From Bitter to Glitter: Trying to find the sparkle in the Worst Birthday Party Ever

Wow. Not sure how to describe my day. As I mentioned in my previous blog post about turning 40 being similar to turning 4, today we celebrated my youngest’s 4th birthday.  But contrary to what I wrote in the previous blog post, my girl apparently does NOT know how to party....more

6 Ways Turning 40 is a Lot Like Turning 4

My youngest just turned four on Tuesday and is acting like she has suddenly doubled her age.  Four is still young compared to her older sisters, but in her mind, she has officially made it into the Big Kid Club....more

Surviving my Daughter's Frozen Birthday Party: Let it Go. Away. Now.

So I think I’ve recovered from the Frozen birthday we hosted at our house on Saturday with nineteen Kindergarteners, three 3-year olds, and one very bored 8-year-old. Overall, it went better than expected, and everyone seemed to have a good time (except maybe my 8-year-old).  However, as if the last seven months weren’t enough, I think Saturday finally guaranteed that the Frozen soundtrack will forever be etched in my brain. So forgive me if some Frozen lyrics weave themselves into my recap, I just can’t seem to let it go....more

Looney-June: Surviving my Most Stressful Month of the Year

June is Crazy Time here in the land of the Hotel Bassemonte.  Sorry Baby Jesus, but the births of two of my daughters, my wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, and the End-of-the-School-Year-Palooza make December seem like a sleepwalk in the park. We cap off the month by flying across the country for an extended visit with family and friends.It’s just 30 days of parties, presents, and packing. Or 30 days of me trying desperately to hold onto my sanity....more

The Time I Got to Be the Fun Mom

My husband and I both like to make people laugh, but he reeeeeally likes it and cannot help performing for his easiest, cutest, most enthusiastic audience: our kids. So he is the “Fun Dad,” making me, by default, the “Mean Mom.” Well, not exactly mean, but the Boring, Serious, Responsible Mom. Which in my kids’ minds pretty much equals mean. ...more
aoi Ha, I think you are right about the youngest! I can totally see that with both my husband, ...more

American Girl Craze: Cute or Creepy?

My girls adore their American Girl dolls, even my oldest (8-year old tomboy) who has never been into dolls is crazy about Kaya the Native American doll and her horse Steps High. My younger two (almost-7 and almost-4) love to wear matching outfits with their dolls, McKenna and a rotating-name Bitty Baby. American Girl encourages this cloning behavior: the store and catalog are filled with identical outfits for girl and doll. You can even customize your doll to look like you – picking out skin tone, hair color/length/style and eye color....more
I can't imagine why your husband would not want to be involved in this!  The camp out photo is ...more

For Better, For Worse

Do you know how your kids are always so much better behaved for other people – teachers, babysitters, your friends – than they are for you? And when you tell people stories about how bad they can be at home, you can tell they don’t really believe you? I used to think it was unfair. Why do my husband and I always have to suffer the meltdowns, the drama, the fighting?  ...more

What about Mrs. Sisyphus?

Hello, I’m Mrs. Sisyphus. I’m sure you’ve never heard of me, but everybody’s heard of my good-for-nothing husband, Sisyphus. You know, the deceitful king who Zeus sentenced to push a heavy boulder up a hill only for it to fall back down once he reached the top so he would have to keep pushing it again and again for eternity?...more

12-Step Program for Transitioning Off My Daughter's Nap

My name is Megan, and I’m addicted to my daughter’s nap.My youngest is 3 ½ and still takes a nap at least 5 days a week.  I know kids naturally outgrow their naps at different ages (my oldest was 5 and my second daughter 3), but it can be difficult to know when the child is ready. Or when the parent is ready.Her nap has become like a drug: it provides an emotional high for both of us, but the after-effects are not always worth it. Part of me wants to quit it, but part of me can’t let go....more

Caught in a Trap - A Leprechaun Trap

It’s a little before midnight on St. Patrick’s Day Eve. Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays as I get to celebrate my Irish heritage.Except lately I’ve been feeling some guilt over this holiday. The same guilt I feel at Christmas and Easter and every time one of my kids loses a tooth. It’s liar’s remorse. You see, we jumped on the Paddy-wagon and started setting leprechaun traps in my house three years ago, and with that tradition came a lot of lying, and a lot of guilt....more