Monday listicles

My dear friends.

I feel like a little apology is in order. As you can see I am falling a tad behind with reading your listicles and I feel so very bad about it. Not trying to make excuses but I do have a teenager living with me and worrying about whether she is having a good time while staying with us is preoccupying 97.1% of my time. I just cannot crack her to determine if she is polite or truly having a fun even if she does look like she swallowed a lemon. My husband keeps saying that she is a teen like any other, but I am sure it’s all my fault. I really want to have our exchange student loving her time spent with us. Any advice?

While I ponder my shortcomings of being a host family, let’s share 10 PHOTOS OF LIFE WITH KIDS. This topic is courtesy of Christine. I am really excited because you know I love photos!

Next week Amanda says:


Let me see what your days look like!
Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!









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  1. Kerry B July 28, 2013 at 19:48 #

    Twitter: new2two
    cute photos, I just love those dogs! I don’t know what to tell you about your guest. Does she enjoy the beach or photography? Those are you fields of expertise that she might enjoy seeing and learning about.
    Kerry B recently posted..Life With Kids – Photo Style

  2. [email protected] July 28, 2013 at 19:58 #

    I just love the one with the 4 of you staring out at the ocean. I wouldn’t worry about your student so much. Your family and environment are amazing…no way she can’t be having the time of her life whether she shows it or not. I’m considering hosting a foreign exchange student now that we have an extra room…most likely from Japan since the kids are learning Japanese. Anyhow, thanks for choosing my topic this week…I better head over to my blog and post!
    [email protected] recently posted..My Boys’ Socks…Different But the Same

  3. Anne LeBlanc July 28, 2013 at 20:03 #

    Twitter: littleredhens
    I love your photos as always and am always extra pleased to see you in one. As the mother of a fairly gentle teen, they are just hard to read. I think I was worse than my own in that way. But you can not do anything but include them in everything and hope they say when they do not like something. It is all a learning experience for the both of you. It’s all good.
    Anne LeBlanc recently posted..Camping on the coast… A post in photos.

  4. just JENNIFER July 28, 2013 at 20:04 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    Love your photos! And don’t worry too much about Listicle reading. Sometimes life gets in the way.
    just JENNIFER recently posted..This one time when I went camping

  5. Stacey July 28, 2013 at 20:47 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    Your instagram pictures are amazing! Mine sort of turn out sometimes. And no need to apologize! Life happens. My advice is that teenagers are easier than they let on. Mine require very little in life in order to be quite content! Hang in there!
    Stacey recently posted..Life with 7 kids

  6. Lisa C July 28, 2013 at 22:22 #

    Twitter: spokesmama
    Love that first one! Not sure what to advise with your student. I used to teach ESL & help counsel students who were studying at our school. I found vast cultural differences in how students dealt when they had problems with their homestay families or were homesick. Where’s she from?
    Lisa C recently posted..Listicles: Bike Life with a Kid

  7. Marie July 28, 2013 at 22:22 #

    Twitter: MarieMiracles
    #5 is my favorite, with the mountains. Stunning!!

  8. Alison July 29, 2013 at 00:31 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Love your stunning pictures, Stasha! Especially the one of you and all of your boys.
    Alison recently posted..Triple Coconut Muffins

  9. Dominique Goh July 29, 2013 at 02:09 #

    Twitter: dominiquegoh
    Love your selection of pictures this week..

  10. karen July 29, 2013 at 02:57 #

    Twitter: mrs_karenc
    what beautiful photos babe…love the beach one the most…well…they are all great. you can see the love and life with a boy.

    sorry no advice on the student, but it must be hard for all of you, just let her know she can tell you if something is bothering her.
    karen recently posted..PHOTO LIST: LIFE WITH A BOY

  11. [email protected] Mom July 29, 2013 at 05:06 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Great photos of your boys (and you!) Stasha!
    [email protected] Mom recently posted..How You Love Me?

  12. Pam July 29, 2013 at 05:46 #

    Twitter: pammlofton
    Nice pix. There’s a man who walks his dog (the same breed as yours) where I walk my little 10 lb Tucky. That dog is a gentle giant for sure. I doubt the exchange student would be lying about having a nice time. Does she have kids her age to hang around with while she’s there? As long as she isn’t being smothered, she should be just fine!
    Pam recently posted..Ain’t Life Grand?

  13. Delia July 29, 2013 at 06:44 #

    Twitter: iamnotthemaid
    I just love all your pictures. They make me smile whenever I see them. You capture the beauty in everything!
    Delia recently posted..Life With Kids {in photo form}

  14. MomChalant July 29, 2013 at 07:21 #

    Twitter: MomChalant
    The one of you all sitting on the beach is my favorite!

    And advice for your teenager – talk about music. That’s always an ice breaker.
    MomChalant recently posted..Any Vacation Is A Good Vacation

  15. Rorybore July 29, 2013 at 09:31 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    you really do live a beautiful life.
    Just awesome.
    Rorybore recently posted..Monday Listicles: It’s all Kidz Stuff

  16. Casandra Bennett July 29, 2013 at 12:10 #

    Your photography is really beautiful. I’m a first-time listicle blogger. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Susi July 29, 2013 at 19:09 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    Loved seeing these on IG the first time around and again now. Great, great shots!!! :)
    Susi recently posted..Kids on Broadway – Musical Theater Camp

  18. Debra Wasewski July 30, 2013 at 06:50 #

    Twitter: WWJD50
    I may not be the expert on teen girls; however, I have a 16 year old son as well as a 25 year old. The latest remark that Stefan showed his teenage self was,” Mom, it’s not cool to hang out with your parents” We were trying to get him to go to a movie. However, his mood can change ever so slightly and he will surprise me with…”Mom, you want to have a game night?” We played Monopoly and had a great time. My other son enjoyed sports and really liked us to be at every sporting event so he never minded us being around til he was in college football . That was understandable and we gave him space. She obviously does not love the great outdoors because that to me would have been heaven to me as a teen! Shopping, pedicures and open up a Seventeen magazine may give you ideas. Any other teens nearby that she can meet? Just my brainstorming…hope this helps! @wwjd50 @dwazi_2

  19. christine July 30, 2013 at 11:10 #

    I always love a photo theme. Besides the fact it’s easy to put together, I so enjoy looking at everyone else’s.

    As I wrote the word “judgmental” incorrectly for the millionth time, I thought of a topic. Perhaps 10 Words You Always Misspell?

    Thanks for hosting such a fun hop!
    christine recently posted..Monday Listicles – Photos of Life with Six Kids

  20. Jackie July 30, 2013 at 14:04 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    That’s it Stasha.
    I have officially decided right at this moment, I will be visiting you. Haven’t decided whether I’m bringing my girlies or not, but the scenery is so gorgeous I need to experience it with those other four senses!
    Jackie recently posted..Summer Snapshots

  21. Janice July 31, 2013 at 15:28 #

    Twitter: gatheringgraces
    Beautiful photos. As always. 😉 I love that I get to see more dogs around here too!
    Janice recently posted..A Different Kind of Life

  22. Barbara October 9, 2013 at 09:43 #

    Your photo of the young equestrian is absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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