Time Flies When You Are Eaten By A Shark

Motherhood
Pregnant in the VA Beach Aquarium Shark mouth

In the summer of 2006, Scott and I went to the Virginia Beach aquarium on a rainy day. I was 7 months pregnant and already in love with the boy growing inside me. This past month my son and I went the same aquarium. He’s 7 years old and more than I could have ever hoped for in a child — sweet, smart, funny. He’s thoughtful and kind, stubborn and honest to a fault. Who knew I would be so […]

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Organizing Leads To Fun And Neurosis

Is It Just Me?
LEGO organizing

I’m organizing my kids LEGO collection because I decided that having them all in one giant box was taking away from my kids’ ability to play to the fullest fun LEGO offers. I originally planned to do this in August, but my brain didn’t make boxes appear for eight months. My house projects are like that as in my bathroom is still decorated with butts’ farting, but we almost painted it on Sunday except wanting to paint it didn’t make […]

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Free Comic Books For Everyone Not Just The Guy Dressed Like Spawn

Cultural Norms (that are abnormal)
A Winkle in Time graphic novel

Saturday, May 3 is Free Comic Book Day, and my family will be heading to Velocity Comics to celebrate FREE! and COMIC BOOK! This is why… I have a strange relationship with comic books. It’s similar to my sorted past with sci-fi/fantasy books, television and movies. I like what I like (Star Wars books, Star Trek and Spawn television series, almost every movie with an Avenger), but I am not married to any canon or author or artist or producer. […]

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Our First (Practice) RV Trip Was Awesome!

Holidays
View from the RV

As some of you may remember, we want to head out west in an RV this summer. However, Scott and I had never driven one before so my brilliant husband suggested we take a practice trip over Spring Break. Even though I really just like to  jump into things, I agreed. We rented the RV from our local Cruise America and took off for the Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. After getting used to the RV making me feel like […]

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Bubble Gum Love

Motherhood
Gum Ball Machine

“Can I have gum?” (repeat 500 times) “No, sweetie.” (repeat 500 times) “BUT I HAD GUM YESTERDAY!” “Ah, remember yesterday, when I loved you enough to give you gum?” Related posts: Pass The Bubble Wrap, My Kids Are Going Outside Get Out Of My ATM Bubble I Love My Birthday Our First Non-Themed Costume Year Because I Love Halloween That Much

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My Son Writes A Poem And Typing It Here Means I Cannot Steal It

My Son
Poetry for Young People: The Seasons

It seems like every month is dedicated to enough issues for me to ignore the entire concept, but April is National Poetry Month, and my son broke out the shortest, wittiest, loveliest poem I’ve heard in a very long time. In a world of two, There is no ‘who?’ It actually took me a minute to get it, and I googled to make sure the lines weren’t from some poem I didn’t know. Instead, I found out what it’s like […]

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Frozen Plus Whatever Your Kid Loves Equals A Cake From Arendelle (Close To Heaven)

Food (Looks Bad Tastes Good)
Cake Frozen

My daughter has gone from one favorite thing in the world, puppies, to two: puppies and the movie, Frozen. While we still stop to pet every dog we pass and almost every game we play is a variation of puppies — puppy princesses, puppy family, puppy tag — we are also singing Frozen tunes and possibly going by the names Elsa and Anna while we do it. We saw the movie twice in theaters (once for the singalong!) and at […]

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I Ask: How Do You Treat Your Migraine?

I Ask Advice
Late Enough I Ask Advice Button

I had a migraine last night so I stayed in and went to bed. I slept 10 hours and during this, I dreamed. I dreamed that I went to the book group I was supposed to attend Wednesday night and I couldn’t concentrate and I wasn’t very nice because my head hurt so much during the dream. I woke up thinking: I did the right thing going to bed. Thanks brain. I’m back to getting migraines at least once a […]

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We Will Tell Them They Are Clouds, But We Will Know They Are Farts

My Family
My son drawing farts

Just so you don’t think I only post stories to give you guy money, here’s an update on our bathroom redo. We hired a princess to help. And I picked out samples of two possible background colors. My kids helped me to incorporate the gorgeous accent color. When I explained that while I loved it, farts may be more appropriate in their bathroom than the downstairs one used by our guests, my 4-year-old shrugged and said: You can tell them […]

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Pain Does Not Lead To Joy

Cultural Norms (that are abnormal)
John Green Pain and Joy

I have been thinking too much about dichotomy.  The songs which swear, hand over heart, we don’t know happiness without sadness. The philosophers who contend we don’t appreciate something until it’s lost. That physics is in our souls so the most profound heartbreak must be followed by an equal and opposite joy. I’ve thought about it more because in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green the main character, while dying, dismisses the notion. It seems to me appreciation […]

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My Sister Is Getting Married!

Fashion and Flare
getting hair colored

My daughter wakes up every morning and says: HOORAY! WE ARE HEADING TO AUNT KATIE’S WEDDING! Her life will be much less disappointing when she can read a calendar, but my sister’s wedding is quite soon, which is why I won’t be blogging much this week. I need to save my best for my Matron of Honor speech — the pressure is on when you’ve been pretending to be a writer for four years. Besides being the Matron of Honor, […]

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