About Kirsten

I'm a writer-turned-creative-dabbler. I ogle "happy" designer fabrics and aspire to one day owning my own online fabric shop especially suited for my fellow modern creative pioneers embarking upon the sewing frontier. A journey is always more exciting with a friend!

My faith carries me through the rough patches and gives flight to my dreams.

I'm a recovering home schooling mommy to my 7-year-old super boy and 5-year-old ragamuffin princess! I've been married to my very best friend and sanity-saving-hero for 8 years. I call our simple life "blessed."

...and I'm always hooked up to an IV of flavored diet coke with pebble ice. Chocolate? Vanilla? Marshmallow? Anyone...anyone?

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Only I wasn’t at the market to buy a fat pig.

Um, never mind.

Moving on…

I rolled back in from a fabulous vacation to my motherland {AKA Walt Disney World} yesterday afternoon. Two of my sassy precious former youth group girlies, along with two of our sassy lovely mommas, determined last spring to take a little trip down to Florida. What began as a plan to embark upon a 4-night Disney Cruise Line cruise turned into a 9-day trip that, in the end, involved 5 days spent at Walt Disney World followed by a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Wonder. It was so so fun! Yet nine days was an exceptionally long time to be away from my favorite snuggle bugs.

Despite feeling well rested when we disembarked the ship and subsequently boarded the flight home yesterday, I crashed early and hard last night. Today I woke up refreshed and I felt great until mid-afternoon when I suddenly believe that my entire house was bobbing on ocean tides. Mind you, I needed no Dramamine ON the boat, but apparently my land-legs crave the waves. I feel better tonight, so hopefully the Vertigo is gone for good.

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Even though I had to say goodbye to paradise for a now, I thought that I would take some time over the next few days to share a few reviews and travel tips with you all! Stay tuned. I’ll be back with a review of the Pop Century Value Resort at Walt Disney World tomorrow or Wednesday. If you are looking to head to WDW on a budget, shoot me an email to kirsten@ahappytrip.com. I would love to help you plan a trip to paradise too– but the dolphin is only included if you choose the cruise option. Isn’t she adorable? I mean, really! Awwww….

Homeschooling Here We Come!

As if the past two weeks haven’t been eventful enough between being under the weather and sending the kids back to school, we prayerfully & thoughtfully came to the conclusion that starting next week, Peyton will be embarking on a homeschooling adventure. Who am I kidding? I WILL be embarking upon a new homeschooling adventure and Peyton just gets to come along for the ride. After all, I’m the one clamoring to get all of our new curriculum ordered and to rearrange an area of our home to serve as our classroom! He just gets to show up. …LUCKY!

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Thankfully, this isn’t a new thought for us, so I already had a much-researched game-plan shelved on the bookcase in my brain in the event that this day came. Parker is happily tucked away in a 2/3 combined classroom at our local public school wherein she is THRIVING. And while Peyton loves school and being social, we ALL {yep, Peyton too} felt like it was time to pull him back into a home classroom and give him some individualized instruction. Learning HOW to learn and be an independent thinker is every bit as important as retaining the knowledge that is taught– and unfortunately the average teacher in the average classroom in America simply doesn’t have the luxury of doing that anymore. Their hands are tied as they have an enormous amount of material that they MUST present to their children every day leaving little time for them to cater to differing learning types within the classroom. My heart goes out to them because that’s one HARD job when you have 29 kids in a cramped room and a mount of material to conquer.  I adore teachers and I have absolutely been forever thankful for the ones that have been a part of our family.

The next few weeks are going to take some adjusting, I’m positive. I am slightly mourning the loss of my “mom-time” but at the same time feeling extra thankful to have one of my favorite people in the world to hang out with each day. This weekend will be spent “nesting” for the big arrival of Monday morning. I have shut down the Etsy shop for the immediate future. I wisely learned some time ago that you can never add something to an already full plate without first removing something. Once my current orders are finished and shipped, I am stashing away my sewing machine until at least October.

I am guessing that I will end up having more time to blog as I will spend a huge amount of time each day at the school table with Peyton– so why not blog while I’m sitting there between read-alouds and math instruction?

Well, that’s our big news. If I haven’t had a chance to tell you in person, I’m sorry. It’s been a whirlwind and I’ve had oodles of details to attend to over the past few days. Pray for us as we adjust. I’ll keep you all posted!


