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November 3, 2011

In the newspaper today...

On the front page of today's Your Family section of the Times newspaper is an article I wrote about my Poppal, Family Memories: A veteran is honored through generations. 

It was actually sparked from a letter Carter wrote at school. So, he took today's paper in his backpack today to show everyone. He was so proud. 

In the article, I mention to "please note that fourth-graders aren't usually big on fact checking, so some of the information isn't accurate, but I didn't have the heart to correct the elaborations in Carter's story." 

Of course Poppal did not serve in World War 2, but in his letter, Carter was recalling a conversation when he asked him all about the Army and all sorts of different wars and just got it a little mixed up. 

This piece was so hard for me to write -- I was actually taken aback at how difficult it was. I miss him and even dreamed about him last night. He gave me the biggest hug. I really felt like I was with him.

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September 14, 2011

And everybody was Kung Fu fighting


Over dinner (spaghetti tacos yes) Gray announced that when he grows up, he is going to have three jobs.
  1. "I'm going to work at my work."
  2. Singer
  3. Ninja
Then I said, Ivy eat what is on your plate and don't lick your brother.

About the spaghetti tacos... apparently the NWIparent site doesn't work for everyone and that bums me out when I blog and no one can see it so I'll cross-post below.

Gray, coming up with the idea from a TV show most likely, has been requesting spaghetti tacos for dinner every night for at least the past week or more. After the first few nights I realized that he was serious. That spaghetti tacos were such a thing.

But every night I had made other plans for dinner or didn’t have the ingredients (he said it had to have a hard shell) and I was putting off going to the store for as long as possible.

Yesterday he asked again and was visibly offended that I STILL HADN’T BOUGHT THE STUFF TO MAKE SPAGHETTI TACOS. So you know what I did today? I bought the stuff. When he got home from school I told him right away and to my chagrin he was like “huh, okay can I go ride my bike now?”

I served it up on a Batman plate (to Gray only- the other kids were like nothankyou) and I watched him take a big crunchy bite. He worked on it for a bit and I asked if he liked it.

“Not really” and he dumped the spaghetti out from the taco and ate it like normal people eat spaghetti, with a fork.

Do you make weird things for your kids? I think the strangest thing we’ve ever done besides this was when I made breakfast for dinner. It BLEW THEIR MINDS.

P.S. I realize that ninjas do not do Kung Fu because I googled it and apparently ninjas train in ninjutsu but that doesn't make for a very fun title. I will be sure to inform Gray of the correct information.

May 13, 2011

Totally worth a shout-out

A shout out to Ketchum in Chicago along with Serta (and the Serta Sheep) for a fantastic getaway in Chicago the past two days including a hot stone massage on arrival, breakfast in bed, as well as - how smart is this?- Serta mattresses in every room at the Dana Hotel. Of course there are more good things coming soon from this event for me and one of you. You are not going to believe this one.

An Arsenio hand roll whoop (please say some of you are old enough to know what this is) to my husband for taking half the day off yesterday so I could go be pampered and stuff. (And for his Mom & Dad for taking the two littles to lunch.)

Huge shout-out to my Mom for taking the whole day off today to watch the kids. My hope is to buy her a new Coach purse soon but in the meantime she is going to get my old (but actually kind of new) king size bed thanks/because of that whole Serta thing I mentioned above.

Tasty shout out to summer weather that crept in this week, upon which the very first day we went to the park, filled up the baby pool, and then out for ice cream. (I had one scoop of horchata in a cone. Amazing.)

Long over-due shout out to books. I am finally reading again, and feel like a better writer and better person when I read. So I have been walking aimlessly and alone in the bookstore or library (one of my favorite things to do ever)- tonight I bought NurtureShock. Have you read it? I am making a big list so please send me your recommendations. Pre-emptive shout out to those of you that do.

And last but not least, a shout out to some things I've said on the Internets this week:

The Sunday Night Blues
Fresh Faced Mom
Helicopter Parents at the Park
Will life ever slow down?

May 2, 2011

All My Sons*


How am I the mother to a boy-man?


He sees with his heart.


My wish for Gray is that he can learn to laugh at himself and his mistakes. Soon-like. Also, how sweet are his hands.

