Day in the Life of a Working Mom: Photo Edition

Mar 2, 2015 by

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep.

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends!) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep (5x awake and 16x restless).

Try to catch a few extra Z's by bringing the kids into our bed.

Try to catch a few extra Z’s by bringing the kids into our bed.

After getting up at 5am, take a shower, put last night's dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door by 6:45am. Feel like you've run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car!

Take a shower, put last night’s dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, do the dishes, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door. Feel like you’ve run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car! Half hour commute singing in the car with the girls.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

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How To Tell If Your Kids Are Lying?

Feb 23, 2015 by

A rare (and posed) sight

A rare (and posed) sight

My kids have gotten into this great groove playing together. They have been known to disappear into one of their bedrooms, close the door and play alone for a good amount of time. Sometimes I hear that tell tale screeching that tells me the older one is doing something the younger one does not like at all. I know I’m in trouble when I see them walking away quickly and I hear my four year old say quietly to my two year old, “You’re right, that’s a great idea, let’s go do that!” I usually let them run with whatever they’re planning. It often involves building things or playing some sort of pretend. These kids have great imaginations and haven’t done anything irreversible yet. I now the drawing on walls, furniture or carpet or an unexpected haircut might come some day.

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What Makes Me Happy This Week

Feb 16, 2015 by

I’m a big fan of a good old list, so this week I’m cutting myself a break from deep thoughts (yeah, right) and making a gratitude list. I’m theming it a bit – it will be things that make my crazy life feel just a little bit easier and joy filled. Here goes nothing.

  • Grocery pickup. I’m a little too cheap for grocery delivery, because you have to pay the delivery fee and then the tip on top of that, but grocery pickup is under $5 (no tips allowed!) and you don’t have to get the kids out of the car. I seriously wish I could do all my errands via drive through. You have to think that you’ll save at least the fee by not going in and deviating from the list. The produce might not be exactly what you’d choose and you’ll surely stump them with canned coconut milk, but it’s worth a try on a particularly nutso week.
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A Valentine for My Soul Mates

Feb 9, 2015 by

My husband and I have been together more than half of our lives. We met when I was 15 years old. We married 12 years later. We’ve moved across the country together. We have two beautiful children. I am so happy to have found him, but I’ve always felt that I don’t believe in soul mates. What are the chances that mine was born two towns over from me and that we were destined to be together? He is an awesome husband and an amazingly caring father, but I hope that there are lots of guys out there like that. I know I’m lucky to have found the one for me.

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Less Stress the Second Time Around

Feb 2, 2015 by

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Footloose and Fancy Free

Any parent can tell you, having kids can be stressful. There are just so many things to worry about. And I’m kind of a worrier. I’m the kid in Florida who grew up with a bag packed full of my favorite things, just in case we had to evacuate for a freak, quick moving hurricane. (You get lots of warning on hurricanes and I never once had to evacuate). But come to think of it, that story might have more to do with my need to be prepared then my tendency to worry. Anyway, I digress. Parenting . . . it’s a whole lot of work and most of us have no idea what we’re doing so we’re often left worrying if we’re doing anything right. The beauty of having a second child is that you’ve already done all this once. You’re practically an old pro. Here’s a little list of things that I didn’t stress (as much) about the second time around.

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