Saturday At Mimi's

On January 16, 1982, a Mimi was born. A fancy grandmother.Was Mimi ever not a fancy grandmother? How did she exist before her first grandchild came into the world? Who did she make chocolate pudding with the skin on top for before that day? Who did she talk about at Garden Club and Birthday Club meetings? Who did she smell good for?...more

My Mom Doesn't Respect Our Santa-Free Christmas

Some of my parenting choices are a little bit unconventional. Not outrageously so, but mildly. I co-sleep and breastfeed my toddler. We did baby-led weaning. I skipped the purees and instead introduced table food at eight months. I don’t believe in spanking and I am not planning on telling my son that Santa Claus is a real person....more
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Wiring The Technology Generation Gap

Technology isn’t easy. We all know that. But technology is extra difficult for those who didn’t grow up with it. My parents are no different than anyone else in their age group. They don’t like change, and technological change is an even harder pill to swallow. Grandma and her iPad by Iain Farrell via FlickrMy parents have never had a passion for technology....more
@Darcie My husband writes software but everyone in my family thinks that means that he can help ...more

Ten Great Gifts for a Grandchild's First Christmas

This will be Johnny Mac Pippin's first Christmas and I'm tempted to bombard him with presents. Except, he'll only be seven months old and won't have the first clue about what the heck's going on. Then again, his parents WILL and I'd like to help them have an awesome holiday since they're so far from home. So -- bombard them with presents, I will. But what to buy, what to buy... ...more
I might be the exception here, but I'm going to speak as a mom. Less is more. It has been an ...more

85 YO Mom and BFF Lunch - Catfight Almost Ensues!

LUNCH WITH TWO WOMEN NAMED JOAN When she was ten, my mother met a girl who shared her first name. They quickly became best friends and stayed so for the next 73 years. Together they shared schoolyard memories, weddings, and years of family get-togethers. But in the year and a half since my father passed away, my mom had not been able to see her best friend, Joan, because they live an hour apart and neither could drive on the freeways. (Though unfortunate for them, likely countless lives have been saved by their motoring absence.)...more

Stretching Out Our Last Two Days In Ohio...

Monday arrived and so did the work week for everybody...except me.  Caitlin is working for the company so she was busy all morning taking calls and placing orders, Robby was on the phone and his computer and Kevin had to go back to work for another 12 hour shift (can you believe that?!).  I waited patiently while everybody did their thing but when lunch time arrived I announced that it was time to get out of the house and go eat.  Caitlin had the perfect place in mind to take her dad and me... ...more

Low-Tech Grandparents in a High-Tech World (A Guest Post)

We are honored to have a guest post from Krista's mom today! ...more

Where Does the Joy Go?

   It’s been a privilege and an inspiration to spend time with granddaughter  Amalía during her first ni...more

Tying Shoes a Parenting Failure!

Tying shoes! It was just one of my failures as parenting.  I wish I could say I taught my kids everything they know.  I wish I could say I always made the right decisions about everything.  I wish I could say I had perfect kids, you know,they had straight A’s and never caused me an ounce of trouble and ……Oh, tying shoes that is what I was telling you about. Listen, I sucked at that lesson in their life....more
I am so thankful for friends and relatives with special skills.  I can't picture myself being a ...more

Unwanted Excitement on Wedding Day

My daughter’s sister in law got married on Saturday, and I had promised that hubby and I would take care of the little ones so everyone could enjoy themselves at the wedding.  There were a few hours between the ceremony and the reception, so the plan was to either drive the babies around for an hour so they would nap in the car, or to take them home for naps in their beds. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef thanks so much :)more