Letting Go, Letting Them Learn

For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn't be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one ...more

Let's Get Ready for Preschool!

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience ...more

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go Back to School!

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more

She Was Okay at School

I breezed through the first day of school like an old pro today. I dropped my first grader off outside his classroom then made my way to kindergarten. My brave little girl sat stoically in her seat as I said my goodbyes. I threaded my way through ...more

Raising a Strong-Willed Kid? This One's For You!

I'm totally smitten by my daughter's gumption, independence, carefree spirit, and determination. I've witnessed her solve problems all on her own. I've shared the thrill of her figuring out how to put on her sandals while being able to successfully ...more

Retiring Baby: When Your Little One Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that bear. He was a small guy, maybe three-years-old. He was going to bed and experiencing his typical nighttime anxiety, not wanting me to leave the room until he was fast asleep. I sat at the edge of his bed and picked up the little blue bear, and put it into his arms. He quickly cuddled it. ...more

Don't Worry, It Won't Always Be This Way

Pregnancy: Almost overnight, the life I know becomes a mix of morning sickness, strange food cravings, and raging hormones. A few months in, even getting off the couch requires a serious effort. My back is killing me, my feet are starting to look more like balloon animals than the trusty appendages that once carried me through my day, and the gynecologist visits are more frequent and far more intrusive. The doctor assures me, "The last few weeks are the hardest, but Baby's almost here. It won't always be this way." ...more
Thanks, I needed this tonight. I'm sitting here after putting my five and a half year old and a ...more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

I've wanted to write about this for a while, but I've been sitting on it to decide whether or not I still felt justified in my actions, or if I was having a moment of poor judgment. Now that I'm a few weeks removed from the event, I'm going with the former. I yelled at a stranger's kid at the resort pool on vacation and I'm not sorry. I have two children of my own—and I use the term loosely because my "kids" are 13 and 16. Still, I understand that kids are free spirits, and vacation hysteria is a real thing. ...more
I had an incident at our pool just yesterday. A child aged about 3 that I have noticed for the ...more

{Addison’s Room} New Décor Alert

While I knew that Rome wasn’t built in a day, I am really starting to grasp that a beautiful… ...more

Moms, It's Okay To Be Happy They're Back In School

The blogosphere is inundated with back to school posts and frankly I'm tired of reading about it. I'm tired of reading about moms crying into their whiskey laced coffee mugs because Johnny started Pre-K....more

Let’s Chat About the 504 and the IEP

Photo Courtesy Todd Petrie/flickr Ah, yes, it’s that time again. The start of the school year, you mean? Well, yes, but it’s also the dreaded season of IEP 1 and 504 2 meetings ....more

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

It's no secret that The Maestro does most of the dinner cooking around here. But I have a few signature meals I make, too, and these enchiladas are one of them. In fact, I'm pretty sure that they are the highest requested birthday meal in our household ....more

Retiring Baby: When Your Little One Grows Up

It's the night before the first day of school. Everyone's in good spirits, some more excited than others, but it's good enough. My youngest sat in bed, cuddling his little blue bear, “Baby.” I smiled as I remembered the first time I gave him that bear. He was a small guy, maybe three-years-old. He was going to bed and experiencing his typical nighttime anxiety, not wanting me to leave the room until he was fast asleep. I sat at the edge of his bed and picked up the little blue bear, and put it into his arms. He quickly cuddled it. ...more

Mr. Tambourine Man

Yesterday was gorgeous. Beyond gorgeous weather in fact. So we grabbed some lunch to go in town and surprised Daddy with a picnic in the park ....more

A Mom First

As will probably happen every year, I took Connor's first day of school off from work. I wanted to be there to make his breakfast for him in the morning, be there to walk him up to his class and drop him off, and be there when he got done with school to pick him up. I am "Mom" first and "Teacher" second and I want my kids to know that.The night before kindergarten, when he came home from my mom's, I had all his stuff laid out for him - his clothes, some kindergarten books for us to read, and his new backpack and lunch ....more

Josie Runs a 5K

See that little girl in the purple shirt on the left-hand side of the above photo? ...more

I bet people in Sparta were cranky too

One of the many things that I miss about running was how it's a workout you can do no matter your mood. Clearly I'm not cut out for workouts that require perkiness, or maybe I just need to find a new way to channel my crankiness. Maybe it's that I'm not cut out for group fitness because yesterday in Zumba, the instructor told people to make some noise and I realized I was surrounded by "Woo girls" and that continued for 55 excruciating minutes ....more

Just five more minutes, Mom

As mentioned before, when it comes to mornings, I am awake and ready to go. This ability served me well in middle school and high school when I was responsible for getting myself awake, dressed and to school (via the bus or my own two feet) on time. I set my own alarm and I didn't hit the snooze button....more