"Who opened the maple syrup?" Long silence as both children pretend to be hard of hearing. I snag Wallace as he cruises through the kitchen, kneel down and look into his eyes (as all those experts recommend), "Wallace, please tell me what happened to the maple syrup." More silence coupled with darting brown eyes. I … Continue reading From the Parenting Archives
So THIS happened over the weekend: Yes, friends, I jacked up my knee, so I'm practicing RICE. That's Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. I forget that I'm clinically hyper until something of this nature forces me to sit still for extended periods of time. This is day three of this RICE jazz and I am over … Continue reading View From the Couch
I'm back! I attempted several drafts...in December...then in January, trying to succinctly sum up last year and offer hope for 2017. But truthfully, I've been a little down. 2016 was a good year for Grief Happens. I posted regularly, saw an increase in views and gained more followers, but for some reason, rather than feeling … Continue reading Happy February!
The holidays have a way of making me turn inward. I find everything about them overstimulating and just...too much. When I look back, I realize they've always had this effect on me, but since becoming a parent, the overstimulating factor is amplified. While some people surge into high gear, I become slower and more methodic. … Continue reading Still Clearing Clutter, Kid Updates, and Other Ponderings
We're still putting things back together after Hurricane Matthew. This will be a streaming sort of post; I could shoot for polished, but I want a finished product. My drafts folder is cluttered enough. The following story might paint a better picture of how this week is moving along: I cook more in the fall. … Continue reading My Life May Be Many Things, but It’s Rarely Dull
I land on my feet. Well, most of the time I suppose you could say that's true. No one ever accused me of supplying the best laid plans and following them through to the tiniest detail, but I'm great at adapting to a general plan and figuring out the details as I go. It's the … Continue reading Planning Ahead vs. Being Present: Where’s the Balance?
I want to like September. I want to breathe in crisp air, hinting at fall and cooler days. I want to be that woman who breaks out all things pumpkin spice as soon as Labor Day weekend is behind us. But frankly, September is a rough month in my family. My father-in-law, Kevin, died suddenly … Continue reading Making Peace With September While Hating September
I haven't done one of these in a long time, so how about some long overdue happy. Exploring outdoors helps everyone in our household. Engaging with nature is centering and peaceful, and it certainly appears to have that effect on my children. By hump day, I couldn't face our dining room table and homework and … Continue reading What’s Going Well Wednesday #WGWW — on Friday!
I have to deal with something I don't want to, and it's taking entirely too much of my energy. Before starting this blog post I was working through various tasks -- household stuff, other writing projects, planning the week out in my head, moving through my morning. But I was having trouble focusing on anything … Continue reading Know Thyself: The PTA Volunteer Dilemma
Now that my precious, darling angels have returned to school, I am actually able to remember how much I truly adore them. I'm no longer being the end-of-summer mom who survives by locking herself in the bedroom while the kids binge out on Netflix and whatever they can find in the fridge that always seems … Continue reading Enough With the Requests, Children