Monthly Archive: April 2011

Fear Is Most Definitely A Factor 27

Fear Is Most Definitely A Factor

I really REALLY wish someone could do this to me. And while I’m sure roller coasters pass along that same thrill? They scare the shit out of me. I guess the truth is that I want to be a little girl again, being spun around by someone I trust. Because no roller coaster mimics THAT thrill. When I was little, every year we went to Opryland with our extended family for a reunion. When I was finally tall enough to ride the Cannonball, the coaster that spun you UPSIDE-DOWN (we were easy to impress back then), I could not get...

Cutting It Close, As Usual. 12

Cutting It Close, As Usual.

Donnie and I are leaving tomorrow for a weekend getaway to our old college town about an hour and a half away. Not an exciting trip, but a small getaway alone. Which we’ve never done except to visit family. We’ve never EVER gone anywhere alone for more than one night. And this weekend? WE GET TWO NIGHTS! This was something we had planned awhile back as a post-Beauty and the Beast treat. Unfortunately, schedules as they are, this was the only weekend we could go. Easter weekend. So…I found myself with basically two nights available and we still hadn’t dyed...

Daily Dose Of The Giggles. 12

Daily Dose Of The Giggles.

I’ve been trying to force silly time on myself and my kids lately. Tossing balloons around the kitchen. Pretending to shoot aliens with goo-guns at the playground. Making goofy faces in the mirror. I have been trying to consciously add moments here and there that make us all smile and laugh. I’ve been doing this because I find myself lately just getting by. I give the kids crayons while I fold clothes. I put on an episode of Dora while I vacuum. They have to stay next to me at the grocery story while I shop. Even at the park...

Keeping Family Dinner A Part Of Game Nights 9

Keeping Family Dinner A Part Of Game Nights

You know what is one consistent way to describe any night involving a child’s sporting event? SCHEDULING NIGHTMARE. Evening activities associated with extra-curriculars for kids are scheduling nightmares…FOR EVERYONE. I’ve had no job keeping me during the day, I’ve had a job keeping me for longer hours during the day, and no situation makes these afternoon/evening scheduling challenges any easier. I’m sorry if you were hoping otherwise. Because here’s how it works…practice, rehearsals, meetings…they are all scheduled after 5pm to accommodate most business schedules. You know what else most families schedule at that time most days? DINNER. So…every family faces...

To Nag, Or Not To Nag 11

To Nag, Or Not To Nag

How many times a day do you gripe at your kids? Because there are some days that I feel like that if you divide the words that come out of my mouth into two categories (1) Gripe/Nap/Punish (2) Everything Else – then there will be a heavier balance on the unpleasant side. It’s a constant stream of Don’t climb on the furniture! Don’t lick your sister! When do you obey? Do you want to go to timeout? Put on your shoes! Where are your shoes? Why is there green marker on your forehead? This weekend I got to thinking, am...