March Book Shower

March is when Alice is coming (the 6th). ...more

I May Have Made Myself Unfriendable

My longest friendships are with women I have known since childhood … and who currently do not live anywhere near me....more
I have been in and out of this boat for much of my life, and the key I have found is doing ...more

Someday I Will…

Eddie talks about what he wants to be when he grows up all the time, and every time it ends with “and I will live here with you and daddy forever!” Cue me smiling hard and trying not to say, “NO YOU WILL NOT.” Our last conversation went something like this: Eddie: Mom, when I grow up I’m going to be an artist. And still live with you guys.” Me: What kind of artist? Eddie: A paintist Me: And you’re going to live here? ...more

The FINAL Final Countdown

This weekend I passed the 36-week mark in my last pregnancy. ...more

Everything is Fine

“Every pregnancy is different.” I have heard that over and over this time around and it still never ceases to amaze me how true that is. I know there are a lot of factors that go into it: my age, the way the baby is positioned, maybe even the sex of the baby among many other things. My pregnancies with the boys were similar, but still not exactly the same ....more

Musing at 34 weeks, 3 days pregnant

I feel like a large, useless blob. I know, I know. I’m not “useless” ....more

Why I Don’t Assign Reading Logs

I’m going to ruffle some English teacher feathers with this, but I don’t assign reading logs to my junior high students. Nor do I require my Kindergartener to do the ones that are sent home with him. In fact, I think that reading logs are one of the biggest ways to kill the love of reading in anyone, but especially in kids who are just getting their feet wet as readers and are so impressionable ....more

The Home Stretch

I just fell over laughing at this comparison. First, I apparently gave up with Eddie and Charlie by this point. Was I living in jammies or what? ...more

Friends with Netflix

There has been a lot going on in the house of Sluiter lately. It seems like every day is packed and hurried with getting up, getting dressed, getting out of the house, work, school, pick up, dinner, baths, jammies, homework, stories, bedtime. REPEAT ....more

9 Things I Wonder About Other Writers

While I was reading blogs–yes, I still do that–I came across this post by my friend Alison, which was inspired by Kristen. I really liked it. I have been thinking a lot about that label “writer” lately ....more