Free to Hope

We were lucky today to be able to take our kids to the local one screen theater to watch President Obama’s inauguration. Young and old clapped and cheered. Just like if we were on the plaza: we stood when you were supposed to stand, bowed our heads to pray and sang along with our hands […]

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate…

Snippets of last night’s conversation Is your homework all done? Yes, I did it at school. Are you sure that there is nothing to work on? Yep. Did you put all of your things for the dance recital in your bag? Yes, mom. Are you sure that you have everything that you need? Yes, mom. […]

There Will Be Time to Plant the Flowers…Just A Lot Later

Every year around mother’s day, I take the kids to the store to buy a flat of annuals.  They are excited to pick out plants and we all share the wonder and excitement of spring. Once we get the plants home, the kids usually plant one plant and that’s it for them.  I spend the […]

Halloween Nacho Recipe: Not for the Faint of Heart

Here it is folks, the recipe for Halloween Nachos.  Straight from the 6 year old test kitchen–tested ’til perfect without parental supervision.  Caution: this might be what you get when you ask your 6 year old to make nachos for you.   K3’s Halloween Nachos Boo Chips $12.00 hunk of cheese from high-end grocery store […]

Funny Things Kids Say: Vampires, Halloween Stores and the Birds and the Bees

We visited our local Halloween speciality store.  These are the stores that spring up like zombies rising from the grave every October.  They are always in a different location and always chock full of Halloween items you simply must have. 6 year old K3 and I toured the store, stopping at every single display that […]

Pregnant Duck? Not Quite.

There is no place like the Humane Society on a Saturday morning during kitten season.  Kids are crying, parents are yelling at each other and at their kids, people are jockeying for position on the pets in cages, and there is a very long wait if you are interested in adopting a new family member. […]

Toasty, Warm Monday Love

My youngest is six.  Somehow she has miraculously uncovered DNA that allows her to be the best cleaner I’ve ever seen.  She is willing to whip anybody’s room into shape.  She tidies, makes the bed and arranges all items in the room in an artistic way.  Could babies have been switched at the hospital? This […]

Untethered In My Mini Empty Nest

This week my two older kids went to sleepaways with their school classes.  The way it worked out, they swapped equally in the middle of the week.  This left me with an entire week of two children.  Not always the same two children, mind you, but two children instead of three just the same.   […]

The Canadian Chronicles: Summer Diary of a 12 Year Old…Dogs, Limos and Long Lines at Customs

My son said it would be o-k to share a bit of his summer journal with the world. The first entry: Today was a flying day.  First thing that morning, we got up and got our bags ready.  Luckily, Dad hadn’t booked a car beforehand and so he had to rent a LIMO! (yay!)  So […]

Wordless Wednesday: Kid Craft Time At Our House? No One Is Safe