What I Learned about my Kids in 30 Hours

Last Thursday we embarked on a great adventure (or insanely bad idea) — a trip to Florida. In the car!  Have I mentioned I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old? For those of you doing the math, that’s more than 30 hours of drive time. Not counting meals and stops for the boys to run around and expel energy. By just about every measure it was a success. The boys handled the car like champs – better than I could have hoped for. Hour 6 — Teddy Graham Pit Stop I thought I knew my kids … Read more

The Times they are a Changing

When Will was still a little bit of a thing Matt started playing soft ball once a week.  I came to DREAD Tuesday nights.  The chaos of juggling a newborn and a young toddler was enough to drive me to bottles of wine and Advil.  There was no good way to get them both to bed.  Will needed to be rocked until he was O. U. T. but I couldn’t leave Sam alone while I tried to lull the cranky baby into sleep land.  I couldn’t put Sam to bed first because if I left Will’s sight he would shriek … Read more

The Scary Side of Being a Parent

Last week I heard that an eighth grader in my town, someone’s little boy, took his life.  As a mom, the mere thought of this tares me into pieces.  It makes my heart ache for that child, for that child’s parents, that child’s family.  It scares me to pieces that something can make a child feel things are helpless, hopeless.  Then today I read this.  And Oh. My. Gosh.  Being a parent is so frightening.  I looked at my little monsters tonight, whose lives’ are entrusted to me, and realized that right now this is the easy stuff.  I’ve stumbled … Read more

Kids say the Darndest Things

Yesterday when I got the boys up we all boisterously sang Happy Birthday to Will.  Sam loved every second of it.  I quickly got them dressed and ready for school. I was walking Sam out to the car in the beautiful 60 degree weather when he stopped dead in his tracks and said “Gama! Happy Birthday to you Gama!” I. Kid. You. Not. I don’t know where it came from.  We hadn’t talked about Grandma Linda all morning.  I hadn’t made a big deal of her birthday to the boys.  It was completely out of nowhere. Sort of makes you … Read more