May 2011

memorable Memorial day

May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial day, and I hope it was a great weekend! We went up to Michigan to be with my family. It was absolutely great, as great as it can be with one two-year-old, one (almost) two-year-old, one (almost) five year old, their 4 parents, an aunt who is pregnant and her hubby, two grandparents, […]

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impulse control

May 26, 2011

Ahh, being two. It’s a good age. If you’re two. If you’re the parent of a two-year-old, it’s a little rough. Because when you’re two, you have no filter. Everything’s just what you see, feel, or think. If you see a cookie, you might remember how much you love cookies, and then you might scream […]

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birthday letters

May 23, 2011

This is a good idea, and I’m not sure if I originally thought it up on my own or if I heard it. Either way, I’m now claiming it as my own. My oldest is about to turn five. And even though she really wants a fish, each of the children gets a letter for […]

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bad mommy

May 21, 2011

Carpenter is out of town all weekend. And it’s an absolutely crazy weekend, too, of course: Helena had her first soccer game where there’s exactly 60 parking spaces, 500 parents and grandparents with separate cars, and one million children swirling about aware of only one rule: run. That was Friday, Ben left Thursday, and I […]

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blueberry wonderful muffins

May 19, 2011

I think “wonderful” should be right there in the title. Because, …wow. I got this from Allrecipies.com, a couple of years ago and I hate to tell you my ultimate secret: when searching for recipes don’t just simply type “cookies,” or even “chocolate chip cookies.” No, start your search by typing “BEST chocolate chip cookies.” […]

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the dance

May 17, 2011

Well, today was Helena’s last day of “Ballet 1” where children (in this case, little girls) age 3-4 pretty much run around like lunatics and pretend to be princesses. It was amazing. They let parents come and watch on the last day and it was one of those horrible mornings where you’re (I’m) running around, […]

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don’t worry, be happy

May 16, 2011

Parents worry. It’s natural. Even if you’re not a “worrier” before being a parent, suddenly you are in charge of another life, and, if that doesn’t make you worry at least a little, well–I might get a little worried about you. There’s someone else to cook for, to care for. There’s another person’s while life […]

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may fifteenth

May 15, 2011

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for so many things. Happy fifteenth of May! On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing. . . enjoying the jungle’s great joys. . . When Horton the elephant heard a small noise. So […]

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recession plan

May 14, 2011

Is it still the recession? I don’t really know. With one income, it’s always a little recession-y around here, so we just kinda go with the flow, budget accordingly. What do you do with all those extra office supplies? After I got laid off, I realized I had a lot of extra things I’d never […]

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chalkboard paint!

May 12, 2011

When you have a spare minute… (do you ever? Because I know I don’t…) Is there anything near the door that is unsightly? Or something in the kids’ rooms? Because I strongly suggest this for a project, if you want something fun to do! I have this “milk door” in my kitchen left over from […]

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