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 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 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

Holiday Giveaway

I'm giving away a $25 Toys R Us gift card for the holidays on my main blog.  Click here to enter:   Thank you for being here, and happy holidays!...more

Where the Heck is the Tape?

I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.  I always start out with such good intentions.  I'm going to cut my lines straight and even.  I'm going to line the corners up and crease my folds.  I'm going to use very little tape so that you can't even see it.  I'm going to put ribbons and bows on every present.  They are going to be beautiful.These ideals last only until I lose the scissors the first time, which is to say, the first time I put them down.  They're scissors.  They're big and heavy and bright red.  How did I los...more

Well, I heartily thank you both for your support in my wrapping-challenged life! I figure I'll ...more

Third Time is the Charm

A few months ago, I defended my decision to stop potty training by saying that quitting and failing are not the same thing.  Turns out, I was right.We are now on day five of potty training, for the third time.  At 17 months, my kids did not even understand what the potty was.  They pushed them around as toys and tried to take them apart and put them back together like puzzles.  At 24 months, they understood that mommy would like the...more

It's a Process...

  If there's one thing I've learned from this whole selling our house saga, it's that our realtor, Suzanne Gallup, was absolutely correct when she said that it's a process. When Jim and I first talked about selling our home I was heartbroken. This was a house we bought after seven months of marriage, the house we came to as newlyweds on August 20, 1983....more

You know, Karinya - I almost took that "schmaltzy" line out - thanks!more

An Early Christmas Gift for a Stay at Home Mom

The diner was well lit and cheery.  The orange tiles reminded me of my own childhood days and delighted the babies as they scampered about.  The outside wall was lined with windows at baby height, so that as we struggled to get from the parking lot inside, the babies falsely thought we'd made it before we reached the door."Uh, oh!" they said, tapping on the windows.  "Locked, locked.  Key!  Ope!  Ope door!"...more

and a gift for them. Sounds like your babies brought smiles to others that night. :)

I had ...more