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Holiday Tips From a Slacker Mom

I have spent more than a decade traveling for Christmas. I wouldn’t call myself an expert in navigating the delicate waters of family and holiday expectations, but I do have…

Why I’d Fail Kindergarten

My kindergartner came home from school with his first report card yesterday, and after I was done congratulating myself on raising a child who is (so far) meeting or exceeding…

The Spiders On The Bus Go In Your Pants

I have a secret that you can’t tell my kids. I don’t like spiders. My kids don’t know this because I don’t want them to pick up my phobia, so…

A lovely story of a Christmas tree and a family

The Story of the Tree

They walk by, but don’t see me. A man, woman, and two children. The girl, three-years-old, says “This one, Daddy! Oh! Oh! How about this one?!” I try to stand…

The Baby Barbecue

When I was very pregnant with G, my brother’s lovely wife threw me a baby shower. Since I was, and still am, a girl who bristles at the thought of…

Just A Mom

You know those forms that ask for personal information? Not just the basic info, but household income, employment status, AGE. About four years ago, those forms started irritating me. Not…

Little Boy Lost

“Is Graham in here?” I hear, foggy, from far away. I roll over, looking in the next bed for my five year old. “No,” I respond, in a sleepy voice.…

Bottling Memories

Sometimes I get sad. Things like seeing a new baby, walking through the toddler boys department at a clothing store, or sealing up a box of hand-me-downs that no longer…