Rugrats

Household Problem

February 23, 2016

My littlest child has been my easiest child to co-exist with. I always thought he was a gift from the heavens declaring that it’s impossible for someone to have THREE difficult children. I thanked my lucky stars. And frankly I have felt that there’s no room for my brain to focus on anymore shenanigans because the others occupy all of […]


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Fun and Games

February 1, 2016

The person who created the expression “it’s only fun and games,” clearly never played games with my children. Definitely not fun. Making every effort to reduce the amount of screen time my children are exposed to, I encouraged playing a game. It resulted in multiple people crying, several suffering ailments as a result and I walked away feeling completely defeated. […]


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I Resign!!!

January 27, 2016

I’m ruining my kids. There, I said it. For a million reasons, I am ruining my kids. The one I’m choosing to focus on right now is that I have resigned from teaching them to be self-sufficient. We are going backwards to the days of infancy and I’m doing everything for them. Why would anyone want to do everything for […]


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RIP Winter Break

January 1, 2016

The week before break, I was literally clicking my heels together at the prospect of two weeks of nothing. I was done packing lunches, I was over filling water bottles, and I was sick of doing homework. I envisioned lazy, slow mornings. I dreamt about fun family activities. I pictured snuggling up to movie nights. Fast forward to the last […]


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Dear Noah

December 20, 2015

How is it possible that my baby is 3 years old?!?!  Even though it was only a mere three years ago that we were a family of four, I can’t imagine life without you. In these short/long three years you have made your mark on the world, on our family, on my heart. You may be more big boy than […]


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I had a dream…

November 19, 2015

Recently at a mom’s dinner people were talking about abbreviating the camp session to allow for some non-structured family fun time. At first I almost fell out of my chair. You mean to tell me you hung out with your children and it was just fun? I always subscribed to the theory of more school, more camp, more supervised structure […]


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It’s not pretty

October 7, 2015

Allowing my seven year old to stay up late and watch the Cubs’ game sounded like a tolerable request when Adam was responsible for putting Drew to sleep upon completion of the game and dealing with him in the morning. What is completely not tolerable is the fact that Adam conveniently needed to go out of town this week, leaving […]


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Is it time for an upgrade???

September 15, 2015

I have explained my desire to keep Noah my baby. And for the most part, he’s completely on board. He’s happily embraced school in a well-balanced, “mom didn’t mess me up too badly by keeping me the baby” sorta way. There are some things that come with age, or experiencing school, that I’m hesitant to jump on board with. He […]


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I’m Done!!!

June 30, 2015

June is a very exciting, busy month. I don’t  want to wish away a second of our “summer” (I’d like it to act a little more like summer!!)!!  That being said, I could not be happier for June to be over.  A birthday in our family is not just one day filled with frosting and friends. A birthday is a […]


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Dear Gabby

June 26, 2015

You spend your life sandwiched between the oldest and youngest in our family. But right there in the middle, you’ve carved out a special place in our lives and my heart. You have a contagious enthusiasm for everything, an easy going acumen and a flavor for all things feminine. In this crazy world of boys, I’m so glad I have […]


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