Back to School (In Gifs)

Aug 27, 2014 by

My daughter went back to preschool today!  I did enjoy summer with my family, but my daughter is the type of kid who needs school and structure and lovely, patient people to teach her stuff. Parents, you know it is quite a process just getting to this big day. There is back to school clothes shopping.  My daughter loves to shop and ran and spun around excitedly through the aisles of Old Navy wanting to buy practically everything.  She was in her glory.

running wildly

Then there is grocery shopping.  I had to go out with the kids to amass a vast arsenal of food for snacks and lunches.  I dislike grocery shopping by myself on a good day, let alone with a toddler and a baby.  It is difficult to stick to the task at hand because there are a lot of distractions and shenanigans always ensue.

grocery shopping

Things I learned on ‘vacation’ with my kids

Aug 21, 2014 by

One of the coolest things about my relationship with my husband is our joint sense of adventure that has led us to travel to many amazing places together, even as our roles in life have evolved. We have traveled as newlyweds, then first-time parents, and now second-time veteran parents. It is hard to believe how much our little family has changed and grown over the years.  But it really was not until this year that I fully realized how vacation is not the same now that I am a mom. Here’s a list of what I learned about vacation as a mother:

1.  The definition of the word vacation no longer means a holiday that includes rest and relaxation.  From now on, I am calling it the Week of Non-Stop Family Activity.  I hope I don’t come across as too much of a cry-baby about this because I am not upset at all.  I am happy to be able to take a vacation and  I have accepted my fate for the next several years to come.

Our Night in the ER

Aug 6, 2014 by

It started off as a normal night.  We were fully engaged in the bath and bedtime routine, like we have done hundreds of times before.  My husband was getting the baby in his pajamas and I was helping Mia out of the tub while we both sang songs terribly off-key and at the top of our lungs, when she slipped and fell, hitting her head on the side of the toilet.  At first I said, “Oh you poor thing!  You’re ok, just a little bump on the head,” but when she lifted her head from the fall, I saw blood GUSHING from her left eye. I froze for a second and did not know what to do.  She was crying.  I was about to cry.  I was shaken.  I felt like a bad mom.  Why didn’t I just put the bath mat down like I always do?!  Then she would not have slipped and fallen and hurt herself.

“It’s so hard to be good!”

Jul 30, 2014 by

Those were the words spoken to me by my four year old daughter the other day as I ordered her to “be a good girl” for what seemed like the millionth time.  This honest response, spoken in a most frustrated tone, really took me by surprise and for a moment allowed me to actually hear what emotions were going on inside that stubborn little head of hers.  Her confession was stated in the context of following our household rules, not with regard to treating someone with respect, although we have our challenges with that at times too.  With many of the things she says, I will think about it for a second and then move on, but she keeps repeating this phrase to us as justification for every one of her actions that are met with our criticism.  I was worried I made her feel like she was not a good person or that she should feel bad about herself if she did something wrong.  This just stirs up so many questions in my head like:  How do I expect her to follow the rules, when I am just making up them up as we go along?; Am doing a terrible job trying to raise a loving and compassionate person?; Will she have a tough time at school following the rules?; Do I really want her to be one to follow the rules all the time instead of pursuing her individuality?; Do I just plain suck at disciplining my child?; What does “good” really mean anyway?

Momfessions

Jul 23, 2014 by

I have been feeling a little angst-y lately.  While summer is all about relaxing and fun, there are some moments where I am in constant survival mode and I am starting to get a little snippy…and crabby.  Sometimes I feel like the simple things in life, like going to the store or vacation with my family, become exponentially harder when you have kids and it really bugs me.  So lately, I have been making up my own rules, kinda like a mama vigilante armed with a diaper bag and stroller.  To show you what I mean, I’ve made a list of some momfessions. It’s been well over a year since I’ve written my last one and feel it’s a little overdue.  Making this list and getting things off my chest usually proves good for the soul, so here goes:

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