Building New Holiday Traditions

Dec 3, 2014 by

Now that Jack is 3 ½ years old, Christmas is a REALLY big deal. This makes it even more fun for my husband and me. There is nothing we enjoy more than listening to how excited he gets about Santa and snowmen and Rudolph. There’s nothing better than seeing his eyes light up when he spots Christmas lights (“Look Mom! They’re so beautiful!”). He’s even learning Christmas Carols this year and it’s pretty darn adorable.

But even during this magical time, conflict found a way to sneak in when Hub and I found ourselves disagreeing on how we should handle certain traditions. Family traditions are very important to both of us and we want our boys to experience the warm, cozy feeling associated with them. But what happens when we have different ideas of what those traditions should be? “That’s not the way WE did it when I was young!” “You’re supposed to do it THIS way!” You know how that goes. After discussing bickering over these trivial concepts, we came to the conclusion that maybe it was time to build new warm, cozy memories.

An Unlikely Friendship

May 21, 2014 by

My daughter has a good friend. There’s a bit of an age gap — perhaps about 50 years — but neither one seems to notice or care.

Her name is Robin, and she was formerly in a relationship with my Dad, who passed last September. She and my Dad met by way of his cousin, my second cousin. CP and I met her two years ago when she and my father came to visit, bearing a stuffed bunny and some homemade carrot cake muffins. She won both of our hearts with these gifts. (What can I say? We’re easy.)

CP, Robin, and Beatrice the Phoenix

CP, Robin, and Beatrice the Phoenix

The Nursery Isn’t a Nursery Anymore.

Mar 11, 2014 by

Back in December 2011, when I found out I was having a girl, I blogged about my excitement at the thought of getting to decorate a room for my future daughter and then subsequent horror after discovering that the majority of room decor for baby girls is pastel and butterflies.  I said it then, and I’ll say it again, if that’s your taste, more power to you. Live it up. I was just looking for primary colors, in particular, shades of purples.

eeds room 1Thanks to that blog, I was given some great tips on where to find alternative baby room designs. I remember thinking at the time that I should write a follow-up post to show how her room turned out and to thank people for the tips. Well, now more than 2 years later, I am in shock that it has been 2 years and have decided to finally share because we reached a whole new mile stone…

Help Me! I’m Living With Hoarders!

Apr 22, 2013 by

I am a tidy and organized individual. My daughters, on the other hand, are total hoarders! Yes, just like on the A&E television show. They are obsessed with collecting junk and they refuse to throw anything away. Their ‘junk piles’ and purses filled with ‘neat stuff’ are driving me crazy!

My middle daughter is the worst offender. She has three or four special purses in circulation at any point in time. Stuffed inside the purses you will find old marker caps, broken toys, mismatched puzzle pieces, old junky baby toys, wash clothes, slips of ripped paper from school and random wooden blocks. The picture below highlights the typical junk pile she attempts to bring to school, to the grocery store or in the car whenever we are running errands. In this picture you can spot a special purse, broken tambourine and an old necklace with the beads falling off.

1st Birthday Party Planning: Excel Sheet Style

Apr 12, 2013 by

I cannot believe that I am writing about my daughter’s first birthday party when it seems like just yesterday she was born. Before I became a mother I remember women telling me that the first year would go by so fast and it surely has.

Call me crazy, but I have been planning her birthday party since last December and I’ve even suckered my dear friend Kerry into helping me plan the bash; by coming over for bi-weekly planning meetings. Yes, you heard that correctly, meetings to review our  excel spreadsheets! I don’t know about other mothers, but I would be lost without my spreadsheets. I don’t know how anyone could remember all those birthday party planning details.

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