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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…

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…

The Sweet Spot

The changing landscape of my family has been hard on me. I am the sort of person who roots herself into home and routine and the usualness of life. For fourteen years, I was the stay at home and my primary task was caring for our little children. It was a role I relished, loved…

Mom’s Guide to Surviving a Con

And not the kind where someone talks you out of money. The first weekend of July, the Princess and I took off for Pittsburgh and spent the weekend doing this. I spent 36 hours sitting in a folding chair with thousands of the Princess’s closest friends. Yes, ladies and gents, we went to a Convention…

The First Day-2016

In just a blink…. The Princess, kindergarten The Princess, 11th grade. The summer is over…. Littlebit, Kindergarten   Littlebit, Fourth Grade And the school year begins. Baby Bee, Kindergarten Baby Bee, First grade. Good luck this school year, Moms and Dads and Kiddos. 

She’s Sixteen Just for a Moment

Last week it happened. On Friday. Quietly. Just like she was born, actually. I was having trouble sleeping and when I looked down, it was 1:11 in the morning making it sixteen years exactly since the first time she settled into my arms and watched me. The nurses wanted her to cry more, but she…

Band-days

This is the view.  Friday night. We have reserved seats.  We play “Find the Princess”.  Big Daddy always loses. We sit in the stands in the rain and in the cold.  We wait for half time. We critique the other bands.  Ours is always better. “They might be good at football, but their band is…

Back to School and Back to Reality

Three months have flown by so quickly.  The summer, by our definition, is over.  This morning, we saw the Princess out the door to start her ninth grade year…   …and Littlebit second grade. Baby Bee and I will have one more week along before she starts her third year of preschool.  We opted to…

My Girl

Big Daddy didn’t want her to look like him and she doesn’t. She’s me all over, except she already has a handful of inches on me. She’s mouthy like me, in a way that probably gives my Dad a little bit of satisfaction that I’m getting a taste of my own medicine. When she was…

So Your Kid’s Classmate has a Peanut Allergy

Prior to the Princess’s OIT, I didn’t write a lot about her peanut allergy. I’m not really sure why. I think there’s a lot of value to experienced parents sharing their tips and tricks, but it was just something I never wanted to write about much. I didn’t know what to say, I guess, Which…