Celebrating Firsts with TWO $100 Staples Gift Cards For Teachers

Astrid met her kindergarten teacher last week. Her teacher was warm and kind and gave Astrid a smile and a handshake introduction and told her how excited she was to have her in her class. Astrid was polite yet shy, and looked up into her teacher’s eyes and said “Thank you.” ...more

WIN Tickets To The Minnesota State Fair #GoPhone

I didn’t become a State Fair person naturally. For me, not a native of the experience – the Minnesota State Fair has become more of an acquired taste. But for my husband Jed – an East Coast boy – and someone who didn’t move to Minnesota to be with me without some trepidations – he immediately became a State Fair person and should really be hired as their official spokesperson ....more

Lessons Everywhere

We passed a homeless man as we were walking to our car today. He had numerous bags, a wheeled cart, and he sat on the curb reading his bible aloud. Eloise took the two dollars she had out of her pocket and started to hand it to him even though he had no sign and wasn’t asking ....more

I Wore A Romper And Did Not Pee My Pants

I wasn’t quite sure what else to title this post because if you are A. Over 40 and B. Have considered wearing a one piece romper contraption...more

The Road Less Traveled

“Mommy, if we are driving really far and I have to pee how do I go to the bathroom?” ...more

The Blank Page

I’ve started and deleted and stared for days now. Trying to document a conversation or something that happened or a funny story. Most of the time I get distracted by work emails or a snack that needs to be made or a hairball that our new cat coughed up ....more

Five

I planned to write this post last night, or very early this morning before she woke-up. But life got busy and I haven’t had time to really sit down to write in weeks. I was going to go on and on about Five and how she’s oh-so-Five…or maybe how I’m not quite ready for Five…or maybe talk about how big Five is…or maybe even talk about what she’s doing that is so special at Five ....more

Like A Bad Line From Frozen

My hair – graying and thinning and splitting at the ends – gave me away last week. Well I thought it gave my age away – but instead my four year old helped me once again look on the brighter side and gave me pause like a bad line from the movie Frozen. “Mama, did Elsa freeze you?” And while that was a lovely thought – gray streaks caused by a princess – I had to instead tell her the truth that most of my gray can probably be directly attributed to her and her sisters ....more

How To Mow The Lawn

Now you’d think at my age that knowing how to mow the lawn would not be a mystery. And at one time I was quite an expert. As someone who did not marry and settle down to have children until nearly my mid-30′s I had many adult years as a single woman and a homeowner – who also happened to own a lawn mower ....more

12 Signs That You Are Menopausal

“You’re in menopause.” My doctor said calmly and with almost a little smile-smirk on her face. “Your tests have all come back – and you’re healthy. Sure a little low on iron as you typically are, but now that those pesky periods are gone – that should just correct itself.” ...more