Jeanne'

I'm a happily married mother of 8 boys. Just trying to juggle real life and not lose the rest of my mind while I'm at it. 

The Truths No One Tells You About Marriage

There is this dirty little secret about parenting and marriage no one ever tells you: This life is not always filled with fluffy kittens and balloons....more
Boy, do I hear you, Jeanne! I write about "what no one tells you about X" (mostly about, what no ...more

The husband and Pinterest.

You know all those pins everyone makes on Pinterest?  Does anyone actually really do any of it?  I have to admit I love Pinterest, and I often get lost for hours pinning my heart out swearing I am going to make that yummy looking Jack Daniels bacon cupcake, or refurbish some great find from the thrift store…but in reality, that will never happen.  Because A.I hate being in the kitchen, and B.  I never go to the thrift store....more

Spiders and the Tinfoil Man

Last night I was lying in bed during my “happy time” in the middle of the night reading.  It was extremely late so everyone had been fast asleep for hours.  The husband walks into the bedroom just getting home from work and falls into bed.  The only light in the room came from the light on my kindle.  As he lays down out of nowhere a spider dropped from the place spiders hide to scare the shit out of you when you least expect it; right onto my chest.  * Still shuddering *....more

Quit Telling me I'm Old Doc!

Today I had that annual eye appointment. It’s that time of year where someone in a white coat believes it is his/her job to remind me of how old I am getting.I won’t go into the details about how they also weighed me and took my blood pressure, which by the way was strange to me… in addition to making me shudder. (Think it may be time to once again stop eating popcorn at 2 am.)...more

Mafia or 'Lord of the Flies' -- Never Turn Your Back on Your Kids

I have always been pretty proud of my boys when they are not amongst the husband and me. Everyone always claims they are polite, and always helpful. Never rude. However, what happens when you are close by? Do they behave if they are in their own home- and there is someone unrelated in that home? What I have learned… my boys are a brutal mafia family. At least that’s what a friend told me. ...more

Get another dog? Eh, maybe if we could agree.

When I met the husband he HATED dogs. Well, actually hated the thought of having any pet.HA! Silly man. He married a woman who pretty much grew up in a suburban zoo. My folks loved animals, so in turn so did their kids. We had everything from snakes to dogs…cats to birds, rabbit, turtles… You name it, we had it. We tried the fish thing, however after a half a dozen flushed goldfish we gave up.I even had a pet rat for years, and I loved that guy!...more
@Denise He's pretty set, however the American Bulldog is a thought! Heck anything would be ...more

What I have learned about being a parent

1. Play dough is not your friend. It should be outlawed.2.  There’s no such thing as washable crayons. Proof is in the clothing it was washed       with.3. If your child  is sick never look up symptoms online… it will say they have about an hour left to live and the emergency room will look at you like an idiot....more

I had that, "I am a horrible mother!" moment.

It was the last day of school for my boys. They were ecstatic, while I on the other hand I was having panic attacks about how I would survive that long without one of us running away or outright killing each other.Boy 6 was having a “water day” which really should be every day in this god forsaken desert!Boy six was having a huge party with games and enough sugar to cover the planet a few times....more

Thank you Monster Energy drink for taking care of me.

This morning has been a doozy,(I'm using the word doozy...that has to be bad.)  I am even thinking about selling a couple of kids on the black market for a Monster energy drink. Seriously…I am exhausted and irritated.Have not slept much in the last few days, which is nothing new for me; however, that does not mean I want to be woken up early on sat morning with blood curdling banshee screams!Nevertheless, there I was…6 am this morning.Kid 2 smacks kid 4 because kid 4 took the controller to the Xbox from kid 7....more

I Am Done with My Child's School

Have you ever had to deal with one of those teachers? The kind of teacher who always gives you “that look.” The look like you are a horrible parent because they feel like you do not do enough for your child? I have, and I am done with it. I have come to the decision that I am checking out. I know it is not the responsible parent thing to do; however, I am just frustrated and burnt out. Now, do not get me wrong. I am not saying I do not care about my children. I care about my children more than anything, which is why I have made this decision....more
Hi there. I see that this is now an old post and I truly hope that things are improving for you. ...more