Kids

How to survive a school field trip…

How to survive a school field trip…

It’s been over two weeks since my last post.  This marks the longest time between posts I’ve ever had since the beginning of my blog.  I had a very good reason for this and it wasn’t that I was sick or on vacation or pregnant or moving.  Those events are nothing compared to what I had to do. I was on a school field trip. And it wasn’t a two-week school field trip either.  It was for only one night,…

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Ten awesome things about a mom body…

Like it or not, our bodies often define us. Football players have football player bodies, ballet dancers have ballet dancer bodies and moms have mom bodies.   We each have own our specialty and in my opinion, creating life kind of trumps making a touchdown or twirling in the air with an eating disorder.  So why is the mom body held in such disdain? Maybe our culture doesn’t celebrate the mom body because very few people actually know all the things…

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Why it’s better for kids to grow up in a messy house…

Why it’s better for kids to grow up in a messy house…

On a daily basis, our messy house really depresses me.   I mean, before I had kids, I was a clean person.  How did I let this happen?  I just can’t seem to keep up with the mess — and my kids (and husband, let’s be honest) are like the worst, most disgruntled maid service you would ever want to have.  I knew something had to change, but what?  Teach our dogs to take out the garbage?  Buy a fleet of…

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The Five Stages of Grief at Legoland…

The Five Stages of Grief at Legoland…

1.  DENIAL  — It can’t be this crowded.  Why is it so crowded?  It’s a Monday morning at 10 am and it’s supposed to rain today.  Didn’t anybody check the forecast and think to themselves, “Today is not a good day to go to LegoLand.”  I know I checked the forecast and thought to myself, “Hey, it’s a Monday, it’s supposed to rain today and lightening.  That ought to scare the tourists off.  Let’s head to Legoland and ride some…

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Welcome to Florida!

Welcome to Florida!

Right now, I’m on vacation.  I’ve taken my kids to visit the grandparents in Florida.  No, my parents didn’t move there out of peer pressure because they’re old.  They’re actually from Florida.  In fact, I’m from Florida.  I was born and raised in Miami – a fact that seems strange to most people because I am neither cool, cutting edge, party-crazy or Latin.  I am white and quiet and yet I am from Miami.  How did this happen? Needless to…

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The song from Frozen I wish my kids didn’t listen to…

The song from Frozen I wish my kids didn’t listen to…

My kids listen to the Frozen soundtrack all the time… It’s in our car, it’s in our house — at this point it’s in our very souls.  I find myself singing it even without my kids around, which is sad, really, but I’ve definitely had worse kids songs trapped in my head.  (“Elmo raps the alphabet” probably tops that list.) And I love the whole Frozen phenomenon.  I really do.  I’m so glad there’s a successful kid’s movie out there…

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Why I love the library…

Why I love the library…

My kids and I go to the library at least once a week.  I love the fact that free books for everyone still exists in America.  It’s such a beautiful idea brought to you by none other than Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s.  Here’s a quote from Ben — “These Libraries have improved the general Conversation of Americans, made the common Tradesman and Farmers as intelligent as most Gentlemen from other Countries, and perhaps have contributed in some Degree to…

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The ONLY Christmas toy my kids are still playing with…

The ONLY Christmas toy my kids are still playing with…

When our oldest son was a baby, my husband’s Aunt Betty came for a visit.  She looked around at all the super-high tech toys that littered our house and said, “Pots and pans.  All kids really need are pots and pans.” I completely scoffed.  I thought, Well, maybe when your kids were young they liked pots and pans, but that’s because there were only pots and pans to play with.  Since then there have been a lot of advances in…

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