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This One’s For the Kids

Posted in Family, Kids, Shiny Happy Musings with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by Jessica Crichton

Psst… hey you. Yeah, you. Over there. The short one. Yeah, you. I wanna tell ya some stuff, OK?


First of all, you’re a pretty cool kid. Maybe you’re told that all the time, or maybe you never hear it. Either way, you are. Just remember that.

Also, you have huge potential. Like, major. Did you know that? Potential doesn’t just mean that someday when you grow up you’ll be an awesome adult. It also means you’ll be even more awesome tomorrow than you are today. And that’ll just keep building every day, day by day, week by week, year by year. Imagine all the great stuff you’ll do with that kind of potential! What’s your dream? Have you been told it’s impossible? I have a secret to tell you:

It’s not.

So go for it! Do what you want to do. Just remember that some dreams take a lot of work and tenacity (that means never, ever giving up), but if you keep trying and keep pushing (and start young… that to), you’ll find out that it IS totally possible to live your dreams!

So, to recap: you are awesome, you have mad potential, and you can be whatever you want to be.

Have a killer weekend! (I know it’s Thursday, but it’s never too early to start being happy!)


Love always,

~Morgan Marshall


Sooo… How Ya Doin’ Today?

Posted in Family, Kids, Shiny Happy Musings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2011 by Jessica Crichton

Busy, busy day for me today. First I have to do a few things to help promote The Crows’ Nest (yay!), then I have to work at least a little on Escape from Igh Schoo since it’ll need to be ready soon after people read TCN for reasons I won’t go into right now. 😉 Last but not least, I’ll have to work very, very hard on cleaning and prepping the house for the kids’ return on Saturday. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Finishing up their new school clothes folding.
  • Going through their dressers to re-fold, sort and re-establish junk clothes and hand-me-downs.
  • Adding their new school clothes to the newly prettified dressers.
  • Cleaning out the fridge (not really a kid-readying job per-se, but a GREAT time to do it!)
  • Cleaning my own room (since I won’t have ANY time when the kids are here!)
  • Organizing their school supplies and making sure they have everything they need.
  • Re-organizing the chore chart and homework chart for this year.

I’m sure I’ll come up with more things as I go, too.


But hey, it’s fall! And I’ve got things to do and places to go. 🙂 Happy school-readying to you, too! Or, if your school is already in session, happy school days!

The holidays are a’comin…


Posted in Family, Kids, Shiny Happy Musings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by Jessica Crichton

As I wait for The Crows’ Nest to make it out of its publisher-created prison (come ON e-mail), I thought I’d write something a little different.  Looking out the window this morning I don’t see any spiderwebs or flatbed trucks, but the sun isn’t shining and it’s windy. That tells me something that makes me all giddy: fall’s coming!

"Autumn" by Slime (Click for artist's website)

Ouch! Man, I heard the moans there! “But Morgan, whyyyy do you have to take away our suuuuuumer? It just staaaaarted!” I suppose if you’re still in school (which I hope some of you are, since I do write for kids and all), I can give you a pass on this. After all, school can be a drag I know. And now the parents and teachers are complaining. Man! My voices are loud today! But everyone has to admit that sometimes they just would rather be doing something other than school or work, right? Even myself, as much as I’m looking forward to graduate school in October, I know how much work it’s going to be. That, and my children are coming home on Saturday from their yearly summer trip to Dad’s (EEE!) and as much as I can’t wait to see them again, with them will come all sorts of work that I haven’t had to do all summer including doctors appointments, school rides, chore wrangling, etc. I’m milking my break as long as I can, you can be sure! That said, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the fall. It’s my very favorite season. So I decided to give a little list of the best things about Autumn! Yay!

  • Crunchy leaves that smell like childhood
  • Fireplace fires!
  • Bundly, snuggly warm clothes
  • The HOLIDAYS are coming! Duh!
  • The kids ARE going back to school. (Sorry kids… this is for my grown-up friends.)
  • Halloweeeeeen! (The actual day. Not to be confused with “the holidays” above, which refers to anticipation of winter joys.)
  • Hot coffee and/or tea tastes SO much better in crispy weather!
  • So does soup and stew!
  • STORMS! They’re so exciting! (Well, the nice thundery ones anyway. Not so much hurricanes.)
  • Warm baths
  • No more melting and sweating!
  • The smell of rain on concrete or dirt.
  • Snuggling with your loved ones.
  • The FAIR!

I know I’m missing a ton. Feel free to add you own, and happy Autumn!


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