The Day the Magic Died

DISCLAIMER: The following blog discusses Santa Claus and the like. Proceed with caution. We have a saying in our house: we don't keep secrets. This rule was established for the obvious, and maybe to some, not so obvious reasons. But, basically when you tell one of our children "don't tell" they know that is a … Continue reading The Day the Magic Died

Scissors and Sharpies

My darlings always want to cut things. And brand things. "Who drew on the wall?" followed by "Who cut up this book?" [sorry library] become daily questions. "Not me," they always say. Word to the wise: if you don't want to be blamed, children, then don't autograph your art. Needless to say we have disposed … Continue reading Scissors and Sharpies

Another {real} Love Letter

My dearest #3, In just a few short days you will be turning five.  This year, your birthday is hitting me hard.  Harder than any other birthday, any other year.  I am not sure why. I don't know where your infant or toddler years went.  I remember telling myself to be present with your tiny … Continue reading Another {real} Love Letter

Light It Up

When you have kids things tend to break.  Shocking, I know. Our furniture is outdated and overused, but I cannot bring myself to replace it at this juncture in life.  I am one hundred and twenty percent sure that one of our five munchkins will mark up anything new with sharpies, scissors or glittery glue. … Continue reading Light It Up

Baby Registry Rip-offs

There have been quite a few changes to baby items since I had my first nearly a decade ago.  During that time, several gimmicks have hit the market.  I have been conned into believing I needed some of the most overrated items.  So, what is a seasoned momma to do when she realizes she has … Continue reading Baby Registry Rip-offs

Taketh and Giveth

Lawd or Lawd, today was a day.  I wish I could say it was an unusual day, but then I would be a liar.  While the events of our days vary from time to time, the way they go down is essentially unchanged. For starters, the kids fought.  Shocking.  Over everything and anything.  Most notably … Continue reading Taketh and Giveth

It Happens

My oldest daughter recently had a birthday.  And by recently I mean yesterday. Birthdays are pretty low key around here, but I do strive to make them memorable.   We aren't big on loud celebrations; just an understated, albeit constant, acknowledgement of their birth.  It usually includes our birthday banner, donuts for breakfast with a … Continue reading It Happens

Times-a-changin’

  There was a time where I followed all the mommy-group guidelines verbatim. Like, you gotta nurse for at least 12 months.  I desperately hoped to make it to a year, but my body just wouldn't agree.  The thought of giving them formula was pure torture. They told us to put them to sleep when they … Continue reading Times-a-changin’

Hide and Seek

My daughter and I are in a pretty serious game of hide and seek.  AKA: this is mine, not yours. In order to understand the ingenuity needed in this battle, you will  first need to know some things about my daughter.  She is {almost} three.  As a two year old, she has been angelic, sweet, … Continue reading Hide and Seek

Try if You Dare

WARNING: The following contains material that is hazardous to your health.   There are days when I am home alone with a few {to all} of my babes.  And on these days the pantry is empty, the fridge is bare and I just have not found a way to make mac 'n cheese from lasagna noodles and … Continue reading Try if You Dare