How to Survive Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease as an Adult

I think I'm going to put this down as a milestone on Facebook. You know right after "got engaged," "got married," "had a baby," and now... "contracted Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease." Because, I have to tell you, right now, it feels like a milestone. Don't believe what you read when it says that it's a "mild" condition. Apparently adults aren't really supposed to get this. I'm not really sure how I was chosen for the honor. I'm pretty much a germaphobe. Oh, you know the one. Touch a grocery cart (get out hand sanitizer), pay for groceries (get out hand sanitizer), put groceries in car (get out hand sanitizer). And I practically scrub my son once we leave any public place. I think you get the idea. But somehow, Lil Man and I have contracted this horrible little illness, and I decided to share with you a few things that I have learned so far. ...more
LanaVoynich I hope the ice packs help!!! It does pass.. hang in there... 8 days later my ...more

Patient X

Surviving the Fever Sickness seems to drain an entire household... I never take health for granted, you can't put a price on it. While I am grateful for our health I also know how fast things can change and so that may leave me slightly paranoid. So when my littlest guy awoke in the middle of the night with a temp of 103 I was shaking....more

It's a Boy! Unbiased Information About Circumcision

There is a skeleton in the back of my skeptic closet. A gnarly thing, decrepit and long dead. It lived when my daughter was but a babe. During that time, I came across a storm of information about how harmful vaccines could be. ...more
In addition to a similar online search, I asked my family doctor, my OBGYN (who performs ...more

School Uniforms-Causing conflict between mothers and daughters since, forever

I went with my daughter this morning to get her school uniform jumper shortened.  As I was helping put on the yellow polo shirt and blue and yellow jumper she said "Do I have to wear this? Why do I have to wear this?" I told her "Because all of the other girls at your school will be wearing the same thing. I know you don't like it, but this jumper is going to be your new best friend." ...more

The Life of A Farmer

My little man is overjoyed with tractors, planes and trains. He has a deep love for such machinery that I can't fulfill within him. As we came to visit my parents this past week, I knew my dad, Coopers papa could fulfill his tiny little dream...and boy was he ecstatic.Papa took him for rides in his BIG ford pickup......more

10 Things I learned in 10 Years of Parenting

 Sometimes I forget I have been a parent this long. I look around at these people wandering around my house almost the same height as me now and forget they were little. It feels like a million years ago.So what can I offer up as words of wisdom? What have I learned over the last ten years that can help a new mother?Nothing....more

a little trip to morro bay

if you have never seen her, Morro Bay is a splendid little fishing town north of Santa Barbara.we lived there for about 13 years before we made the move to socal....more

10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
ive heard quite a few of those that are listed only im the single person thats not that ...more

The Current State of Dix

   This picture was taken on the Fourth of July, two days before the "Dix Apocalypse"....more

Is it my turn to have a tantrum now?

Does this look familiar to you?  This face (and the crossed arms, as well) is presented to me dozens of times daily.  My adorable angels, ages 6 and 3, have become very expressive these days.  ...more