The Kimmel Effect

I woke up Tuesday morning to several texts and messages from friends that included the clip of Jimmy Kimmel’s dialogue about his son, Billy, born with the congenital heart disease, Tetrology of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. It’s an amazing story. It’s so much like my story and the stories of millions of people across the … Continue reading

Halloween Hangover

I don’t remember being this exhausted the day after Halloween last year. If it was on a Sunday, then we would’ve had to get up and go to work on Monday, right? Unless… …Leap Year? And after checking my calendar, I realized we did have a Leap Year, which means that we had all day … Continue reading

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