Around Here...

Well, the end of the school year has come and gone and I was too busy dealing with the logistical (teacher gifts, end-of-year parties/field trips/performances/ETC.; Julia's 11th birthday/party; visit from grandparents) and emotional (Julia's graduation from 5th grade/elementary school, with its heartstring-yanking ceremony in the gymnasium complete with big-screen photo slideshow set to Echosmith's "Bright" (...."days are good/that's the way it should be...") (GAH the 5th-grade teachers were trying to kill us; all the moms cried); end of first year at amazing job I love like no other/saying goodbye to beloved kids/co-workers/boss for the next three months; sweet last-day-of school pics that make a person stand stock-still in dreaded realization that another grade is over and the kidlets are another year older now... intricacies to even THINK about writing any of it down. Are you still with me? ...more

Reflections on the Past Year as a Working Mom

Well, my friends, the school year is almost done. It is so hard to believe. I remember last September so clearly and how nervous I was on the first day of school, my first day of being a full-time working mom--wondering if I'd like it, wondering how I'd do it all, wondering if I'd regret taking it on.I'm here to say I don't regret a moment ....more

Happy Mother's Day. Keep on Keeping On!

In honor of Mother's Day weekend, I feel compelled to trot out two little re-shares, neither of which were created by me. They're both so good they deserve many repeat views. Happy Mother's Day, you all! ...more

April Showers

Friends! It's been too long.What have we been up to over here? Other than spring break and Easter, I'm not really sure, but I do have a (very) few photos.The week before break, I took a personal day from work ONLY because I get two per year and if I don't use one, I lose it (I can carry over the second) ....more

March Madness

Oh, hey there. Yikes, it's been quiiiite awhile.Clearly, my new-ish life as a working mom and the act of writing do not exactly go hand in hand. As in, I don't really have time to write.Seeing as it's almost spring break (for the kiddos and for me), and the last time I wrote here was, what, Valentine's Day or something?, well, there's no way to fully fill you in on 4+ weeks of mothering life ....more

Holy Moly Me Oh My

Hey, you all! I apologize in advance for the randomness that will be this post. Much like my brain, it will jump all over the place in a potentially annoying fashion.So it was my birthday this week ....more

Sleep is for the Weak.

Just popping in to show you this dollop of awesomeness:This is the Old Navy activewear top I just ordered (because I was also ordering a new tunic to wear with leggings to replace the one that got irrevocably stained at work (see: work at elementary school), had a bunch of credit card rewards dollars, plus got my entire order (which included another needed item too) on sale for 40% off, which meant a final bill of $4.90, omg)..... Because, seriously, HOW COULD I NOT ORDER THIS. It's the theme shirt of my 2014-2015 school year!Happy Monday, you all ....more

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