like the wackiest shenanigans happen to them! THAT family is pretty much The Brady Bunch..I mean, helloooo! Marcia getting her nose busted by a renegade football…the Hawaiian idol that causes Greg to have a surfing accident…Peter’s volcano that spews all over the snobby girls from Marcia’s high school! What family hasn’t experienced this?!? 

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family? 
Ya know, I think I only became part of THAT family when I got married last year! My husband’s parents are so much fun! There is constant laughter when we’re together and they are just a spirited group of people! My husband has brought out the “Dorky Dorkenstein” in me (and I the “Nerdy Nerdikens” in him) which usually leads to some pretty memorable and fun moments! We enjoy our life, taking the good with the bad, laughing all the way, even if it’s laughter between tears… 

5.    Where can we find your blog? 
You can find me at