"What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?" I asked Ginny, my imaginative three year old. While I hoped for an answer, I didn't expect one. Her first three Halloweens I picked out her costumes without any input from her. It wasn't until last year that she started understanding what Halloween was. However, Ginny plays dress-up almost daily in some way. Sometimes she comes out and declares that she is a sheriff. The next moment, she will be dressed differently and claim she is a ballerina. Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since I don't like chocolate (yes, it's possible to not like chocolate), I rarely bake chocolate treats. Usually the only chocolate that comes into our home is store-bought, to satisfy my husband and daughters. Or, if my husband, Chris, feels inspired, he might bake a chocolate treat, like a box of brownies. Today is a special day, though. Today I baked chocolate chip cookies. Why? Well, it is my husband's birthday. He loves chocolate chip cookies so I baked them for him. And, of course, Read more [...]

Welcome to 40!

On this day forty years ago, I was sick and miserable, like today. At very nearly three years old, though, I needed my mom, but she wasn't there for me. I felt angry and upset. It wasn't that my mom didn't want to be there for me. She did. However, she had other priorities that day; namely, giving birth to my little sister, Amy.  The arrival of my baby sister meant I went from only child to older sister. When my sister finally came home, a few days later, I gave my mom the silent treatment, Read more [...]

I Just Don’t Understand

Today, as I tried to decide what to write, my mind wandered, and I began thinking about a few things I just don't understand. I'm not talking about physics or anything related to the sciences, although I will never understand hard sciences. Nope. I'm talking about other more confusing things.  1. Small Decks Why do people build small decks on the back of their homes? I will drive around a neighborhood and see a large home. It's glorious, perfect in every way. Then, I'll look at their backyard Read more [...]

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

Happy Blogiversary to me! Happy Blogiversary to me! Happy Blogiversary dear meeeee! Happy Blogiversary to me! This week I'm celebrating my 1st blogiversary. Sort of. You see, technically, my blog is over four years old. It all started when I found out I was pregnant for the third time. After two earlier losses, I was hopeful that the third pregnancy would be different and result in a healthy baby. I started by writing about the hopes for the baby. Unfortunately, I lost that baby and my blog, Read more [...]

Lazy Sunday Casserole

When I was single, I got to where I hated cooking. I found cooking for one to be a lonely enterprise. While I enjoyed the actual act of combining flavors and testing out new recipes, I didn't like that I had no one to "Ooh" and "Ahh" over a dish with me.  Now that I'm married, I have someone who appreciates it when I cook something new or attempt to create a recipe. It helps that my husband, Chris, enjoys cooking as well. When we eat a new dish, we discuss how it might be improved the next Read more [...]

My 10 Favorite “Modern” Quotes (Otherwise Known as Tweets)

I love reading quotes, so much so that I bought Bartlett's Book of Quotations. Yes, I am a nerd. My love for quotes started young, right around my junior year of high school. I had to write a term paper and chose the topic of muckraking (at the time, I dreamed of being a journalist). As I researched the topic, I discovered a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt on the topic. I thought the quote fit so well that I used it to introduce my paper. "We muckraked, not because we hated our world, Read more [...]

Pumpkin Spice What?!?

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I saw a picture of a box of tampons. Curious about why my friend would share a picture of Tampax®, I took a closer look. It turns out they weren't just any tampons, but rather, they were Pumpkin Spice Tampax®. Of course, I bit hook, line, and sinker. I believed that these were real. After all,it is fall and it seems everyone has gone a bit pumpkin spice crazy.  Luckily, these Pumpkin Spice Tampax® don't exist; not yet anyway. Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

I have a sweet tooth, and it seems my girls have inherited it. Well, they couldn't help it because my husband loves sweets just as much as I do. Sometimes the only way we can get our three-year-old, Ginny, to eat any dinner is to bribe her with sweets. Great parenting, right? Not really, huh? Okay, I'll accept that. Actually, our daughter, more often than not lately, goes to bed hungry. Ginny will look at what we are serving for dinner and declare, "I don't like that." It doesn't matter if she Read more [...]

Older Moms Versus Younger Moms

I’m a mom of a “certain age.” My first daughter was born when I was 39 and my second at 41. I didn’t plan it out that way. It just happened to take me longer to find the man I would marry. (Or, to be honest, one willing to marry my mess-of-a-self.) Since I started motherhood later than the norm, I find there are several differences in how motherhood is going for me versus moms old enough to be my daughters younger than me. Here's my (tongue-firmly-implanted-in-cheek) take on older Read more [...]