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?””

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”

Oki the Pup

We got a puppy! I’ve promised Emma we could get a dog since she could talk, but we had to wait until we settled somewhere. Full disclosure, I am not an animal person. I’ve never wanted a pet. I’ve never been super fond of other people’s pets. That is, until I met my sister’s dog,Continue reading “Oki the Pup”

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”

Afghanistan Rambling

I caught myself thinking “at least I don’t have to worry about that anymore” when I heard Marines were being sent back to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation. I was immediately heartbroken and embarrassed to have even thought those words. I trained for years to go to Afghanistan. I “grew up” into the MarineContinue reading “Afghanistan Rambling”

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #6: Selfcare(ish)

I’ve been stressed. PTSD, anxiety, kids, anxiety, Marine Corps, anxiety, medical board (taking months longer than it is supposed to), anxiety, home buying, anxiety, marriage, anxiety, housekeeping, anxiety, and a sprinkling of…dare I say depression? Not really sure what that is but it’s bugging me. Today was a “take-a-bath-with-your-kid-while-watching-Scooby-Doo” and “pour Ovaltine on your spoonfulContinue reading “Rainbows, Unicorns, and Motherhood #6: Selfcare(ish)”

Balloons, Poop, and Chopsticks

I’ve mentioned in a few posts that my youngest, G, is a four-year-old wild-child. She’s intense. Kid still licks windows and floors. Also chews on sticks and leaves while asking me how airplanes fly and why plants grow big. She’s smart, determined, but defiant to the max. It’s fun and difficult as a parent. FridayContinue reading “Balloons, Poop, and Chopsticks”

Homeschool, shmomeschool!

My mom homeschooled all five of my siblings for at least a few years. It came up regarding me a few times…I vividly remember threatening that I would move in with my dad if I was pulled out of public school 😆 I loved school. When I had my first daughter I swore she wouldContinue reading “Homeschool, shmomeschool!”