Live Laugh and Learn

I'm a stay-at-home mom to three, Evan, Max, and Molly. This blog acts as a memory keeper of this fast-as-lightning moment in time which is their childhood. I drink too much coffee and just enough beer, and I write to get all of these words out of my head.

that time I cried over a towel

Tonight I cried over a beach towel. I mean, I didn't really cry about the towel...but yeah, I cried about the towel.Let me back up.A few weeks ago we had a basement flood. It was minor and contained to our unfinished storage room, but it was a flood of the Roto-Rooter variety, if you know what I mean ....more

a random act

It's been a heavy couple of weeks. I have friends who are hurting. My city is hurting ....more

How much do you know about Mesothelioma?

A few weeks ago, over a series of emails, I met...more

Never Forget: Where were you?

Thirteen years ago this morning, I was sitting at a low table, in a tiny chair, in a Kindergarten classroom. Tiny, adorable 5-year olds sat around me, "writing" in their journals. I was three weeks into my Student Teaching placement in a quiet town near my University ....more

A Big Girl Bed

So....this happened today... We didn't mean for this little peanut to grow up over night. ...but laying in Max's bed together last night, reading books before bed, Molly announced that she was ready for her own Big Girl Bed. We had everything we needed...the bed, the, really, there was no excuse.We took apart the crib.For the last time.It will leave our house ....more

Save the Children

Since becoming a mom seven-and-a-half years ago, there have been two times in which the severity of my child's illness scared me to the core. Just two, but those two moments are seared into the fear center of my brain and onto my heart for life.The first time was when my first child, then ten months old, suffered from an anaphylactic allergic reaction to a food I had given to him. He broke out in hives, started vomiting profusely, and became lethargic ....more

And Now, Your Moment of Zen

"Okay, Molly! Let's go and put on your yoga clothes!" I said this morning, instantly regretting it.We had been looking forward to Mommy and Me yoga for days. Weeks, even! ...more

Deep Thoughts

These kids of mine.... "You know what just blows my mind?" Evan asked me as we crossed the parking lot. I couldn't wait to find out ....more

Happy? We can do happy.

By around the middle of August, I had reached the conclusion that my kids were just never going to be happy ever again. They were grumpy, whiny, ungrateful, and bicker-y. But mostly, they didn't seem to want to be around each other ....more


This is the third (and final) time I'll say this, but here goes:You guys: I LOVE two-and-a-half years old. Can you blame me? It's the blossoming independence coupled with the naptime snuggles.It's the "I want to be so brave," but taking baby steps to get there ....more