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.)

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)...
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The story of getting nine stitches

The story of getting nine stitches
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of taking three boys to the ER when my oldest hurt himself on the ice. When we got home, he said, “Mom- you should write about this on your blog.” My reply: “No, buddy. YOU should.” 🙂 Here goes! After school, at about 3:12 P.M., I was getting out... Read more »

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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The disruptive kid in the Christmas pageant...was my own

The disruptive kid in the Christmas pageant...was my own
What upset me most about my five year old's behavior in the Christmas pageant? Well... To preface this, if we all threw our parenting problems in a pile, I would pull out "kid with ADHD" again. Of all the things, there are way worse challenges that face my fellow parents. My disappointment yesterday comes from the age-old mantra: "I know your potential. I've seen you accomplish this. I know you can do better. So...why didn't you?"...
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Six ways this pessimist practices gratitude

Six ways this pessimist practices gratitude
It's true: I believe that I'm a pessimist at heart. I work hard to be positive, but it IS work for me. To be fair, I think it's human nature to notice the bad and overlook the good. Here are six ways this pessimist practices gratitude: ...

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:"...

12 tips for hosting a 100 guest party

12 tips for hosting a 100 guest party
1.Hire a server/bartender. This is KEY and not as costly as you may think. A good server/bartender does so much more than tend bar: he/she empties trash, replenishes food trays, cleans the kitchen. This helps you enjoy your own party. 2. Create a Google Doc that you can look back on and add to each... Read more »
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Five summer #momfails

Five summer #momfails
Well, the longest summer ever is drawing to a close (three days to go)! Here's a recap of five summer #momfails, and what I can improve on next summer...