Archive for the ‘Motherhood’ Category

My 6 Year Old Lo…..

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by by

How did this happen so fast?? My baby, my last baby, is 6. That is a huge milestone in our family. She is going into first grade, she’s not so little anymore, she’s starting to have “grownup” conversations, she’s funny, she has many friends now, I’m not the center of her world, but she still can’t tell a lie. Her innocence is still there. For now. :) My son has mastered lying, and I hate it. Just thinking about Lo getting one year closer to losing that kind of innocence makes me so sad. So for now I will just love her and hold on to what little bit of baby there is left, which isn’t much. She’s growing up, and fast!…….



Brothers at Play

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by by


Playing with others has never been high on Danny’s list of things to do – nor has it come easily to him. He loves his brothers like nothing else, though, and wants to play with them…even when he doesn’t know how.


There is a lot of fighting, a lot of mine not yours. He loves to steal toys and hide them from Andrew, to run up and hit Eric will force to get him to play.

Buy when it clicks, it’s beautiful. Like this spinner at the playground down the way. They spent a full 10 minutes, the big ones taking turns spinning each other and laughing uproariously.


Moments like these are what it’s all about.

Happiness is Everywhere

Friday, June 13th, 2014 by by

Ten things that make me really happy

My Family!

The Beach

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My Ladies And A Book

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by by

This is a photo of me, my mom, and her mom, my Gram Melva. We took this photo on a Mother’s Day weekend trip to Cambria in 1996. If you’ve had the opportunity to read my piece in the Moms Are Nuts humor anthology, then you are already quite familiar with my Gram Melva. If you have not read the Moms Are Nuts book yet, stop with the waiting. Leave a comment below and I will choose one of you guys at random and send you a free book. I will post the winner on Saturday.



Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by by

Adam and Eve
Needlepoint, Ruth Rosenberg, circa 1970s
“Mom, who’s your very best friend?”
“I’m lucky. I have Dad, and Aunt Jen, and Auntie Karen…”
“My best friend is God.”

Every Night We Go Over The Plan

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by by

“Mom? Time for the plan for tomorrow, please. Number one.”

“First we get up.”

“Number two.”

“Then we do morning things.”

“Number three.”

“I take you to school.”

“Number four.”

“You’ll do school and I’ll see you there for a little while because I’m volunteering for reading groups tomorrow.”

“Cool. Number five.”

“I’ll pick you up from school.”

“Number six.”

“We’ll come home and then I don’t know what the plan is until dinner.”

“Number seven.”

“We’ll have dinner.”

“Number eight.”

“Take a bath and get ready for bed.”

“Number nine.”

“Stories, prayers, and bedtime.”

“And then we make a new plan.”

“Correct. How’s that all sound?”

“It’s okay, I guess, but the plan kind of falls apart around number six. We should work on that in the morning.”

Dear God…A Mommy’s Prayer

Monday, May 19th, 2014 by by

Dear God,

I know that for years- even when I was a little girl I prayed for the day I would become a mother.

You heard me and in Your infinite wisdom You knew it was something that I would NOT have been ready for in my 20′s. (more…)


Home Again

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by by

I’m back from a long weekend away by myself at a blogging conference. By that I mean, I wasn’t alone, just not with my family. I got to see, squeeze, talk, cry and laugh with, a lot of people who I love so dearly, talk to daily, yet only get to see once or twice a year. I got to create connections with new people.

I got to meet, in person, two women who I adore, that I have been online friends with since I first started showing up here, and spend a day with them. Everything fell immediately into the easy cadence and rhythm of old friends even though it was our first time laying eyes on eyes each other.

I have been asked many times what happens at a blogging conference. I might answer that there are informative sessions pertaining to the blog world, nice dinners with large groups of women, and an exchange of ideas between likeminded people. This is all true, I suppose, but it doesn’t get to the heart of these trips for me. The trips are like family reunions with a family that you’ve hand picked because they “get” you and you lovingly “get” them.

I return filled up. Filled up with love and friendship and a renewed longing and enthusiasm for my guys and life at home.  And a little jetlag.

Professional Smithers Life

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by by

Things have been a movin’ and a shakin’ in Smithersland.

Life has been busy — not just because of the wee ones, but also because things have been happening for me professionally.

In April, I had a quick trip to Boston to present at a national science teachers’ conference. I wrote two proposals and BOTH got accepted, so I had double the fun to prepare for. Not only that — one of the presentations included hands-on physical science activities. This meant that I had to schlepp (sp?) cabbage juice, calcium chloride, baking soda, spring scales, copper wire, batteries, and light bulbs in a suit case.

I wrote this note for TSA and put it in my checked bag. (more…)

Friday Five: Sunday Edition

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by by

I’m not really sure where the weekend went, except to say it involved a lot of kids’ activities, spring cleaning and driving.

1) Speaking of driving, I’m fairly certain that Kellan and Riss have spent at least 78% of their lives in the car.  From birth, both have been shuttled around to every practice, event, activity and game that their older siblings have partaken in.  I told the older three that I will make them plane, train or automobile it from wherever they are living when their younger sibs finally start performing in their own events.

To keep the littles happy, and reward them for their endless patience, we have frequent ice cream cone parties.