Posted by Erin
I love my job, I really do, but every once in a while, I’ll get that feeling again. You know what I’m talking about. The feeling where I just can’t possibly make it through one. More. day. Strangely enough, I noticed that this typically happens on Wednesday. When I told my co-worker about this during one of our weekly lunches out (I know, it’s an indulgence, but we deserve it!) she looked at me like I was nuts. “Hump Day,” she said, “of course it’s the worst day of the week.” Hump Day? What is Hump Day? And how was this a phenomenon that I had completely missed? I’m usually pretty up-to-date on my useless trivia, but Hump Day was a new one on me. So of course, it was Dr. Google to the rescue. According to my online sources, Hump Day is the hardest, “highest” day of the week. [...]
Posted by Clair
When I go into my son’s bathroom I find the usual toothpaste, toothbrush, wadded up towels, piles of clothes, and such. But, I also find the not-so-usual duct tape, pocket knife, action figures, Guinness Book of World Records, paper, pencil, and Sweet Tarts. Sweet Tarts, really? What. Is. He. Doing. In. There?
So, as any good mother would do, I set up a recon mission.
Objective: Discover what The Boy is doing in the bathroom.
Step one: Clean the bathroom. Yes, I cleaned it. I wanted it done to my specifications; after all, this is an official mission, of sorts.
Step two: Use the kitchen timer to see EXACTLY how long he is in the bathroom.
Step three: Re-enter the bathroom after his extended stay to compare mental before-and-after notes.
Step four: Confront said child and explain the purpose of the bathroom, [...]
Summer Snack Hack
Posted by Martha
At least for a few minutes.
A homemade ice cream without the trip to the store for salt you can’t use at the table and a $200 ice cream maker. Plus it uses fresh seasonal fruit that is flavorful and stuff you want them to eat anyway.
FRESH FRUIT ICE CREAM
Yield: About 1 1/2 quarts
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk ,this stuff is really thick and viscous)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup pureed or mashed seasonal fruit, such as peaches, strawberries, bananas and raspberries
1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
Combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in large bowl; stir [...]
Posted by Ward
No, this has nothing to do with the movie of a similar name. And, no I did not leave my child(ren) home alone. I’m not that bad of a dad. My wife took the boys to her parents for the weekend, and I was home alone. I was very excited about it. The weather was beautiful and I had plenty to do around the house. I even scheduled some time with my friends. It was going to be a great weekend.
So, Saturday rolls around, and I went to the driving range to work on my constantly developing golf game. I saw two dads there with their kids and I thought it would be a great sport for Andrew (my younger boy) to pick up since he doesn’t like to run much. Then, it was off to Home Depot to buy flowers, mulch and soil for the front yard. Usually I [...]
Posted by Erin
Dinner time is chaotic around here. Well, let me clarify. When the three of us actually sit down to eat, it’s really quite nice. We have always valued the sanctity of the family meal…the kids know that I feel very strongly about taking a few moments to relax and share the best parts of our day. It took some time to establish the routines (taking turns setting the table, no handheld computers, no Blackberry for mom, using our manners all the time), but I think it’s one of my favorite parts of the day. However, in the last year or so, the prep time for these family meals has increased dramatically! When they were much younger, they were picky eaters, like all other kids. But then we moved past that point, and we were all able to enjoy whatever it was I could get on the table. But last year, [...]
I Want to be Supermom When I grow Up
Posted by G.I. Jane
As a new mom, things aren’t turning out to be exactly how I imagined. I somehow assumed I’d be supermom. And by that I mean: being able to exercise every day; cook a healthy, well-balanced dinner; clean; take care of the house; maybe watch some TV and enjoy a glass of wine; give my husband some attention…and, oh yeah, work a full day and spend quality time with my daughter. All while having clean hair, 8 hours of sleep and interest in what I wear. Fast forward to month six of motherhood and I’m lucky if I get three of those things accomplished. On days I can convince myself to get out of bed at 5 a.m. I can probably squeeze out three and a half accomplishments.
Then I read an article about a successful mom who started her own business while getting a master’s degree and raising three children and [...]