Human Again

Hey hey all! I’m back to the land of the living. Seriously feeling like I’m walking around in a haze for 11 days is no fun. My heart just breaks for people battling ongoing illness. Prayer is where it’s at.

So now that I’m officially a human again, I’m trying to tackle my piled up inbox and think ahead through the remainder of the month. I need to set some goals and get my act together. Thankfully, I put together a monthly menu right before I started feeling punky and that has been a HUGE help this month in keeping me organized. Up tonight is Frito Pie… admittedly not the healthiest of options out there, but I have one little one who adores it.

I’m also LOVING the new Starbucks Bacon, Egg and Gouda Breakfast Sandwich~~ so tonight I’m going to try to make my own to throw in the freezer for a quick breakfast. Here’s to hoping that it works! Mmm.

Sunbathing Miss Molly

And just because she’s so doggone cute {pun completely intended}, here’s a pic of Miss Molly acting like a teeny tiny lap-dog and lounging on the back of our couch this afternoon. Nevermind that she’s a big fluffy Labradoodle. She doesn’t care and she obviously believes that she fits, so this time I’ll just let sleeping dogs lie. {I seriously couldn’t help myself folks!}  ;)



you know how you get sick every.single.year the first week of school?

Oh yea. That. Not “you” rather, ME.  It’s back.

Every  single  year for the past three years I pick up some icky virus right as school is about to start. The year that the kids went into kindergarten and 2nd grade I’m fairly certain that I had Whooping Cough. It lasted FOREVER and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Last year {and now} it is just a common cold. But for-Pete’s-sake… I’m tired of it!

I have work to do. I have ideas to put into practice. I have life to live! Only by the time I take a shower and manage to get dressed for the day it’s almost 1pm and by then I’m feeling wiped out again. This is sort of a pity-party post and I know it. Thankfully the blog isn’t usually too busy on the weekend, so I’m just using this as my venting space. Honestly, I just want to feel well {and wide awake} without a fuzzy brain.

This is nothing compared to the summer that my mom has endured. She picked up a miserable case of Shingles LAST DECEMBER– which led to a corneal ulcer this summer resulting in her eye being sewn shut for three weeks. Thankfully, healing came and she is better, but goodness gracious.

I’m just tired of being tired. I am well aware that my life and goals get thrown WAY off the radar when I’m feeling icky– and I  just don’t like that feeling of setbacks. It’s like someone else pushing the “pause” button on my life. If everything else in the world paused too then it wouldn’t be a problem. But they don’t, so there’s the problem.

Alright, enough venting. I’m going to sit here and make myself be minimally productive– and then I’m going to lie down on the couch and read all evening long.

Back to School 2014

Yesterday was a big ole ball of interesting. Despite floating around in a giant haze of exhaustion, I managed to eke out this post on my experience with depression. After that, I was spent. I wonder what the Lord was doing there? Keeping me awake all night as if with labor pains– only to birth something authentic and genuine the following morning. Being all tuckered out aside, I still got the kids home from school, went over homework and whipped up homemade chicken & noodles for dinner (and no, I did not make my own noodles). That was a win, because despite wanting to feed my kids healthy organic meals, the reality is that we eat an awful lot fast food. I could let that oppress and depress me, or I could just be grateful for the fact that I’m sticking to this month’s menu like a champ. {pre-planning is KEY for me here folks!}

What I DIDN’T manage to do was post the obligatory “First Day of School” photos. For posterity sake– here you go world. Parker is my spunk-a-licious 2nd grader whose favorite things include the color blue, math, being social and getting messy. Peyton is my loquacious 4th grader. He loves anything Minecraft, Lego and daydreams about his future career at the helm of the Disney Corporation {dream big, little one}– this is where I remind him that he has to WORK hard to get there too.

Parker First Day 2nd Grade 2014

Peyton First Day of School 4th Grade 2014

 Wasn’t it just yesterday that they were both headed out for their first day of Kindergarten? And this is where I stop and dry my eyes a bit! Sniffle, sniffle. {Sorry for the blur in Peyton’s Kindergarten piccy}2014-08-13 15.43.52 Peyton First Day of Kindergarten

And here are the outtakes:

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