3 Helpful Tips For Navigating Target's New Genderless Toy Section (a.k.a. Our New Dystopia)

As you've surely heard by now, either via news reports or your homophobic aunt ranting on Facebook about how this is yet another sign of the end times, Target has announced they are no longer labeling their store toy aisles by gender. No more pink section marked "girls." No more blue section marked "boys." No more signs announcing that dolls are for girls and toy guns are for boys. ...more

Twelve Days of Summer with my Twelve-Year-Old: DAY TWELVE

 On the twelfth day of Summer(mas), my middle schooler gave to me: twelve plushies thrumming——————...more

Can't Take the Hubs These 26 Places

Many visitors wrongly assume that the antlers are a product of hunting. No elk were harmed in the making of the arches. Elk (also called Wapiti) naturally shed their antlers each year and they are collected from the ground. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission....more

MM - I will follow you

Now that I've consistently posted entries three times a week for close to a year (and daily last November), I've turned my focus to finding my audience. My peeps. My fan base. Lately, when I'm pondering possible platitudes to entice people here, this song by Genesis pops into my head -...more

About Those Things I Said I'd Never Say or Do as a Parent ... Oh, Well

Marriage and parenting are two of the most idealized life experiences. There are so many elements of growing up -- and raising people to grown-ups -- that we don’t consider. And when we do consider them it's almost always with an air of "Oh, I’ll never do that. I’ll always do/be/have _____." And then we get there. And BOOM. Suddenly all of the "that" makes sense and you're faced with the reconciling of having sworn off fast food with your deep-seated desire for your kids to just please shut the holy heck up. ...more

Eight Times Having a Toddler Was Like Lord of the Flies

Hands up who's read Lord of the Flies? (Hand down, Dad, I read your school copy of the book: two pages of the whole book were annotated.) Those who did read the whole book: has anyone noticed their house has gone just a little bit Lord of the Flies since having a toddler? (If you've never read Lord of the Flies, but still want to know if this applies to you: essentially, if your life has started to occasionally resemble a dystopian chaos run by toddlers, this applies to you.)Here are eight times having a toddler was like Lord of the Flies....more

You Cruise You Lose

We had a group of people we often traveled with before we had kids (and shall again, God willing, someday), and at the end of every trip we played a game called "Trip High/Trip Low." My friend Katy introduced it to us when we all went to Hawaii, and on every trip since then it's something we discuss over dinner on our last night....more

Adventures in Dog Sitting - Part One

Hey All~Many moons have shone since I last posted. Not that things are not worth writing about but to take the time and to remember all those little shining moments of brilliance that I have on a daily basis just don’t seem as gem worthy by the time my fingers cross the keyboard....more

Did She or Didn't She? #fictionalreveal

Here is where the bodies are buried, NOT in my books! James Henry's HeadstoneSaint Paul's Church National Historic Site, Mount Vernon, New York Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission....more

How to teach a preschooler to trace alphabets in 40 easy steps

This is my take on how to teach a preschooler to trace alphabets, all in 40 easy ;) steps. One disclaimer though: This is meant to be a funny piece, enjoy and don't take it too seriously!...more