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Lately Eli has been extremely enjoying the show Phineas and Ferb. If you haven’t seen this show you honestly should… it’s pretty entertaining. Phineas and Ferb are two brothers that find creative ways to spend their summer vacation all while their sister tries to “bust” them but fails because every time their mom comes to see what the boys have invented it somehow disappears. It really is a great cartoon for the entire family, we all enjoy a good episode. So with Eli’s new favorite show that we have embraced at our house I thought that I would share a few life lessons that came straight out of Phineas and Ferb.

  1. Have Determination. Phineas and Ferb’s sister Candace is constantly wanting to “bust” them and show her mom what crazy invention the boys have made. She never succeeds, the invention is always gone when their mom comes to see what Candace is talking about. You might be wondering why the inventions are gone, well typically it has a little something to do with Perry the platypus stopping Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans, but hey that’s another story. No matter the defeat every episode Candace is determined to “bust” her brothers.
  2. There’s an adventure for everyday. “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today.” This is what Phineas says just before they begin their crazy adventure for the day. No time is wasted, they look at each day as a chance to have fun and make everything exciting.
  3. You are never to young. “Aren’t you a little young to….” It never fails that Phineas and Ferb create a fantastic invention that is wild, crazy and always requires them to order parts/products. Each time the delivery person always says this quote and the boys reply “yes, yes we are.” Just because they are young means nothing. There is no stopping them from “locating Frankenstein’s brain!”
  4. Go big or go home. Never settle for the simple and easy. If it can be done to the coolest, most highest quality, top notch of standards then by all means that is just how we roll. For example why would you just make a tree fort when you could make a robot tree fort!
  5. Never underestimate the power of a platypus (or any pet really). Perry the platypus isn’t your ordinary family pet, he is also a secret agent. All I am saying is never underestimate the power of a pet… they understand more than you think. When my Lupus is giving me a flare up and I am in pain my dog Lucy seems to know this and always wants to cuddle up next to me and never leave my side.
  6. Through thick and thin. Phineas and Ferb drive Candace crazy but at the end of the day she loves her brothers and they love her, even if she is constantly high strung and seeking every chance she can to get them in trouble. Plus, Candace always partakes and enjoys each crazy invention.
  7. Be Inclusive. The boys always include everyone in their crazy adventures, their sister, her boyfriend, their friends and the neighborhood bully. You never know the power of including someone else in your adventures!
  8. Don’t aim to small. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is an “evil scientist” who fails miserably at his attempt to take over the tri-state area. What evil character in any story actually aims for something other than the world?
  9. Don’t miss the adventures. The mom in the story misses every invention. Candace manages to get their mom to the scene just as the gadgets disappear. Don’t be the parent who misses out on all the adventures, jump in and enjoy the crazy fun instead of only hearing about it.
  10. Don’t include the Self destruct button. With every evil invention that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has he never fails to include a self destruct button. Typically this is how Perry the platypus will defeat him. How many times have we used a self destruct button on ourselves?
If you haven’t watched this show clearly now you know that it is a great show and you should watch it, “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!”


I love having a son! There is nothing like the excitement of mommy’s little boy! Having a boy means the house is constantly a playground, superhero capes are a must have and playing outside in the dirt is not an option. And I love every minute of it! Lately Eli has been wearing his superhero cape practically non-stop. In fact we took his wagon and went for a walk to get some ice cream last night and he wore the cape the entire time. Everything is an adventure when you wear a cape, even Braum’s ice cream! He loves to put the cape on and scream “ready, set, go” and then you see him take off running through out the house. It brings a smile to my face every time! Eli is also a big fan of playing outside. He can be spashing in his little toddler pool or running around chasing the dogs, no matter the case he is never ready to come inside. Everything is truly an adventure for him and watching his excitement makes me just as excited!

Being a mom to a boy is awesome, they always know just how to make their mommy’s heart just melt, which is probaby part of where you get the phrase “mommy’s little boy.” For me, its always when he gives me that precious smile of his and sweetly says “mommy, mommy, mommy…. I love you!” There is nothing more precious!


Every parent knows when I say that the life of a toddler is busy. Once my son started walking he is constantly on the go exploring everything. I love it, but I won’t lie it is also exhausting and every mom will agree. As soon as his eyes open in the morning he is ready to start the fun-filled day, in fact there are many mornings when I go into his room and he has already begun his daily adventures by throwing his socks or his Grover out of the crib. There are even some mornings when I go in there and he starts to play peek-a-boo right away or the other times when I walk in and the first thing I hear is “more” (which for him that means he is ready for breakfast). The life of a toddler is never boring and that also means that the mommy of that toddler also has a life that is never boring. Every day is filled with new adventures and new and wonderful memories!

So with that said, today on my thankful Thursday I am thankful for those cuddle bug moments! Eli is so busy playing and having adventures that when he comes over to me and crawls up in my lap for hugs I will take every minute of that cuddle bug moment and soak it up. I love that time when he is curled up in my lap sucking his thumb and just holding me, it melts my heart and makes me thankful that little boys love their mommies! What are you thankful for this Thursday?


“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3 (NIV)


“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen…” A.A. Milne

In a matter of one day things became much more exciting at our house. Eli learned to pull himself up! Today he has walked along the coffee table while holding on! They seriously grow up so fast! Not only is he pulling himself up and walking along the coffee table, but he has two more teeth coming in, he feeds himself food and we lowered his crib. So much so fast, at least it feels that way! I told Chase last night that his room doesn’t feel like a baby room anymore, it feels like a toddler room now. He is getting big so quickly! I always heard that when it comes to your children growing up it feels like it happens within the blink of an eye. Only now do I realize just how true that statement is. I am so happy and excited that he is learning to do all these new things but I am just not ready for him to grow up. I’m sure other moms know how I feel. All I can really do is just take each day and cherish each moment I have with him, at each new stage and each new milestone he comes to. Every day is a blessing and every child is a blessing. I am thankful that I get to spend my days with the most wonderful blessing!