The Evolution of Car Seats

Apr 16, 2014 by

My third eldest daughter helped me out of a bind yesterday because my 13-year old car decided to once again die on me. Trish just gave birth to a 10 lb. 1 oz. 21.5” long bruiser of a son! (He honestly looks like he could get up and walk!)

Anyway, she came to my rescue and dragged me around to deliver things to FedEx, get a rental car, etc., and so little Owen (that’s my latest grandson’s name) was tucked securely in a car seat that looked like something that was going to launch into space.

Thinking back to when I was a child (many, many moons ago), I marveled at the fact that any of us grew to adulthood! That was because there were NO car seats for infants! Our mothers used to hold us in the front seat or, when we got too large for her to handle, she would put us in a sort of bassinette that wasn’t attached to anything. It just sat on the back seat of the car and she would have to keep her arm on it if there were any sudden stops.

What I’ve really learned about gratitude

Nov 21, 2013 by

If you want to feel rich just count the things you have that money cannot buy. – Proverb


November is a big month for gratitude. With Thanksgiving approaching, it is a good time to remind ourselves to practice gratitude every day. Even Facebook seems to be a great way to get the daily practice going with postings of sincere thanks and gratitude via statuses.

There are some things  I’ve learned about gratitude that go far beyond reminding myself about the big things right now, it’s about changing some of my everyday thinking. It just so happens to be culminating in the month of Thanksgiving.


Thanks to my wonderful friend Becca and to Brené Brown who have provided a definite shift in my gratitude knowledge and who most of this really comes from:

Commencement Speech

Nov 14, 2013 by

Taking Brené Brown’s eCourse has led me to think about the messages and mantras we let guide us. I find her work to be so true for me. But prior to discovering Brené’s work, I felt bombarded by pseudo-inspiring life advice at every turn and it’s not always easy to know which things to filter out and which ones to soak in. Plus, everyone is different, what brought me to my “A-HA” moment may be different than what works for others.

Lately, I’ve been having flashbacks to commencement speeches and all the inspiring knowledge being dropped on us as we wait to receive our respective diplomas.I have vague recollections of in high school and college where we are showered with nuggets like:

  • The world is your oyster
  • You can realize your dreams
  • You can be whatever you want to be
  • The sky is the limit

The magical answer to parenting a teenager is…

Jan 17, 2013 by

I have no idea.

This is a post about teenagers (as a generalization). Maybe some of you think you don’t have to read this because your kids are little and not quite teenagers yet. I think parents of little kids are the ones that need to read this.

Since the beginning of time, the teenage years are that unavoidable and fearful time for parents when your children are stuck in this stage of immature maturity.

It’s the age when kids think they are smart enough and old enough to make their own decisions and find complete disregard for the parental units and their “old school” rules and ideas.  But as adults, we realize how completely ill-prepared they are for such “adult” responsibilities and decisions.

I have a few teenagers in my life and even sort of-kinda-raising 2 as a pseudo-step-parent. (That’s a long explanation for another day).

passing ships

Jan 3, 2013 by

Juggling work and kids can be slightly stressful but we always try to find ways to make the parenting partnership work in our favor.

What about when you work totally different schedules?

Like ships passing in the night.

My parents had a relationship like that for years when they both traveled. They would leave sticky notes on bathroom mirrors when they wouldn’t see each other for days, sometimes weeks. They made it work.

Now, my wife and I are somewhat in the same routine.

I am working close to home in an 8 am – 6 pm M-F job. We are excited that after almost 8 years of long commutes, I now can be door-to-door in 6 minutes. When I was unemployed, Lo took a retail job with great family benefits. She loves the job and we need her to keep it due to the benefits and the income. With the boys not year in school full-time, she can’t work the day shift. So, she works “nights.”

Things I learned as unemployed mom

Oct 7, 2012 by

For my first post back after my hiatus, I thought it was most relevant to talk about what I learned during my little time away from blogger land.

First of all, we have all learned that no matter how much you plan or have strategies for running your home, trying to have children or raising your children, nothing works out as you “planned.”

But we sometimes need to learn lessons on how to handle those unplanned shifts with grace, or at least just not completely losing our marbles.

When Lo (my partner of 12+ years) and I decided to have children, it seemed pretty clear that we may have roles that were somewhat defined. I had “the job” and she was great at the “home stuff.” How archaic and “Leave it to Beaver,” right?

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