Time for Mom: Enjoy Your Peeps!

I’m off for a weekend with my family. Being away from home can be a lot of work. I have a lot of the same responsibilities in terms of childcare and family management, but without the comforts of home. But, the other side of the coin is that I have fewer household duties because I’m […]

42 Days of Summer Vacation

Even though we invested in cable this past fall, we tend not to watch it too often. For us the occasional forays into football, the Stanley Cup finals, Roland Garros (the French Open), Food Network, and the Disney Channel justify the expense for our family. It’s cheaper than taking everyone to the movies. One of […]

Are Girls Different?

I’ve successfully potty trained four boys. And I’ve lived to tell about it. While I still step in the occasional puddle, for the most part the experience has been painless. In fact, most of them trained in less than a week. My method has been to wait until they were 3 and more than capable […]

Book It! SisterChicks in Wooden Shoes

Read any good books lately? A couple years ago I stumbled upon a book at the library called SisterChicks on the Loose! by Robin Jones Gunn. It was first in a series of books about “SisterChicks”. What’s that? A sisterchick is “a friend who shares the deepest wonders of your heart, loves you like a […]

My Own Indiana Jones

A few weeks ago the kids and I ran to Target after school. One of the tasks at hand was to take advantage of a granola bar deal. Buy so many boxes, get a $5 gift card. Since they were some of our favorite bars, and I had good coupons, I was all for it. […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life

I love the title of a Calvin and Hobbes book, The days are just packed! Ain’t that the truth?! Between 6:11 am (about when FishBaby awakes) and 11:39 pm (about when I collapse in bed), it seems like those minutes just race out the window in a blink of an eye. If you’re a mom, […]

Sugar and Spice

For my first 10 years of parenting, blue was the primary color in these here parts. With four boys in 7 years, I never thought that I would ever see pink or ribbons or Mary Janes. God, of course, had other plans. And while it’s taken some adjusting, we all – even FishBoy5 – appreciate […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Six

Life as MOM can be a veritable labyrinth of twists and turns. You never know what lies around that bend in the track. Could be a smooth ride or there may be a few bumps in the road. How can we streamline our lives in order to absorb the shock of those bumps? The following […]