This is What Love Looks Like

This Mama Frog has been a little blue lately, which is not such a good color.  I have been feeling down and underappreciated and like all that I am doing is an exercise in futitlity.  But I got my new camera in on Tuesday and so yesterday, I decided to actively document what LOVE looks like during my ordinary old days.

So for those interested- this is what we do all day.  We love….



The Boy snuck into the dog biscuits to make a stockpile for his little dog, because “Mom, he loves them so much.”


The Boy and Scoot playing Minecraft together before the big sisters wake up.


The first egg of the morning, still warm.


One sweet hen peeking out.


Yesterday was “I love The Boy” Day.  What “I Love You” day is complete without fresh doughnuts?


Especailly when you split them in half and fill them with homemade whipped cream and strawberries.


Sometimes love looks like freshly liberated chickens, released for a morning snack by one Tiny Tadpole who waits impatiently every morning to see his “Chick chicks.”


Love can also look like gently shooing chickens from your garden while they scold you for interrupting their snack.


Love looks like a sidearmed hug to a little brother.


It can also like a kiss for your canine buddy.


Sometimes love is rascally and involves trying desperately to get to the garden hose so you can spray your Mama. DSCN0069

Love is two sisters on a hammock, talking and laughing together.


Love is making faces while your big sis tries to pose pretty.


Love is explaining why Raph-O is your favorite Ninja Turtle Ever.


Because he is super cool…


And because he is…


Red and red is The Boy’s favorite color.


Love is always grand…


But its even better when it multiplies.


And even a little more.


Love is a boy and his dog.


Best buddies.


Because every boy needs a best friend.


Love is rescued chickens getting a pedicure.


Especailly when they are crazy wild.


And are being held by a big girl who is almost in tears at the sight of their feet.


I am glad we rescued them too.


Love is discovering new things, like these baby spiders on the web.


And new blooms on a Mother’s Day rose bush.


Love is three sisters who are feeling better after their pedicure.


Love is Butterbeer Ice Cream ready for the freezer.  Especially on a hot day.  Especailly when its “I Love The Boy” Day.DSCN0098

Love is a duck egg.  Used in the ice cream, picked out by kids who just wanted to try them.  Love is saving the shells to share with friends.

Love is not one big thing.  Love is made up of 5 million tiny things during the day.  What does love look like for you today?

June Menu

Seems like all this Mama Frog has been posting about has been food.  With 7 people here eating 3 meals a day plus a snack, and then add in Papa Frog when he’s home, I spend a good part of my day cooking or planning cooking.

I love my kitchen helpers.  Even Tiny Tadpole (who is no longer tiny) loved to be involved in the kitchen.  Just for some throwback Thursday cuteness, here is Tiny Tadpole’s First Birthday and a picture from our Coastal Anniversary Roadtrip in February.


Anyway, menu for June, (sorry sometimes this Mama gets sidetracked, especially with Tadpoles fighting and trying to show me things, and a Tiny Tadpole who is wanting to nurse.  So here is my menu for June.  Happy Eating!

P.S.  You will notice menus on there as well for Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Jurassic Park, Toy Story and My Neighbor Totoro, which are this month’s dinner and a movie fun!

June Meal Planning Menu 2015

May Meal Planning Part 4 – In Which Mama Frog Unveils the Shopping Lists


It has been the world’s longest day here today- if you want to get technical about it, is has been the longest week ever.  However, May’s lists are finally done.  I am shopping this Sunday.  Are you?

Print your shoppings lists below:

May Meal Planning LISTS 2015

May Meal Planning (Part 3)- Or Mama Frog Shares Some Downloadable Printables

I will have the shopping lists posted tomorrow, but I wanted to make sure you could get a head start printing and planning for May!  Here are some sample.  I included a cover page so you can tape it to a 3 ring binder if you choose, or slide it in the little clear pocket thing in the front.  I would love to know what you think!  Shopping lists are coming tomorrow.  🙂

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May Meal Planning Cover 2015

May Meal Planning Menu 2015

May Meal Planning Recipes 2015

Family Movie and Dinner Night and “I Love…Day” – This is How We Eat In May

menu notepad with tomatoes

As promised today I am posting my menu plan for this month.  Now you wil notice a couple of odd things on my menu, so let me go ahead and clear those up now.  Here on the Pond we do things a little differently.  I like to surprise the Froglets with “I Love You” days.  These days are days where we focus on one member of the family and consciously do and say nice things to and for them.  I also like to make foods I know they particularly like.  These days happen roughly once a week, but sometimes they are more frequent.  On my menu plan you will see that I have them “sceduled” for Wednesdays.  That is strictly for ease of making the plan, as the days do change.

Another thing you will notice are that I have scheduled Family Movie and Dinner nights.  These nights we have a themed dinner that fits with the movie we plan to watch.  This is a new thing on the Pond, (we already do movie nights, but these will be even more fun!).  The food I have planned may not be your family’s favorites, but I encourage you to consider adopting this with your own Froglets.  (Stay Tuned for more information about these, including recipes, crafts and desserts as they happen.)

I have also included two nights of eating out, although one is Ice Cream For Dinner.  We typically go out and get ice cream when Papa Frog gets home from work, and then come home and make dinner for dessert together.  It’s a fun treat for everyone.  I was concerned when I first did it that perhaps the Froglets would not want to eat their dinner, but its a ritual here now and we have never had a problem with that.

As I mentioned yesterday, my menu planning runs from the 10th to the 10th.  I don’t remember why it started that way, but it did several years ago and that tradition continues on today.

Meal Planning May 2015