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It’s Not Like He Didn’t Warn Me

It’s Day 3 of Back to School and at exactly 5:08 Lex showed up in the kitchen and went to the garbage can. I told him to go back to bed. He didn’t move. I asked him what he was doing. He didn’t move. Then…throw up. I can’t say I didn’t have warning. 11 1/2 [...]

Life Isn’t Fair

It’s true! Life is just not fair. How can it be? Some people have some things available to them and others have different things available to them. It is just not reasonable to think that everyone will be afforded the same opportunities…even if they’re from the same family. This is what I’ve been dealing with, [...]

The Last Days of Summer

Here we are, in the final days before Back to School. It’s been a busy week with lots of talk about new teachers, new classrooms and new schools. Tristan will start Middle School and is excited for the change. Max will be at school with Gabi and Lex and isn’t so excited for the change [...]

Hey Buddy, Let’s Go Have Sushi

School’s around the corner and until this morning I wasn’t sure exactly where Max would be going. He’s been placed on a wait list for the only school in the area that has GATE classes and the school that he was in last year, isn’t his “home” school and would require a request for an [...]

Mommy of Many Morning Short-Quote From Mariah

You know I spend a great deal of time quoting Lex, but this morning I got a text from Mariah (18yrs old), who was in Oakland for business and is now in SF for business. “Oakland is a scary place but at least it smells like Chinese food. San Francisco just smells like pee.” She [...]

These Kiddos of Mine

It’s been a busy weekend! Yesterday we had a birthday gathering for 3 of the kids-Clayton who had just turned 20, Arianna who is turning 17 on the 28th and Maddi who will be 16 on July 1st. Friends and family filled my house (I LOVE a full house!) and we enjoyed an afternoon of [...]

Mommy Hearts Can Get Broken Too

When people talk about and think about broken hearts, they are usually talking about relationships. There are countless songs, pieces of poetry, books and movies on the subject. But how often do we look at the love a parent has for a child and talk about broken hearts? A Mommy heart (or a Daddy heart, [...]

What Summertime Looks Like, So Far

We’ve had one full week of summer. It’s been busy, noisy, hot and full! I’m still working full-time, so there’s been plenty of juggling, but this is what it’s looked like so far. I think we’re on the right track. To get to summer, we had to finish school and that meant Tristan’s graduation from [...]

Being Lex-Ninjas and Lost Teeth

Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a look at life from the perspective of one of the kids. Lex is always a good choice! Recently, he did a school project and talked about how much he likes soccer and that when he grows up, he wants to be a Ninja. Hmmm… Just so happens [...]

Change the Scenery-A M.O.M. Tip to Relieve Frustration

In the time that I’ve been quiet over here, I’ve been learning new ways, and revisiting some old ways (I can foresee a Learning Lessons post brewing) to parent. And one of the things that I’ve practiced (and am learning to revisit) over the 23 years that I’ve been a mom, is to change the [...]

Grateful for a Memorial Day Break!

With gratitude for all who have given of themselves for our country, I plan to enjoy this rare day off with the kids! I know I’ve been silent over here for the last few weeks. It’s been a whirlwind! As you know, I started working full-time for a marketing agency as their Social Media Manager. [...]

Teen Stuff-Pipe in!

There’s so much background that I could write and write and write, but I’m just going to cover the last 24 hours. Your ideas are welcome! I was away last night to celebrate a life that touched many other lives. During this time, I got a phone call…from my local police department, to let me [...]

Happy 23rd Birthday to My Oldest! Seems Like a Good Time to Write a Birth Story

I belong to several Mommy networks and websites and I’m constantly seeing moms who take the time to write their children’s birth stories. It’s something I’ve never done, but on the occasion of my oldest kiddo turning 23, (Ummm…23! That’s a real-life adult!) I thought it might be a good time to honor her beautiful [...]

No BS Friday

It’s Friday and I’m just saying it as it is. Thursday evening didn’t end smoothly and this morning didn’t get off to the best start. I’m recognizing that I can do things better and that sometimes kids get angry just because they don’t like chores or other imposed things from parents. And I’m saying it [...]

Getting Ready to Catch a Leprechaun

Every year we set leprechaun traps and every year we hope. This year Lex and I got a little jump on the whole thing because he needed to bring his trap into his classroom. See the genius of the one-way staircase? Surely the lil prankster will climb the stairs, peer inside and go after the [...]