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Mommy, I'm Sick

02/19/2015 22:57:28 PM

Is there anything worse than a house full of puking kids?If there is, please don't tell me. I don't think I want to know.I have held hands, pushed fluids, done laundry, and cleaned messes for days now. And everytime I think we're done, someone ...

Sarcasm Is My Second Language

02/17/2015 21:07:06 PM

I always wanted my second language to be Spanish. I've worked really hard for the piss-poor command I've gained of the beautiful phrases.But really, if I'm being honest, sarcasm is my second language.Sarcasm is how I turn the nonsense of my ...

Getting It Wrong (In Motherhood Especially)

02/16/2015 22:03:04 PM

In my Ask Me Anything post, reader Brandon asked a very good question:"Have you found any of your parenting practices "outdated" due to new research and if so, has it been hard to change/modify your parenting methods?" We all want to be the ...

Coming To (A Pagan) Faith

02/12/2015 21:43:51 PM

Beth of Manic Mumbling said:"I always love stories of how you celebrate your faith. It seems awfully personal to ask you about how you came to it, but ... you opened this up!"She's right! I did. And I am fine talking about my faith and how ...

Ask Me Anything

02/09/2015 21:55:50 PM

Sometimes we have to get some good ideas from other places. And I think this is a good idea.It one came from Debra of She Who Seeks, and you can read her post here.So, if you've always wanted to know something about me, or my family, this is ...

The Kids Are Alright...

02/05/2015 23:32:27 PM

I was dropping my kids off at school this morning, and lamenting the parents who don't do drop off right.First world problems, I know.When you take your kids to our local elementary school, one side of the street is for quick drop off. You pull ...

Another Morning

02/04/2015 22:25:26 PM

I woke up late this morning. Not, Oh-my-gosh-school-has-already-started! kind of late. But definitely the holy-crap-how-did-that-happen, kids-you-have-ten-minutes! kind of late.I ran upstairs, got the kids up, and started the car. It's Minnesota, ...

Sometimes, Changes Are Needed

02/03/2015 10:06:04 AM

Thanks, Charles Darwin. I can always count on you.Let's face it, I'm clearly neither the most intelligent, nor the strongest. But I am adaptable. In fact, I may be one of those people who outright requires change to be kept interested.I love ...

Hello, Bonjour, Hola!

01/21/2015 14:49:22 PM

Hello, Bonjour, Hola.Hello, Bonjour, Hola.I hear these words All. Day. Long. A monotonous repetition, made equal parts of adorable and obnoxious. Because, you know, toddler.(As a side note, Liam is trying to help me write this blog, and he's ...

The Blogging Thing

01/20/2015 14:27:26 PM

Thanks, Ryan Gosling.I once heard someone ask how many blogs I had, anyway?

Good Cop, Bad Cop

01/14/2015 21:55:19 PM

If you've ever read one of those pieces, praising the work of mothers, they tend to include a list of unpaid professions. Cook, maid, chauffeur, secretary, therapist, nurse, etc.But there's one profession they leave out: Law Enforcement Officer.And ...

Where Do My Ideas Go?

01/11/2015 22:51:19 PM

I need a tape recorder, I think.I keep having great ideas for blog posts, and I know that just as soon as I sit down at the computer, this amazing thing is going to flow right out of me!Then I actually sit down, and that absolutely genius idea ...

Thank You Internet

01/09/2015 23:12:45 PM

I realized something tonight. I'm a sucker for infomercials.I have bought many things over the years from this kind of advertising, which is hugely effective on gullible people like me. Some of it has worked pretty well. Some of it has been ...

Don't Be Afraid To Stop Having Babies

01/08/2015 22:47:39 PM

Chaunie Brusie wrote an article for Babble recently, entitled I'm Afraid To Stop Having Babies.I get it, Chaunie. I really do. I have seven biological children under my roof right now. Clearly, I loved having babies.Not the pregnancy part so ...

