• fun,  My Boy,  My Girl,  Parenting

    A Fun To Do List

    Some of the very best moments in parenting are those in which your children teach you about life.  We adults can get bogged down the mundane-ness of every day to the point where life can feel like one big obligation after another. There’s always more to be done. Especially if you’re a parent. Always another meal to make, an ouchie to kiss, and a nose or a mouth or a butt to wipe. Another thing to scratch off the to do list while three more get added on to the end. It never ends. And mostly, it’s not very fun. I was mindlessly cleaning up the house the other morning,…

  • Book Recommendation,  motherhood,  My Boy,  My Girl,  sappy mommy

    A Going on a Bear Hunt Kind of Saturday

    So many of our weekends are taken up with all those things that can take over the life of a young family. Birthday parties, baby showers, soccer tournaments, family commitments… On rare weekends when life is quiet and it’s just the four of us, we have a little tradition of going out for a morning family walk. Two kids, the dog, and two travel mugs of steaming coffee for Husband and I. This morning was one of those times. For some reason it was especially memorable.  Very “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” if you know what I mean. If you don’t, it’s a modern classic children’s book by Michael Rosen…

  • My Boy,  peanut allergy

    A Letter From an Annoying Peanut Allergy Mom

    Recently, I was standing and chatting with a group of moms I didn’t know very well.  One of them was complaining that her child got stuck in “one of the peanut free classrooms” again that year. Looks of shared annoyance and eye rolling ensued among the group.  I smiled politely and then let them know that my child was one of those annoying “allergy kids” that couldn’t eat nuts. There was the obligatory back peddling and sheepish looks.  I was caught off guard and didn’t say all of the things I was thinking that day….I’ve regretted it ever since.  Here’s my way of fixing that…  Dear Eye Rolling Mom, I…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • gift ideas,  My Boy,  My Girl,  summer

    Teacher Gift Idea

    Ahhhh, the sweet taste of freedom!  The school year officially ended for both my boy and I today at 12pm.  I have much to post regarding my boy Z’s Kindergarten Graduation, our summer plans and my general state of being after being released from the role of working mom just hours ago….but I can’t really wrap my head around any of those things at the moment.  I refuse to process that Z has finished his first year of formal schooling.  I will not accept that in 9 months time he has gone from a virtual baby to this big kid who knows things like how to read, and add numbers,…

  • anthropologie,  car,  home decor,  motherhood,  My Boy,  sick

    A Touch of Pneumonia and Home Decor

    I am home today with a sick little boy who’s getting less and less sick by the minute and a rambunctious not sick at all 3 year old girl and I’m losing my mind… My son got sent home from school last Wednesday with a fever and horrible cough and never quite recovered.  We spent Memorial Day in urgent care and got a diagnosis of “a touch of pneumonia.” So, that was fun. Who gets pneumonia on Memorial Day?? That’s what oppressive Wisconsin winters are for.  Someone needs to send the bacteria in my son’s lungs a memo. We are 3 doses of antibiotics in and the young chap seems to be recovering nicely. …

  • 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…