Wait for It.

Oh, my dear ones. I am so falling down on the job. This will be my remembered refrain of the 2014-2015 school year: "I am falling down on the job!"Not the ACTUAL, paying job, of course; I feel (and hope I am right) that I am performing that job quite well ....more

Solo Parenting in the Arctic

So! No, we haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We DID all finally recover from the illness Armageddon that was Christmas break ....more

Let It Snow

Today is the last day of winter break. Tomorrow the girls and I go back to school/work.It could have been better. Like, NOT being sick for most of break would have been a lot better ....more

Ring in 2015!

So much to say, so many photos to upload from my phone, but not a lot of time. Suffice it to say that: we (one or another of us) have been sick for all but 4 (I think?) days of Christmas break so far (and it ends on Sunday); Genevieve came down with the stomach flu (norovirus) ON CHRISTMAS DAY at grandma and grandpa's (astute readers will realize that this was her 2nd bout of norovirus in a few weeks' time; our pediatrician called us unbelievably unlucky) and Julia caught it shortly thereafter. For those keeping count, that's 1 sinus infection, 2 bouts with strep, 3 bout of norovirus, and 2 cases of influenza for this fam in the past 6 or 7 weeks ....more

Does Santa Bring Tamiflu?

The theme of the past week at our house. Somehow this happened though, so we did have some success this past weekend. You guys ....more

Down and Out.

Sooooo.... Like many other parts of the country, my town is currently experiencing a scourge of influenza. There are also waves of the stomach flu and strep making the rounds ....more

Butter, Sugar, & Almond = Norwegian Baked-Goods Gold

So we're full-tilt into the Christmas season and here I haven't yet shown you this: I mean. And then the day after Thanksgiving we went to the downtown shops of our own little Bedford Falls and Julia spied this: ...and told me to get it for Daddy for Christmas. Yes, I'm sure he'd love that.Meanwhile, I've decided that these are my all-time favorite Christmas cookies: cherry-almond chocolate kisses...more

Happy Thanksgiving!

I may not be 100% recovered yet (um yeah, tried a 2-1/2 mile WALK on Monday evening and got my sore throat and cough back in exchange), but thanks to an Urgent Care/pharmacy run on Sunday, I've got mega-dose antibiotics and am ready to tackle cleaning the house today before my mother-in-law arrives this afternoon for Thanksgiving. I forgive the germy children at my job who gave me this cold that morphed into a severe sinus infection, and I am knocking on wood that I DIDN'T (nor did my girls) catch the rampant stomach flu that was flying around school Monday and Tuesday. (Is it too soon to say that? ...more

Green Belts in the House

Popping on here to say that, although I'm still reeeeally sick (hmmm, going out for recess duty at work all week in below-zero windchills probably isn't the best for a virus that has settled in my chest, throat, and sinuses! fun times!), am barely holding it together over here, and yes of course, still have to get all my Thanksgiving groceries because I am hosting and cooking the dinner next week, the good news is that my girls passed their Tae Kwon Do test for their green belts on Tuesday night! Also, Julia sang in a lovely school choir concert last evening ....more

Bus. Wheels. Off.

When school and work began in early September and I first transitioned from full-time stay-at-home mom to full-time working mom, every week around Thursday it sort of felt like the wheels started to fall off the bus, so to speak. You know? Like each week started off in a burst of forced energy and pure determination, and it was a total rat-race, but I could do it all--every single homemaking and household-running task I did before I started working full-time outside the home, plus working 7-1/2 hours a day, plus all the taking of the children to their lessons and activities and doctor and dentist appointments, plus doing the farm pick-up on Fridays after work, plus hosting weekend playdates, plus still running 20-25 miles and completing two 60-minute strength training workouts per week, just like before--but by Thursday every week, things kind of felt a little frayed around the edges ....more