Embrace Your Awesome

01/06/2015 21:25:47 PM

My newsfeed is full of stories about parenthood. It makes sense. I'm a "Mommy Blogger," (or I'm at least trying to be), a Peer Breastfeeding Counselor, and a mom with almost her own baseball team. It makes sense that parenting stories would ...

A New Year, A New Plan!

01/05/2015 21:11:25 PM

Alright, I'm going to be upfront here. I don't have a new plan.I'm fairly introspective, and I think I'm in a state of constant evaluation and making new plans. I don't need a New Year in order to do that.I thought this meme was kind of funny. ...

The Serial Obsession

12/25/2014 23:03:56 PM

This is a slight departure from the normal talk of babies and other such topics.Because, while I'm late to the Serial party, I'm obsessed with it.I not only listen to the podcast, I have also listened to three separate podcasts about the Serial ...

The Perfection Dilemma

12/24/2014 21:57:45 PM

There is a running theme I'm reading all over the place, including my own blog: Perfection.How do I fold the perfect fitted sheet? How do I make the perfect holiday cookies? How do I plan the perfect birthday party for my kids?Fueled by Pinterest ...

I Love The Holiday, But

12/23/2014 23:49:12 PM

First of all, I apologize for the blogging break. The sick has been unrelenting in my house, and combined with the holiday, has pretty much meant that by the time evening rolls around, I have no energy for anything.

Meeting the Challenge

12/16/2014 22:09:32 PM

Some days are just so long, and so exhausting, the thought of sitting down and writing about it, is really too much.I thought about skipping the blogging tonight. I mean, I've skipped a few nights already.But maybe these are exactly the kinds ...

This Is What Service Looks Like

12/11/2014 21:58:12 PM

Piper & Detective EdwardsThis is Detective Edwards. This is what service looks like.Tonight, he was Piper's partner for the Heroes and Helpers program.Funded by a grant from Target, and other local businesses, members of our local Police Department, ...

Sometimes, The Kids Take Care of Me...

12/10/2014 20:44:36 PM

I'm sick. I've been sick for days.But today I was worse instead of better. Because clearly the gods of head colds, hate me.Anyway, my 17 year old son, recovering from his own plague, looked at me and told me that I was allowed to do two things ...

It's Not A Downward Spiral

12/09/2014 22:27:16 PM

I read an article recently about the idea of having a Croning.A Croning is a ceremony for women to acknowledge and celebrate becoming an older woman.See, we women (people really, if you're doing it right, but I'm focusing on women for the purposes ...

5 Crazy Baby Items That Should Not Have Been Invented

12/08/2014 22:06:14 PM

You definitely should not buy your baby products made frombabies. That's just wrong.It's a long title, I know, but this post could go on and on. And it should really be titled 5 Crazy Baby Items That Should Not Have Been Invented, And For The ...

The Things Dogs Do

12/06/2014 13:06:09 PM

Yesterday I got a message from my neighbor. She'd left early and wouldn't be home for a while and was hoping I could let her dog out.I adore her dog, and I'm just across the street. So, no problem.River needed some outdoor time, so I took her ...

The Truth About Angels

12/05/2014 21:04:19 PM

Have you ever wondered what happens after you die? I know I have.Will there be a heaven? Or will we be in the Summerlands?Will we see those who have gone before? Or is it just a waiting room before being reincarnated?These and so many other ...

He's A Bad Smurf...

12/04/2014 21:13:20 PM

There are many things that I imagined would tempt my children.Candy, toys, you know, good stuff.I never expected that Papa Smurf would so tempt my child that he would have to resort to thievery.Seriously, what kind of magic does he have, ex ...

Playing Favorites, Why I Don't Have A Favorite Child

12/03/2014 20:32:38 PM

A friend on Facebook, a younger woman with no kids (who reads my blog anyway, and still thinks it's interesting) asked me if I had a favorite child, and how I handle that.I think this comes up for a lot of people. Especially if they don't have ...

