Wanted: Weight loss buddy and/or Cheerleader, not an enabler

I have struggled to lose my belly for more years than I care to admit to right now.  Baby weight can not be blamed when my youngest baby is about to launch into big boy school in a few weeks.  True, I carry the weight very differently since that little angel child bulldozed his way into my life and heart, but I still can't blame him.  I know I have not eaten as I should, or exercised as I should.  Yes, I'm doing MUCH better these days, but it's still on me not his 7 pound 6 ounce self that I housed in my tummy prior to his eviction via my 2nd c-section.  I feel that...more

Kids and 5Ks: When Your Child Wants to Run

The elementary schools in our area have a spring program called "Just Run" for kids in grades second through fifth. They train throughout the spring to run a 5K at the end of May. My son wanted to join, and he wanted his Dad and I to help. I'm not a runner. I love to exercise, such as weights or cardio for fun. I play soccer with the old fart soccer parent league in the summer. We preach being physically active. But running is not my thing. But how many years do I have left of my son actually WANTING us to join him? So, there we were. ...more
Aprils Lush Lashes  Good for them! Those are the best moments of motherhood, when you see them ...more

Pre-K Graduation...Holy Hell

When you have your first baby everyone gives the same advice, "Enjoy it because it goes by so fast!"  EVERYONE says it, because it's so very true.  Tomorrow I will attend the pre-k graduation of my baby.  My youngest.  My little snuggler.  Tomorrow, he will march out in his little cap and gown, sing the songs they've been practicing so hard for the event, and we will celebrate with a pot luck party.  I'll snap a few (million) pictures, and ask myself, "How the Hell is this possible???"...more

What I hope my sons will know about their childhood

Mother's Day is this weekend.  I love Mother's Day.  I get to stop and celebrate very important women in my life.  I get to celebrate two very important little men in my life.  Because without them, I wouldn't get to be a Mom....more

Why Wouldn't I Honor My Mom and Mother-in-Law on Mother's Day?

As a mother of younger boys I look forward to Mother's day. Being a Mom is 90% thankless, hard work. But on Mother's day, for one blessed day (or, at least a few sweet minutes of the day before they all ask what's for breakfast?) I am appreciated and loved. ...more
StrollerSavvy  I don't understand the mothers who resent having to celebrate OTHER mothers!  ...more

Proud Mamma Moments

In the chaos that is daily life we sometimes wonder if we're getting it "right".  I'm assuming/hoping I'm not the only one that is questioning myself from time to time...or every day.  Most days I feel like I'm running in a hundred different directions trying to do everything and doing none of it well.  Between work and pressure to get more done there, keeping up with the responsibilities of being Mom (they actually expect me to feed them every day!!!) I wonder if my little treasures slip through the cracks....more

Date nights are no longer just for the parents

I have been on a few dates these past few months, and I've loved dating again.  They were not with my husband.  No, I'm not cheating on him.  They were with the other two loves of my life, my boys....more

The Principal Called, and Now I Have to Talk to My Son About Sex

I just got a call from the principal. My heart froze. My second grade son can get too silly and wound up and get in trouble sometimes at school. But he's never gotten into any "real" trouble. He's never been sent to the principal for any reason other than a reward for good behavior. What in the world happened? My son, my angelic little guy who is so sweet and kind at home, said something inappropriate on the bus to a second grade girl. He said something to her about a sex tape. Dear God. Say that again? He said WHAT? ...more
Tammy Soong He knew he shouldn't have said it, but you're right, he didn't fully understand it.  ...more

She's here

I wrote a piece before of the agony of waiting to adopt, not just for the adopting parents, but for all the extended family.  As a family unit we dreamed, yearned, and grieved. That is over.  And she is here.In June that beautiful, perfect, tiny little girl that we had dreamed of and prayed for and agonized over arrived.  No special fan fare.  No trumpets.  No parting of the clouds with a choir of angels.  She arrived in the usual fashion, and it was perfect.Now, our family is whole....more

The agony of waiting

Adoption is hard.  Period.  And I'm not even the one adopting.I have family that has struggled for years to have a child together.  For years and years they have struggled, prayed, grieved, hoped, and despaired.  As a family we have all run through these emotions with them.  And it's been agony....more
JillR Thanks.  I know there is no way around it, but I just really feel for them.  This week is ...more