Am I the only mother on the planet who has Lego fantasies? These fantasies usually consist of Legos sorted by color and organized in bins. Or, this reoccurring dream: my boys challenge themselves to reconstruct the 3 trains, 2 parking garages, 2 jails, and 3 fire stations that I literally spent $100's (no, $1,000) of dollars
In the Catholic liturgical calendar, yesterday was the Feast Day of the Holy Family: a beautiful feast celebrating the Holy Family and by extension all families. This feast day was even more meaningful as we are visiting my family in Colorado. I had totally forgotten about this Feast Day in the craziness of the Feast
When you have five children in school or a Moms Day Out program, there are a lot of people in addition to the teachers who are working hard to make sure your kids' experience (and mine) is good one. The school nurses (WE LOVE YOU NURSE GREEN and NURSE VICKIE!), secretaries, administrators, librarians, art and
I am a mom of four boys. And now I get it. You see, in my previous life before husband and kids, I was a 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher in Colorado. I thought I was pretty good. Actually, I was pretty good--for a single woman with no children. Make that no boys.
So I've had two different conversations with friends who don't want to be on their family's Christmas photo card. Both conversations have gone like this: "I'm just going to take a picture of the kids. I've gained so much weight this year." I know how you feel. I thought for sure that I'd be wearing
Did you have a good Thanksgiving? We definitely did! Dinner was at Scott's mother's house. Our day was filled with food, stories, traditions and a few surprises. We are always late to any of the family gatherings. Even though today I MADE A SCHEDULE and had a list of things we needed to bring. .
The best children's books are the ones that both kids and adults want to read again and again. Besides a good story, these books are multilayered with meaning so each reading seems to reveal something new. It is not that often, though, that a children's play is both entertaining and seeped in meaning for both
One of the most difficult things in parenting young children, especially when you have multiple young children, is nurturing those creative pursuits—those passions—that you used to do. I used to sew and create things. And, while I've tried to get back into it. . .well, you know how it is A couple years ago, I
So my colleague, Heidi, and I were chatting at work and she mentioned that she was fixing chili for dinner. I groaned. I don't like chili--at least the kind with ground beef and kidney beans and red sauce. My apologies to my mom (a wonderful cook!) who would occasionally make it when I was growing
Contrary to your perception after reading this post, I'm not a careless parent. It is just that I have a lot going on (especially between the hours of 3-7) and sometimes I lose track of things. . .or a child or two. Such was the case this afternoon. Thursday is the crunch day. Homework