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Parenting in a Pandemic

A few years ago, I self-published a book: How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure). It was meant to be sort of tongue-in-cheek, a funny take on my experience raising three kids. In it, I set out the 5 “rules” of parenting (or being a “good mom”): Don’t beat …

Out with the Old, In with the New

May is a time of endings and new beginnings; this truth is never more evident than with high school and college graduations. But even without a current graduate* in the house, we’ve had our own share of endings and beginnings this month.  (Technically, Bryan graduates in July with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice!)  Truth be …

Snowpocalypse 2012

Well, the world did not end on December 21, 2012, as some believed the Mayans had predicted it would. But a few days later, it sort of felt like it did. Arkansans were all a buzz on Twitter and Facebook about the possibility of a white Christmas; and, rightfully so, since local news outlets were …

Kidcation 2012

It should probably be called “momcation” but kidcation is what I used last year, and I’m nothing if not consistent. So the kids left yesterday with Pepa to travel back to Alabama to stay with Mema for their annual visit. This time for two weeks. All three kids gone for two weeks. No kids for …

Crazy Vacation Utterances

Last week we vacationed at Gulf Shores for the week with Pepa.  It was a long, fun week filled with pool trips, beach outings and LOTS of seafood. Over the course of the week, in my state of sheer exhaustion from chasing kids in the sun, I may have said a few crazy things like: …

My Kid Got Kicked Out of Daycare

Ok, not really.  He only got suspended.  Yeah, only.  The dreadful day was last Thursday, when I got the call that our 3-year-old, Wonder Boy (as in I wonder if he’ll be the death of me), was in the daycare director’s office and needed to be picked up.  When I arrived, I was told he …

My little aspiring author

The Girl brought home a book she put together at school.  It’s a story she wrote and “illiastrated” about her Pepa. She was very proud of having done everything except the laminating, so I’ll be the proud mama and share: http://w723.photobucket.com/pbwidget.swf?pbwurl=http%3A%2F%2Fw723.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fww236%2Fstephhwilliams%2FBlog-DO+NOT+DELETE%2Fslideshow+post+tommys+story+may+2010%2Fc072843c.pbw

Wonder Boy … the Bully???

By the time I’m writing this it’s pretty much moot, which, despite the fact that it’s a reminder that I’m neglecting the blog, really is a good thing.  You see, before Thanksgiving, we were having a bit of a problem with Wonder Boy at daycare.  Okay, that’s an understatement.  Our 2-year-old was on the verge …

Escapades at the Children’s Hospital

Okay, so this one starts way back.  In a nutshell, my 7-year-old’s got high cholesterol.  Seems weird but it’s true.  We discovered that Boy Genius’ lousy cholesterol (that’s LDL for you science types) was higher than the average bear’s back when he was about 2.  A few years before, Pepa, who I thought was perfectly healthy, had …

You Get What You Get

Have you ever had that feeling like you’ve got so much in your head it’s bound to explode any second??? I’m certain this is not a feeling unique to me, but, at the same time, this is not one of those situations where misery loves company. And I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m miserable about …

That’ll Leave a Mark

Last Friday night was pretty awful (though in the grand scheme of things, not really). Pepa was here for a visit so, of course, we were eating out for dinner. We had an errand or two to run first, and it apparently takes an hour from the time we decide we’re leaving home to the …

Karma Crapped On My Keys

I used to consider myself an organizational guru. (See my previous post on Boxes!) I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Of course, it seems like with each child, I get a little more lax in the way I do things. I’m certainly no neat freak any more; I …