Tugging at your Heart Strings (AKA When School Schedules Suck)

Apr 13, 2015 by

It seemed so logical and easy – schedule our work vacations to coincide with school vacations so that child care would not be an issue. I had charted everything in Google Calendar and between school, camp and our vacation schedules, we were covered for all but two weeks of the school year. We went forward with fingers crossed that illness or school days didn’t kill that plan.

But something other than illness or school days killed the plan. We are in our two week spring break at school and the original plan was for hubby to cover one week and I would cover the other – work schedules changed that so that I had to straddle the two weeks (2 days one week, 3 the other). Hubby planned his entire work schedule around this plan. Going up to spring break, we told the kids that they’d be home with us separately, and we’d do lots of fun stuff with them. They were SUPER excited. My son, a true Momma’s boy, was especially excited to spend time with me and he told his friends all about the fun stuff he wanted to do “when Mommy is home.”

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Perfect Mommy

Mar 2, 2015 by

The following happened this past Sunday:

I hear my name being called from a distance, “Mommy!!!! Mommy!!!”

“Are you OK?” I respond.

“MOMMY!!! Help me! Come quick!!!!”

Just then, hubby turns over, just happening to bump me as he turns over. I awaken, heart pounding, partially because of being bumped suddenly and partially because I am distressed by B’s cries. I realize I’ve been hearing B’s real cries in my sleep. Hubby is awake but pretending to be asleep and hoping that his little “bump” will wake me up enough to go deal with her. It’s still sort of dark outside, so I turn over to see what time it is.

Ugh…4:45AM…on a Sunday. I look over at hubby who is fake snoring.

“I know you’re pretending to be asleep…” I grumble as I hoist my legs out of bed. I “accidentally” bump his butt as I get out of bed. He stifles a chuckle.

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I’ve Got Rhythm, I’ve Got Music – PART 1

Feb 23, 2015 by

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This is PART 1 of a multi part post focusing on ways in which to expose your young children to music without spending loads of money on classes. This post just provides some basic background information; next week (and the week after, if needed), I will provide you with examples of things that you can do to expose your children to music. 

As someone who’s heavily involved in music, I’m often asked, “What’s the best local music program in which to enroll my baby/toddler?” There are many programs like, Music Together or Kindermusik that are really fun and great for developing little brains; however, they’re not cheap and if you live where I live, they’re also not really logistically convenient. But let me let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to enroll your child in organized music classes at that age unless you, as a mom, want to socialize your child and yourself to other kids/moms. If your objective is simply to introduce your child to early musical concepts, this is something you really can do at home, even if you have little to no musical aptitude.

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Wasteful Survival

Feb 16, 2015 by

My house would be a sh*thole if it were not for these wipes…

I have a confession to make.

I’m a hypocrite of sorts. Despite the constant declaration of the fact that “I’m cheap” and that I’m an eco-aware consumer, there’s one area where I’m absolutely and knowingly doing the wrong thing. I’ve become a person who is wasteful in areas where I never would have been before. It’s not a function of the fact that I’m OK with eco-littering or wasting money; it is a function of the fact that I’ve decided that this is how I am able to survive as a working mom. This “new me” is someone whom environmentalists and/or the pre-baby me would have snubbed my nose at.

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Building Character

Feb 9, 2015 by

“Mom, this was the BEST party ever. We loved seeing our friends.” Hearing those words made my heart break a little bit.

It’s not that I didn’t want my kids to have fun; quite the opposite, actually. You see, today we went to a birthday party in honor of a friend from my kids’ old school – this was a reunion of sorts because it was the first time in a while that they got to see all of their old friends again. Seeing them today, you’d never know that they had ever spent a day apart. The other kids squealed when my kids walked in the door; my kids were attacked by hugs and preschool kisses, and were quickly whisked away by their friends while we (mom and dad) got an unusual reprieve from having to coax my kids into participating.

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