Some words I have written lately...

*Arthur Miller's All My Sons was the first theatre production I auditioned for & was cast in college.

April 16, 2011

Where Y'at?

I'm so glad Rachel caught this moment on the sly. 
At the opening keynote, me + Meagan + Polly

New Orleans is fun. I absolutely and completely understand now why- after all the years I've visited family in Louisiana- I was never allowed to come here when I was younger.

It's been such an easy conference. I am so impressed by the Mom 2.0 Summit. The size makes it so un-overwhelming. I am also in love with my Club Suite at the Ritz. Thanks, Sara! We have our own private lounge with "four meal presentations" throughout the day and huge glass jars filled with homemade cookies of every kind in the hall to our room.

Last night was my "free" night when I'd promised myself not to make any commitments so that I could come and go wherever. I ended up catching dinner at Cochon (best part of my trip!) with Jodi, Gina of Forty Weeks, Elina of A-list Mom, and my friend Amy Wilson (who has a book that I want to give to many people I know. I am just in love with it. The best way I can describe it is that it's, like, what so much of Listen To Your Mother is about, for me. I wish she could come read a chapter or three in my show. So. It's called When Did I Get Like This. ) Oh yeah, and then Amy and I did end up on Bourbon Street. I got hit in the head with beads.

It's been really nice to take a breather from mothering and writing. Last week was Tough. With big deadlines and feeling like an awful parent. So, this is a much-needed getaway from it all. (And it's also been super cool that Noah has been texting me while I've been away!)

Speaking of deadlines, I was published in the Times on Wednesday if you want to check it out here's the web version- Easter gifts: creative alternatives to candy. I posted a pic of it in the paper on Facebook if you want to see. It's so much cuter in print.

Here's some other things I've mustered up elsewhere this week-ish:

Bedtime Stories at NWIparent (remember when I said I wanted to read to the kids more? We haven't missed a night since!)
Working From Home: how I do it (or rather how I don't?)
I am the Opposite Of Extreme Couponing
What I'm watching: Best shows about parenting
Also, did you hear I'm going to Vegas, baby??

Anyhoo. I fly out later this afternoon. Such a good time and I'm ready to get home again.

January 11, 2011



Gray chose the pattern and picked out the colors at the knitting shop and everything.


I also left the head & tail open in the back so he can warm his hands or make the fish a puppet!

My next challenge is to modify this same pattern and knit Ivy the mermaid scarf she is so set on me making for her.

Scarfish pattern here. I'm BabywearKnittery on ravelry.

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Also, I am thankful that Real Moms Guide got the greenlight to continue into 2011. This is a job I really love. I will link up to my recent posts in my left sidebar and also on Facebook, but in the meantime, here are a few things I've written recently. Would love if you get a chance to peruse!

And local readers, I'd love for you to consider attending a special short film showing this Friday night. I'll be there!

December 11, 2010

December 3, 2010


homemade soaps

A reader,
Rhen from Yes They Are All Mine sent me a sweet gift in the mail. She makes homemade goat milk soaps. I love them. And look- totally didn't plan this but she has a giveaway going on.

You're not going to believe the conversation I had with my boys last night- I've posted it at Real Moms Guide today- What do you do when your kid's friends are "meanies?"

Other Real Moms Guide posts this week I'd love for you to check out:

Best Holiday Albums
Cold out? Make an indoor sandbox

Baked Butternut Mac & Cheese
Manage your kids and their tech toys
Keeping it simple... and organized

And lastly, over at NWIparent Magazine I have a sweet Hershey's Stocking giveaway.

So, enough about me. I have had a hard time catching up on reading other blogs. Is there a post of yours or something you've read that you'd like to let me know about? I don't want to miss a thing! Link up below and I'll make my way around. (And even if you think I've read it, feel free to post any post you might want others to read!)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

October 13, 2010

Fall on me.

ivy in a leaf crown

Gray picked out the two ugliest pumpkins in the bin. I love that about him.

[Ivy's leaf crown inspired by... this post.

[Find out what we did with our pumpkins... here.]

