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Lex Left Out

I’ve been saying this sentence to Lex for as long as I can remember; “Go pull out the toys and play.” This morning I looked at our bins of toys; puzzles, trains and tracks, kitchen and grocery store items, wooden blocks, a set of plastic cowboys and indians, a marble racer, various moving dinosaurs and [...]

Starting the Day with a Huge Dose of Mommy Guilt

Lex came into my room, and buried himself in my bed under pillow and blankets, clearly upset. I asked what was wrong and he told me about his dream, that I had dropped him off at daycare and there was a fire and the teacher didn’t care. I rubbed his back and told him that [...]

Musical Kiddos

Last weekend I was the joyous recipient of a neighbor’s piano. There was a bit of fuss over it’s arrival because I had to move things around and figure out where it would go and had to find a willing participant to help move the beast from 2 streets over. Everything fell together and my [...]

Back to School With a Vengeance!

We’re just over a week into the new school year and it’s kicking it to me! I’m so out of the routine and there’s more to do this year. I have  3 drop-offs each morning. We’ve had 1 of 3 Back to School Nights (8th grade) and the other 2…yes, the other 2, are tomorrow [...]

The Dangers of Cleaning Day

Cleaning Day…the mere suggestion invokes whining, crying and fear in the eyes of my children. It’s a sure-fire way to ensure a day of fighting, anger, upset stomachs, dire thirst, sleepiness and sudden illness. Today was deemed Cleaning Day at the House of M.O.M. Oh, the torture! Apparently I had not properly prepared them for [...]

Well That Explains It!

Yesterday I had one of those terribly emberrassing Mommy Moments, where you have a child who’s acting out so badly and you just can’t get them to stop. This usually happens with an overtired toddler, but this was my 7 yr old! We got home and I put him straight to bed. He ended up [...]

Oh Really? NOW You Let Me Know You’re Listening?!

I’m always wondering if the kids hear ANYTHING that I say, EVER. It sure doesn’t seem like it, since I’ve repeated the exact same instructions, every day for over 24 years. The other day I got home from a long day of work, to run errands with the kids and take them to the gym [...]

Costco=Status

For the last 2 years, my trips to Costco have been few and far between. The membership I once held and the twice-monthly trips I used to loathe, became of thing of the past, a thing of my “old” life. And I realized that I suddenly felt inadequate. I no longer belonged to the “club”, [...]

That’s Right…Motherhood Really IS F.O.S!

Back in 2008 I finally came out and said what I had thought, for almost 20 years of parenting…Motherhood is Full of Shit. Truly! We are continually dealing with the clean up of bathroom issues by our little bundles of joy. You can read the original blog here. Tonight, I was reminded and wrote the [...]

M.O.M. Moments

On the way to work, this morning, I got a phone call. On the other end was one of my kiddos. They said, “Mom, I forgot something.” I asked, “What did you forget?” Kiddo-”I forgot something at home.” I replied, “Ok. What did you forget?” Kiddo (whispering into the phone)-”I forgot my underwear.” Thank you [...]

M.O.M.’s Morning Madness or How I Stay Sane~

It’s 7:30am and the kids just rode off to school on their bikes. They are dressed, fed, hair-fixed, teeth-brushed, backpacks-packed, school-ready kids. It didn’t happen without a morning filled with Mommy Madness. I sent Max to bed last night, to get recharged and with the hope that he’d wake up and have a new perspective [...]

Holy Thursday Reflections

Just finished hanging up and folding clothes with a lil help from Rod Stewart, of course. I have WAY more clothes when I actually get them onto hangers! Gabi and Tristan came to spend the night. Max and Lex visited for a little while and I made a simple pasta dinner (spinach, red pepper and [...]

A Lullabye for My Kiddos Who are Away

It’s been a really long and full day. Part of the fullness is how much I’m feeling filled up with love for my kiddos who are far away. Clayton called this evening, to talk to me and the little kiddos and he gave us all a finish to our day that was full of love [...]

He’s Breathing Too Loud!

Here’s the scenario; One kid is doing something harmless, but that another kid finds annoying. So the annoyed kid tells the first kid to “stop___”. Kid one wasn’t doing anything wrong, but now does whatever the action was (and sometimes, it’s simply breathing “too loud”) extra, EXTRA annoyingly. I am then caught between the kid [...]

Learning How to Support Positive Body Image in my Boys

When I was growing up, I was surrounded by sisters. I’m the oldest of 9 kids and 8 of us are girls. My parents got their boy at the end. So, most of what I knew about kids when I became a parent involved what girls thought, felt and dreamed. As I began having my [...]