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…]

Almost Vegetarian-ish

My kids can be pretty annoying sometimes. Last week at dinner, for example. They started talking about how they wanted to eat more vegetarian dinners. I was like, “Are you kidding me?” I found this suggestion particularly galling for a number of reasons. First, we have significantly reduced our meat consumption at dinnertime already, and … [Read more…]

College: The Big Decision!

I felt pretty confident that M would get into the colleges she liked. Honestly, I thought she’d have a chance at super-crazy-selective school, but she wasn’t interested in applying (whether that was on the merits, because they’re too big, or because she lacked confidence, it’s unclear). But especially with small schools that admit so few … [Read more…]

Meanwhile

These college posts are huge, but meanwhile, what else is going on? Well, I’m sick. Yesterday I woke up long enough to say hello and goodbye to the girls and Cute W before school and work, then I went directly back to bed by about 7:45 am. It didn’t occur to me that I could … [Read more…]