Parenting

here we go...

here we go…

Monday is the big day.  The big K.  Kindergarten.  We started getting into The Routine this week.  We’ve got a morning chart.  We’ve got supplies.  We’ve met the kids, principal, teachers, parents.  She’s ready.  I’m ready.  But is kindergarten ready for Violet? I can’t really fathom what a huge change this is going to make […]

"so crazy it just might work" conclusion

“so crazy it just might work” conclusion

So almost a year ago we embarked on an experiment: put the kids in the same room for the summer.  Were we successful? Well, that depends on how you define “success”. If by success you mean that the kids learned to sleep in the same room happily all summer, then no.  We failed failed failed. […]

new year's revelation:  we're burned out

new year’s revelation: we’re burned out

Imagine that you work in an office.  But at this job you wake up in the morning already at your cubicle.  Before you can grab some coffee, or even pee, there are two demanding coworkers hovering over you.  They follow you to the bathroom.  They bark orders while you eat.  They need projects to be […]

backseat conversation

backseat conversation

Scene:  Driving home. VIOLET:  Mom, when is dinner? ME:  Dinner was two hours ago and you didn’t eat it.  That’s it. V:  But Mom!  I’m hungry!  I want dinner! M:  I guess you missed your chance to eat dinner.  I’m not making you another one. V (furiously):  If you don’t make me something to eat, […]

something to ponder

something to ponder

We got an invitation a few weeks ago to a kid birthday party.  In it I was amazed to find a note indicating where the child was registered for gifts.  I have to admit that I was, well, a little creeped out.  Imagining any kid wandering through a toy store, marking down all the items […]

5:30 a.m.

5:30 a.m.

That is what time they woke up the morning after their first double-twin bed slumber party adventure.  Here is the wreckage: Father’s Day.  Awesome.  Not surprisingly, Graham had no trouble taking his first ever nap alone in his big-boy bed. 2nd night: Asleep by 9pm instead of 10.  Graham woke up screaming at 2:30am  This […]

It's so crazy, it just might work.

It’s so crazy, it just might work.

The Plan: Move the kids into the same room for the summer. The Reason: Trip to New York in July.  Trip to Oregon in August.  They’ll be sharing a room.  Graham’s too big for the portable crib. What we’ve done so far: (will the end result be blissfully rested ready-to-travel children and parents?  Or screaming […]

be careful what you say

be careful what you say

So the other day I was standing around outside of Violet’s classroom with a few other moms and one of the teachers, waiting for the kids to come back from the dance room.  The conversation turned to lunchtime.  “How did little Sally eat?” asked a mom. “Oh, she did great!” gushed the teacher.  “She eats […]

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 […]

cloth diapering and the crazed mom

cloth diapering and the crazed mom

So, I’ve mentioned the irony that Graham is on a disposable diaper box even though we cloth diaper.  I definitely don’t mean to sound like there isn’t a place for disposables.  In fact, we used disposables exclusively with Violet for good reason.  As promised, here’s one clueless crazed mom’s journey from disposable to cloth diapering: […]