Things I Won't Be Doing This Holiday Season

12/02/2014 20:49:11 PM

The Holiday Season means ridiculously cold temperatures, here in Minnesota. It also means a level of chaos unmatched by other times of the year.There are things I do to manage the chaos. Or, things I don't do. These are the three biggies.1. ...

Dear Quinn...

12/01/2014 22:53:37 PM

Dear Quinn,You turned 7 a few days ago.

Knock Knock, Nevermind.

11/30/2014 21:33:28 PM

There are certain things that can be annoying with children.Things like, not being able to go to the bathroom alone, or have five minutes uninterrupted in your room, or explaining what's for dinner (repeatedly), or the fact that they want dinner ...

The Loss Perspective

11/29/2014 20:48:33 PM

I was talking to a friend recently, about moving from the first year of grief to the second.It's a weird journey from start to forever (since with grief there's never really a finish).The first days are acute. Everything feels like it's happening ...

Seriously,People, Why?

11/28/2014 20:17:26 PM

Photo from RedAlert.com. Full Story hereIt was Thanksgiving yesterday, and that was fun. I thought I might tell you about it.But then, today is Quinn's 7th birthday (Happy Birthday, Kiddo!) and I can't believe the time has gone by so fast. I ...

Thanksgiving Gratitude

11/25/2014 20:19:06 PM

Because I'm lazy, I'm going to copy some other bloggers and write a post about what I'm thankful for.There is always so much to be thankful for.For example....I'm Thankful For Writing:I'm thankful for my writing. Both creative, and this blog, ...

Napping Is For The Weak!

11/24/2014 21:09:58 PM

The Motto of my children...Filed under "ridiculous things my kids believe" has to be the idea that naptime is some kind of horrific, and undeserved punishment.As if I'm sending them to be tortured.As if I'm locking them up indefinitely for crimes ...

Make Thanksgiving Fun

11/23/2014 21:14:03 PM

I may just be speaking for myself here, but I don't find Thanksgiving to be all that fun. Not that I don't enjoy time with family and friends. And hey, nothing is better than when other people cook it.It's stressful. There's a ton of food to ...

What Is Wrong With People?

11/22/2014 22:18:36 PM

This is a disability meme I can get behind.A friend of mine asked me to write a blog post.I can't tell you how much I appreciate getting to write a blog post where I don't have to come up with an idea.That's genius, people. In fact, if you have ...

What If You Don't Love It?

11/19/2014 21:48:10 PM

Enjoying a motherhood moment with Quinn a couple of years agoThere was an article on Scary Mommy, written by an anonymous mother, who wants to tell the world her darkest secret: She doesn't like being a mom.Reading the piece was sad.This mom ...

Pecan Pie: It's Our Safe Word

11/18/2014 23:44:55 PM

We've all been there (or please, lie to me and tell me we've all been there), where you're playing with your child, who is clearly having a good time, but you need it to be over.You're done playing and it needs to stop, but there is no way to ...

The Perfect Mother Dilemma

11/17/2014 19:51:14 PM

Can I just say that I think the Mommy wars are bullshit?I don't know what the draw is in having women fight each other instead of support each other, but it's really a giant waste of time or energy.Whether you are a SAHM, a WAHM, or a WOHM you ...

A Shameless Plea

11/16/2014 21:26:07 PM

I have a whole lot of kiddos on my couch right now. They're watching How To Train Your Dragon. Next week, should we all make it to next week, we'll watch How To Train Your Dragon 2, Revenge of the Winged Puppy, or whatever it's called.These ...

Children Will Listen...

11/15/2014 20:46:32 PM

I love Into The Woods. Deeply, passionately, I have loved Into The Woods for decades now. I could not be more excited about the movie coming out. I need some kind of count-down calendar for it.There are a host of themes from Into The Woods that ...

Sometimes The Big Challenges Are The Little Things...

