Volume Control Isn’t Important

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Every time we go out in public we are a freak show.

I kid you not, we are the family that you can hear from across the store, the one that you avoid, the family where the kids are hitting each other and screaming, and yes…the family that is trying to moon the other customers.

That’s us.

There’s a reason I try and get our shopping done before 10am. Read More »

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Mom Prep vs. Dad Prep

As I prepared to go out of town for work this week I had an epiphany- things work a little bit differently for Mr. Spreadsheets than they do for me.

When Mr. Spreadsheets has to go out of town for work… he just goes.

There’s usually some minor discussion like, “I have a work trip next week.”

…and that’s it.

He packs his stuff and goes. Read More »

SHUT UP!… a great way to start summer

I love Harry Potter dearly, but I do not love his pre-tween attitudes.

Yes “pre-tween” is a thing.

Harry Potter is a sassy kid. He’s the king of eye rolls, loud sighs, and saying things like “Seriously?!”

I’m sure I deserve his sassiness. I wasn’t a meek and mild child myself. I have a sarcastic side, I have mastered the eye roll, and everyone knows my kids say “seriously” because it’s my favorite overused phrase.

But heaven help me with that attitude. It is going to take ever ounce of self control not to lose my temper with that kid. Read More »

The Dirty Dishes Stage

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There are days when I’m certain this phase of life might actually kill me off.

After a day of breaking up fights, making meals that people request and don’t intend to eat, listening to whining about…everything, running kids from one activity to the next, attempting to keep up with laundry and dishes, and trying to maintain order with three young ruffians, my sanity hangs by a very feeble thread.

There are days when I can’t wait for this phase of life to be over.

I ask Mr. Spreadsheets, “Won’t it be great when our kids are bigger?”

I dream of the days when they are all potty trained, when everyone can feed themselves, and when they need me just a little bit less.

Every time I say this, I am reminded that there are phases of life that we’ve completed. Read More »

What Not to Eat and Major Mom Guilt

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I ran across an “article” titled 15 Items You Should Never Pack in Your Child’s Lunch. 

Don’t read the article, you’ll feel like a failure as a mother, and then start seriously considering punching someone.

Among the “no no” items were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, yogurt, white bread, and deli meat sandwiches. Read More »

Tough Mom Love

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Back in the day, when I had one child,  I was one of those moms that talked to their kids about their feelings on… everything.

I distinctly remember Harry Potter throwing a massive fit over the color of his socks and then getting down on his level and talking about how the socks made him feel.

I’m sorry, my three kid mom self can’t even fathom finding the time for that conversation, let alone maintaining my cool during it.Read More »