When is it ever enough?

Fifth grade graduation ceremony. Fifth grade graduation party. Church Fair. Last day of school party. End of year picnic. Field Day. Ice Cream Social. When does it end? Kids will be kids, that I get. Fun is fun and they deserve to have some, that's true too. But sheesh! Stuff like picking up gifts for…

The Sick Breath

This morning my almost ten-year-old son gave me a kiss, and suddenly I panicked. He has the "sick" breath. We are coming into summer weather this week among many other end-of-school activities galore, and my son presents me with the infamous sick breath at the onset of the week. I don't have brushes with the…

What is really FAIR?

This weekend has arrived at our annual local church fair. The kids wait for the opening event with excitement and anticipation while parents (especially in this current economy) cringe at the thought of shelling out a week's wages to torture themselves for two hours of low-quality family fun. This is what I expressed to my…

Ordinary Weekend

This weekend was one of those happy-busy times when there's a constant flow of movement, little rest, little actually accomplished but oddly, something gained. My husband had the day off work Friday and we took the rare occasion of having daytime hours to be alone togther while the kids were in school. Typically when we…

Wonky Michigan Weather

Erratic Spring weather in Michigan is no surprise. We know that 70 degrees and sunny can be here today, gone tomorrow at the turn of a dime. In fact I make it a practice NEVER to buy my annual flowers until Memorial Day weekend. Those gorgeous days do not fool me into thinking they will…

How do you spend your free time?

This year has been busy for our family with the mama taking 3 classes and the daddy travelling a lot. So my ability at most times to get through the daily bustle of family life is limited to basic essentials: meals, bathing, homework and driving to and from school. While my kids are in school…

Mother’s Day Mayhem

Here it is: the post I swore I'd never write. But I must. Because this is the 11th Mother's Day these feelings have resurfaced and quite honestly, they need to be released or I'm gonna burst. But before I go there, I have a painful but honest disclaimer. I am a person rather concerned with…