(I Totally Promised You) A Fairy Garden - A Post for the Crafting Challenged Parent

Most people think that because hanging with kids was/is/and continues to be the trajectory of my career that I must be one of those inherently crafty people. Surely I could make anything out of a some twine, bottle caps and a glue gun, right? ...more

Sitting in the Waiting Room

A little over a month ago I was sitting in the surgical waiting room of the hospital with my dad waiting for word on my mom's brand new robot knee. Stressed and tired, my dad talked endlessly. I uttered seemingly random affirmations or answers to his questions but for most of that 3 hours, he was non-stop talking.And I was just listening.Now normally when I am faced with someone who speaks and speaks and speaks and never stops, I tune out and write my grocery list in my head or replay the latest episode of my current Netflix binge behind my eyes looking for nuggets of plot that I may have missed ....more

The Playground

Last week I uttered these words to Brandon in a moment of self doubt and a smidgen of self-pity (Who am I kidding? There was an abundance of self-pity involved - ...more

Childhood Epiphanies Are The Worst

Last night was hard. It all began the exact second we were all back together again and it was unrelenting for a solid 2 hours. Just pure yuckity-yuck, sucky-so-suck, everybody's in the Swamp of Sadness together for no good reason Hell....more

The Post Where Pants and I Are the World

On Friday mornings, to ensure my Best Mom Ever status for the coming weekend, Pants and I get donuts for breakfast and drive around listening to music while he eats them. Just the two of us. Sometimes we go in to eat but not today as I was still wearing pajamas and slippers.As we pulled away from the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru, the synth and trumpets of We Are the World signal to Pants that mama is about to start singing ....more

The Work of a Boy and His Dog

One year ago today, I said goodbye to my first born pup. Doug the dog was special and I miss him. Thinking about him today has me thinking about the love we give and receive from the animals in our lives ....more

So, I Stopped Blogging for Four Months, Eh?

Sometimes I just....STOP.I've done it for as long as I can remember. My best guess is that if you looked into my brain you would find a tiny version of me sitting on a chaise lounge next to a microscopic "Off" and "On" button with my finger at the ready.Sometimes stopping is not good for me- like when the kids are losing it or I have way too many things on my plate to accomplish, a deadline looming over me like the clouds forming an F5 tornado, or too many bills to pay and not enough money to pay all of them. Those are the times I can feel my finger tickling the Off button as I plan my escape route in to Netflix ....more

Back to School. Ring the Bell. (Or We're All Alright! We're All Alright!)

Off to Kindergarten. Off the Pre-K Surprise! There's a new kind of ache sending your firstborn child to school for five whole days and allowing others to teach and care for him ....more

Everything is Awesome: When Camping is the Answer

There was a BOAT! Last weekend we took the kids camping for the second time in their little lives. The short of it is that it was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC ....more
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