Rugrats

Over Scheduled?!?!

July 30, 2014

As we are on the brink of August, thoughts and energy are being focused on plans for the fall. Emails are filling my inbox with reminders to register for a variety of activities. Basketball, ballet, soccer, gymnastics…oh my! I believe in a world where children’s schedules should be left open for creative play, for riding bikes until dusk, for play […]


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Two vs Three (the continual saga)

July 28, 2014

Fact: it’s easier to take care of two kids. Since my boys are on the most amazing baseball trip of a lifetime, I have been holding down the fort with my other two. The two I’ve been caring for are the least independent, most difficult together kids. Even so, balancing two kids is so much easier. I always wanted three […]


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The results of a fun weekend

July 7, 2014

After a weekend full of… fireworks, parades, and first time sleepovers, the kids are down for the count!! Fevers, exhaustion and crabbiness has sunk in at monster sized quantities. Therefore, mom is not at her best (as pictured below)… Please someone send out a rescue party!!!


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Manipulation

July 1, 2014

Drew calls the shots in our family. If he doesn’t like a restaurant, we never eat there again. If he wants to play something, there’s no rest until we are all participating. Gabby has had to find other ways to get her voice heard. Recently, she is the “loudest” by attacking (smothering) Noah. It’s the only real way she knows […]


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The Enormity of Play Dates

June 30, 2014

This weekend, per usual, had a revolving door of children come through. Play dates for Drew and play dates for Gabby passed through around the clock. It is a delightful way to spend the day. The kids keep each other busy and leave Mom and Dad alone (well, bother us less at least). My mom always says that having grandchildren […]


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They Are Who They Are…for better or worse

June 27, 2014

“I was afraid sports camp was just too much sports for my son.” I’m sorry lady whose child is well balanced, sports camp actually does not have enough sports for my son. Is that possible?!? Capture the flag, time of my life when I was at the tender age if 6 until maybe even 15. Hell, I think I might […]


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Dear Gabby

June 26, 2014

Four years…in some ways I can’t believe I’ve ONLY known you four years. In other ways, it feels like you were literally born yesterday. This has been a hard year – the battle between independence and neediness. I’m sorry if I was frustrated managing these two developmental challenges. In my heart, I’m so proud of the strong independence you exert. […]


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She said WHAT?!?

May 30, 2014

“Mommy!!! You never have time for us!” As if!!!! Gabby, that line might have worked when I was working and overcome with guilt but now all I do is live, eat and breathe you crazies!!!! Where do kids come up with this stuff? I sometimes feel like my kids are reading a manual, “How to Hit Mom Exactly Where It […]


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Job Wanted

May 28, 2014

I’m hiring. A mid-level manager to deal with the details of life. I prefer to be more of a high level manager. I’d like to be less involved with the particulars. Is that possible? Drew hit me, Gabby called me poopy face, insert Noah’s scream here, etc. etc. I spend all day sorting through fights about nonsense, arguments about nothing […]


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You’re calling my baby WHAT?!?!

May 26, 2014

Ten months old. When my other two were seventeen months old, they were practically running marathons. So you can imagine how I felt when Early Intervention came and assessed Noah’s physical abilities at a ten month old range. It’s a good thing that Noah isn’t my first because I probably would require hospitalization from hearing that. At this point, I […]


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