Preschool Pressure: When Your Child Scores Below Expectations

I was a nerdy, book-loving, honor roll student, and I always imagined if I had kids, they would be too. So the day my son's first preschool assessment arrived in the mail and that crummy little chart revealed he scored "Below Expectations" in Every Single Area, it came as such a crushing blow that I … Continue reading Preschool Pressure: When Your Child Scores Below Expectations

Breath of the Wild Breathes Some Life into an Older Gamer

After avoiding buying Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for nearly a year, I finally succumbed to temptation and bought the game last week. I was avoiding it for my own good, since we have a history. One that started in 1987 when I went on my first quest and became completely obsessed with … Continue reading Breath of the Wild Breathes Some Life into an Older Gamer

Military Wife Life: Christmas with a Husband Deployed

In my 17 years as a military wife, I have spent many a Christmas with my husband deployed. This time it's different, however, because there's a four-year-old little boy just discovering the wonders of the Christmas season and depending on me to channel my inner Santa enough to create a memorable family holiday experience. A … Continue reading Military Wife Life: Christmas with a Husband Deployed

The Question that Made Me Put Up a Christmas Tree

Since my husband is deployed, I wasn't planning on putting a up a Christmas tree this year. It's a lot of work for one person to go buy and set up a real tree, and buying a big fake one seemed like a waste because we usually get a real one. Also I wasn't feeling … Continue reading The Question that Made Me Put Up a Christmas Tree

If It’s Dark at 5:30, Can We All Go to Bed Now?

The end of Daylight Saving Time has come, clocks were set back and suddenly it's nighttime at 5:30. This is great news for anyone with a small child that insists baths are for when it gets dark, and can't tell time yet so they have no idea you are getting them ready for bed hours … Continue reading If It’s Dark at 5:30, Can We All Go to Bed Now?

Would I Recommend Being a Stay-at-Home-Mom? No. Maybe. Sort Of…

After more than a decade running my own business, I closed up shop and decided to launch myself into the stay-at-home-mom world. Family and friends supported my choice, but now that the mental fog of toddlerhood is clearing and my son is in preschool, I'm not 100% sure if it was the right decision. I have … Continue reading Would I Recommend Being a Stay-at-Home-Mom? No. Maybe. Sort Of…

Letting Go of Baby Clothes but Holding on to Memories

A lot of moms walk a fine line between sentimental parent and hoarder of baby things. At first you save the clothes because you might use them for the next baby. But then there comes a time when there will be no more babies and yours is growing up. That's the time you pull out … Continue reading Letting Go of Baby Clothes but Holding on to Memories

I Can’t Wait for Kindergarten

As I read the thousandth post this month about a mom being sad her "baby" is starting kindergarten, I started to wonder... What's wrong with me? Why don't I feel that way? Am I some kind of cold momster because I've been practically counting down the days to kindergarten since he was an infant? Honestly, … Continue reading I Can’t Wait for Kindergarten

When Your Child Just Wants You to Stop and Play

As a busy mom, I'm always trying to do a million things. Laundry, clean the house, feed the kid, shower, maybe even attempt to exercise. My son is also trying to do a million things. Create more laundry, harass the cat, plant LEGO landmines, get everything dirty, and also- get me to play with him. … Continue reading When Your Child Just Wants You to Stop and Play

It Sounded Like a Good Idea After Wine

A funny thing happens after a couple glasses of wine. While I normally try to maintain a "can-do attitude," my can-do becomes multiplied into "I'm an expert" proportions. Combine that with checking e-mail or cruising Facebook and it sometimes results in things I may question the next day. Nothing weird! Just an overblown sense of … Continue reading It Sounded Like a Good Idea After Wine