Hibernation Supplies

Oh joy. Rapture. Winter is upon us.(I hope you noticed my lack of exclamation points.)...more

3 Things They Should Teach in Prenatal Class

Bathing baby. Infant CPR. Car seat safety. Sure, those are all important things to know when becoming a parent for the first time. But now that I don't have babies anymore, I'm starting to realize how short-sighted prenatal classes really are in preparing us for the grand scheme of parenting. You know the saying, "no one ever tells you THAT about having kids." Well, here are my suggestions for a few things those classes should cover for long-term parental success...beyond the baby years...when no one seems to care if you are prepared or not....more

Calling All Bloggers: Join the Absolute Mayhem Brigade

It’s time to get serious, and I need your help.Last week I received my first proof of my upcoming children’s book, Absolute Mayhem. And while there are still a few minor changes that need to be made, I’m a little giddy when I tell you it looks AWESOME! Like, it’s a real book and everything. So that means it will be ready for the masses so soon that it’s not even funny....more

Grandma's House Is on the Market: We Took a Look

Last week, my grandparents' old house went on the market. It has been inhabited by another family for almost twenty years now, yet every time I drive by it, I still think of it as Grandma and Grandpa's house ... despite the many renovations. My mom, my aunt and I decided to go to the open house, to see what had changed and what had stayed the same....more
Loved this! You are brave...not sure if I could go into my grandparents' home after someone else ...more

I Won't Blog About You

"...and then you're going to blog about it."...more

Dangerous Names

So I kind of have baby on the brain lately. I think I probably made my husband stop breathing with that statement, but mostly it is just because I have quite a few friends who are pregnant right now. Bringing new life into the world is filled with all kinds of land mines of excitement and frustration. And picking a name for your new bundle is just one of them....more
We had the same problem trying to find suitable names for our kids. My husband was Danish and I, ...more

Why I'm Happy I'm Not a First-Time Mom

Awwww!...Isn't that adorable?...How precious!...Oh my god, those are just the BEST!...You'll use that ALL the time!...*squee*...I'm dying from cuteness!... ...more

To the Grandparents: You Are Not Who You Used to Be

You are not who you used to be. The moment my husband entered the waiting room and smiled the words, "It's a girl," you became something new and different, while being altogether exactly the people we had grown up with. Before that moment, you were our parents. Nothing more. Nothing less. You were the ones who provided for us, comforted us, bailed us out, held us to consequences, and loved us unconditionally whether we cared or not (though we usually did). You were either the gateway or the obstruction to everything we wanted to do and be, depending on the day. ...more
I enjoy being a grandmother.  She's only three now, but soon, she will be old enough to hear all ...more

An Old Dog, Uncle Jesse's Papouli, and Cremation: Ruining a Child's Life In One Brief Conversation

Have I ever told you that I cried when I first watched the graduation episode of Saved By the Bell? I think I may have. But did you know I also cried when Uncle Jesse's Papouli died on Full House?...more

My Dishwasher Can Wait. Things Feel Wrong.

I had grand plans of sitting down tonight to write something witty or funny or sweet. If that didn’t work, I would resort to the stuff I usually write (ba-dum-bum-ching!). I have several blog drafts just waiting for a little of my attention, which has been mostly elsewhere this summer. But tonight seemed like the kind of night where I could bang something out. Something pretty good. Something that would at least bring a few smiles. And then today happened....more