Barbie Dream House Eviction Notice

My sister and I are 18 months apart. We were Irish twins, doing everything together. I rushed to keep up with her in everything she did, and I also like to think that I held her back a little bit. It’s all about compromise people.Now, the dark underbelly of having kids so close in age is that it’s exhausting (or so my mother keeps saying). Their childhood becomes a series of COPY and PASTE. “Ooh, that outfit is cute, I’ll just buy 2. Ooh, that toy looks fun, they can just share it. Did I put both kids in the car….eh, probably.”...more

This Might Be Worse Than Drowning

You know how sometimes the oldest sibling in a family will get pregnant at 13 and then for the rest of the other children’s lives they are locked away in a tower wearing a chastity belt?This is sort of like that, except with less pregnancy and more humiliation.When my brother was a very little kid he drowned. Now you guys are probably saying “But Tracy, your brother is alive.” Yes he is, why don’t you let me finish my story....more

Where Did the Baby Go?

Clifford: The Big Red Kidnapping Van

All kids have to be embarrassed by their parents in some way, shape or form during their childhood. It’s a requirement and until it’s accomplished that child isn’t allowed to progress in life. For my family this was tricky because I genuinely like my mom and I don’t think she’s embarrassing so to properly child-shame me she had to dig deep.And oh did she ever accomplish it!...more

Christmas Muffins and the True Meaning of Christmas

No one knows the exhaustion of the holidays more than a teacher in the days leading up to winter break (especially teachers of smaller children).No one understands the anticipation and angst of Santa's arrival more than a Kindergarten teacher on Dec. 19.No one can imagine the crazed excitement of the Christmas countdown more than teachers....more

1974 to 1975 sometime

 1974 to 1975 I remember this road, I believe it was a dirt road. Mom was driving and we were riding along. I think we just came from the store, maybe a grocery store, not really sure. ...more

Flashbacks from 1970 forward!

I was born in 1970, to a poor family. I am the second oldest to four of us kids.My parents met at a young age of 14 and 15. They married this young. This had to be around 1967.Crazy today, but back then not so bad. They met in Oregon, underneath the Jefferson Bridge. A cute little town that I briefly revisited just this year. I wish I would have taken more time to just get out and walk around.Went through there in the late evening while visiting an old friend while I was on vacation....more

Flashback Friday: That one time I was a mermaid

 Circa 1995, California State Fair, "Poor Unfortunate Souls" Li...more

Thankful for Childhood Traditions

Today the excitement to see what the Switch Witch brought them had our girls up early! And with fall back on our clocks it was even earlier ~5:30 AM it’s going to be a long day.But it is this family childhood tradition that I love that woke our girls up at that hour.  I sit here wondering now that they are 8 and 6 years old, how much longer will their beliefs in these childhood traditions be?...more
sharingthanks thanks! I do have to admit I learned of the Switch Witch from a friend who's ...more

Muddy Puddles

Blame Peppa Pig, but my boy loves muddy puddles.I spotted the puddle the minute we walked onto the field. Linus’ eyes lit up, but he didn’t let on that he noticed it. Playing with his siblings, I saw his eyes dart over a few times. I imagine he was concocting a way to maneuver closer....more