Here’s What I Have to Say:

Here’s What I Have to Say:

Dancing Queens

On the way home from dinner one night while we were on the North Shore last weekend, we put on some music and the girls started dancing in their car seats. These are two of Maddie’s favorite songs to dance to. They were making me laugh! In the first video, they are dancing to “Sexy And I Know It” and the second video is “Gangnam Style”.

Bread & Wine

For our August Book Club book, we chose Bread and Wine. We decided to try a new genre with food and I think it was a good choice…something a little different. Here’s a bit about the book: As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. Bread &...

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September MOPS Calendar

Here is the September activities calendar from MOPS. I think some of the ideas this month look like a lot of fun!

Our Little Singer

Yesterday I was laughing so hard listening to Maddie singing in her room during nap time. I don’t know where she was in her room, but I took a video of the baby monitor. She was cracking me up. She started by singing “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. Then she transitioned into her own little mix of who-knows-what. Enjoy!

Train Ride

Back in July (yes, I’m VERY behind in blog posts), Maddie had been asking a lot about trains. So we decided to take her on a light rail ride downtown. Maddie loved every minute of it! Here are the girls waiting for the train to come. Here is Maddie watching for the train. Dannie and I sitting on the train. And Maddie…happy as can be sitting with dad, looking at everything from her window! When we got downtown, we walked...

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Baby #3 Reveal

I posted a few weeks ago that baby #3 is going to be a BOY! Some days I still can’t believe it. I told my family to come wearing pink or blue for what they guessed the baby would be. The guesses were Girl: 8 and Boy: 6 (A few people couldn’t come, but we got their guesses ahead of time). Chuck’s sister put together a really fun scavenger hunt for us this time. In her words “you’ll have to...

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August MOPS Calendar

Better late than never in my book. Here is the August events/activities calendar for MOPS. I really like some of the suggestions for this month!

Hollow City

Hollow City is another fabulous book. I read the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and loved it. So I was really excited for this one to come out. Here’s a little about the book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a...

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11 Things to Improve Life

I came across this link in my inbox this morning from MOPS. I had a little meltdown the other day about things I felt I needed to get done and I just felt completely overwhelmed. I didn’t want to ask for help because I thought the things I was worrying about were silly even though they were making me nuts. When this article popped up this morning, it just struck a chord with me. Here is the article: Moms care...

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Social Media Overload

The past couple weeks, Chuck and I have been making a very conscious effort to use our phones less. Checking Facebook (Instagram, Twitter, etc.) has started to consume my life. I know I am not alone in this. Chuck commented that in five years we aren’t going to look back and say “I wish I had spent more time checking Facebook”. And he’s absolutely right. With baby number 3 just about 16 weeks away from arriving and these two girls...

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Dead Until Dark

First, I love the show True Blood. Second, I was having a terrible time getting through my current book club book, To the Moon and Timbuktu (which I still haven’t finished and we are meeting tonight), so I decided to start a new book. I could get this book from the library right away, so I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s a synopsis if you haven’t read the books or seen the show: Sookie Stackhouse is just a...

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Word Crimes

I’m admittedly not much of a Weird Al fan, but Chuck said I should watch this video and I’ll admit, I found it funny and laughed quite a few times. If you get upset with grammar misuse, you will definitely appreciate this video.

MOPS Calendars

I haven’t been posting these monthly MOPS calendars (because I kept forgetting), but here are the last couple months. I thought you still might be able to find some fun ideas in them if you are looking for things to do with your kids/friends/family.


I finished Divergent a couple weeks ago. I was really excited for it because I liked some of the other young adult trilogies in the same genre (The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner) but for some reason I was having a terrible time getting through this one. It could have been because I had just finished the final book in The Maze Runner series or it could have been because I was in another reading slump. First, here’s a...

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It’s a…….

BOY!!! I am still in shock. Last night we found out that baby #3 is a boy. I was sure we were going to have another girl. On Wednesday morning we had my 20 week ultrasound. The baby was healthy and everything looked great. We had the ultrasound person put the gender in an envelope for us again (like we did with Dannie) and we gave it to Chuck’s sister, Paige, to do something for a reveal. (I’ll tell you...

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Dancing Queen

For the last couple months or so, Maddie has been asking (and asking and asking) if she can take a “bannerina” (ballerina) class. So I found a local place that had some summer sessions and signed her up. To say she was excited would be an understatement.  Here are a few pictures. The parents can only watch through a window that has a sheer curtain on it, so I apologize for the quality of the pictures. (She’s wearing a purple...

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More Twitter

First, I will start by saying that I’m a bit of a freak. I knew that one day I would want at least three kids. So when I made a Twitter account for Maddie (@microhays) I knew that I should make one for possible subsequent children. Not knowing what the future would hold, I created two more accounts….One for “Maybe Baby #2”, AKA, Dannie (@nanohays) and one for “Maybe Baby #3”, AKA, Baby #3 (@picohays). All this to say I...

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For June, my book club did a “choose your own book”. Covet was my pick. This book is by Tracey Garvis Graves. She wrote On The Island and I really liked that book, so I had a feeling I would like this one as well. Here’s a little about the book: What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else? Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during...

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Big News at the Hays House

Yep! This is happening at our house! We are really excited! And note that I cannot take any credit for the above photo. I slept on the couch while Chuck made this beauty! I went to my doctor appointment yesterday. We had an ultrasound and confirmed that yes indeed, there is a baby in there (I never believe it until I see an ultrasound!). The due date I was thinking was November 30th. Since I have c-sections (here’s why), I...

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18 Months

I can’t believe how fast Dannie has been growing up. I feel like I blinked and BAM…she’s 18 months old. Wow. D has been trying to talk a lot more. She has a bunch of words and signs now and seems to be very happy that she can communicate with us better. She dotes on her sister ALL the time. She follows her around and wants to copy everything she does. It’s really sweet. Sometimes I need to remind Maddie...

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