I used to like summer, but then I had school aged kids

Summer in Texas was about soaking in the rays, hanging out with friends at water parks, driving with the top down with the music blaring and eating late night dinners under the stars. Even in college and just past, that didn't change much for me, even with an infant or toddler. There were lots of … Continue reading I used to like summer, but then I had school aged kids

Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

"How did it go?" asked DW, his voice meeting me in the darkness. "Today, I don't want to be a parent," I replied, crawling back under the covers. One piece of advice I must never forget was given to me by a MOPS mentor mom. She told me that when making disciplinary choices, the hardest … Continue reading Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

Where is Mr. Huxtable when you need him?

"Then what do you want me to do about it?" I ask in exhaustion. It's a phrase I utter too often, especially to my children. When the tears come and the frustration rises, I am quick to fix the problem, rather than help find or encourage a solution. The late night run to the grocery … Continue reading Where is Mr. Huxtable when you need him?

All the things I used to be

I packed The Tortoise's lunch aggressively this morning, anger bubbling up in my throat until I just couldn't contain it any longer. I had tried to be diplomatic, give her an opportunity to make a better choice about her wardrobe, but the message was just not being received. Or she didn't care. However, I did … Continue reading All the things I used to be

Apparently I Still Don’t Know Better

My mom has given me lots of useful advice over the years in regards to keeping a healthy marriage. I value her opinion greatly, especially since my parents still court each other after 39 years. Some of my most favorite include: Drinking wine helps you be more amorous even when you are tired Always let … Continue reading Apparently I Still Don’t Know Better