The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Family Weddings

The thing about family weddings is that family is there, in Costco volume. This is amazing, wonderful and a blessing, but also a bit overwhelming for those of us that don't feed off the energy of others. I recently attended a wedding that was lovely and very introvert friendly, but I put together a plan for next time. These are some helpful hints to surviving a large, noisy family function without alienating others.The Restroom is the Best Hiding Spot Ever...more
Excellent advice! I'm an introvert who becomes and extrovert when given alcohol, so I have lots ... more

How I Spent the Best Summer Vacation of My Life

Today marks the first day of school and the official end to what I had dubbed the mother-daughter summer of fun. After nearly three months of staying up late, sleeping in, and pretty much setting our own schedule, we must return to routine....more
Experienced Bad Mom Thanks! Though I'm not sure our future summers will be quite so free, I ... more

Is Reading Children's Literature the Fountain of Youth?

Today the morning radio DJs gave an on-air quiz to determine whether you’ve hit middle age. Based on this highly scientific survey, I learned that I am not quite there yet, which is exactly what I keep telling my husband. One of the questions stood out, however. It was “are you increasingly nostalgic?” Well, I’ve been nostalgic since I was born—seriously my 5-year-old self probably pined for the days when I was a younger and more carefree toddler. ...more
Laurend1985 I couldn't agree more. I feel like a kid again reading my daughter books that I loved! more

We All Become Orphans at Some Point

I’ve been thinking of my grandfather lately, which is odd because he passed away two decades ago and I haven’t thought much about him since. The ugly truth is that his death didn’t really affect me, and it wasn’t all that surprising.Though my grandfather was only 69 at the time, he had already suffered one heart attack and had developed emphysema caused by years of smoking a pipe. A number of his siblings had already died of heart disease....more
LanaL  I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. It's hard to imagine a world without parents ... more

Do You Say Yes When You Should Say No?

Watching someone rub a balloon on their head and stick it on the wall fills me with panic. It’s an irrational fear that stems back to childhood when I watched one of those giant punching balloons explode on my babysitter’s face as she tried to blow it up. Something about the gunshot sound and the older girl you adore exploding into tears scars you for life. ...more
thesecondset  Loved your soccer post! We definitely need to start a Just Say No mom's group. It ... more

Is One Child Enough? Thoughts on Pregnancy After a Traumatic Birth

Most days, when I look into Jax's bright blue eyes, I feel like our family is complete. Some days, when I watch him gaze out the window searching for new friends, I'm sad that he doesn't have a little brother or sister to keep him company. Jax is thinking: But I want to go sledding with a sibling, not my mom and dad! ...more
I can sympathize. We have one child, who is now 6. Though I always thought I'd have two kids, my ... more

Has Age Changed How You See Yourself?

You know the phrase “it’s like riding a bike,” which implies that once you learn how to ride a bike, you’ll never forget. Well, it isn’t true....more
the patty beat  Never thought I would beat him. I hear you on the feet--mine are a mess and it's ... more

Has Age Changed How You See Yourself?

You know the phrase “it’s like riding a bike,” which implies that once you learn how to ride a bike, you’ll never forget. Well, it isn’t true....more
neversaydiebeauty  I love the idea of your goal being simply to "run tomorrow." As I train for ... more

Was I the Only One Who Liked the #HIMYM Ending?

If you haven’t seen the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, you should bookmark this page and not continue reading until after you have watched it. You have one more chance to click away, before the spoilers come! ...more
you aren't the only one who liked it! Though I wasn't fond of many of the episodes this last ... more

Is There an Age Limit for Bikinis?

In preparation for an upcoming family weekend at an indoor water park, I made a bold move. I found my bikini tucked in the back of the drawer and put it on — in the dead of winter. Brave! Credit Image: electricnerve on Flickr...more
Victoria, you make a very good point. It is two separate issues and I really didn't address the ... more