11/14/2014 20:50:24 PM

As a parent, I have faced many challenges. But few challenges have made me feel as inept as the one I currently face with Liam....Diaper changes.

It's Diggle, Apparently, And I'm A Terrible Mother

11/13/2014 21:43:16 PM

I'm still going to call him GigglesI came home from book club tonight, to find my forever-geek family watching Arrow together.I don't watch Arrow. I tried, really hard, but it lost me in the first season. That said, if they're all as good as ...

Dear Kirk Cameron, This Is Becoming A Thing...

11/12/2014 21:30:41 PM

Dear Kirk Cameron,This is becoming a thing, isn't it? In some ways you are far and away more entertaining now than you were when I was a kid. Unfortunately, the joke now seems like it's at your expense, and that's just sad.So, you're out promoting ...

Boys And Girls Are Not That Different

11/10/2014 23:07:56 PM

Excuse me while I get on my soapbox for a minute. See, I have to admit something. I bought into the hype. Into the idea that's sold in every Target store. I bought into the premise that girls and boys were supposed to like certain things, or ...

Sibling Rivalry

11/09/2014 21:55:04 PM

"Shut up! I don't want to hear you talk anymore!"These are just a few of my least favorite words.They always mean that my kids are arguing, which hurts my heart.But they also mean that I'm going to have to stop what I'm doing and go actively ...

Butterflies & The Lessons of 12 Year Olds

11/07/2014 22:07:35 PM

I went with Piper on a field trip today to the Science Museum, for their butterfly exhibit.The experience left me wondering why Middle School Teachers don't earn hazard pay. Because these kids are too old to use many of the organizational methods ...

It's A Feature, Not A Bug

11/06/2014 22:20:26 PM

I spend a lot of time with people who have strong personalities.Personally, I'm a fan.I like people who speak their minds and know what they think. I like people with whom I will always know where I stand. I like people who can advocate for ...

Hug Perks, They're In The Mom Contract

11/05/2014 23:15:40 PM

My kids are better than sliced cheese on crackers.Or cheesecake.Or something better than sliced cheese on crackers and cheesecake.But this job, like any other, comes with a few frustrations.For example, the communication between home and school ...

I Voted!

11/04/2014 21:53:00 PM

I know, Ryan Gosling, I know.I won't tell you who I voted for, since I'm clearly a liberal wing-nut hippie.Also you can probably guess.And it's boring.But I follow election coverage like other people follow football.In other words, I'm slightly ...

The Bright Side

11/03/2014 20:54:35 PM

Despite speaking fluid sarcasm, I'm an optimistic person by nature.I believe that things will work out for the best. I believe that people are basically good. I believe that there is an answer to every question, and a solution to every problem.So ...

I Really Need A Wine Tap

11/02/2014 22:38:45 PM

In my parents house, things worked. If things didn't work, they called someone who came over and fixed it. Then everything worked again.I never wondered how much these magical people who made things work, cost. I never saw my parents drive ...

10 Laws of Parenthood

11/01/2014 23:29:25 PM

I was sitting here writing a perfectly nice blog post about teamwork, or something like that, when I got a text from Karina (22) telling me that the upstairs bathroom sink was clogged.I have now spent the past 40 minutes trying to determine ...

The Inklings of Life: Friday Frenzy: Halloween is Supposed to Be Magical

10/31/2014 15:45:45 PM

I have to share a link with you.The Inklings of Life: Friday Frenzy: Halloween is Supposed to Be MagicalIt's to another blog. I hope you don't mind.It's still something I wrote.I was graciously asked by the talented and very funny Morgan, of ...

Why I Think High School Still Matters

10/30/2014 22:49:10 PM

I'm almost 20 years out of High School. Which feels a little impossible.With the advent of Facebook I actually keep in better touch with people I knew back then. In fact, I know some of them much better now.I like some of them much more now.I ...

