Considering Bunk Beds? A how to primer.

Their room at the old house.<...more

Breaking Through: Bilingual Kids & Reading

When I found out that I was pregnant in 2008 I was overwhelmed with excitement. Probably moments later, the fear and anxiety set in. There I was: an American... preparing to give birth in a country that was not my own. An American whose Español was, up until that point, largely made up of genuine, yet trivial salutations. "Hola, Como estas? Gracias. Hasta luego." Tee hee. So I had the baby. She was fine. ...more

And we waited for our windows to blow. An account of an expat living in Cabo during the largest Hurricane in Cabo's history

Note: I wrote this post on Friday, September 19th - five days after the category 4 Hurricane Odile smoked Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas & San Jose del Cabo), where I have lived for the past eight years with my little family of four, my sister and her family and my brother and his family. I was on a plane. Being evacuated as I typed this. Surreal. Ignore my spelling errors or grammar errors. I don't think I can read this post again....more

On grief: Mother's Day without a Mom

The way I see it, I have two ways to approach Mother's Day 2014:1.) I can ignore the world, including my email inbox, TV commercials, facebook, instagram and pretty much everything social-media related this week. Self preservation.-or- 2.) I can take a deep breath and be thankful for the 34 years I got with Shirl.::...more

The "#Selfie" Generation

I'm worried for The Selfie Generation. You know what a "selfie" is, don't you? It's when people take pictures of themselves, most often doing duck face and then, of course, hashtagging it (when did "hashtag" become a verb?) as, "#selfie" on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. There's usually no occasion for it and there is no limit in frequency. ...more
I love this: "Not everyone wants to see you. All of the time." I can't believe all the people on ...more

A Guide to Flying with Toddlers (and not losing it.)

Just a mere seven days ago I flew internationally with my two toddlers sans a co-parent. ME. SOLO. I survived. Here's how. ...more

I don't know. Should we try for another? Contemplating baby #3.

"Should we have one more baby?" This, my friends, is the question I've asked the husband over and over for the past couple of months. (Lucky him, I know.) Again and again he heard,  "Maybe we should have just one more? What do you think? I mean, just one more?" Each time his response was the same: "No. We're fine. Our dynamic is awesome. What we have going is perfect." ...more

...and then our hearts stopped beating. Toddler drowning happens in seconds.

So last week the four of us went over to my brother and sister-in-law's new house....more

Whoa. Three-year-old's are TOUGH.

Um. Is this not perfect? Note: This book is still in print. Sadly, with an updated cover.  Oddly enough, Lila's an early bloomer. ...more

Living in Mexico: Lost in Translation - Potty training edition.

So, my daughter Lila and her cousins Bella and Brody all attend the same school in Los Cabos, Mexico.Lila and Brody are two years old and are in the same class and get picked up at the same time each afternoon.I'm not sure how preschool pick-up works in the States, but in Mexico -- it's slightly chaotic. You've got to get the kid, get the bag(s), catch up with the teacher, get the drawings and any notes for home -- it's nutso....more