I DON'T WANT TO: A Day in the Life of a Toddler (or two)

I’m a big fan of toddlers.  In my opinion, babies are overrated. Toddlers are where it’s at.  I’ve got two toddlers at home, the very same age, TWO AND A HALF. Chances are one or both of them is going to give us (or each other) grief about something at any given time.  But it’s... Read more »

Fathers I Have Known

The following is a guest post from my own little mama. She’s got the goods. ——————————– I’ve been thinking recently about fathers I have known, their similarities and their differences. My mother’s father, my grandfather, comes to mind. Unfortunately, I never got to know him, because he died before I was born. One of the... Read more »

The View from the Side

If you sit on the couch with them while watching a program, you can catch it.  The view from the side.  The profile view.  These two kids who, when head on are adorable and challenging and funny and just spitting images of you and your mate, look like completely different kids.  It’s amazing what you... Read more »

You are Funny Smart Clever Kind - The Words We Use Matter

“You are funny smart clever kind”. F.S.C.K.  It looks like another four letter word I’m quite fond of as well. This all started because I want my kids to know without a shadow of a doubt that they are so much more than their looks.  Their being cute. Handsome or pretty.  Because as all kids... Read more »

Thrift Store Earrings of Hope

Years ago I was SURE that I didn’t want kids.  NEVER.  NEVER EVER EVER.*   I didn’t have a motherly instinct. I certainly didn’t want to bring another life into the world that I could screw up. I was also in a series of relationships that made me question everything about myself and wonder why... Read more »

I Saw This Family at the Dollar Store

When you troll the dollar stores for years in search of paper plates and straws and cat toys and party favors and completely inedible foods, you never even walk down the toy aisle. Except when you are looking for your nephews and then you think LET’S JUST KEEP LIKING LIGHT UP STICKS FOREVER, can we... Read more »

May Bedtime Come Sweetly

They are once so small, so very small, that the rock n’ plays and swings seem to cover it all. And then the Bassinet.  Rebuffed at every turn it met. Moved onto our pack n’ plays, no fancy cribs for us.  They huffed and they puffed and eventually settled in with little fuss. Good Morning,... Read more »

Things We Laugh About LATER: The Sickness

These babes o’ mine have not really been sick in their 2-plus years outside of my belly.  So we’ve had a killer run avoiding the yuck. HOWEVER. There is a first time for everything and we belly-flopped into the great unknown world of bodily functions that we had previously only heard tell of from others... Read more »

Good Morning, My Sunshines

If you would have told me just a few short years ago that mornings, early mornings sunny mornings foggy mornings snowy mornings cold and rainy mornings – ANY MORNINGS – would be my favorite, I would have said, you must be joking. But when you open that door in the morning.  When you walk up... Read more »

Today is my Favorite

There will come a day when you aren’t going to think that going to the library with your mom is pretty much the best thing in the world. But that day is not today. Today we stop at the Dunkin’ Donut drive thru and as I order a large black coffee and munchkins for your... Read more »