Archive for August 2012

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day
This morning, I was supposed to wake up at 5:30 and go for a run – but I decided to snuggle on the couch with the puppy and watch Morning Joe. While I was distracted with neutralizing the Keurig coffee pod anarchy in my kitchen, I forgot to brew a cup for my daughter before... Read more »

When I was pretentious

When I was pretentious
When I was pretentious . . . I wore a lot of black and rarely wore make-up and almost never wore a bra. I shopped in thrift stores, but not for anything nice. I had a nose ring and unflattering short hair and frequented independent coffee houses. I obsessively wrote poetry – very dark, sometimes... Read more »

The 5:00 Reboost: Shaking Off A Rough Day

The 5:00 Reboost: Shaking Off A Rough Day
My lovely friend Crystal, loaned my family a book series by Cynthia Rylant, which features Mr. Putter, an elderly man, and his cat, Tabby. I have been friends with Crystal for over 15 years and if there is one thing I know for certain – her taste in literature is always interesting, funny and memorable.... Read more »
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These Are the Days of Swingset Destruction

These Are the Days of Swingset Destruction
Creak. Thud! Creak. Thud! Creeeaaak. THUD! So it had been a while since any of our kids had hopped on the swings in our backyard’s Swiss Army knife-like swing set (It’s a swing set!  It’s a clubhouse!  It’s a sandbox! It’s a picnic table!). While sitting out on the patio in a Leinenkugel-Summer-Shandy-induced July haze,... Read more »

Sometimes Positive Thinking Isn't Enough to Cross the Finish Line

Sometimes Positive Thinking Isn't Enough to Cross the Finish Line
My whole body is covered in perspiration, glistening in the morning sun. Each muscle aches and contracts, stretched to the absolute limit and begging for a relief I will not give. I see my kids holding homemade signs and cheering for me at the finish line. And I push forward… I’ve visualized finishing my first... Read more »

Kid's Birthday Parties: How Much is Too Much?

Kid's Birthday Parties: How Much is Too Much?
When I was a kid, birthday parties were a simple affair. Cake, presents, and a game of pin the tail on the donkey were the standards. Piñatas were especially exciting. Kids love it when candy rains down on their heads. McDonald’s parties were the ultimate. If someone was having their birthday party there, kids would get... Read more »
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Mom's Guide To Junior High Fashion

Mom's Guide To Junior High Fashion
Welcome to Junior High School, Mom! Congratulations – You Are Old. Oh, don’t shake your head and say that you still look like you’re twenty and everyone says that you and your tween look like siblings. It doesn’t matter. My oldest daughter was born months before my 21st birthday. When she entered junior high school,... Read more »

Parenting: An Eye-Opening Experience

Parenting: An Eye-Opening Experience
This past weekend my hubby and I had houseguests! Three curly-haired blondes and their amazing parents, to be exact. All weekend our home was filled with squeals of laughter and our dog finally had the undivided attention she feels she deserves. Watching a 4 year old little girl say “DROP IT” and point to the ground was... Read more »

Summer Challenge for Kids and Adults

Summer Challenge for Kids and Adults
While the September 22, 2012 autumnal equinox is still weeks away, the deluge of Back to School advertisements signal the contrary to those of us with school-aged children. Whether we like it or not, our summer ends when the new school year begins. As the self-appointed Queen of Schedules and Goddess of Routine, alas, I... Read more »
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The Donating and Sharing of Breast Milk

The Donating and Sharing of Breast Milk
During my son’s 7-week stay in the NICU, I was pumping more than he was feeding. I was pumping about 6 times a day. I would make about 3oz per pump while he would only be eating about 1oz per feeding. The hospital couldn’t store much. Needless to say, my freezer started to fill up... Read more »