2 Conversations with a Kindergartener

Conversation #1: If you put that flower in the ground, it’ll never grow. Because it doesn’t have a root ball. Huh? Oranges? No, not a fruit ball. A root ball. That’s how plants get their nutrients from the soil. Nutrients are...well, it just won’t grow. Believe me. No, I’m not a hater. We can go to … Continue reading 2 Conversations with a Kindergartener

Big Girls Do Cry

My daughter watched me burst into tears yesterday. It started in the morning when I connected my new printer and couldn’t get it to work. It was incredibly frustrating but I didn’t despair. I still had options. After uninstalling and reinstalling the software on my laptop, I was able to print wirelessly. I did a little happy … Continue reading Big Girls Do Cry

Some Things My Kids Taught Me This Week

In our part of the country we’ve already been on summer vacation for a month so while some of you are just getting started, I’m already knee deep in “I’m bored.” And it’s been really hot here - like 110 degrees - so most days we’re just trying to not combust. My kids are 5 … Continue reading Some Things My Kids Taught Me This Week

Free Range Survivor: How a Survivor of Abuse Doesn’t Freak the F Out Raising Kids

Dealing with sick kids for the last few weeks was exhausting but I did manage to read a very interesting book while I nursed my ungrateful, germy children back to health. It’s called Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) by Lenore Skenazy. Skenazy became the poster child for … Continue reading Free Range Survivor: How a Survivor of Abuse Doesn’t Freak the F Out Raising Kids

A Sick Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a couple in their late 30s cuddled on their king size bed anticipating the upcoming birth of their son. They also anticipated the arrival of their new pillow top, memory foam mattress that would finally allow the mom-to-be a good night’s rest. In all their wisdom (they weren’t spring chickens, after all) … Continue reading A Sick Fairy Tale

Friday Quickie – Old School

My son is participating in his first school fundraiser for the American Heart Association which requires him to raise money and jump rope at an event at his school. Easy-peasy except for the fact that he doesn’t know how to jump rope. Which made me start to wonder, what have his father and I been … Continue reading Friday Quickie – Old School

Odds and Ends

Blog? What’s a blog? Oh yeah, that thing that used to call to me like a longing lover at least once a week. Sorry honey, I just haven’t been feeling it. My little guy turned 6 and we had our first parent/teacher conference. He’s totally rocking kindergarten. My heart dropped a little when his teacher … Continue reading Odds and Ends

Stop kissing the minivan

My husband and I were discussing the possibility of selling my minivan and getting a newer vehicle when my son, who will be 6 in a couple of weeks, overheard us. “Are you talking about the van? You’re talking about selling the van? You can’t sell the van. I love that van. Don’t sell the … Continue reading Stop kissing the minivan

It’s not like I remembered

  It’s not like I remembered. That’s what I kept thinking as I sat with my family going through old pictures. I’d seen the photographs a hundred times but this time I was seeing details that I’d never noticed before. Art on a wall, a book on a table, a tree in the background… I … Continue reading It’s not like I remembered

And It Begins

My son starts kindergarten today. I could probably just leave it at that and many of you would know exactly what I’m thinking and feeling. I didn’t cry on the first day of preschool. I was ready for the break. I didn’t even cry the following preschool year when his sister joined him. I rejoiced … Continue reading And It Begins