Simplifying

Ahem. *tap tap tap* Is this thing on? I sit here in front of laptop, feeling squeamish. Shy. Unsure of what to say. It’s been a while, friends.  And I sincerely thank those of you who have checked in on me, inquiring if everything is all right. Please rest assured...

Willow House Wrap-Up

Congratulations to Betsy K., winner of the Willow House Giveaway!  I hope you enjoy your Gramercy Beverage Server as much as I’ve enjoyed mine. I’ve sent you an email and await your response with shipping address information.  Special thanks to Michelle Parker, Willow...

On Failure and Forgiveness

If you’re looking for the Willow House giveaway, please click here.  The winner will be announced on Friday, December 9th.   I was driving Twin B home from a friend’s house early in the evening yesterday.  He was yammering on about Platform Racing II and Gogos and X...

Willow House Giveaway

On Wednesday I offered my thoughts about family traditions. I allow The Cherubs to play with our Nativity set, a treasured part of our holiday decor that has endured horrific abuse at their hands stood the test of time. Another fixture in my home around the holidays...

A Desperate Tradition, Revisited

I love traditions. Don’t you? If you’ve been with me in my little corner of cyberspace for a year or more, then you may recall a post that I wrote last December called A Desperate Family Tradition. If you happen to have missed that one? Fear not.  And click here to...

Down with the Elf

All right. Somebody help me understand. Please? This is an issue that has befuddled my little brain for the past several Christmases, and now that it’s That Time of Year again, the issue has resurfaced. Would somebody please explain to me why it is that I must have...

On Giving…and Giving Back

Hello? Anyone reading this? Helllloooooooooo? I wouldn’t blame you if you aren’t.  It is Black Friday, after all.  There are deals to be had, crowds to be fought, and fellow shoppers to be trampled underfoot.  In fact, The Cherubs and my groom are completely...

Wordful Wednesday – For the Love of Music

This fall, much to my delight, The Small One finally decided that he would like to take piano lessons like The Twins. My laissez-faire approach toward the issue has paid off. That’s French for Leave the kid the heck alone, and he’ll come around. And come around he...

Hooky, Heroes, and Getting it Right

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always get this parenting gig right. I sometimes contradict myself I occasionally swim upstream against conventional Mommy Wisdom And I have succumbed to the crazies acted on impulse more times than I care to tally. Take last...

Wordful Wednesday: A Village of Truth

I pride myself in being a forthright individual. And I try to impress the importance of authenticity to my children. But…as we all know…it takes a village to raise a child. And so today, in this season of Thanksgiving, I take pause to pay homage to the “village” that...