We just got back from our first family trip to Walt Disney World, where the term "vacation" is used loosely, just like the phrases "small crowd" or "not too long of a line" or "reasonable price" are there. We had a great time, and largely because of one little secret: we set our expectations fairly … Continue reading Keep it in check, Cinderella
I wore mismatched socks to church last week. The rest of the fam was already in the car, and you know if the four-year-old is already buckled in his carseat then YOU are the holdup. So I grabbed my boots and two socks from our perpetually-snowballing clean sock basket and ran to the car. Turned out one … Continue reading Martina was right, do it anyway
Well, it's been a heck of a week and I'm done. I mean, it hasn't been terrible, but my threshold for being done with a week is admirably low. Even with home stuff, it's nice to have a break from your own version of minivan-uber, avoiding the laundry's judgy gaze, and crushing your children's dreams about their Jump … Continue reading A 7-yr-old’s hymn for the weekend
I told my husband he could name our son. (Of course, I retained veto power. I don't play that fast and loose.). But since I had basically, pregnancy-empowered, declared by decree the name of our second child, it was technically his turn when our third came along. "William," he said. "Will." "Okay," I said as I thought … Continue reading Strong-willed children and thatched roofs: A word for weary parents
If we treated each other like our mamas were watching, society would be on much better behavior, I'm sure.
As a truth-at-all-cost convert, I'm determined to teach my kids that nothing they have done is worse than lying to me about it.
Here's a quick read for you: Chapter 1, late May: Kids want a dog. Parents say "Nope!" Parents hear about stray dog in neighborhood. Parents say "Awww." Family meets dog. Kids say "Pleaseeeee?!" Parents say "Oh....OK." Chapter 2, mid-June: Family and dog are happy. Family goes on vacation. Dog stays with friend. Chapter 3, end of June: Family … Continue reading Oh, Bella!