Spring Has Sprung - Like the Button On My Jeans

It's February, and in California that means we've weathered one day of rain and can now jump straight into Spring. Need confirmation? Just look at all the beautiful colors around you: grassy green, daffodil yellow, flowering purple lavender, and the red of tulips.Only I'm not talking about nature, silly....more

I'm a Mom... With Free Time?!!

I've been waiting for this day since my kids were born: the day that I can finally do the things I like to do. For me. Without guilt....more

BINGO! Are You Ready For Summer Break?

Are you one of those parents who is counting down the last few days of school before summer? Or do you dread the prospect of having your kids home with you for the next few months? Either way, you gotta make it through the last few days of school before the kids are free! ...more

They Told Me This Would Happen

I am sitting in a state of shock.  I'm not quite sure how this happened so suddenly.As of today I have a teenager.(Sob)...more

The New Cast of Disney Characters

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls... Welcome to Disneyland - the self-proclaimed "Happiest Place on Earth"! Yeah... I don't necessarily agree with that description.  I mean, it's fun and entertaining and all but what would Walt think about the current state of the park and its visitors?  Having just spent a "vacation" there, I noticed an interesting shift in the traditional park-goers. Meet the New Cast of Disney Characters!...more
daytripsrock20  I haven't been to Disney World since I was 4 (before Epcot was even a thing), ...more

Thanks, But No Thanks

Parents are always trying to teach their children how to behave appropriately and not like a pack of wild animals.  We explain the rules of society and hope that respectful interactions will follow.  Nobody has a baby and says to themselves, "I sure hope he's a real jerk someday!" (I said "jerk" instead of another word, but you all know those people and have more colorful terms for them, right?)...more

Oh, The Things You Hear Driving the Carpool

You can learn a lot from driving a carpool. For instance, I've learned that a car full of kids may cause permanent hearing loss in a mere five minutes. Especially if they are yelling, "Do you like chili-ghetti?!?" at random strangers as we drive past, in a sort of non-scientific public opinion poll. You can also glean valuable information regarding which girls the boys "like" and who said something funny in class. This insider knowledge can then be used as leverage to get your boys to do their chores or be nice to one another! ...more
The kids walk home from school but I hear all sorts of gems on the walk home and during homework ...more

What Are You Thankful For?

It's November and my Facebook News Feed is filled with wonderful messages of daily gratitude that my friends have shared.  I love reading these messages and I am ultimately jealous because I will never be so on top of things to post a positive tribute each and every day.  I'd be the one with multiple bullet points or numbers, struggling to catch up to the current calendar day of thanks. ...more

Am I Too Old For Midnight Movies?