A Letter to Myself in 2006

Dear Self,I know you are taking time out of your incredibly intense existence to read this.  I know as you look at the page, you aren't able to pensively nibble at the end of your pen as you contemplate the next brilliant phrase to jot down.  I know your air of mystery and sexy aloofness must be put on pause, and that the corner couch of the Starbucks will be wasted on you for these few moments, but I have an important message:  Get over yourself.Yes, that's right.  Life is not all about you.  Your dreams will come true or not, based not on your imag...more

Nutcracker Follies, or - The Mouse was a Ham!

I'd like to think that Pyotr Tchaikovsky had a good sense of humor. I guess a guy who dreamed up a Sugar Plum Fairy and Mother Ginger must have been pretty mellow. About sixteen years ago I attended a performance of The Nutcracker with my mom and two young children which forever more changed the way I think about this ballet. At the first strains, I chuckle to myself and relive the moments....more

Moment of the Week - 18

Gigglefest with Daddy!  Short and adorable video here: http://parentwin.blogspot.com/2010/12/moment-of-week-18.html   I love my family!...more

The rollercoaster of life with children

Ahhh! The highs and lows of dealing with kids. They are like little curved balls with untucked shirts. You never know what's coming next. So I thought I would do a post summarising the kid things that happened yesterday to demonstrate my point: High ...more

Violence Embraced

Every year around this time, films whose protaganist is a sadistic child air on television and every year I shake my head in disbelief. Do Home Alone 1 and 2 really pass as humour? Ha ha ha one of the idiotic burglars just got electrocuted. Ha ha ha the boy just pushed a suspended beam down the stairs, knocking the two burglars to the bottom....more

Phantom Noises

 The babies are finally asleep.  It's the middle of the day.  Maybe I can squeeze in that shower I've been wanting to take since yesterday morning.I turn the hot water knob, water sluices toward the wall, the inviting tap tap tap calling to me well before the water is warm enough.  I ready my towel, brush my hair.  I leave the door open, just in case.  Just in case something happens, I'll be able to hear the babies.  Everything should be just fine, right?  They sleep for at least an hour and a half everyday.  There's nothing in their room...more

Winter Break

So, today starts winter break....as soon as the bell rings my 6th grader will be on break for two weeks.  Normally I don't mind this time of year, but this year it is especially hard on me due to being sick and not working.  My ex-husband is also being a pain in the rear because he won't let me have her the entire break and he just has to have her for half of it.  I admit it, I am selfish and I want her all to myself, but will that ever happen ~ nope!...more

I am The Luckiest

I keep looking at my Christmas card.  I did the layout.  I selected the pictures.  I've seen it 800 times, but I can't stop looking at it.  I keep thinking, "That's my family," and I am stunned.  How did I end up in this amazing situation?  How is it that, most of the time, I am complaining about how hard it is?  Someone close to me recently told me that if all you read were my Facebook status updates then you'd think I was someone who just feels sorry for herself.  Yuck....more

Mom Sues McDonald's Because Her Children Keep Nagging Her for Happy Meals

From EmpowHER.com A woman is suing McDonald's because she claims her children are nagging her constantly for Happy Meals in order to get the toys inside. Monet Parham, a 41- year-old mother who works for the state of California is suing the fast food giant, saying that McDonald's has infiltrated her childrens' minds.  “"We have to say no to our kids so many times and McDonald's makes that so much harder to do....more


When other people's two year olds draw pictures for their parents, it's scribbling.  Today, I learned for the first time that when mine do it, it's art. See what I mean?  This is too ...more