Short-term memory loss can be a good thing

I think the key to parenting boys is short-term memory loss. For example, last night Kevin and I had to do a divide and conquer with kids’ activities. So Kevin took Rowan to the batting cages, and I agreed to take Liam and Colman to their Boy Scout meeting. In the midst of helping everyone … Continue reading

It’s going around

On Friday afternoon going into Labor Day Weekend, our kids started going down like dominoes. Liam came home barely able to walk. He had a blister on his pinky toe from some new soccer cleats that turned into cellulitis, which was super painful for him and really gross for me. Ten days of a high-powered … Continue reading

Does this kid come with papers?

I’m so happy we’re heading into a three-day weekend. We need it! Yesterday, Kevin called me on his way home from work saying he was going to run a few errands and that he’d pick up Rowan. Perfect, I think. This gives me time to finish up a few things at work without having to … Continue reading

Off the hook

I took Colman to the gastroenterologist yesterday. Everything looks really good, which I already knew going into the appointment, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it from someone with a medical degree. Colman grew a whole inch in two months! The scale at the clinic had Colman gaining only two pounds rather than the five … Continue reading

This life of mine

It’s no big secret that I love to write. It helps me to breathe a little deeper. Live this life a little easier. And I have been writing, just not so much publicly, but I’m going to try to be a little better about updating this blog. I’ve gone back and forth over the past … Continue reading

Monday morning hack

Want to see your kids jump out of bed on Monday morning with smiles on their faces and a bounce to their step? It’s simple, really. You just go into their room, rub their back, lean down and whisper, “There’s chocolate cake for breakfast.” A slice of cake plus giant glass of milk equals happy … Continue reading

The Howard meltdown

You know what’s super loud at 6:50 a.m. in the morning? A six-year-old screaming at the top of his lungs. And just when I thought he couldn’t possibly get any louder, we walked outside the house onto our super quiet street to catch the kindergarten bus. I’m not sure if the actual decibels associated with … Continue reading

Back when

My sister and I were talking yesterday about how weird it is to send your kids on the bus and have them find their way to class all on their own. I know this has been going on for a long time, but it’s kind of nerve-wracking as a parent. In Rowan’s case, he has … Continue reading


Some days I feel like I’m absolutely rocking this parenting gig, and this morning was one of those moments. I woke Rowan up at 6:20, and I asked him, “What would you like for breakfast?” “Surprise me,” he said. “But I don’t want regular milk or cereal or strawberries. And I don’t want a muffin.” … Continue reading