May 2013

repost: insanity

May 31, 2013

Just such a good one from a couple years ago: this was before I had three kids, so imagine what they are doing to me now…. I know you’ll love this. This is one of the several reasons I will be completely nuts by the time I’m 60, kids. But I still love you! ~hm […]

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family rules

May 27, 2013

I just bought a sign. It was on sale, in the picture/housewares section of Marshall’s, and it reads “Family Rules.” Good rules, right? Well, after this weekend with family, it was a good reminder of the things that are important to me and my family. Being a child of a divorce, when I was little […]

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this is why

May 20, 2013

Sometimes you do it for the love, for the hugs, and for the kindness. Sometimes you do it for the generations to come, or for the celebrations and the graduations and laughter and tears. But sometimes you forget why you do it. Sometimes you forget why you keep on parenting, keep on doing your very […]

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here is someone great!

May 19, 2013

I have a sister. Today is her birthday. And, she’s such a super amazing person, I thought you all should know.  I got her into a lot of trouble back in the day, so it’s the least I could do. She is kind. She is patient. She is fantastically strong. She is not calm. She […]

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so, why have kids?

May 12, 2013

I wrote a teeny, tiny essay for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about motherhood. Lots of moms (and maybe a couple dads) were picked, and I was one of them. And I was so proud! If you didn’t read it (and you should have, I’ve been bragging about it for two days!), here it is, in original […]

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mother’s day at my worst

May 9, 2013

Mother’s Day is coming. Ahh, so relaxing. A day just set aside so I can be a mother all day. Be lavished with the gifts of motherhood. Enjoy the fruits of my labor (and/or loins). Be one with my offspring. Except–that’s every day. Every. Single. Day. Every day from wake ’til sleep and many, many […]

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repost: the toilet

May 7, 2013

Meet the toilet. This humble star of the powder room is more than just he seems. For as many times as you’ve met the toilet, you’ll never see as much action in the bathroom as after you’re a parent. When I became a parent, my relationship with the toilet changed rather suddenly from that of […]

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alcohol and shopping

May 6, 2013

I’m not really that into wine. I’ll drink it, but just a glass or two gets me totally exhausted and three leaves me feelin’ pretttty craaaazy. Shopping, too, isn’t really my thing. I know a lot of moms who go crazy for shopping, but me? Well…I could really go nuts at Home Depot. But still, […]

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wanted: wife

May 6, 2013

There’s nothing that can prepare you for ninety nights of three-hours-in-a-row sleep, which is why having the first baby is so hard. But, add another child or two to your brood and you’re suddenly in a whole different ballgame—one in which you can never nap when baby naps, and have to be on all the […]

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the finger

May 1, 2013

Part of the major struggles of living these days is the challenge of  being present. I feel, in my sort-of-young-but-still-old way, that this is a battle that we are losing every day. Fifty years ago it was rock music and cars and radio and peace, love (maybe even dope). But now in this age of […]

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