A Lesson in Gratitude: I Received a Gift and Threw a Fit

I watched as my little friends opened boxes and found brightly colored necklaces and bracelets, fake diamond rings and all sorts of things that sparkled and shined. It was all inexpensive jewelry designed for a child, but to me it looked like pure gold. My friends immediately pulled the bracelets on over their hands and onto their tiny wrists. They slipped on rings and held out their hands like they'd just gotten engaged. ...more
Your momma did good (: This totally brought tears to my eyes because I do see my childhood ... more

5 Pros and 5 Cons of Pregnancy

We are not going "live" for at least another 3 weeks. There are two reasons for this -- one is that I will not be ovulating anyways and while I am not ovulating, I would rather be drinking, and the other is that I have signed up for a half-marathon I would like to run, which would be very hard to achieve while throwing up. So as I am going through my days caring for the kid (frequently), training for a half-marathon (sporadically) and obsessing about the future (incessantly), I have decided to make a list of five things I am dreading and five things I am looking forward to....more
LOL, love the last 'benefit' - Ive always been small in that department and then when I was ... more

Deciding to Remain a Family of Three

I grew up the youngest of three. I have two older brothers. MCB is an only child. Growing up, I thought I wanted two kids. I never considered having just one. MCB thought she wouldn't have any kids, but quickly changed her mind when we met. When Roozle was nine-months-old, I read a post by our friends who wrote about choosing to have just one kid. Until then, we hadn't considered just having one. It's always about children, not child. ...more
I always thought we'd have three but I realized that two is plenty for me. It was a very hard ... more

Goodie Bags and Other Green Parenting Dilemmas

This week my kids collected quite a haul of plastic 'stuff' and lived a very non-ecofriendly life with their friends and it challenged me as parent. When my daughter started to cry wanting to drink out of the toxic water bottle she got from the gymnastics studio we went to for trial class it hit me... I have to deal with not being like everyone else....more
Thankyou - I cant stand the bags of plastic junk given at a birthday partys. Im with you though ... more