September 12, 2010

A favorite photo from this weekend.

popcorn fest
Ivy's happy, just covering her ears in the arms of Daddy at a [kinda loud] concert yesterday.

We've been busy. More here.

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September 4, 2010

Yard Sale


We had a yard sale.

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August 12, 2010

every day

Morning, curtains

Every morning I sit on my couch facing this window and the sun shines through, every morning, casting shadows from the dogwood bush outside.

It's something so little, so simple, but I love it. It's like a gift.

I remember choosing those curtains (I've been meaning to replace them for a long time now)- they were supposed to be just temporary in a near-end pregnancy fit I was having before Ivy was born. I had to have new curtains. I drove my big belly and three small children all over town, even to one store three times because I kept exchanging for a different style. (I had ironed each set, too.)

Last night at dinner I was telling the kids all about my little business trip tonight to Chicago and what I'll be doing tomorrow. Gray wanted to know if I'll win a reward? Like a trophy?

Carter hoped my prize would be a treasure! Or a fortune! A fortune is worth more than anything else in the world.

Then they all decided that actually fortune cookies would be the most awesome prize of all

Little do they know that they are my treasure, my fortune.
Every day.

[And now, how could we not watch this video together? Hugs!

You Capture: everyday things

August 8, 2010

begonia skies

meitai lover

I'm officially diagnosing myself physically and mentally exhausted. I've been up since 3 am and for the past several days (which really feels like weeks) my nights have been in constant interruption, from all things motherhood related, [of which I am keenly aware I totally signed up for], but I'll get to that another time.

I wrote about the commune I want to live in, here. I would like to add that in a perfect world, it will include lots of glorious sleep-filled nights and lazywarm siestas. And sleepy, neversick children. That sleep.

Also, in a fit of being overly emotional, I declare my love for the mei tai. It's been the baby carrier that has stood the test of time, and as I am asked over and over, I'll say it again and again: a good ring sling and mei tai has met my needs, above and beyond, in all my babywearing days.

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[PS sometimes your questions can be answered by clicking on the photo. I try to give extra gems of info on flickr from time to time.]

June 27, 2010

Theme From The Bottom Lip


What made her so sad?


She didn't want her picture taken any more.

[Oh noes!]

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June 24, 2010



Read the story (oh what a story!) here: How Steph met Harry.

May 31, 2010

Peace Sign

little red

I have recently started collecting notes of the moments when it is quiet in my house. Because it's a rare and beautiful jewel.
And yet it's free.

If you have a minute, let me know your plans for this lovely day over here.

May 21, 2010

Hold on, fly away

little pants

When it seems all they do is nip and bother,
I caught this little moment, his hand holding her dress.

Gray is a butterfly.

We went
here yesterday.

May 4, 2010

To and From

I'm hung up


on a post expressing my feelings about having a child [with a disease] and [then being all better.]

I'll get there.

Words are swishy in my heart.

I want to say them.

I want to be able to tell you more.

But really all that matters to me right now is that when the kids on the bus or riding bikes through our yard ask him why he is ALWAYS smiling
you smile too much! why are you smiling?

He responds,

"Because I'm happy!"

Guy Smiley

Until then,
please find me writing away at NWIparent Magazine:

Who are the people in your neighborhood?
(You can win) Get Chartreuse: A giveaway
I drank the Matilda Jane Kool-Aid


March 24, 2010

I'm knitting again

on the needs
I can't say what it is yet because it's a gift for someone who might be reading.
Photo SOOC (straight out of camera)

We've all been crafty around here lately. I wrote about Spring Break, day 3 (and no Wii & no TV) at NWIparent today.

Also, when I knit I try to include my projects at my knitting blog And She Knits and also at Ravelry. I'll add this one when I'm finished and reveal the special recipient.

March 17, 2010

little voices in my head

Ivy making her I'm pretending to burp face.

You don't want to miss this Conversation piece (with Gray)

Also, Dyson is having me over for lunch this week. (And I can't wait.)

Some of my latest articles at Real Moms Guide:

As always, your comments over at the places I [get paid to] write mean so much! And please be sure to leave a link to your blog.

*Also, I'm hearing there's some issues commenting at Real Moms Guide. Let me know if you have any problems and we'll try to fix it!

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