• Gratitude,  Kid Pics,  summer

    Summer’s End, Peace, and Gratitude

    Summer is rapidly winding down to a grinding halt.  This seems barely possible as it seems it only started a week or so ago.  Summer’s yearly end brings with it big changes for our family.  It marks the end of the Stay At Home Mom portion of my year and begins the Frantic Working Mom part.  Every year I try to enter this transition with gratitude and peacefulness but it doesn’t always work.  Gratitude for the fact that I get to have the best of both worlds…I get to spend the summer home with my babes and I also get to spend a portion of the year focusing on the career I’ve worked so hard…

  • 4th of July,  Kid Pics

    God Bless America

    Hello, dear friends!  My posting rate has gone to hell in a hand basket…yes, yes, I know.  I promise I think of you every day..honest, I do!  I will share with you what exactly I’ve been up to that’s kept me away from my laptop for so long… Because of the way the 4th of July fell on the calender this year and due to the fact that we were part of several celebrations that happened to be spread across three days we had an extremely well, uh-Extreme 4th of July/Independence Day celebratory experience around here.   The festivities started on July 2nd with our hometown parade and fireworks show.  July 3rd…

  • beach,  Kid Pics,  summer,  swimming

    Swimming Lessons

    ´╗┐Have I mentioned how much I love where I live?  I do.  It’s such a nice feeling.  We moved here just last October so we are enjoying our first summer in this smallish town.  My dream is that eventually we’ll have actual friends here in our neighborhood to socialize with. Hang out on each other’s decks, watch each other’s kids, gossip about which ever neighbors aren’t around…that kind of thing.  But it turns out that in order to make friends you have to go and introduce yourself to people and get to know them.  People don’t apparently knock on your door and say, “Hi!  I heard you’re new in town! …

  • baking,  crafts,  Father's Day,  Kid Pics

    A Father’s Day That Would Make Martha Proud

    Father’s Day turned out to be a lovely day.  We had both grandpas here for a BBQ which is actually called a “Grill Out” if you live in my neck of the woods. Or worse yet-a “Fry.”  As in, “Would you like me to bring over some brats for da Fry?” You need to be a real lifer around these parts to utter that phrase.  It drives me insane…it’s not a “fry.”  We’re not “frying” anything.  There are no frying pans lying about.  No one is eating a fried egg or fried fish or chicken fried steak that I’m aware of.  There is a fire with a grill grate and there is meat on…

  • Kid Pics,  Zoo

    Our Morning Adventures at the Zoo

    My sister and I took our three kids to the zoo this morning.  This is a picture of me and my babies about to depart on the Zoo Train.  If you live within a 100 mile radius of this zoo and you have little kids, there is no way you don’t  have this exact picture somewhere in your files.  All is well in this moment…and then the train whistle sounded and Miss A lost her mind.  Her pleasing personality did not reappear for the rest of our stay. Introducing my darling sister and her darling little boy.  He was digging the train and incredibly amused by his cousin’s shrieks of terror.…

  • Kid Pics,  My Boy,  summer,  Video

    The Graduate

    It is officially the first day of Summer Vacation around here.  The day it really hits home that Summer has come…I should be running around like a looney tunes today, what with it being a week day morning and all…but I’m not.  I am drinking coffee and doing silly dances with my kids (I just retrieved the little game “London Bridge is Falling Down” complete with actions from the bowels of my memory-don’t ask me how) and I’m positively blissed out.  Blissed. Out.  So much so that I feel kind of guilty.  You would think I completely hate my job…I don’t.  It’s just that it can become so stressful…and adding…

  • Kid Pics,  Oprah,  Skyler

    The Death of Me

    I’m a little melancholy at the moment.  First, because my darling husband left early this morning for Minneapolis for business and won’t be returning until late Friday night.  I am not so much sad because of how deeply I love him and will miss him, but because the rat bastard has left me in the unfortunate position of acting the part of a single parent for the next 72 hours.  Which means that I have to deal with this (among other things) all by my lonesome self: Try going head to head with that death glare with no back up -I dare you.  3 year olds are frightening.  They smell fear, exhaustion and…

  • Book Recommendation,  Kid Pics,  Mother's Day,  My Boy,  My Girl,  Working Mother

    Mother’s Day and Other Musings

    See what I mean about the me and the not posting very much until school is over thing?  Sheesh.  I don’t know how other moms are able to pull off working full time all year round.  There’s never any time to do everything you actually need to accomplish in any given day.  Either the children are fed or they have clean laundry.  Never both.  Okay, some how both of those things usually get done in reality but that’s how it feels in my mind.  The only sanity I have is knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I will have 12 whole weeks off to just concentrate…

  • Kid Pics,  Skyler

    Introducing Skyler

    I’m back again.  Already.  I know-it’s been less than 24 hours and I’m here posting again.  I can’t help it-I’m all jazzed up about this whole me writing a blog thing and the cathartic-ness of releasing all of the crazy contents of  my head is just so…tantalizing.  I feel a little bit like a psycho overzealous girl that went on one date with a guy and the next day starts planning their wedding and naming their unborn children and calling his mother “mom.”  Or like that annoying chick in high school that chases after you all day long demanding that you sign her yearbook.  “These are memories frozen in time, people!” (Name…