Category: Social Butterfly Mom

Planning a road trip during Covid summer #2

Planning a road trip during Covid summer #2
I am So. Excited. For. SUMMER! I’ve been neglecting laundry and my email this week, in exchange for road trip planning. Below is what I’ve come up with, and my thought process along the way. Our inspiration was Niagara Falls. (If you’re ever in the mood to sit a room of your family’s own farts,... Read more »

The one thing I will never forgive myself for

The one thing I will never forgive myself for
We gave away our dog. Our Sophie. This post is six years in the making, because this happened in February of 2015. I will never forgive myself for giving away the perfect dog. My husband reminds me that she wasn't perfect: she had separation anxiety and she would scrape the paint and wood off of the doorways. She'd bark for hours and really piss off the other apartment tenants. Even when we moved to the 'burbs, our neighbors on either side could hear her. But she did all that because she loved us. Unconditionally. And I didn't return her unconditional love. I'd get annoyed with her scratching, her barking, her being in the way all the time. After years of turning this over in my mind, I'm realizing that I have a hard time giving unconditional love. If you don't do as the world expects or as I expect, then watch out. What the world gave me, right before we gave away Sophie, was my second son. The child that knocked me off my parenting pedestal. Nothing about him was or is easy. As it turns out, though, people frown on you for giving away your children...

12 days of Covid

12 days of Covid
On the twelfth day of Covid, my true love gave to me, twelve teachers teaching... Dear Lord, our teachers are AMAZING. I am blown away by their commitment to educate our children in the strangest of circumstances. Eleven days sans piping... You know what complicates life at a time when you're asked to stay in your home? Not being able to poop in your home. Good times. Ten lawyers leaping... but to no avail. Democracy FTW! Nine ladies dancing... into the White House! Woot woot! Eight bars of Milka... Me, every time I went to the store: This pandemic is hard on me the kids. I should probably bring a new treat home every time, so I they have something to look forward to. ...
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Planning my 10 year old trip

Planning my 10 year old trip
Mom: What is this blog post about? Logan: This blog post is about me going on a trip with my parents. Mom: What's the reason for this trip? Logan: I'm going on this trip, because I'm going to turn 10 next year, and my parents want to go on a trip with just me...

Saturday Surprise: creating a tradition in pandemic times

Saturday Surprise: creating a tradition in pandemic times
To state the obvious, shelter-in-place is wearing on me. I miss my friends. I am done exercising by myself. I yearn for hugs so much that I had a dream about embracing random people. But every time I want to complain during this pandemic, I remind myself how truly good my life is. As I write this, family members of George Floyd are planning a funeral. Not only was his death unjust and unnecessary, but he and his family will be robbed of a "normal" service, due to the coronavirus. This past month, Ahmaud Arbery's mom did not decorate his home with balloons or plan a Zoom call with family on his birthday. She mourned him. Others honored him by walking or running 2.23 miles. Friends of ours have lost spouses and parents to COVID and non-COVID related illnesses. None of them have gotten to experience the full grieving process, surrounded by loved ones. So, yeah: I'll remove my complaint of "boredom" from the pity pile...

Second grader quarantine life

This is me and my family. I'm holding a leprechaun who is named Liam, and he comes every year during St. Patrick's season.
This post is about what I have been doing during quarantine. There are also some pictures so you don’t have to visualize. (Trust me, there’s no way you’re going to be able to visualize the best cupcake on Earth.)
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Coronavirus won't ruin my birthday

Coronavirus won't ruin my birthday
If you have a birthday coming up, I hope that you can still find ways to make it fun. Here are 12 ways that I'm celebrating this year:...

My COVID Coping Plan

My COVID Coping Plan
"Coping" sounds a little dramatic to me, because I have it better than most. I'm used to my kids being at home, and my husband will now join us- AND keep earning a salary. We live in a house with a yard, so we can escape each other. No one is on any medications or has allergies. We're not in the stage in our lives where we'll be missing out on high school or college memories, weddings, or big travel. I feel very grateful. But, I'm me, so I also feel much more sane and safe with a PLAN. God bless the moms and teachers out there who are creating and sharing content for our kids. We will all adapt and overcome with this e-learning in place. There are so many good ideas out there, so this post will contain a structure for implementation, plus a few creative ways to connect with people without physically being around them. Weekday Schedule (explanations at bottom; outside time based on hourly weather)...

Some days are better than others

Some days are better than others
My husband and I have come to the realization that some days are better than others. We used to get caught up on the bad days, feeling paralyzed in our negativity. And then, when the good days came, we'd feel a weight lift, like everything would always be okay. Inevitably, though, we'd have another bad day, and get down on ourselves...
These kids fight constantly. They're going to be the adult siblings that never speak to each other. Wow- I can't believe how well they're building that Lego tower together. They're definitely going to vacation together when they're older! We're having the same argument again. Are we just always going to resent each other? Oh my gosh- he's making me laugh so hard. Maybe we can get the pre-kids "us" back! This baby is never going to sleep through the night... Huh- the baby hasn't woken in the night in forever. This is amazing!
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This mama has a hobby, and you should, too

This mama has a hobby, and you should, too
My husband would argue that I have too many hobbies, but performing with The Chicago Red Line is the main one. I am beyond grateful that over the course of 11 years, three kids, two moves, and a career change, he has supported me, even when it was NOT easy. Here are 11 ways in which performing with my friends "fills my mommy water bottle:"...