Parenting in the summer

As the boys get older, the summers get easier. The Mouse was born in June, in Texas. There are a million arguments as to weather or not a summer newborn is easier to deal with than a winter newborn, and I think I’ve decided that it really just depends on where you live ....more

Cheating on my DSLR – iPhoneography

A funny thing has happened in the past couple of months – I’ve sort of stopped using my DSLR. ::gasp:: There’s not one specific reason why I haven’t been taking pictures with the ‘real’ camera, but there are a few things that have contributed to it. For example, I’ve been traveling for work quite a bit lately, and there was no way I was going to lug the Canon along with me ....more

Six Year Old Ache

I’m not sure why ‘six’ bothers me so much. ‘One’ didn’t bother me. ‘Five’ didn’t bother me ....more

10 Things You Should Know About Lab Puppies

It’s been about two months now since we brought our new lab mix puppy home. Chewbacca (Chewie) has since then etched herself into our hearts and our home, but there has definitely been an interesting adjustment period. She’s now four months old and definitely still learning, but we’re also still learning as well ....more

Parenting truths … both good and bad

I have a friend who is expecting their first child this Fall. Over the past few weeks we’ve been chatting about what they should expect at the hospital, all the fun ‘baby stuff’ they should register for, and mostly — how their lives are about to make a complete 180* turn. If I had to make a list of things REALLY expect, of ‘parenting truths’ both good and bad? ...more

BlogHer 14 — Are you going?

I get a lot of emails from readers who questions about attending blogging conferences. Should they go? Which one should they ‘do’ first? ...more

Mother’s Day is …

Mother’s Day is your spouse promising you that you’ll get to sleep in, but as soon as your kids rush into your room with hugs and cards made of Crayons and glitter, you forget all about that whole ‘sleep’ thing and just ask for coffee (and more hugs). Mother’s Day is thinking that all you could possibly want is a spa day, but as soon as you’re de-robed and drinking cucumber-infused iced water, all you can think about is ‘I wonder what the kids are doing right now …’. Mother’s Day is squeezing your bum into a tiny daycare chair, forcing down dry muffins, and watching your 3 year old throw a fit when he decides that he wants to keep the gift that he made you in school ....more

Mom Gluttony

That fleeting moment we call ‘Spring’ in Texas has come and gone – it’s been in the low 90s for the past few days. The Bluebonnets have run their course, the water conservation signs have gone up, the mosquitoes have arrived, and we have legitimately broken out the shorts and sandals in the Tottums household. With the hot weather hitting Texas, the warm weather is just starting to thaw out the rest of the country after what everyone tells me was the worst Winter in history (I’ll take your word for it) ....more

Three tools that help kids learn geography

The Mouse has been interested in US geography for a couple of years now, but as we’re wrapping up Kinder (OMG how is that possible?) it’s becoming a bigger and bigger enjoyment for him, and we take every opportunity to encourage his love of learning. Last week, we received a letter from his teacher advising that he is being considered for the school’s gifted and talented program. While he is being assessed for the program at school, they also requested that we fill out a survey at home as well, about his interests ....more

It took three days

This past week I was traveling out of the state for work. I spent the first two days in Washington DC, and then the last in Baltimore. It was a whirlwind of a trip – lots of work, lots of talking to clients, lots of hand shaking ....more