XVIII

If it were a person, our marriage would be an adult. Eighteen years ago, Big Daddy and I decided “why not” and hopped a plane, rented a car and made it official. In thinking about what I wanted to say about the last eighteen years, I landed on the metaphor of a roller coaster. Totally…

The Happiest Place on Earth

Which is Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom is the Most Magical Place on Earth. People often confuse those two. As part of our trip to California earlier this month we took the girls to Disneyland. I wanted to take a little bit of time and talk about how the resorts are different and why I think…

Eight is Great

This is Baby Bee.  She’s not much of a baby anymore, but that’s here name here and I don’t think I’ll get a new one to stick. She turns eight today. She’s a skinny string bean.  She is bumpy and knobby.   She folds up into small places like laps and the warm place behind your…

Cali-forni-YAY!

Two years ago, Big Daddy and I ran off to the left coast for two weeks sans kids.  We told them we were on a fact finding mission and, we kind of were.  This year, the girls got out of school, we packed our bags and flew to… …well, not Beverly.  LAX. We spent fourteen…

hello.

How’s your summer so far? Yes, I know it isn’t actually summer yet, but my kids have been off school for a little over two weeks, so that makes it summer in my book. I love summer. I know it can be a tough time for some parents, but I like the long days of…

10

It’s not that I’m dwelling. No, that’s not it. It’s not that I want to dwell, but I am dwelling and something about this date has been weighing on me like a ton of bricks. More meds. More anxiety. More depression. What is so different about 9 year, 364 days and 10 years.  Why is…

Labors of Love

It started with a red ball gown in a prom store in February.  We loved it.  She loved it.  I was willing to overlook the price tag, but the style was discontinued and they didn’t have her size in stock.  I was heartened, a simple ballgown would be easy to find.  As we loaded in…

Best Books of April

I’m going to read 100 books this year and I’m not saying that as sort of a self-visualization, positive vibes thing.  I’m at 42 books for the year!  That’s…like…more than eight times what i read last year!  I’ve been keeping a nice, ten books a month pace and I have a lot of great titles…

I Stayed Deluxe at Disney World So You Don’t Have to

And, you don’t have to.  Let me tell you something about me. I love upscale travel accommodations. Swanky little boutique hotels. Five star hotels. Vacation rentals on the ocean on a resort island. The good stuff. I can’t always afford it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it.  This past weekend, Big Daddy and…

The Delicious Feminism of Moana

At Christmas time I loaded the girls up in the car and took them to the theater to see Moana. We tend to see most Disney movies in the theater and we add a girls day of it. It was so good we went back later in the week with Big Daddy. The story, really,…