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No Loafing Around

No Loafing Around

Having been a mom for twenty years, I’ve figured out how to cook enough basic meals to keep my family alive. However, since I only have about a half dozen dishes that I’ve perfected, it was just a matter of time before my family got completely sick of my cooking. Even the dog was sick of the scraps that fell…

The Last One to Leave the Nest

The Last One to Leave the Nest

I’m out of a job. For twenty years my main job has been to be a stay at home mom to my two children. But tomorrow my last child leaves for college and with her, all of the job responsibilities I’ve hated, endured, complained about, and loved every minute of will also disappear. When the first one arrived 20 years…

Amusing Myself at the Amusement Park

Amusing Myself at the Amusement Park

When you have kids, going to theme parks is one of those necessary evils, like having the theme song to Spongebob Squarepants stuck in your head for weeks on end or finding petrified goldfish crackers under the cushions of your sofa. When my kids were younger, I didn’t mind the theme park outings quite as much because the kids were happy…

Sofa… So Good.

Sofa… So Good.

“The sofa has left the building,” my husband said to me over the phone. I jumped up and down. My husband had decided to upgrade his leather office couch, and the reject was coming home to go in our playroom. Until now, the playroom had plenty of room to play, but no place to sit. When they were tired of…

Coming out of the Closet

Coming out of the Closet

Not too long ago, if you said you had a room the size of a closet, it meant the space was probably pretty darn small. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to have a closet the size of a living room, with more sliding drawers, revolving racks and custom shoe trees than Barney’s or Bloomies or Paris Hilton. So nowadays,…

When Peanut Butter and Jelly Vandals Attack

When Peanut Butter and Jelly Vandals Attack

“Did someone throw a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich at my car?” I asked.  My husband and kids just stared at me. “There is Peanut Butter and Jelly on the side of my car,” I explained. “What makes you think it’s Peanut Butter and Jelly?” asked my husband. “It’s purple and brown,” I said. “Did you taste it?” asked my…

Our 2013 Family Holiday Newsletter

Our 2013 Family Holiday Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family, Yes, it is that time of year again.  I’m so happy to send you our annual holiday newsletter and tell you about all the great things our family has done the past twelve months!! I’m sure your family has done great things, too, but since they are probably not as great as ours, feel free to…

Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Big, Fat Halloween Weight Gain

Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Big, Fat Halloween Weight Gain

There were many years when we would spend the whole month of October, and sometimes, even some of September, planning out my kids’ costumes for Halloween. The problem was there were way too many costume choices, and the stores started promoting the holiday way too early. This has had the combined effect of – a) working my kids up into a…