• birthday,  friends

    Birthday Weekend in the North Woods

    This weekend I was blessed enough to celebrate yet another year in the life of well, me! That’s right…It was my birthday! It was a really great birthday, I have to say. My family was invited to spend the weekend “up north” at my BFF’s “cottage.” It seems everyone in Wisconsin either has a cottage “up north” or knows someone with a cottage “up north.” Which means you head north to one of the many lakes in this beautiful state and hang out in the woods and generally recreate on the lake.  Fishing, boating, jet skiing, water skiing, relaxing, heavy drinking, what have you…Because late August is prime time for…

  • birthday,  funny kid conversations,  My Boy,  Recipe,  sappy mommy

    A Chocolate Vanilla Layer Cake From Heaven

    Mr. Man had the audacity to turn seven earlier this week.  I distinctly remember forbidding him to turn seven last year at this time (you can read about that here) and the little punk went ahead and did it anyway.  I didn’t cry this year…even though my inner Sappy Mama really wanted to what with all the reminders that my baby is gone and this big, stinky, opinionated kid is slowly replacing him that every birthday brings.   Instead, I focused my sentimental energies into creating the best birthday cake ever. Okay, maybe there have been prettier birthday cakes and technically superior birthday cakes but this one was definitely the tastiest…

  • A list,  birthday,  My Boy,  sappy mommy

    When You Are Six

    My little boy is not so very little anymore.  Six years old is quite big if you didn’t know this.  When you are six you have a mouth full of missing teeth, you shout weird grown-up-ish phrases like, “Yeah, Baby!”, and you no longer have any interest in hearing The Very Quiet Cricket over and over again before bed but instead, enjoy having the entire series of Harry Potter read to you and you ask intricate questions about plot and character development along the way.  It’s mind boggling. It’s mind boggling because when you are six, your mother still has vivid memories of the extreme heat during those weeks of summer before you were…

  • Angry Birds,  birthday,  My Boy

    Long Overdue

    Do they hand out Worst Blogger Of The Year awards?  If so, I will likely get nominated.  I was alerted by a few friends and loyal readers that it has been two whole weeks since I last posted. Wow.  Time flies-it really really does.  I was trying to come up with some elaborate excuse tale about why I’ve been MIA for so long.  My computer was stolen in the middle of the night by Ninjas was a front runner but in the end I decided to go with the truth….so here it is…..*ahem* I got an iPhone and I can’t stop playing Angry Birds.  There.  I said it. My name is Jen and I am an…