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Dos and Don'ts for staying sane after a robbery

Dos and Don’ts for staying sane after a robbery

Nothing like a good old-fashioned home invasion, robbery and grand theft auto to knock the urge to blog right out of a person.  In fact, I’m not sure it has returned yet.  So instead of a long rambling hysterical post, I have created a list of dos and don’ts to remember the next time you […]

Gratitude, Day 8: My Musicians

Gratitude, Day 8: My Musicians

I can carry a tune… a little.  I can strum a few chords.  But that is about the extent of my musical talent.  So how did I find myself surrounded by musicians?  I can’t believe my luck.  Our walls are covered with instruments.  Living with Rob is like having a continuous soundtrack to our lives. […]

let's try this again some other time

let’s try this again some other time

Yesterday was our first ever family camping trip.  We’d been planning it for a few months.  Originally, we wanted to try it at a state park 5 minutes from our house.  That way, if the kid-variables didn’t work out, we could bail and be home in no time.  However, there is a burn ban in […]

Austin folks: Bring the kids to this (free) show!

Austin folks: Bring the kids to this (free) show!

I got to see the dress rehearsal for “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  The kids were part of a test audience.  They were completely thrilled and (incredibly) sat still for 45 minutes, thanks to a fast pace and lots of audience participation. My good friend Nancy has put together this community theater and produced their first […]

Ike Online Auction!

Ike Online Auction!

Well, the mamas have been working to set up this online auction (which will complement the real-life auction taking place in Austin on May 2nd). This way, people living outside of Austin can participate. And let me tell you, there are so many awesome things you can win, you just have to check it out. […]

Moonlight Float

Moonlight Float

Rob had a fundraiser gig with the Texas River School last Saturday.  Every month, on the Saturday closest to the full moon, there is a potluck dinner at the Texas Rowing Center.  A band plays music on a raft tied to the dock.  At 7:30 the raft pushes off, everyone hops into canoes or kayaks […]

a distant light

a distant light

Oxymoron:  Vacation with children.  BUT!  We do see the light.  We went back to the beach a couple weeks ago and it was…(wait for it)… fun!  I agree with Amber when she said the ratio right now is about 40% hard work and 60% fun.  This time the hard work was mostly before and after […]

quiet time

quiet time

It’s supposed to be “quiet time” (my only break of the day) but right now I’m listening to my kids scream. They’re keeping each other up. Actually, Violet is just calling me. Loudly. Graham is screaming like someone is poking out his eyeballs. He’s fine, it’s just that the second nap of the day is […]

why you should never let your child come to my house:

I may accidentally poison them. Let me preface this by saying that Violet is potty trained. She doesn’t even need to be reminded anymore. The reason she is potty trained is because of her deep and unending love of chocolate. Every time she goes #2 she gets a tiny piece. Worked instantly.  (And yet, when […]

Don't let the pictures fool you...

Don’t let the pictures fool you…

…family vacations are about 75% work and 25% fun. And the work necessitates an extra day off to recover from the trip. Granted, the fun is Super Fun, so it all kind of evens out. Especially in our selective memories. For the record, this was our first vacation with the kids not involving traveling to […]