First Kid vs. Third Kid

FullSizeRender-9When Harry Potter was a baby we were pretty cautious of his schedule.

I remember carefully packing him snacks, extra clothes, and enough diapers to last a week, just to go to story time.

Things are a little different with the Princess.

I keep a couple of diapers in the the car just in case, but she sure as heck doesn’t have a change of clothes, and most of the time her “snack” is whatever I find in my bag.  Continue reading “First Kid vs. Third Kid”

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Lies People Tell You: Adventures at the Dentist

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This is my face after the dentist visit, notice the balloons, the kids LOVED the dentist. 

I hate going to the dentist.

No offense meant to dentists out there, but I hate everything about it.

The face touching, the horrible spinny brush, the “bubblegum” flavored muck they put on your teeth, the water sucker, the entire experience, from waiting forever in a waiting room, to that gritty feeling in your mouth when you’re done.

Oh and the people (dentists and hygienists) that talk to you while their hands are in your mouth… like you can respond!

So… I’ve put off visiting the dentist for… a good long while.

And I’ve put off taking the kids to the dentist… for a good long while too.

Continue reading “Lies People Tell You: Adventures at the Dentist”

Splish Splash I was takin’ a bath… in the toilet

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All three kids were playing upstairs while I made dinner tonight.

The boys were loud, but the Princess was quiet.

Ever since she learned to climb up and down the stairs unassisted she’s been unstoppable. She insists on following her brothers everywhere… whether that be upstairs, at the park, up in the treehouse, or to the bus stop, she’s no longer content to sit with mom.

So the kids were playing upstairs, but after a few minutes of not hearing the Princess I started to worry. Silence from a kid is rarely a good thing… unless they’re sleeping. Continue reading “Splish Splash I was takin’ a bath… in the toilet”

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Why I Love School

IMG_3347I’m not one of those moms that cries on the first day of school.

I’m the mom that is smiling and almost giddy.

I’m sure the teacher and other moms think I’m terrible and heartless… I’m ok with that.

I’m a big believer that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Time apart gives me the space (and perspective) to enjoy my kids, to want to be with them, and to say yes to their requests.

The rest of this post is going to make me sound like a terrible mother, feel free to skip it so you maintain your positive perception of me.  Continue reading “Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Why I Love School”

Let’s Take a Minute and Be Grateful

_MG_5197Last night I served broccoli with dinner, based on the reactions from my boys you would have thought I served raw sewage… not fresh and nutritious food.

I have to remind myself that they are just little kids and that their lack of gratitude isn’t malicious.

I also have to remind myself that as their mother it is my job to teach them gratitude, and that I need to find small moments to do that. Continue reading “Let’s Take a Minute and Be Grateful”