So it's been a little over a month since I last checked in. When we last spoke The BadAssMama, The Hubs and the tiny assassins had just relocated from New York to Northern California. As usual, my perfectionist-Type-A-borderline-OCD personality had taken what should have been a relaxing, unprecedented month off with the fam and turned it into a scream-filled stress-o-rama.After realizing that I was pretty much insane to think that I could move 14 years of my life...more

Lowering My Expectations

I can't help but wonder if I've written this post before.It's an on-going theme, really. I make plans, set expectations (invariably too high, both for me and for everyone around me). Then when life intervenes and falls short of my expectations of perfection, I beat myself up (and often everyone around me).It should have been obvious, really ....more

Family First

Today we laid my grandfather to rest. While it was an incredibly difficult day, I found joy being surrounded my hundreds of family and friends. I particularly found joy watching my children play with their first and second cousins ....more

A Love Story

This Saturday, we were set to celebrate my grandparents' 70th wedding anniversary. Last night, I had the honor of being with my 93 year old grandfather one last time before he went to be with the Lord.One of my assignments for the anniversary party was to chronicle my grandparents love story - how they met, how they fell in love, how my grandfather proposed. With the craziness of the past few weeks, I only completed a draft yesterday morning.While it may not be my best work (and I am too distraught to attempt an edit), it is the best tribute I can imagine to the love of a 93 year old man who raised a family of ten children with an 89 year old woman whom he called "his best girl" until the day he died.I love you, Grandmom and Granddad ....more

Just Another (Brand New) Day in the Life of a BadAssMama

Oh, hey there! Remember me?...more

A Lesson Re-Learned

You would think that ...more

My Brush with Post-Racial America

It all started well enough. An epic playdate with great friends, followed by lunch at Friendly's and the ever-elusive weekend afternoon nap. Around 5, The Hubs reminded me that we should get ready to go ....more

When I Grow Up...

I used to think that being a grown-up was reaching a certain age. The older I get, the more I realize that age really has little to do with it. True, with age comes the benefit of experience and for some, wisdom ....more

Makeup Monday with D'angelo Thompson: 3.31.14

Fix It by:D'angelo Thompson A secret beauty weapon in my kit is MIST & FIX by Make Up Forever that's especially great for a big event or performance. After make up application, spray MIST & FIX about 10-16" from your face and, voila! You're set!...more