Your High School Freshman Really Wants You to Know Some Things

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the ...more

My Baby May Not Survive

I thought yesterday was the worst day of my life. I was wrong, and apparently I may be wrong again. There is absolutely no way to prepare oneself for the news that your 35-day-old baby may not survive. I have loved this little baby so deeply for 35 ...more

Thing Ramen Noodles Can Teach Parents

I recently got to introduce my son to one of my favorite college food staples: Ramen Noodles. I watched him marveling at the length of the noodles, giggling as he dangled ribbons of noodles over his mouth, waiting to catch them and slurp them up in ...more

Please Teach Your Kids About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will ...more

Say No to Visitors, New Moms!

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's ...more

Can a Mom Survive Bottled Up Energy and Giggles at Dinner Time?

Do you ever just FLIP OUT on your kids for no reason other than they're being TOO happy?! Cause I have. Yep. I'm not proud of it. I just simply don't understand it. They will be absolutely content with each other at the dinner table, cracking each other up, not hitting or not not-hitting-but-kinda-hitting, not tattling, not asking me for anything, just genuinely enjoying each other's company while I quietly eat my own slice of Papa Murphy's Take 'n Bake white pizza. ...more
This is so like my family.  Thing is, I know that the kids get it from me, and I have had fits ...more

It's Hard to Be the New Mom at School

It's September. The flip flops have been unceremoniously discarded in the corner, the bathing suits and beach towels safely stowed until next year, and the air is crackling with the excitement of this new school year. For us, it’s been extra special, as the kids are in their first year of public school after being cyber schooled for the last five years....more

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more
OMG!  We don't have kids yet, but good graciousness.  It looks like it might be like the days ...more

Gallery Wall: Many Months In The Making

I had known for awhile now that I wanted to do some kind of gallery wall on the big, empty wall in the living room. It was just so bare; something was definitely missing from it. I figured a gallery wall was the perfect solution, especially since there were so many photos I wanted to display ....more

Weekend Warriors

On Saturday night, I was sitting on the couch with a traumatized Stella in my lap (we shaved her – it wasn’t fun) and I got to thinking: this blog used to be all about our daily life, with much (most?)...more

Pick up time

I see her before she sees me. I pause just outside the door, peering through the windows, observing and admiring her, completely unnoticed. In this split second of seeing without being seen, I get to survey the situation ....more

I want to teach my child to be...

I talk a lot on this blog about things that I try to teach my son: cooking, healthy living, to be a nice person and safety....more

My favorite hobby

You know how there are annoying things in life that you can't do anything about, but it's still really cathartic to complain about them? Well guess what, I have a list.My neighbors have chickens. I have no issues with the chickens, it's that goddamn rooster that I hate ....more

preschool books for the letter e

Reading opens a world of imagination and creativity for our children. If I read to each of my children each day, both together and individually, than I consider the day a success! One of the main reasons why we do a letter of the week style preschool at home is to encourage me to continue to read new books, do new activities, and introduce new vocabulary ....more

Birthday Recap and [Fall Bucket List] Fall Date Night

This weekend was so wonderful! A HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who wished me a Happy Birthday and to those of you who celebrated with me! It means a lot to me that you could partake in my special day!Not only was it my birthday weekend (and I might have celebrated from Thursday - Saturday!) but we FINALLY had a break in the HOT HOT HOT weather! ...more

Tuesday's Thoughts

I present, in no particular order, my thoughts...T.V. is back this week! ...more

23 Weeks

How far along? 23 Weeks {first 23 week update} Baby Size: A pomegranate Total weight gain: 12 pounds Maternity clothes? This is another another maternity dress from Gap ....more

shifting of the tides

things currently changing✔ I think I might be done with the pump. ...more