When you think of the smell of Christmas, what does it bring to mind? Maybe cinnamon and nutmeg? Cranberries? Gingerbread? Roasting chestnuts? A fresh cut Christmas tree? Peppermint candy canes? One of my very favorite memories of Christmases past is of waking up to the smell of galuskis, or cabbage rolls, cooking. My mother's family … Continue reading Galuskis: The Smell of My Family Christmas
It may not be impressive or noteworthy to most, but I thought I would quickly share something that made me happy this weekend. I was pregnant when my husband and I bought our house. When we moved into our home it was the epitome of horrible 1980s wallpaper. There were florals, stripes, sports themes, and … Continue reading I Have New Curtains and an Awesome Husband!
These days many people are trying to get by on a small budget or living a frugal lifestyle. I like to get out of the house and have fun with the kids during the weekend, but I don't want to spend tons of money. And let's be honest, sometimes families don't have the money to … Continue reading 10 Free Places to Visit as a Family
Recently, while on a playdate Abby hit her head when she was about fifteen feet off of the ground inside of a McDonald's PlayPlace. It was so unnerving. I had no idea what was going on; she was screaming and wouldn't tell me what was wrong, I couldn't see her, and I am rotund enough … Continue reading A Suppertime Scare
Last night while I was preparing supper the kids played on the floor in the living room around the corner. When I went to check on them I noticed that they had littered the floor with toys, blankets, books, and all sorts of things. As I walked back to the kitchen I picked up a … Continue reading Damn it!
Yesterday evening I stayed late at work to interview a potential new associate for an open position. While waiting we were making small talk and she asked me how long I had been in my current job. I told her four years, but I had been working at the hospital in various positions for seventeen … Continue reading Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
Naturally as parents we try to give our kids everything we can, and not only everything, but the best of everything that we can provide. I know I myself sometimes get carried away with trying to make sure everything is just right, whether it is how a bedroom is decorated, how a meal is put … Continue reading Accepting ‘Good Enough’ and Letting Go of the Associated Mom Guilt
This last Sunday was a cold and rainy day. In the afternoon we met up with another mom and three of Abby and Oscar's previous daycare playmates at McDonald's. The kids hadn't seen each other since we attended a birthday party at their house a little over a month ago. The girls seemed to have … Continue reading Sunday Playdate Recap
I remember feeling completely lost when registering for gifts for my baby shower. I had no idea what stuff I needed and what I could live without. Did I need a walker? Baby powder? What kind of bottles? What size clothes? How many diapers? Between a baby shower at work and one thrown by family, … Continue reading 6 Baby Items That Were a Waste and 6 I Would Buy Again
Don't eat supper because "it is disgusting!" And cry because you want icecream. Refuse help dressing in pajamas, then try to put them on upside down and get angry when it won't work. Insist you don't have to go pee before bed. Brush your teeth and immediately ask for a snack. Look for the one … Continue reading How to Drive Mom Crazy in 10 Easy Steps: The Nighttime Edition