Why You Shouldn’t Listen to The Bloggess’ Audio Book With Your Kids in the Car

I was so excited when my copy of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened arrived in the mail. I was psyched because I had preordered it eons ago and people that bought the paper version of the book got theirs earlier. I ordered the audio book because 1) How cool is it that Jenny got to […]

The Halloween Debacle – Part 2

To get the whole story you have to first read “The Halloween Debacle – Part 1.” * * * When I left the parade I was really hoping that Claudia would find her costume on the school bus on the ride home, but when she came off of the bus empty handed I knew we […]

The Halloween Costume Debacle – Part 1

I am not a terribly prepared or organized human being, but I know from experience that if you wait until mid-October to buy children’s Halloween costumes they will be picked over and you will never get what you want. Halloween is the one holiday I have down, when school starts in September we order our […]

I Was Standing in the Shower

I am standing in the shower and I can hear the shrieking coming down the hall. I have been in the shower almost long enough so that my hair is wet enough to put in the shampoo. I wonder what he could have done to make her so angry in such a short period of […]

The Unbearable Heaviness of Claudia’s Backpack

This morning as I was sending the children off to school I noticed that Claudia’s backpack was unzipped and also looking particularly puffy. “What is in your backpack?” I said as I swept in quickly so that she couldn’t stop me. I pulled out a coat, then a hoodie, then a sweater, then a sweatshirt, […]

The Fun Kind of Cleaning

We were playing “The Cleaning Game” at my house. This involves me setting the timer on my iPhone for 10 minutes. For 10 minutes, there is only playing – no cleaning whatsoever. It is important to start with a playing segment. When the alarm rings I start the timer again. For 10 minutes there is […]

They Just Keep Getting Weirder

The boy was admiring his new robot dragon pajamas in the full length mirror in my bedroom. IAN: Where are his flappy wings? ME: I don’t know. It doesn’t look like he has any. This robot dragon appears to have arms instead. IAN: All dragons have arms. ME: I don’t think that is true. IAN: […]

5 Unusual Things We Have Had to Ask Our Children to Stop Saying

The following is an incomplete list of things that my husband and I have had to ask our children to stop saying in the past month or so due to either repetition or content. 1) “fancy getup” 2) Wylie Dufrense 3) “a-s-s” He was just spelling it over and over. I have no idea why. […]

And the World Continues to Get Smaller

My neighbor was picking up her daughter who was over here playing with Claudia when she told me that she was watching a power point presentation at work and there was a picture of me in it. Strange? Yes, until the guy giving the presentation told her it was a picture from the BlogHer conference […]

Also, My Dad Can Beat Up Their Dad

I’ve mentioned before that my Tae Kwon Do class is pretty much comprised of  me and a bunch of 4 – 7 year olds, right? I guess I am getting used to this. I was driving some of my friends from class home yesterday when we had the following conversation. TODD: I can run faster […]

Preemptive Nostalgia

I am starting to get nostalgic about my preschool. Well, not MY preschool, but The Goon Squad’s preschool. I feel like I just got a grasp of the whole routine. I am sad that I only have two co-op days left. I am going to miss the teachers. Picture from Claudia’s school ballet recital. Yes, […]


Claudia keeps yelling “Go Redskins!” Now, while I think that it is great to root for the home team – you know, for other people – my daughter just wasn’t raised like that. What I would like to know is which part of TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS did the girl not understand. *sigh* Oh well, at […]