Holiday Dinner Pet Peeves

thanksgiving dinner

Going back to this blog’s intention of “Things I Can’t Say,” I would never actually say these things to someone. I really actually like hosting holiday meals: I like being in charge of the cooking and planning. And I much prefer to be in my own home than to go to someone else’s(it’s just easier […]

When You Have to Talk to the Principal

tips for talking to the principal

I’ve never been a parent who ran to the principal for anything. Probably because I was a teacher before my kids were born, I’ve believed that you need to work things out with the teacher, not go over his/her head to the principal, unless things didn’t get resolved. In the past, there either weren’t issues […]

10 Things to Smile About


It’s time again to focus on the positive and join in with 10 Things to Smile About! `1. Great parent-teacher conferences. Okay, so 1 of the three was a little rocky, but the other two were so easy and awesome. The type of conferences where the teacher is only meeting with you because they are […]

Happy Halloween!

Captain America

Costume choices this year were very much influenced by our trip to Universal Studios, as all three of my boys picked characters they saw at the park this summer. Even the child who sat there debating which costume to pick was still choosing between two Universal characters(I might be a little bummed that he put […]

Lost in the Shuffle: Pour Your Heart Out

lost in the shuffle

When you have a child with special needs or one who struggles academically for whatever reason, you know you have to advocate for your child. You’ll have multiple meetings a year and frequent progress updates. The teacher is aware and tends to stay on top of things. Or maybe you have a child who is […]

My Middle: Pour Your Heart Out

baby bear

Maybe there’s some truth to the middle child being the most challenging, the most spirited(spoken like a middle child, right?) While I’ve learned so much from my kids, it’s my middle son whose journey has been the most like a crazy roller coaster (my mother would say this is karmic retribution). He came into our […]

The How I Met Your Mother Finale Got So Much Wrong


I started watching HIMYM the very first season and have watched the whole way through. I didn’t expect to write about the finale, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. For the most part, it was a giant letdown, though How I Met Your Mother did get some things right. The Mother Dying […]

10 Things to Smile About


For the month of March: 1. Celebrating 11 years of marriage with this guy: 2. Finding the perfect pair of jeans for spring (Lucky Brand Boyfriend Cut- a sale at the outlets, so it’s like two smiles in one). 3. Getting to facetime with my cutie niece. She babbles and babbles away and I’m convinced […]

Pour Your Heart Out: When Kids Are Sick


Whenever one of my boys is sick, I have this running internal commentary. Oh, he’ll be just fine, just wait it out. Let him rest, plenty of fluids, monitor his symptoms, but it will pass. But what if it’s something really serious? Well, it doesn’t seem serious. But how can you tell? There are so […]

I Have to Quit You

candy crush

You started out fun. New and exciting. Nothing difficult about you, you were an interesting diversion. And then you got to be more. I sang your praises and ignored others because I wanted to spend more time with you. Because you gave me such joy. But then one day, things just got so much harder. You weren’t so […]