Think About What You Say

 After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough.  For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.They've got the command down pat."Look, mama.""Dance with me, mama.""Wait for me.""Help mama clean up."It's ha...more

I expect how you say it will be the next big linguistic breakthrough for them!

Amazing how we ...more

A Little Privacy Please

No one told me that having a child means that you forego every ounce of your dignity from day one of finding that you've a peanut growing in your belly.  ...more

Elf on A Shelf run Amuck

Last year, we  I decided that I wanted to start the whole Elf on the Shelf tradition with my girls.Of course, once I saw what the Elf on the Shelf actually looked like, there was no way I...more

The Fake Career Woman

A beautiful blogger and great friend of mine wrote a post today about being a fake stay at home mom (during break as a teacher.)  She got a lot of well-deserved hits, and I laughed at myself, saying, "I'm going to post where you post, claiming that SAHM is a career."But, then, I thought, what the heck, self?  SAHM is a career.She writes: As a teacher "for several weeks out of the year, you can pretend like you don't have a job and stay home with your kids."Now, anyone...more

Grandparents, and Holiday Madness

It is very hard to resist buying everything you see for your baby's first holiday! Once your little bundle turns 5 and your house is bursting with legos or doll clothes, and never played with toys, you no longer have that urge to 'pick up just one more thing' - that's what Grandparents are for. Those very same Grandparents are probably the ones who continued the toy gluttony that got you into this mess, literally! Raising the Grandparents takes the same skill set as raising your munchkin - patience and consistency. ...more

Give a little bit...

My family asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year. Hmmm, hmmmm, hmmmmmmm!! I have not a clue. There is certainly nothing I “need” this year. A new winter coat might be nice since my current vintage coat needs a few new buttons, but honestly I think that’s exactly what makes it cool. I could always use a new sweater, piece of costume jewelry or book. But I tend to get stuck on the “need” part of the holidays....more

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:   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