Is This Real Life?

Ive been asking that almost every day since November and, having written down the month, far before that. I was certain Donald Trump wouldn’t get the presidential nomination and then I was certain he couldn’t win and then I stopped being certain of a whole lot of things. And that’s been my life since November;…

Best Books of July

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’ve read 70 books this year, finding me 11 ahead for my 2017 goal of reading 100 books.   I read eleven books in the month of July (and cleared two more from my to-read pile by moving them to permanent Did Not Finish status because I…

The Subtle Art of Letting Go

The Princess has already begun the countdown.  The calendar has come from the school and the date of commencement is written there, so I guess it’s happening.  In a little more than two weeks, the Princess will pose out front for the very last first day picture, our fifteenth.   She starts taking college courses concurrently,…

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…