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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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-The Question of Pajamas

Gabi-”Why do pajama tops exactly match pajama bottoms and that’s ok? But in the daytime your clothes aren’t supposed to do that?” The girl’s got a point! Doing the Dance of the Children~

10 Days of Good Stuff

People always wish each other well. And now that we have instant access to each other’s daily lives and routines through social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, we each receive daily bits of good luck and inspiration from those connected to us. But it’s not often that those well-wishes turn into action! About [...]

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 [...]

365 Days Later

Yesterday marked 365 days since I put my kids into the 15-passenger van to pull away from the home and life we’d known for the last 12 years. I drove away jobless, homeless, with all my belongings (except some clothes and this computer) in a storage unit and the realization that my Passat had been [...]

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 [...]