No Naps For Me

sleepy

I am not a napper. Even when my kids were babies, and people would insist “sleep when your baby sleeps”, the reality was that I could not nap. Even as sleep deprived as a new mom can get. No dice. If I DO fall asleep, I awake feeling shaky and hung over. I have high [Read On]

Why I Shouldn’t Read Bedtime Stories when I’m Tired

The kidlings have amassed quite a collection of story books. Of course, I had quite a collection before they were even born, one way of clinging on to an old dream of being a children’s picture book illustrator. (These days I rarely sketch, and if Pea asks me to draw something for her, inevitably, it’s [Read On]

Bread Lust

yummy bun

It was only the second day of Lent, and I fell off of the sacrificial wagon already. I was working my way through the farmer’s market last Thursday, putting together the evening meal and thought “I need some good crusty bread”. Never mind that I gave up bread for Lent. The sauce that goes on [Read On]

Make Me Laugh Monday – Oh, the Things These Eyes Have Seen

I realize that some Europeans may well consider that Americans are….prudes when it comes to swimwear and/or nudity. Let me tell you, given what I have seen today, this is NOT a bad thing. I would have appreciated a shared sentiment of prudishness when I saw the 60+ nana poolside…topless. Or the very, very, VERY [Read On]

Her Bite is Worse than her Bark

Picking up Pea from school yesterday, her teacher met me with an uncomfortable look on her face. “Can I talk to you a minute?” she asked. We went back inside the classroom, where she explained that earlier in the day, Pea bit another student. In particular, Boo’s buddy, who I like to call “The Ninja”. [Read On]

Confession Time

As it says at the top of the page, it’s all about me. I believe in honesty and all that crap.  As such, I have a few confessions to make: I stay up too late some most nights. When the Hubs travels, I never get to bed at a decent hour – I’m always up [Read On]

Locker Room Drama

International Willys

There are so many things in parenthood that you are never really prepared for, especially as a mother.  One recent conversation that Boo had with the Hubs was really heartbreaking….and a little funny. It seemed like something was bothering him. He finally confessed to the Hubs that, earlier that day when changing after school swimming [Read On]

The things you can’t shake

We all have them. That childhood fear we’ve taken into adulthood. I have a few. Fear of having a really lame costume at Halloween. Fear of heights. (Actually, it’s not really heights. It’s a fear of falling. I’m clumsy. Stairs are dangerous. So are rock cliffs.) But the worst? Fear of saying something stupid and [Read On]