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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

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

Lip Gloss + Laundry

Ah, lip gloss and laundry. A pair that was never meant to be. Two items, that when joined together equalled me having my first Den Flannery "Son of a B! Who left their Chapstick in their pocket and threw it in dryer?" moment. (But replace that "B" with the full word and potentially pepper the sentence with some other choice words. And then picture me

June 5th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Budding Fashionista

Apparently the sweet little Hello Kitty motif of the sweater Santa gifted Grace for Christmas was not quite "fashionable" enough for our little Grace.

It needed something else.

Something a little extra.

Something to push the cute factor over the top.

Something that might swaddle tiny six-year-old thumbs in a soft fabric hug.

You know…something like thumb holes.

After she Billy Ray Cyrused her hair

February 19th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Here We Go – Being Mom to a “Ginger”

Few things rile me up more than when I see or hear about kids getting bullied or picked on. You can imagine how that multiplies when it involves my own children - no matter what side of the equation they are on.

Gavin got off the bus today and ran over to me.

I could see his normally bright eyes were tinged red as he

January 12th, 2015 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Concrete Proof Grace is from Philadelphia

If I ever lose Grace's birth certificate and cannot obtain a back-up, this spelling practice test is awesome proof that she was born in the Philadelphia-area and spent the first three years of her life there, yea?

The spelling word? Use.

The sentence example I gave: I need to use a knife to chop this onion. (That's some stellar working mom multi-tasking right there - making

December 18th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

An Artful Thanksgiving, Courtesy of Grace

Thought this would be a nice little conversation piece to share as my friends around the country settle in for a lovely Thanksgiving meal. So much to discuss here, yea?

In case you're wondering  - as I did when she handed it me after art class - it's a turkey drumstick. (Yes, I paid for this to  happen.)

My take? He's distressed about being eaten.

November 27th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Who Decided Pumpkin Carving should be a Thing?

Ok, I have to know. Who the h-e-double-hockey-sticks decided that pumpkin carving should be a thing? And what in the world made us decide this would be the year we'd say yes to carving pumpkins after six years of successfully brainwashing convincing our kids that painting was the way to go?

Smart kids. Sucker parents. That's my story.

For some reason, Gavin was pretty stoked to carve

October 31st, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

“Mama Needs Some Wine”

We were wandering around Cost Plus World Market on Saturday because we happened to be in the area.

If you've never been, it's an import store...kind of like a more affordable / cooler Pier 1? Hmmmm... I don't know if that's the best way to describe it. Regardless, it's pretty fun to stop in every once in a while and wander around.

They have a

October 8th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Ugh. It’s Packing School Lunch Season.

Every school year, Kenny and I start out thinking, "This year's gonna be different. We're going to go for wholesome, healthy lunches and minimal junk." (Ok, so it's only our third year going to this rodeo, but still, that's enough to try to successively better ourselves, right?) I imagine many parents think the same - no shortcuts, we'll just prepare and try to be healthy,

September 4th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

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