Staying Occupied

Last night, as we were sitting down to dinner, Cute W announced, “tomorrow’s Friday!” like it was a big treat. Then I said, “I’m really looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend at home.” Then Cute W, J, and I laughed uproariously, a sort of semi-hysterical fit of giggles. M, joining us after putting the … [Read more…]

Venturing Out

Yesterday morning, I went to the grocery store. In the good old days of, say, last month, I would try my best to confine myself to one weekly shopping trip, but something always got in the way. I’d forget a crucial ingredient, or some daughter would request some item that she needed urgently, we’d run … [Read more…]

Ah, Social Distancing

The at-home adventure continues. One of the things that’s been a little out-of-whack at our house, besides, you know, everything, is that right now the girls have completely open schedules, and meanwhile Cute W and I have been busier than ever. Cute W works with city and village officials, and as you can imagine, everyone … [Read more…]

Old Stories

How’s everyone doing? I’ve been busy with work, as we try to readjust from “out and about” to mostly just in. We’ve got an article called 250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis and another called Surprise! You’re Homeschooling. Here are some tips. Instead of an update on how we’re … [Read more…]

In which things have gotten real.

Hey everyone. It’s your friendly (virtual) neighborhood Pandemic Wellness Check. How’s it going? We’re all okay. We are adjusting. I am not generally a germophobe. I am one of those moms who wouldn’t necessarily make her toddler stop and wash her hands before reaching for a snack, I’d laugh about the kids getting all dirty … [Read more…]

Photo Files

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like someone should be personally congratulating you for not smacking one of your kids? I mean, I never, ever smack my kids, but some days it is much harder to maintain that solid streak. Anyway, here are some random photos. Because I am cranky … [Read more…]

Tournament Weekend

Cute W, J, and I spent the weekend out of town at a volleyball tournament. Prior to this year, an out-of-town tournament almost always meant that we parents would split up, and if there weren’t two different tournaments happening, one parent would just stay home. But now that M’s graduation is looming, the perspective has … [Read more…]

Developmentally Appropriate

One of my favorite, most comforting phrases of parenting is “developmentally appropriate.” Kids behave badly sometimes, or sometimes they’re just mean enough to hurt your feelings, but often, that bad behavior is developmentally appropriate, and framing it that way is an excellent source of solace in hard times. Or, it is for me, at least. … [Read more…]

Water Bottles

We have a huge supply of water bottles in our house. Unfortunately, our supply of water bottles I actually like is limited. Most of them have at least one fatal flaw. 1 – I don’t like to suck that spout. 2 – Was entirely perfect until the top broke. 3 – Also a sucky spout, … [Read more…]

A Family Heirloom

Many, many years ago, from the time I was in preschool through third grade, we lived in Texas. There are tons of evangelical Christians in Texas, and while our family went to church, we weren’t exactly fire-and-brimstone or let-me-tell-you-about-my-Lord-and-Savior about it. I have four sisters (three older, one younger) along with a little brother. When … [Read more…]