The TRUTH About Back-To-School

So. I guess most kids are back to school. Except for Seattle schools, but they’ll get back soon. I’m sure. Not that my life revolves around back to school, BUT IT DOES. I mean, I have 3 kids. What’s funny about back-to-school is… many parents get so excited (myself included) about it. I mean, it’s […]

Take It On Tuesday: First Ride With Teen Driver

You read that right. I have a teen driver. Granted, he doesn’t have his license yet, but HE IS DRIVING. I took video of my first ride with my teen driver because 1) I took video of him eating his first birthday cake… hitherhencetofore I took video of our first drive with him behind the […]

Summer Summer Summertime

It is finally summer for us. SUMMERTIME! The kids have been out of school for ::checks calendar:: one week and 2 days. I had to check the calendar because I guess since I can’t remember what I did 2 hours ago, I am not going to remember a week ago. So what does all this […]

Mother-Son Valentine Date Night Scavenger Hunt!

Valentine’s Day. Diamonds and flowers and chocolate and commercialism! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you are on Facebook it is highly likely you have seen your fair share of Daddy-Daughter Dance pictures… I’ll confess, I helped fill the Facebook feed too. OH BUT THE ADORABLE. Though *they* didn’t have Daddy-Daughter Dances back […]

My son, the football player.

It happened. One day I had a baby boy that didn’t let me sleep through the night for almost 2 full years and the next day… I am a mix of emotions. You can’t really see the mix of emotions in the picture above, but I really am a mix of emotions. To me football […]


My son. My first born. 14 years ago. Whoa. On your 14th birthday morning, you and I descended the stairs together. I reminisced, “Fourteen years ago today… at this very moment… I was in the BIGGEST pain of my life. The nurse had to yell at me to calm down.” I will never let you […]

Confession: I like my kids

(Originally published December 23, 2011. Almost a year after writing this, I still feel the same way…) I confess…. I like my kids. I do. I. Like. My. Kids. There. I said it. I have spent a fair amount of time here opening up about the difficulties of motherhood. I mean, kids are work. Not […]

Our Day in Seattle: The Seattle Great Wheel & The Gum wall

We live pretty close to Seattle. So close, lots of folks commute there for work. Including my husband. But it’s far enough that a family of 5 can’t hop on over unless they want to make at least a half-day of it. So, one might say we made a HALF day of it recently. We […]

The 22 Day Road Trip: The SO Excited BEFORE & Reeeeally Tired AFTER

This was our first family picture… about 5 miles into our 4,500 mile journey to the center of the earth: We are all pretty excited in this picture, here. Lucy especially. You can’t tell the other two are excited because I drive them nuts with my picture taking. I tell them in 20 years they […]

Teenagers. Well, ALMOST.

What do you think is happening in this picture between my son and me? Typical angsty pre-teen stuff, right? The dialogue maybe goes something like: Me: Son. Why did you jump off the couch and break your wrist? Him: Why are you my mom? ACTUALLY… what really went down while we were sitting in the […]