Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Okay procrastinators! This is for you—you who always forget to shove something into those stockings and run around on Christmas Eve, trying to find stray candy canes to do the trick. Okay, fine, it’s for me, too, but you’re welcome to be inspired by it, too!
Stocking Stuffers for the Whole Family …
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Personally, I don’t have any beef with the pre-lit artificial tree.
Seems like a good deal to me: buy a tree that will never die, no matter how many weeks you forget to water it. You can bust that bad boy out Thanksgiving eve and get your holiday festivities on, no problem. No waiting for the Christmas tree lot to open. No standing in the cold to pick the tree you think will be awesome, only to strap it to your car, speed across town with it on your roof, and then get home to discover that Charlie Brown coulda done better. No allergies to deal with. No fire hazard to think about. No vet visits to pay for because your dog really isn’t smart enough to know that eating pine needles covered in sap is a really, really, really stupid idea. And, sure, they’ll likely set you back $200 bucks initially, but just like that zoo membership you went back and forth about, it will pay for itself after just a couple of years.…
Thursday, November 28th, 2013
I never cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family. Never. That’s what Mimi’s and Papa’s are for right? At least that’s the case around here. It’s not like I haven’t tried though. I’ve tried. One year my parents decided to travel out of town for the holiday and I decided to make up for it by …
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
My oldest son’s first birthday was an elaborate affair.
I stayed up every night for a week straight constructing goodie bags and decorations and all kinds of happy little accoutrements that the kids tried to gum to death and the parents largely ignored.
It set me back a good $200, and my kid fell asleep halfway through it after exploding out the back of his diaper and crying while everyone sang.
I haven’t gone to such extremes for a kiddie party since.
Because, ain’t nobody got time for that!…
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Growing up I was always told that giving up was beneath me; that we weren’t quitters, and quitters never win. It is a belief that I’ve lugged with me through Algebra (twice), honors chemistry, college stats, and child birth. Sure, some of those nearly unbearable activities, like giving birth, I couldn’t quit, and staying the …
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
When #3 got sick earlier this year, we were scared.
Like any parent whose child suddenly falls ill, you don’t know what to expect, and you rely on those you deem professionals to do what they are trained to do to save your baby.
But when things begin to change, and your child is out of imminent danger, yet still in need of assistance, your role as concerned-parent-at-the-mercy-of-the-medical-professional begins to shift, and you become parent-advocate-determined-to-ensure-your-child-gets-the-care-he-or-she-needs-and-deserves.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
DudeDad and I celebrated our 10th year of marriage this spring.
Ten long years of mostly blissful weddedness under our belts, and, if you count the years we spent together before actually tying the knot (and we do since our toddler was sleeping in the first row at our nuptials), we’ve been doing the whole happily-ever-after thing for even longer.
Soon, the years we’ve spent together are going to pass the years we spent separately.
From what I hear, this is sort of an accomplishment in today’s world.…
Friday, October 25th, 2013
We are huge Halloween celebrators over here.
We dress up. We host a block party. We trick-or-treat.
It’s sort of a big deal around these parts.
But, we know that a lot of families choose not to celebrate the spookiest day of the year in this way.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have some fall flavored fun! …
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Meet the Robertsons, America’s New Favorite TV Family The new Robertsons, known for their duck calls and redneck lifestyle as it’s played out for millions of viewers each week on A&E, is my new favorite TV show. For the non-familiar reader, let me set the scene for you. Think scruffy-looking bearded guys (see above), …
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Being a mom is a lot about sacrifice: giving up “me” time to go to 8 a.m. football games, spending the money you saved for that cute clutch you saw at DSW for light up character shoes you actually kinda hate, rescheduling your pedicure and living with scaly feet for another weekend to stay home and hold your son’s hair while he barfs straight up until you pay the $75 co-pay at urgent care at which point he’s miraculously healed.
Often even when it’s not really necessary you do it out of guilt. Love mostly, but guilt too.
As someone who has fallen victim to all of these things and more, I know how tough it can be to fight the power. To stand your ground on things, even if they do seem small.…