You can lead a child to naptime but you can't make them sleep

On Sunday, my littlest one (now 16 months) woke up from a nice long nap, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I kissed his sweet cheeks, admired his new haircut (his first!) and thought about how amazing it is that this little guy has finally decided to start napping at home. But I admit, it took me breaking a few of my own rules in order to get this to happen…....more
 @edavis Yes, I admit I love sleeping next to him. Thanks for the comment and reassurance :)more

Being a Mom of Two Boys: What Did I Expect?

There are some things about being a mom of two boys that, frankly, are not quite like I expected them to be. Then there are other things that are exactly as I imagined they would be, which I always find gratifying. Then, there are those things that blow me away because they’re way better than I could have ever imagined, which I find humbling. Here’s a quick look at what I mean:Things that are not as I expected them to be:...more
I have 3 kids and it's overwhelming and chaotic but you manage. My kids are older than yours ...more

Camping with Little Kids: We're Proof it Can Be Done

Last weekend, our family of four finally did it: we went tent camping. We packed a ton of stuff (download our camping list here or at, including two Coleman chairs. Later, I realized that neither my husband nor I sat in those chairs once. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard at what is supposed to be a relaxing activity....more
 @edavis That is actually exactly what we did! We went as a "test," just to see how it would go, ...more

What's cooking: How we do dinner at our house

Last night, I had to work late, which meant that my husband had to pick up the boys from day care, grab something for dinner and put them to bed without me. When I need to work late, I always miss seeing the boys, but there’s one thing that I definitely don’t miss: cooking dinner....more
I'd like to suggest 3 cookbooks that might help with your dilemma all should be available at ...more

When is your child too old to breasfeed?

When you ask your little one not to talk with their mouth full, and their mouth happens to be full of your breast, then you have to wonder: Is it time to stop breastfeeding?...more
Hello there, Mindy! I had trouble nursing and a BIG baby, so I nursed for only a month before I ...more

Learning Life Lessons, Cape or No Cape

Late last night, I made my three-and-a-half-year-old son a cape out of orange felt, with the first letter of his name emblazoned on the back. I made it for two reasons: 1) lately, he has really been into superheroes and 2) he had a “rainbow parade” at school, and his class was assigned the color orange – he was asked to proudly wear orange-colored clothes and orange accessories. For my son, an orange cape seemed like the perfect thing....more
So are fun and their own little people...Thanks for sharing this darling post, ...more

Upholding a Vow: For better, for worse

My last blog post was about treasuring each and every day with my children. My vow was to live in the here-and-now, if you will. However, I should have added that every so often, when you have small children, it is best to enjoy the here-and-now while also enjoying a small shot of bourbon.I say this because the day after I made my vow, the weather was dark and gray, and my children, husband and I were forced to stay indoors. Almost all day. Trapped inside. With all of that pent up energy and frustration that I somehow couldn’t channel into anything constructive....more
 @Isabel_Anders Oh, I love this Erma Bombeck quote. I can't wait to share with my husband to ...more

My birthday wish: to embrace, enjoy the here-and-now

As you may already know, I celebrated a birthday this week. It was a wonderful birthday, and the highlight had to be when my husband and oldest son (3 ½) presented me with a cake and card. My son was so excited, although I think it had less to do with me and more to do with the cake itself, which came complete with Oreo cookies on top, his favorite....more
Oh good good thoughts.  My little boy who is two and a half is very into birthdays.  He sings ...more

Renewing my Driver's License: Say Cheese

About a year-and-a-half ago, when my oldest son was around 2 years old, he looked at my driver’s license photo, pointed to it, and said matter-of-factly, “Mommy mad.”...more
 @edavis Thanks for the comments! Yes, I know "the eye" very well, and I'm prepared to use it if ...more

Our Home: Messy and Marvelous, It's a Place Where Love Lives

There’s a mountain of clean laundry on the couch that I haven’t been able to fold yet, and there’s another pile of dirty laundry in the utility room that’s screaming to be washed. I just didn’t have time to tend to the laundry after work today, because the boys and I stopped at a park on the way home from school. Now, the boys are in bed, and I really should tackle those clothes. But I’m not going to worry about it tonight. All of those clothes will still be there tomorrow....more
 @Kraken Thanks for the reminder, I appreciate it!  more