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
All of mine are gone and have been for years.  Miss them everydaymore

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

Hey Smarty Pants...You're Not So Smart

Isn't it annoying when someone tries to unsuccessfully retell an extremely funny joke they heard? Well, get ready to be annoyed, because I'm about to do just that.So there was this comedian whose name I can't remember, who told this joke I can't exactly recall, that went something like this:...more

Homemade Ice Cream + Grandma = Love

There were three things I was taught to love fiercely growing up: God, family, and homemade ice cream. About everything else I could form my own opinion; but there was this unwritten, unsaid expectation that I would hold these three particular things in unconditional favor....more
Denise Aw, thanks for shout out to my grammy!more

What Do You Mean You're "Not a Target Person"?

Go on. Get yourself together. Pour yourself a drink in that tumbler from the dollar bin. Have some Market Pantry comfort food ready. Find a Nate Berkus throw pillow in case you need something to beat in disbelief. Maybe pop an Up & Up ibuprofen. It’s about to get raw and real in here....more
I shopped in a Target once. Once. In 2007. It was for a Christmas gift for a friend, buying an ...more

RIP, Ann B. Davis: What Alice on 'The Brady Bunch' Taught Me About Parenting

I swear I could faintly hear the collective "aw" of humanity as I checked my Facebook news feed and learned that Ann B. Davis, better known as Alice from The Brady Bunch, had died at 88. ...more
Wonderful words.  I will have to get the Brady Bunch box set when I have my first child! ;)more

Everything I Need To Know I Probably Didn't Learn In Third Grade

The other day, my nine-year-old daughter, Grace, sent an email to my husband and I, as well as to her grandparents. Since she is just nine, those are the ONLY people with whom she is allowed to have email contact. Still, she is so enamored with having her own account that we are often treated to her random thoughts for the sake of her being able to send a message. This was one of the most recent:...more