I have a confession.
The Christmas cards currently lying on our kitchen table, half addressed and still needing stamps -- while lovely -- are a lie. Okay, maybe they are not completely a lie. They just don't tell the whole story.
I laugh at the Baby Jesus every year when we pull the Christmas decorations out of the attic.
We have an old popcorn tin full of Christmas toys. We have a Charlie Brown set with his little Christmas tree. We have all the characters from Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, including the misfit toys and Chuck's favorite, Yukon Cornelius ("Looky what he can do!").
It's nearly 9 pm, and I am working against a fast-approaching grading deadline. Yet, what I desperately want to do is to seek the warmth and refuge underneath the covers of my bed. If you knew half of what my day looked like, you would, too. ...more
I know, I know - you've read this all before.Too bad.It is time for the Annual Birthday Post! My tiny little 1lb babies are 19 today.I know, right? Some of you have been reading the Birthday Post since they were about 10 or 11.Time is not just flying, it is traveling at the speed of sound. I remember a tiny Becca setting her pacifier down in something that had spilled...she picked it up, took a suck, and said, "What the hell is all over this?!" It made me laugh so much that I couldn't even correct her....more
When I found out we were going to be a family of five, I just knew I would be viewed as ghetto when people saw three toddler boys trailing behind me as we traveled throughout our city. Maybe it’s because I was raised in the hood and the stereotype was “if you see a young woman with more than two babies you assume she is trying to beat the system and force tax payers to take care of her children.”...more
A while back, I had a Ke$ha song stuck in my head, and my kids were sick, and this is the result.Wake up in the morning feeling like June CleaverGrab my coffee, I'm out the door, my baby's got a fever.Before I leave, brush my teeth with some regular toothpaste,cuz when I leave for the day, I'll be back in an hour.I'm talkingFights coming from the back seat - seatKids hitting each other with feet - feet...more
I have had my moments of wondering why I seem so tired much of the time. Maybe because I am no longer in my teens and my energy levels are not off the charts. Perhaps having four children between the ages of two and seven have some impact. At my last annual check-up, less than a year ago, I got my thyroid and iron levels checked, just in case. My thyroid was fine. No problems there. ...more
Long before we had children, Chuck and I said several times that we thought it would be fun to have twins. After the initial shock of seeing TWO heartbeats on the ultrasound, I looked at him, bewildered, and said, "We knew." We didn't know everything, though. Our pre-pregnancy twins were named Phillip and Paden....more