April 2011

growing up

April 29, 2011

That’s the last time I leave her alone eating carrots by herself. “Momma! Momma!” my oldest almost-5-year-old shouted from downstairs. I was changing the baby’s stinky poo diaper and I yelled back “we’re upstairs!” She ran up to us. “Guess what?!” She was obviously excited and something wonderful had happened. “What happened,” I asked. And […]

Read the full article →

marriage

April 27, 2011

It’s hard to be married. Seriously, I think my whole life I dreamed of having someone–that special someone, not to be too Disney about it–to share my life with. And every guy I dated, which is really hard for me to admit since I was also super independent, I’d look into my future and try […]

Read the full article →

earth day birthday…cake!

April 25, 2011

My baby’s two years old. Amazing. It’s only two years but so much happens, so much personality and crying and laughing and late nights and early mornings. So much big happiness, and a few little hurts (thank god). Two years! Amazing. When I did Big Sister’s birthday parties it was always in summer, since her […]

Read the full article →

zoo angels

April 23, 2011

There’s something called “trail magic.” If you’re a hiker, you’d know what I mean. It describes the little miracles people encounter on the trail, like, you’re almost out of food and you find the people before you left a bag of something in the shelter because they had extras. Or you’re walking a mile for […]

Read the full article →

sugar cafe!

April 19, 2011

Mmmm. I went to the most wonderful little place for my birthday breakfast (yes, it was sans-kids), and I think you should know about it. The place is called the Sugar Cafe, and if you’re in Pittsburgh, if you’re in the South Hills, you should go there. It’s an absolute tribute to the fact that […]

Read the full article →

Papers

April 18, 2011

Whenever I see a nice house that’s neat and clean, with just the basic essentials on hand and bins for everyone’s toys and shoes and magazines, I think: What do people do with all their flippin’ PAPERS??! I need help. I need a babysitting service that can take these little darlings: And babysit them. In […]

Read the full article →

stupendous

April 14, 2011

Helena has a habit of getting up on the wrong side of the bed every morning. I don’t know where she got it. Ahem. Usually she wakes up first (it used to always be Lilly but since she’s begun the 3-month stint of getting up in the middle of the night, she is usually back […]

Read the full article →

stomach flu

April 14, 2011

so sorry I haven’t written all week. I had the stomach flu something terrible. So did Lillian, on Friday. Poor baby. Nothing makes one appreciate the subtle taste sensation that is a Saltine Cracker like the stomach flu. If you’re well, it’s like, well, kind of a blah cracker. But if you’re sick, oh boy. […]

Read the full article →

HAPPY monday

April 11, 2011

I hereby declare (using fancy language always convinces people) that from now on, Monday shall be called “Happy Monday” and I will post something that makes you smile. Last week my 4-year-old and her best best best friend were over, dancing to Celtic Thunder on PBS. It’s awesome. And if this doesn’t make you smile, […]

Read the full article →

my bad back (“my good husband.”)

April 10, 2011

The other day I thought I was going to lose my mind, and I thought my back was going to go out. And I wasn’t sure I could handle both. When I got in the van (yes) the other afternoon, I felt like the family Butler. Like someone paid to be unseen and unheard but […]

Read the full article →