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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 [...]

And For You…Goldfish!

This afternoon I came home from getting Tristan from his school and running an errand to find a plate of Holiday Chex Mix and a bag of oranges on our kitchen counter. Next to it was a Christmas card from neighbor children that wished the kids a Happy Christmas and included an apology for any [...]

Oh no! They want an Elf!

Elf on the Shelf- we’ve all heard of them and are probably seeing daily pics of our friends’ elves’ naughty, nighttime activities. All this fun and time-consuming effort is in the name of keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive for our children. I hadn’t even considered getting an elf, until last night. I was talking [...]

A Simple Idea That Makes Life A Little Easier

As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ideas to cut down on the amount of work that it takes to keep the house going. One of the things that frustrates me to no end is that now that my kids are are out of the baby/toddler stages and no longer have sippy cups or [...]

…and then I drove away~

This post has no picture because I’m pretty sure if I had stopped to take a picture before I drove away, someone would have surely called the police. A few days ago I took my 3 youngest kiddos to the park to kill the 40 minutes we had before picking up my high schooler. I [...]

Please Don’t Smash My Pumpkins!

This year marks the first EVER time I’m not answering the door and handing out sweet treats to a zillion ghosts, goblins, fairies, mermaids, princesses and all manner of dressed up kiddos. I’m home, the pumpkins are lit, my own kiddos are out in the neighborhood, but the porch light is out and the 2 [...]

No News is Good News?

Max is now in 4th grade and for the last 3 years, I’ve grown accustomed to having regular contact with his teachers. There was lots of communication about how he was doing in class and on the playground, as well as working out strategies to help him become a more successful student. Don’t get me [...]

What’s Your Button?

My proverbial button just got pushed. You know, that one phrase that sets off the absolute worst reaction in you? Mmmmm M! I am so angry and upset! I decided to take to my blog to vent a little instead of seething until I blow. You know how kids fight, argue and cross the line [...]

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day-A day “off” to celebrate the American Workforce. That is, of course, unless you’re a mom. Then Labor Day means a day of work, entertaining, cleaning and making food. Somehow moms get lost in the shuffle. Happy Labor Day, none-the-less. It’s always good to have a day to celebrate with family and friends! We’re [...]

An Open Letter to the Tooth Fairy

This certainly  is not the first time I’ve discussed the Tooth Fairy. Over the many years of Lang kids losing teeth, there’s been plenty of times to talk about the Tooth Fairy’s services. But this is the first time I’ve written directly to her. I’m sincerely grateful for her flexibility and willingness to accommodate our [...]

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 [...]

First Day of School Jitters

It’s nearly noon and the house is quiet. I’ve been working for the last 3 hours and haven’t been interrupted once. Yep, school is back in session! Last night we had a decent little case of kiddo meltdowns over the thought of the first-day-back-to-school. Gabi was upset about her clothing selection and was sure that [...]

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, [...]

We LOVE Thomas!

A True Story- We have a bin full of Thomas the Tank Engine trains, track and accessories. This bin was greatly loved and played with for a long time. But over the last 2 years, it’s pretty much sat untouched. Lex isn’t a train kid, though his brothers before him LOVED trains, all kinds of [...]

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 [...]