The Family Vacation We Almost Canceled Was the One We Needed the Most

Last June, my dad's youngest brother hatched a grand plan. The three brothers and their families hadn't vacationed together in quite some time. My husband, two sons, parents, brother, and sister-in-law perfected the multi-generational vacation over the years, and as my uncle got to witness it in person for three days last year, he decided 2014 would be the perfect year to really put the multi in multi-generational. We booked two houses as soon as we could, and we began planning out the most epic of vacations. We all happily looked forward to June 21 when we would begin a week of pure relaxation and family togetherness. Then my beloved grandmother, my father and uncles' mother, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014. ...more
I am so, so glad you had this vacation at just this time.more

Potential Grandmother Ponders Old School Parenting vs Modern Parenting

I’ll be 57 in July, a not-quite-grandmother age and a not-full-time-mother age. My son and daughter are in their mid- and late-20s, unattached, and focused on their professions. They’re experiencing life as they should be, so I don’t want to pester them or anything but … well, I do get just a little envious when I see a woman my age holding the hand of a toddler....more
As a mommy who was a pre-school teacher first, the "good job" epidemic drives me insane! ...more

New Moms Need Encouragement More Than Advice

They say nothing can fully prepare you for parenthood. From my experience, that was certainly the case. It wasn’t until I survived labor and delivery and was cradling my first babe that I started to get it. I felt like I had officially been initiated into the mommy club, joining millions of women who had gone before me. It was the most amazing feeling in the world, but it was also one of the most overwhelming. ...more
This is one of the reasons I love our pediatrician.  Always feel like he is a bit of a ...more

Baby's First Day at the Beach, Mother Child O/C painting Margaret Aycock NR

Some of my fondest memories are those spent at the ocean on the Carolina coast.  I often revisit those times with paint and canvas.  Going to the beach usually involved extended family, always a new baby or two, and lots of grown-ups to watch the joy of first experiences with sand and sea....more

BlogHer Newbie

My 1st BlogHer Conference, and I'm reading all I can to prepare.  If you have any suggestions for newbies please send them my way.  I've blogged for over 4 years, (even won a couple of awards) but still feel like a rookie.  I'm really looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers, and sharing ideas.  So impressed with the keynote speakers...  Guy Kawasaki is awesome and it will be amazing to hear Ariana Huffington in person.  Great variety of sessions and topics.  Can't wait....more

A Room With a View

The car sped through the narrow road, dodging oncoming traffic and narrowly missing cars in front it... and the kerbside. The driver, my late cousin's boyfriend drove, maniacally, totally unaware of the havoc he was causing in the nervous system of its passengers.He was driving completely unsafely, blissfully unaware of road signs and the white middle line dividing the road into 2 lanes. Hooters sounded and he carried on talking, a non-stop narrative of the history of the countryside and its attractions....more

The Family Vacation We Almost Canceled Was the One We Needed the Most

Last June, my dad's youngest brother hatched a grand plan. The three brothers and their families hadn't vacationed together in quite some time. My husband, two sons, parents, brother, and sister-in-law perfected the multi-generational vacation over the years, and as my uncle got to witness it in person for three days last year, he decided 2014 would be the perfect year to really put the multi in multi-generational. We booked two houses as soon as we could, and we began planning out the most epic of vacations. We all happily looked forward to June 21 when we would begin a week of pure relaxation and family togetherness. Then my beloved grandmother, my father and uncles' mother, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014. ...more
I am so, so glad you had this vacation at just this time.more

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter...more

My grandmother's influence

I stood for a long while at the sink, washing and trimming the flat of strawberries from Sunday’s farmers market. In my left hand, between thumb and forefingers, I held one berry at a time. In my right, I gently gripped the handle of a paring knife and sliced the stem end off with a motion running towards my body. My hands worked together in a practiced way, the repetitive motions so unconsciously deft that when I plucked the last berry from the colander, I was surprised....more

On Becoming a Grandmother-to-Be!

Okay:  we've seen the ultrasound pictures.  It's official:  my daughter is pregnant.  My first-born baby girl, who cannot possibly be old enough to be a mother, is going to have a baby sometime in early December.  Hello, Jane, this is real life!...more

Squeaky Shoes: Yes I Am THE Best Grandmother In the Entire WORLD

When I saw #Eve with her nifty squeaky shoes I knew JMP was going to need some. Fast. Only one problem, I wasn't sure what size shoe he was wearing and it was like 4am in HAWAII so ... I just guessed. And I ordered THREE PAIRS in three different sizes. Because yea, I'm crazy like that....more
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Potential Grandmother Ponders Old School Parenting vs Modern Parenting

I’ll be 57 in July, a not-quite-grandmother age and a not-full-time-mother age. My son and daughter are in their mid- and late-20s, unattached, and focused on their professions. They’re experiencing life as they should be, so I don’t want to pester them or anything but … well, I do get just a little envious when I see a woman my age holding the hand of a toddler....more
As a mommy who was a pre-school teacher first, the "good job" epidemic drives me insane! ...more

Why you should call your mother

There is a parody tea mug on my desk that says: Keep Calm and Call Mom. And there is a lot of truth to that....more