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”

Medical Retirement Confirmed

FINALLY got my ratings back from the medical board—I will indeed be medically retired. Amazingly, they rated me higher than I was expecting, which means I’ll be making significantly more money monthly which is huge because we had estimated our family income dropping 60%, but it’ll only drop 40% (at least for the next fewContinue reading “Medical Retirement Confirmed”

Words I Loathe #1: Deserve

Everyone has a few words they can’t stand. “Moist” and “panties” rank high on my list. Ew. Thankfully my oldest knows this, so she uses them often. Yippee. One keeps coming up that bothers me a ton. It’s not the sound of the word, like the two above, but the meaning or perceived meaning. DeserveContinue reading “Words I Loathe #1: Deserve”

I am a Homeowner!!

That house I talked about in Playing Adult outside of Ithaca, NY…it’s ours as of yesterday 😃 I am so excited! So many ideas and plans, and there is so much room inside and outside! I’ve lived in 21ish houses, one ship, and multiple long-term hotels over my 32 years (I get a different countContinue reading “I am a Homeowner!!”