Posts in category "family"

A Mother of boys just needs...

A Mother of boys just needs...
My dear Mother cursed me, a defiant young girl, to have a daughter just like me some day. I feared that reality before we found out the gender of both our boys. I assumed I would know what to do, but feared a strong willed daughter. Then I started to worry how to be a... Read more »

Billing a no-show to a kids birthday party is worse than being a no-show

Billing a no-show to a kids birthday party is worse than being a no-show
Did you see the Five-year-old misses friend’s birthday party and gets invoice story? The story is just how the headline reads. It’s completely obnoxious to invoice a no-show $18.50 or any amount for that matter! I initially empathize with all sides, but also see their faults. Show-up. Adults should try to set good examples for kids. That... Read more »

Cold weather family exercise

Cold weather family exercise
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home,” said poet Edith Sitwell. Just as we want to get cozy at home, winter is also an ideal time to unite for family exercise.... Read more »
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Holiday staycation bonus day with toddler musings

Holiday staycation bonus day with toddler musings
Many a holiday staycation come to a halt today. Huge thanks to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy for scheduling their holiday vacation through today. That gives the boys and me a bonus day to ease back toward reality of our work life balance reality. I hoped to binge site see over the holidays in... Read more »

Our 3 Kings Day history with Nativity Scene gallery

A gift from Africa
My toddler boys always loved Christmas lights. This year, huge thanks to our preschool Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, our now four-year-old is excited about the Christmas story for 3 Kings Day. The four-year-old understands that Christmas is the birthday of Jesus. December 25 is the beginning of the 12 days of Christmas that... Read more »

12 days of Christmas among some of my favorite ornaments

Home is where the heart is.
“Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly!” Our family wonders at the light of our Christmas tree this season. It tells some of our family story among a few of my favorite ornaments featured in the gallery at the bottom of this page. We have Egypt ornaments from our honeymoon and... Read more »
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A bit about the Italian Christmas Eve's Feast of Seven Fishes

A bit about the Italian Christmas Eve's Feast of Seven Fishes
I’ve heard of the Italian Christmas Eve’s Feast of Seven Fishes over the years, but never celebrated my own. Born and raised an Irish American girl, I always loved Italian culture. Their culture represents passion for family and life celebrated through meals, music and art. My husband is Italian American, but his family is from... Read more »

Ten ways to get in the holiday spirit

Ten ways to get in the holiday spirit
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home,” said Charles Dickens. That explains why Christmas... Read more »

My New Year Resolutions

My New Year Resolutions
It’s that time to reflect, give thanks and set goals for the New Year ahead. I can get stressed, but writing this post forced me to think of the good times that far outweigh any generally fleeting struggle, usually related to toddler and home logistics and the dreaded meltdown. After all, parenting and the work life balance oxymoron are... Read more »
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9 simple steps to host a baby shower

9 simple steps to host a baby shower
It’s an honor to host baby showers for special moms-to-be in your life. The details can be stressful. SO, keep it simple! I’ve hosted at least four baby showers over the years. I can’t begin to count how many baby shower events I’ve attended. Here’s what I’ve learned from trial, error and observation. 1. Enlist... Read more »