With Liam, It's More Than Just A Tantrum

10/28/2014 23:00:14 PM

A tantrum from Liam is not a small thing.One minute he's fine. He's happy. He's eating his breakfast and drinking his juice. And I keep reminding him that the table is not for climbing.Then, for no discernible reason at all, it changes.And my ...

Keep Being You, Piper

10/27/2014 22:03:48 PM

When I think about my childhood, I tend to remember the good parts of being young. The music I liked, the things I did. The people I loved.I focus on those things, because they make me happy. Who doesn't remember the fun of dancing to Thriller? ...

Surviving the Bathtime Battle

10/26/2014 21:18:16 PM

Piper and Bridget, many many baths agoRemember the days when bathtime was sweet and innocent? When the kids loved each other and played nicely?If you do, could you please remind me? Because let me tell you, those memories are fading fast.Tonight ...

Sometimes You've Gotta Run

10/25/2014 23:06:52 PM

Getting ready to startSometimes you've gotta run.You know, like if you're trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Or if someone has cake.Weirdly, and to the surprise of any PhyEd teacher I ever had (seriously, like ever), I run now, because ...

Even Sheldon Cooper Has A Girlfriend

10/24/2014 21:28:04 PM

I don't mean to give away any spoilers here, but really, if you're three seasons behind on Big Bang Theory, I'm sure I'm not the first person to have given something away.So, I have to say that I love that Sheldon Cooper has a girlfriend. It ...

Apologies and....Whatever

10/23/2014 23:26:09 PM

I'm sorry you guys.I usually pull what I want to write about from my day.And I do have a couple of ideas in my head. But I need a day or two to really work them out and write them well.Because we all know what kind of crap I write when I think ...

Dear Kirk Cameron, Let's Talk About Halloween

10/22/2014 21:49:51 PM

This is not how we celebrate Samhain. But Pagans have a sense of humor,

The Marriage Balance

10/21/2014 21:32:26 PM

I keep hearing this phrase "Happy wife, happy life".It's kind of pissing me off.While, granted, I do love being a happy wife, I'm only half of this marriage.What about a happy husband? Or is the idea that he's only allowed to be happy if I am. ...

Who Are These Moms?

10/20/2014 22:44:37 PM

So, every time I see a photo on the net about moms and newborns, the pictures always look something like this one.Who are these newborn moms? Do they really exist?Note the glowing complexion. I would like to point out that she has nary a broken ...

You're A Good Enough Mom. So There.

10/19/2014 21:55:05 PM

This is my third attempt at a blog post for the night.My third.I thought about blogging about how nice it was just to watch my kids for a few days without worrying about getting a bunch of things done.But the truth is, while it was nice, it's ...

"Mom, You Have Too Many Babies"

10/18/2014 23:20:45 PM

Tonight I pointed out that the living room could not be left as it was, pillows and snack trash on the floor, video games out, and other such things. Nope, the kids were required to clean up after themselves.I've decided I'm not paid enough ...

Small Victories

10/17/2014 22:04:17 PM

We had parent-teacher conferences this week.(And I'm going to avoid ranting about coordinating six conferences over 4 schools, and my issues with two of them which meant I just didn't get the conferences I should have had for Liam and Ciaran. ...

Is It Because I'm Not A Christian?

10/15/2014 21:51:11 PM

I met a woman a while back. And, not that she's ever been anything but polite to me, but I've noticed that she's not particularly warm.There could be so very many reasons for this. Maybe she thinks I'm loud. Maybe she thinks I'm obnoxious.Maybe ...

Public Shaming: It's Not Okay

10/14/2014 22:27:27 PM

To The Teacher At my Children's School,I love the school you teach at. I'm very involved there, and the staff is amazing.Since I love it so much, and I know you teach at a great school, with great kids, I hate to have to ask you this, but seriously, ...

What's Normal After Kids?

10/13/2014 22:11:07 PM

I need help.I'm not sure if I need to look a little harder at the scale and get motivated to stop eating popcorn on Sundays, or if I need to stop looking at the damned scale, and just take care of myself.I was skinny, once. Really skinny. For ...

