Cracked

*Trigger Warning* I have to write. I spent multiple evenings this week trying to help a small group talk someone down from ending their life. I’ve been through this on multiple scales before—in a way with my dad, where it ended more negatively than I imagined it would and I didn’t fully realize that dyingContinue reading “Cracked”

I Actually Like a Cat

I’ve never been an animal person. And REALLY never been a cat person. But we got ourselves a puppy, and a kitten, and some backyard chicken friends and I can’t imagine living here without them. Our cat, Brownie, is the coolest cat I’ve ever met. The kids put him on leashes, dress him, wrap himContinue reading “I Actually Like a Cat”

Parent Pleasures-Cartoons

I’ve always loved animated movies and shows. Disney has my attention as much now as when I was a kid. I’ll never forget dragging my husband to an animated movie (not Disney, pretty sure it was Despicable Me) when I was already a commissioned officer in the Marine Corps. I loved it. He loved. Booyah!Continue reading “Parent Pleasures-Cartoons”

Using Our Land Part I

When we bought our home and 33+ acres last fall I had a bazillion ideas and anticipated having them all done super quick. I’ve realized how unrealistic that is. Moving to upstate NY in November meant nearly everything outside couldn’t be touched until April/May (essentially right now). Honestly, many of the projects won’t be actualizedContinue reading “Using Our Land Part I”

Why Not Say “Yes?”

So often I tell my kids no and later realize there was really no reason for that response. Sometimes you just need to say “yes,” if only to get yourself out of the “no” mindset. Can I tattoo my stomach? Can we paint your toe nails? Can we watch TV? Can I wear my pantsContinue reading “Why Not Say “Yes?””

Homeschool Trip #2: Philly

We are 2/2 on homeschool trips accompanied by winter storms. That has not helped my attempts at turning the kids into travel seekers. The trip to Philly was fun (minus the kids fussing about the cold). We were able to get in family time, museums, historical sites, and food. The Franklin Institute on our firstContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #2: Philly”

Snapshot Sunday #6

It must be some serious concentration if the tongue comes out! Thanks Starbucks for the umpteenth vacation save…you never know when you’re going to need a place with a nice, temperature controlled place to sit that also serves sugar in a cup to keep your kids (and you) sane for just a few more blocks.Continue reading “Snapshot Sunday #6”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed

I love being a mom. AND… Slaptating and being a tool seem to be natural occurrences during parenthood—for me and for my children. Also for the puppy. Everyone spends time wanting to slap people and being a tool, it just happens. Sometimes it happens simultaneously. That’s fun. My capacity for annoying behaviors has been outContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #8: Have Children, will be Annoyed”

Homeschool Trip #1: Boston

We’ve traveled a handful of times this school year, though much less than I hoped because of COVID. This past weekend was our first trip made with the primary purpose of reinforcing our homeschool lessons. Emma is a voracious reader. That has made most subject we’ve discussed—whether her choosing or mine—pretty simple because I canContinue reading “Homeschool Trip #1: Boston”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #7: It Puts the Stuff in the Basket

Messes. I frikkin hate messes. They make my anxiety go haywire and also cause some flashbacks to some negative memories. I am not the neatest person in the world (much better than I was in my dorm days 😬 ) but I tend to keep a decent house. Enter kids. And husband. And now dog.Continue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #7: It Puts the Stuff in the Basket”