Halloween plans were up in the air this year due to COVID overshadowing everything. Events were still being cancelled and the CDC was advising against parties and trick-or-treating. But we decided not to let that ruin the fun and suited up to wander about the neighborhood. I went all-out dressing up since I didn't get … Continue reading COVID Can’t Stop Halloween Tricks and Treats
Reading back through my blog posts struggling through the toddler years, I repeatedly mused that it wouldn't last forever and that some day we'd reach the magical five-year-old milestone. Well we're here now, and it's everything I thought it would be. I've finally reached that light at the end of the tantrum filled tunnel. I … Continue reading A Five-year-old is Everything I Wanted from Motherhood
My son started kindergarten yesterday, and although it wasn't quite the first day of school I'd been imagining due to the COVID pandemic, it actually went really well. A Little Bit of Normal We live close to school, so our day started with a bike ride, just like I've been imaging we'd do since we … Continue reading The First Day of Kindergarten During a Pandemic
My son loves noodles. Just plain spaghetti noodles with a little butter or olive oil. He doesn’t like to spoil it with any sauce. I keep trying to encourage him to try them differently- marinara, cream sauce, maybe some meatballs... but no, just noodles. It makes me think of a photo of me as a … Continue reading The Boy Who Only Ate Plain Noodles
"When you need a miracle, just look at your child and realize you created one." This is the quote wrapped around the edges of a beautiful piece of art known as a Spiritile, gifted to me for review by the Giving Tree Gallery. I don't normally do full review posts involving just one item, but … Continue reading A Reminder of My Little Miracle from Giving Tree Gallery
I have always picked and bitten my nails. It's a terrible habit that often leaves my fingers bloody and hurting. So when my son's teacher mentioned how badly he'd been picking his nails in class, I cringed a little and put my hand in my pockets. I had been doing the same thing for at … Continue reading How Do You Break Your Child of Your Own Bad Habit?
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
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
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?
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