They Don't Just Drive Me Crazy

10/12/2014 21:06:13 PM

Can I tell you a secret?These kids don't just drive me crazy.Don't get me wrong, they can make me batshit insane, from time to time.And sometimes I get so frustrated with them I could cry.There's definitely no shortage of the overwhelming feeling ...

Have Fun With It, For Your Sanity

10/11/2014 22:47:48 PM

Some days, my kids drive me nuts. Which, I know sounds like every other mom on the face of the planet, and probably every other mom since the dawn of time.They fought each other today.The argued over every, petty little thing.Everything that ...

Beyond The Golden Hour

10/10/2014 20:28:42 PM

It turns out that the first hour after your baby is born, is called "The Golden Hour". New research is showing that the best thing for mom and baby is that baby is placed on mom's chest, and just allowed to be.Baby kicks and make crawling motions ...

Liam Passes A Test! Sort Of.

10/09/2014 21:37:10 PM

Maybe I've mentioned that Liam head bangs. Not like a rock star or anything. That would be fine.No. Liam gets mad, frustrated, upset, annoyed, or, you know, finds a hangnail, and bangs his head with great force on whatever is close.Whatever ...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

10/08/2014 21:29:51 PM

I know this will be shocking to all of you, but let me tell you something: sometimes kids lie.I know! It surprised me too. I mean, those precious little cherubs?

I Hate Being Sick

10/07/2014 21:10:34 PM

Forgive me in advance if this post just blows right from word one.To be honest, I took a lot of medication, and I'm just trying to work this blog post in before the antihistamines knock me on my ass and I sleep for 8 hours.At least I hope I ...

Look Out, It's Funky Kong

10/06/2014 20:51:45 PM

I know what you're thinking, but your eyes do not deceive you. That is in fact, Funky Kong.With just a simple shirt on his head, and a pair of sunglasses he stole from his dad, Ciaran has transformed himself from simple 8 year old boy, to giant ...

Thirteen Years of Marriage...

10/05/2014 19:48:04 PM

Today is my wedding anniversary.It's been thirteen years.It was also thirteen years ago today that we discovered we were expecting Piper. What can I say? We were apparently in a hurry to do everything.I had joked all through our engagement, ...

It's Not The Dog

10/04/2014 22:08:16 PM

Having a puppy isn't always easy.With every month she gets a little bigger, and while her level of enthusiasm hasn't changed much since she was tiny, her size has. So, she has small puppy excitement in a big dog body.She can be exhausting, ...

My Sweet Loves

10/03/2014 21:48:56 PM

This morning I took my two littlest with me to run some errands.We showed up too early to go to the T-Mobile store, so we went to Target first.Brennan was wearing his older brothers shoes, since he couldn't find his own. They were like clown ...

I May Have The Best New Job Ever

10/02/2014 21:11:15 PM

Remember when someone told you to find a job you loved and were passionate about, because then it would never feel like work? I think I might have done that.It just fell into my lap, as I sat one day talking to the WIC Lactation Consultant. ...

Motherhood: It's Not A Competition

10/01/2014 22:41:16 PM

Liam did a couple of really wonderful things today.He told his daddy, "I lub you" clear as a bell. And later, when he wanted to try my glass of wine, he said "Uh wan sum". Liam learning 3 word sentences and using them appropriately is huge news ...

Consequences For Older Kids

09/30/2014 19:17:59 PM

The last couple of days I've been up to my eyeballs in this project I've been working on.I'm happy to report it is D-O-N-E and off to my friend for finalization and return to the client.So, while I was working my stubby little girl fingers (I'm ...

Working Is Hard

09/29/2014 22:55:30 PM

I have a headache, and I've been staying away from the children. But those two things aren't totally related, and one is not at all the way I like things.I haven't started my new job yet (I start training on Thursday), but I've been helping ...

