There are lists everywhere right now about top gifts for kids - they're full of ideas, presents, and hot and must purchase items. This weekend I pondered what kids really need and once again, while the gifts are fabulous and they bring a level of ...more
Every year I tell myself that "this year I will not go overboard on Christmas gifts!" Last year, because we had spent so much money on our Epic Vacation, I was really serious. But apparently not serious enough, because come Christmas morning, the ...more
Well here we are, not a day into the month of December and already I've seen more bitterness about what some moms do over others in terms of the Christmas season. I've already read an ugly handful of articles that mock moms just like me, with dozens ...more
I’ve never thought of myself as “brave” in the true sense of the word. I’m not really a risk-taker, and aside from roller coasters, I don’t do any dare-devilish things. Skiing even seems out of the question for me. ...more
A vet. A psychologist. A meteorologist. A doctor. A teacher. A writer. Those were all dreams of what I had planned for my life. As a child, I often played the silly game of MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House). You know, where you list a number of ...more
Dear Mouthy Housewives,We live in a neighborhood where everyone decorates the outside of their house for Christmas. We never do because we go out of town and aren't that into spending money on something that doesn't matter to us. However, recently a couple of neighbors have passive-aggressively made comments about how bad it looks to have our house dark on a festive street. Should I cave in and hang up some lights (which I can't afford to give either time or money to) or just ignore them? I don't want to cause trouble.Signed,Am I Gretchen the Grinch?...more
So, spoiler alert: Santa Claus isn’t real.
Oops. Were you reading this post aloud to your small child? My apologies for ruining his/her innocence. I have a bad habit of spreading truth at inopportune times. There are about 25 women who still resent me for being That Kid who, in 1990, told their eight-year-olds that Santa wasn’t real. I didn’t get invited to a lot of birthday parties when I was in third grade. I can’t imagine why.
Every year I tell myself that "this year I will not go overboard on Christmas gifts!" Last year, because we had spent so much money on our Epic Vacation, I was really serious. But apparently not serious enough, because come Christmas morning, the tree was overflowing with gifts. I just love Christmas and buying Christmas gifts for my children so dang much that I can't help myself! But even little things add up, and before I know it, I'm completely over budget.
Every house has its routine, and ours is no different. Depending on the day, someone is always up early to write, work, or head to early choir practice. Our kitchen is a beehive of transient activity as lunches are packed, plans for the day are made, and hugs are given before everyone sweeps out the front door and heads off in a blizzard of directions ....more
Despite being overcast, it was comfortably warm. An hour after the rain, an hour before the next, the air was sweet with humidity. Clouds drifted quickly overhead, revealing layers, shapes and shadows ....more
One of the most surprisingly difficult things about motherhood for me has been the letting go. (In that, most of the time, I am realizing that I don’t want to.) For a long time, I have collected various leaves and pine cones and acorns that Captain Bravo has picked up for me on his travels. (I wrote about these gifts back in the spring.)...more
Disclaimer: The choices I make are for my family. If you don't agree, no one is making you read my blog. Thank you.Tallulah's ears finally got earrings.Daddy took her and his 3 other little girls for me.The parking lot was busy from black Friday shopping so while he was brave and held Tallulah for this milestone, I was driving around the parking lot in circles with all the boys.I didn't mind-- I thought it was cute and Daddy was happy enough to enjoy this special event with his girls.And the result is fabulous-- Tallulah looks adorable! ...more
If I could make the entire internet repeat a phrase after me until they believed the words in their heart of hearts, I would make everyone repeat "It's OK that other people choose to celebrate holidays differently than I do." Yup. Give me the power to change the world and THAT is what I'm doing. It makes me cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs that so many people spend their social media time telling others that they're doing it wrong ....more