10 Reasons I am Grateful for my Children

Sunday is Mother's Day here in this part of the world. It's a day when my children will act like sweet, cherubic little darlings, wait on me hand and foot, snuggle on demand and then leave me alone afterwards. I won't have to cook or clean or fold one piece of laundry, nor hunt down a lost shoe... beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep! Wha?? blink, blink. Oh. I was dreaming. Dang. Pretty sure in the 13 years I've been a mom, Mother's Day has never been quite that idyllic....more

10 Things No One Tells You About Being a Mom

Being a mom is the only experience I have ever had that has taken me through such a roller coaster of emotions.  Joy, laughter, love, frustration, anxiety, fear, anger, sadness and excitement.  Each day brings new challenges, experiences and joys.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but these are the ten things I with I’d been told about being a mom....more
Love this!  So true :)  I wouldn't change anything about having my kids.  I can't even imagine ...more

Strength in Motherhood

I’ve always been proud of my children. From infancy to adult and motherhood, my daughters have amazed and humbled me. I am the proud grandmother of ten precious wonders and each has a special place in my heart.8 lbs 9 oz...more
WHAT!?!?! Well, Suzie Ivy, Hello! So glad Linda Anselmi spilled the beans on Chatter that you ...more

Love and Vomit: An Ode to My Mother

After a busy week made even more challenging by the itchy, watery eyes of spring, I washed down deep dish pizza and a Benadryl with two glasses of white wine and fell into bed. (A doctor may not approve of this combo, which is why I didn’t consult mine.)My dreams of sleeping in were shattered at 6 a.m. by my daughter screaming, “Mommy, come here quick.”...more

Sometimes Being A Mother Stinks

Yes, yes you did just read that right. ...more

A New Chapter

I seem to be surrounded by pregnant ladies or those who just recently gave birth.  First babies, second, third.  Real life friends and online buddies.  I swear something is being pumped into the water. I love all things baby.  I love their sweet newborn smell and the way they curl up and sleep on your chest.  I love the tiny little clothes and impossibly small newborn diapers.  And as rough as my pregnancies were, I also loved the ever growing belly and the sweet baby kicks from within. ...more

It's Almost Time for Summer Break! Oh No!

It is almost that time. The school year is winding down. My favorite time of year is right around the corner. I experience these feelings every year. As a stay-at-home mother summer means that I get to spend many warm days with my four children. We talk and laugh and frolic barefooted through the fields of tall green grass. Stopping to take a moment to lie on our backs, on the warm earth and stare up at the blue sky as the white, fluffy clouds float past... (Insert here that sound of a record being scratched by a needle.)...more
Wonderful! My boys have been on the business end of a spray bottle once or twice, also there may ...more

Facing the Tough Questions

In my fifteen years of being a mom, I’ve had my share of tough questions.The ones that induce the reddest blushes have to do with sex.What is sex? Do you and daddy have sex? When do you ever find the time to have sex?  These are the tip of the iceberg in a long line of questions from my three kids that I’ve fielded over the years. Usually while we are all at the dinner table and my mouth is full of tea or pasta.I will never, ever, forget the time our eldest child needed the complete, don’t-hold-anything-back, tell-me-right-now, explanation of sex....more

Every Waking Moment Doesn't Need To Be Blogged

Anybody that knows my daughter and me know that we love being on the move. From the time she was a tiny baby up to now, she's been my roadie for the last few years. Once I started blogging and writing about our adventures, forget about it. We were up and down the road creating blog-worthy experiences and Pinnable moments. I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunities that we've been able to have because of my work, and they have really enhanced our lives. ...more
So true...we aren't paying attention when we aren't in the moment. Thank you for sharing.more

The Moments I Realized I Was Definitely A Mom

That first moment that I clearly remember was when my oldest was born and we were spending our first nights in the hospital post c-section. He needed a diaper change so I placed him ever-so-gently on my bed between my legs and gathered the required materials. His tiny little toes, his cute little bum, ah, it was just perfection. And then I undid his diaper, readied a wipe, and began to clean the cutest little bum… ...and he pooped on my hand. And not just any poop… that first poop. The one they warn you about. ...more
It's always about poop isn't it?!more