I'm Not That Kind Of Witch

09/28/2014 22:06:58 PM

I took a break from my all day data-entry session, to give three of my little boys a haircut.

Oh The Trouble They Find

09/27/2014 22:15:27 PM

My sons are baffling, sometimes. Really.The girls spent most of the day at a friends' house, so it was just little boys here (if we don't count the 20-something and the Teen). Little boys playing hide-and-seek, sure, but also "Hey, let's punch ...

My Kids The Dream Crushers

09/26/2014 23:01:01 PM

When Karina moved into our house after college, I was thrilled. She's great to have around. She's smart, funny, and incredibly helpful.

High School And Second Chances

09/25/2014 23:14:12 PM

Reagan and me, on my 37th birthday. This kid, he's pretty great.I wasn't a different person in High School, exactly. In some ways I was very similar. I was passionate, political, and I cared deeply about people.But I was young.Being both in ...

Liam's Latest Challenge

09/24/2014 22:44:03 PM

Liam had a well child visit, today.I was able to explain things like, why his hair is so long at this point that it's unruly.He screams and fights the clippers so hard (and he fights scissors, too, so no one wants to use them on him) that we ...

Be Batman

09/23/2014 21:12:26 PM

Siri calls me Mrs. Awesome.It went something like this:"We're not friends, Siri. You can call me Mrs. Basso.""Would you like me to call you Mrs. Awesome?"I paused, and my annoyance with my favorite technology just melted away, replaced by what ...

Walking The Step-Mom Tightrope

09/22/2014 21:32:52 PM

Usually when people ask me how many kids I have, I say seven.Sometimes it feels like a lie.But saying eight feels like a lie, too. Because I didn't give birth to my step-daughter, Karina. I'm not really her mother. I don't even play her on TV.When ...

It's Mabon!

09/21/2014 22:21:29 PM

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I'll Sleep Someday: A Mother's Guide To Sleep

09/21/2014 00:56:52 AM

Not much sleep has been happening for me lately. I'm up early, I'm awake late, and I'm moving all day in between.I'm exhausted. But that seems to be a pretty run-of-the-mill complaint for moms.So I thought I'd write a quick handy-dandy sleep ...

Surprise Baseball!

09/19/2014 23:44:29 PM

I'll tell you a secret. Or, the opposite of a secret. I've never really been much of a sports fan.I love my L.A. Kings. And I'll root for the Dodgers, since my husband loves them. Or the Angels, since they're my hometown team.But I never learned ...

The Best Distraction

09/18/2014 19:42:25 PM

I had plans to sit down and write a blog post.But I got distracted. The sweetest little 3 year old blonde snuggled up in my lap. He wanted to cuddle, to play with my nose, and to sing songs. It made it really hard to concentrate, and now I can't ...

All The Thoughts...

09/17/2014 22:47:18 PM

I have a million thoughts all percolating in my head.I'm a ridiculous over thinker. I may need to find a 12 step program for it.Anyway, I'm still stuck on the spanking issue, and incredibly frustrated that there are still people who think that's ...

Why Are We Still Talking About Spanking?

09/16/2014 21:51:27 PM

If you've opened a newspaper, watched the news, or even been on Facebook, you know about the issues facing the NFL right now.Living in Minnesota, the Adrian Peterson story is everywhere. I'm utterly sickened by the people who are defending his ...

A Six Year Old's Self Doubt

09/15/2014 20:54:30 PM

Quinn has been struck by a severe case of self-doubt this year.In Kindergarten he was a rock-star. He breezed through reading, writing, and arithmetic too. His parent teacher conferences were a half an our of hearing that my kid was great, and ...

Mom's Sometimes Do Take Sick Days

09/14/2014 21:24:30 PM

Despite hand washing, hand sanitizing, and trying to keep the germ factory cranking at a minimum, a cold still made it into our house.So, this weekend we've been sick. Well, most of us anyway.It's made for some crankiness. And not just for me, ...