I've talked about the kids' chore chart in the past. If you missed it, click here. One of their weekly chores is to take out resident mutt, Blackjack, on a walk. Each boy does this task once a week, which results in three long walks for the pup. The benefits are multitudinous. Blackjack is almost … Continue reading Suddenly Chaos: MacGyver vs. Mud
Valentine's Day was this week and J and I decided to steal away for a night of passion Chinese food and Costco shopping. With wedding planning and grad school and three kids and the hour-long commute between us that makes weekends the only time we get to see each other, the impromptu Tuesday night date … Continue reading Suddenly Chaos: Flipflops vs. Fiber
I'm a firm believer that children who don't do chores grow up to be adults who don't know how to care for themselves. It's all well and good to assign chores to your children, but without consistency, motivation, and/or consequences, chore time turns into a game of frustration and nagging. Enter, the chore chart. Seriously, … Continue reading The Glories of Chores
William Shakespeare once wrote: Substitute greatness with "motherhood" and I fall into that third category. I wasn't born a mom (because...that would be weird) and I didn't achieve motherhood. Instead, I had motherhood thrust upon me. Not with an infant (or two) that I could bond with, nurture, and mold, my kids are fully grown little … Continue reading Doing (almost) everything wrong: instant motherhood.
This weekend I achieved a relationship goal of cinematic significance. Every sappy love story has one great kiss in the rain. Allie and Noah from The Notebook, Paul and Holly from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Charles and Carrie from Four Weddings and a Funeral have filled our heads with the romance and emotional significance of the … Continue reading The Beautiful Life…
I am not a mom. I'm a cat mom, but that doesn't really count. I've never given birth, or experienced morning sickness. I've never rocked a baby for hours at night, tears streaming down my face from exhaustion as I plead with God to take this ear infection away so that we can all get some … Continue reading An appeal to the mommas…
I spent the weekend with J and his three (!) boys. It was the first time I met them and I was more than a little excited, with a healthy dose of nervousness sprinkled in for fun. I thought the biggest struggle was going to be packing for a weekend of endless possibilities of activities … Continue reading Suddenly, chaos.