Dear Kenny (on your birthday)

Dear Kenny,

Tonight, the kids and I pictured you alone in Paris "celebrating" your 40th birthday with dinner for the new duds you had to buy since your suitcase never made it...and realized it was, perhaps, not the most fantastic of birthdays. Especially for a milestone. We sure wish you were home so we could celebrate with you. Soon. Not soon enough, but soon.

January 28th, 2016 0 comments live

“Mom, Do You Think My Face is Weird?”

Go ahead and grab a tissue. If not for you, then grab an extra one for me.

My sensitive little nine-year-old guy spoke these very words to me today.

I looked at him and firmly said, "Absolutely not!" as if it were the stupidest thing I had EVER heard.

He looked at the ground while picking the skin on the side of his thumb with

January 20th, 2016 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Bits & Bob: Two Weeks In

We're about two weeks into Life with Bob, our new English Cream Golden Retriever puppy.

We haven't had a puppy in quite a long while, so it's been fun (re-)learning how to raise a puppy. Here's what we know so far:

1 - The puppy stage is frustrating and fun. More fun than frustrating, but there's definitely some grit your teeth moments. It's like having a

January 17th, 2016 0 comments live, our kids in portland

A New Year, Starring the Letter “P”

Is it a good sign that I am 10 days late in posting a"Happy New Year" blog? Hahaha. I certainly hope that's not an indication of how my year is going to go.

Like many of you, I find late December is a great time to pause and think about the year that's almost passed, and what the coming year might hold.

2015 was a

January 10th, 2016 0 comments live

14,610 Days and Counting

I was greeted today by a smiling, freckle-faced, red-head whose cheeks are blushed with the kiss of a bit too much Hawaiian sun, courtesy of a certain now 40-year-old who was a bit too lax with the sunscreen. “Good morning, 40-year-old! Happy birthday!” he cheered. “Dad’s only 39 still. But you’re 40.” Um, thanks? Hahaha.

And, so, here it is.

My 40th birthday.

A milestone.

November 27th, 2015 0 comments live

When You’re So Tired, You Feel Like a Crazy Person (a.k.a Read this and you’ll feel so much better about yourself!)

Judging solely by the number of Starbucks "You are Here" mugs that have been added to the Clark collection, you can tell 2015 was one travel-filled year. (And not for leisure.) How many have we added? Fourteen. As in, this year, between Kenny and I, we have business traveled to 10 cities we'd not been to (or through!) before, plus the four Walt Disney World

November 19th, 2015 0 comments live

Halloween Decorating…by Grace

With her brother at a friend's house, and her neighborhood friends out on the town, we had a very antsy Grace on our hands this past weekend.

"Mom, I'm boooooooooooored," Grace whined.

For the record, this is the most annoying thing a child of mine can say to me. You're bored, really? Perfect. Then I am throwing out every single toy, craft, crayon, book, electronics

October 13th, 2015 0 comments our kids in portland

Happy 4th Birthday, going west coastal!

Four years ago today, I started this blog. It's been a fun 'side project' - you know, something to occasionally fill some spare minutes between working, momming, being a wife, playing chauffeur, running a household, etc., etc. Haha. (OK, OK. I actually just do it to avoid cleaning.)

In all seriousness, if you're reading this - thank you. It means a lot that you take

September 29th, 2015 0 comments live, portland, oregon

Reflection and Awakening

On this day of solemn remembrance and reflection, we had a small awakening in our family.

I am still processing it.

As part of our stellar parenting, we don't really have rules like 'no TV before school'. Gavin's an early riser (think 6 a.m., like clockwork!), and trying to keep him electronics free while we get through the morning routine (which more often than not

September 11th, 2015 0 comments live

Dear Gavin, Dear Gracie Girl

Dear Gavin -

Tonight, I kissed your forehead as you settled in to sleep on back-to-school eve. You grinned and wrapped your arms around my neck and held on tight. Just as you always have. And, just as you always will, I imagine, until you realize that hugging your mom every night before bed isn't "cool". (Whoever defined cool, any way?)

Each year, those arms

September 7th, 2015 0 comments our kids in portland

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