Flashing before my eyes

May 14, 2015 by

I turn 40 in a few short days and it has hit me like the cliché ton of bricks people often talk about. Where did my life go? Not to sound overly dramatic, but honestly? It’s very likely that at least half of it is over. And, having had both parents die in their 40s, well, let’s just say it’s hard for me to believe I even have half left (as ridiculous as it is).

Forty, man. The last time I checked, I looked like this:

My very first Facebook profile picture.

And so while I’m in the middle of this tornado of realization that life indeed is fleeting (even my own) and everything does go by so fast, my youngest child turned four years old. I no longer have a baby or even a toddler anymore. I only have a preschooler for one more short year.

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It’s not funny

Apr 30, 2015 by

I am so frustrated and angry, I don’t even know if I can get through this post. This… ignorance. I mean, okay. I know it’s all around and everywhere but DAMN if Facebook doesn’t just smack you in the face with it on the regular.

People post memes and “jokes” and can’t understand why it’s offensive. And I dive into the rabbit hole every. single. time. WHY?!?!?! I’m sure my husband is thinking that himself. Don’t even go there, Steph. I can hear him saying it now. But, I have to. SOMEBODY has to. Will it make a difference? Maybe not. Probably not, but that doesn’t make it okay to keep quiet.

I’m about to drop a bombshell on you all, so brace yourselves.

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This is the good stuff

Apr 2, 2015 by

It’s been awhile since my kids have taken over my blog post, so without further ado I present the wisdom of Olivia, age 5, and Audrey, age 3.

Relax while we drop some knowledge on yas.

Olivia: Hey, Mom. Did you know there was a guy who died and came BACK TO LIFE?!?!
Me: Um, yes. That’s Jesus. Where did you learn that?
Olivia: At school. How did he come back to life??
Me (trying to figure out how to explain Christianity on a dime): I’m not sure.
Olivia: Well, let’s find him and ask!

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Audrey: Mommy, remember when I tried cheese?
Me: Yes?
Audrey: Okay.

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Me: Liv, it’s time to put your boots on. We’re going to be late. Again.
Olivia: Awwwww, I really want to finish drawing this zombie.
Me: Zombie? What? Whatever. It’s time to go. Put on your shoes.
Olivia: Mommy, my duty is to my heart.

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Just like that

Mar 19, 2015 by

My husband and I had parent/teacher conferences for our girls earlier this week and as we sat down in the teeny tiny pre-k chairs, Audrey’s teacher asked with a smile, “So? What do you think?” And for a minute I just remembered.

About how scared Audrey had been on her first day. About how we worried for weeks if we had made the right decision by moving her from her beloved daycare to a full-day magnet preschool. About how the transition had been so much more difficult for her than it had for her sister. About how I’d – again – made the silly assumption that if it was right for one sister, it was right for the other.

And here we are, nearing the end of this first year and how this child has blossomed. She barely spoke until well after her second birthday. Now? She’s explaining how to use the DVR and telling jokes. Just like that – she’s grown up.

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Seasonal Amnesia

Mar 5, 2015 by

So… winter’s been fun, hasn’t it? I mean, lucky us! ALL THE SNOW FOR US! I feel like we all get amnesia every March and forget that winter is way longer than we’d like. It’s not usually this snowy this late in the season, but snow in March isn’t unheard of. Especially in the last few years. And yet…

I feel like I cannot take one more day of this PRECIPITATION. The snow in my yard is taller than my preschooler. Seriously. My husband had to snowblow paths around our yard (like people do for their dogs) so our children can WALK AROUND OUTSIDE. What fresh hell is this?

Even they are over it. Audrey woke up yesterday with two questions, “Is it a snow day?” When I said no, she replied, “IS IT SPRING YET?!” Sing it, sister.

This is just nonsense.

This is just nonsense.

Every year.

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