Going to My 10 Year Reunion

Yep.  I’m going to my 10 year reunion.  For high school.  With people I graduated next to.  Because: Social Media. 10 years ago, I was so freaking happy to be out of high school.  My life ahead of me, my not terrible but not amazing years as a high school student behind me. I was NEVER going back. Reunions?  For… Read more »

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Husbands are a different type of Best Friend

Do you guys know Robin O’Bryant?  She’s hilarious.  Insightful.  A published author.  I adore her. She wrote a piece that was published on the Huffington Post about how she’s not married to her best friend.  It’s really, like most everything she does, a great post. Robin brings up some great points about her relationship with her husband, Zeb, vs the… Read more »

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Accept that aging doesn’t diminish spousal attraction

Does age change the attraction you feel for your spouse?  Do you worry about your spouse wishing you looked different? Even though I’m not yet out of my twenties, being a mother of 4 is taking its toll on me.  Mentally, emotionally, and, most notably, physically.  Captain will be 30 this year, and the tolls of hard work and stress… Read more »

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Will YOU Be My Galentine?

Yes, YOU. With all the hype about Valentine’s Day, many women are listing why they don’t care about it, they hate it, or they could do without it. Myself included. Is it a defense mechanism? Maybe.  It’s one of those ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ type things.  I know my husband won’t do anything nearly as romantic as Suzy… Read more »

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Why I Don’t Expect Romance on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’m finding myself in a tough spot. The spot where, while I love being romanced, my husband is not a romantic guy. I know this.  I’ve always known this.  He’s sweet, but he’s never been over the top. He proposed to me while we were getting ready for bed, for Pete’s sake.  But that’s a… Read more »

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Thankful for: The Big 3.

Here it is, the ubiquitous post about gratitude.  It’s the spirit of the season, and though the traditions of Thanksgiving have a controversial background, it doesn’t make the holiday less special for those of us who look forward to it year after year. I could list the million and one things that I’m thankful for throughout the year, but I’d… Read more »

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Oh Captain, My Captain

There are a lot of sayings out there about love.  How terrifying it is.  How great it is.  How much work it is.  How simple.  How complex.  How it fills you up and leaves you empty at the same time. All of them?  True.  Undeniably, inexplicably true.  How can so many adjectives apply to the same thing? When I met… Read more »

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We Become

Surround yourself with beauty. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. With people who build you up. Surround yourself with positivity. And you will become; Beautiful, happy, uplifting, positive. But, those of us surrounded by the constant mayhem that comes with having children? The ones who already live with the threat of depression ever on their minds? When the… Read more »

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Missing something

Today was busy.  But it was a good busy. Family breakfast, getting ready for pictures, knitting a baby hat, having pictures taken, sharing lunch, taking a nap, making deviled eggs to take to a birthday party, then going to the party itself. All in all, it was awesome. At the party though, I realized that there’s something I don’t do… Read more »

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Stop With Your Memes: I’m the One Who Cares

I’m going to start this with a vent: I can’t stand those “No one cares” memes.  You know, the ones that say “No one cares what you did at the gym today” or “No one cares about what you made for dinner.”  Kids, pets, food, workouts… everyone seems to have something they don’t want to see people posting about. See… Read more »

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Looking Back: 7 weeks with my parents

Remember this post about me moving back in with my parents?  No?  Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait. Good?  Good. What I need to add is that we moved BEFORE the Kraken arrived.  5 days past due we hauled ass across the state.  You can read about that in The Kraken’s birth story, if you like. As an adult,… Read more »

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A Life Challenge

I wrote this post about 2 years ago after our experience circumcising Mr. Monkey.  This isn’t meant to be a pro/anti-circumcision post, but our experience with feeling helpless in a situation, and a request for people to support, not degrade, each other. Captain is circumcised.  I suppose starting there is best, since that’s why I’m in this whole tangle of… Read more »

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Finding My Place

I’ve never seen myself as shy.  Socially awkward?  A little.  But, somehow, I have always managed to make friends in new situations. When I had my daughter I was the only one of my friends having kids.  We didn’t stop being friends, we were all just on different paths, which made it hard to hang out and, sometimes, connect.  Where… Read more »

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5 Tips on Surviving Pregnancy as a Couple

Guys, we know you don’t know.  We know you can’t understand the way having a tiny being pressing on all the corners of your abdomen from the inside can feel.  We know you don’t get rushes of inexplicable emotions, or food cravings so intense that you’re tempted to recreate the World of Warcraft freak out.  And we know that it’s… Read more »

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9 Years of Reconciling Grief and Joy

9 years ago today, something awful happened. Because of that something awful, 9 years ago today, something extraordinary happened, too. 9 years ago, I had graduated high school.  I had been flirting with this amazing guy that I worked with, and his interest seemed reciprocated.  I had some awesome friends that I would miss terribly, leaving them behind to finish… Read more »

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I forgive you.

You.  Yes, you.  The Holier-than-Thou, mom of the year runner up.  I forgive you.  For throwing stones at me from your glass house. I don’t pretend to be perfect.  Ever.  I’m actually pretty blunt about my follies as a parent, wife, and housekeeper.  There are things that work for me and mine that you may never consider to try for… Read more »

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A Letter to my Best Friend

My Dearest, Most Cherished Friend, Life is just not fair. The hardworking barely scrape by.The giving are taken advantage of.The loving are demeaned.The free spirited are scoffed at.The things we want most are sometimes out of our reach.  Maybe only for a time, brief or extended, maybe forever… I wish you these things.  Your heart’s desires.I wish I could take away… Read more »

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Just Be – About Me, the Color Purple, and Why I Won’t Tone It Down Anymore

I will be 27 in a few weeks. I know it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to some, and to others it seems like the best years of my life have passed me by.  But there is just one thing that is becoming ever-more clear to me as I get older, experience new things, and raise my children:… Read more »

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In defense of being self-centered.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about adult relationships.  We went to a birthday party the other night and I realized that I. Am. So. Boring.  And can be perceived as very self-centered.   Several years ago someone told me that I wasn’t the type of person she was interested in being friends with.  There were a lot of other things… Read more »

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The Painful Secret About Being Mom.

This mom-cage I live in is terrifying.  Beautiful, maddening, breathtaking, disastrous, hilarious, chaotic… terrifying. How can I be so lucky and feel so deprived?  Am I spoiled?  Do I just not understand how good I’ve got it? When you can’t go into the bookstore with your children, not only because you don’t have the energy, but just KNOWING what a… Read more »

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Serious moment: I’m not a prude and I’m not a pushover.

This whole 50 Shades of Grey thing has me thinking a lot about a topic that most of my friends and I don’t agree on: Porn.  I’m not okay with it.  It’s something I’ve never been comfortable with and the few times I’ve watched it I felt gross and dirty.  Rationally, I can see the appeal.  Emotionally, I just don’t… Read more »

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Welcome to Baby Land!

I found out today that one of my friends from WAY back is expecting her first baby.  I’m super excited for her and want to drown her in congratulations and questions, BUT. We aren’t close anymore.  We have minimal interaction, even with the various technologies that make relationships a breeze now a-days. I don’t want her to feel like now… Read more »

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