I Want to Watch Olaf the Snowman Melt and Die

The last straw came with this announcement from my seven-year-old daughter: “Uh, Mom, my jacket is ripped again.” “Noooo!” I moaned. “Please, not the winter jacket!” “My jacket is way too small,” chirped her older sister. “Your jacket is just fine,” I told her. Then I took a good look at both of them, standing …

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Will my Daughters Remember Me at my Best or my Worst?

It was not my best moment. When my daughters began loudly squealing and crying while the Hubster was on a conference call, I erupted into a “wag and shout” – wagging my finger in their faces while shouting at them. Well, except since the Hubster was on the phone, I didn’t raise my voice. Instead, …

Fifty Shades of Parenthood – The Truth about Sex after Kids

Christian and Anastasia Grey.......After the Children Little Charlie on my hip, I’m shouting at Teddy and Phoebe to stop hitting each other when Christian arrives home from work....late. “Cripes, we’ve got only 20 minutes to get to Teddy and Phoebe’s soccer practise,” I say, annoyed. “Can’t Taylor take them?” says Christian. He looks tired. His …

Forget the Flowers – Clean Your Way Into This Tired Mother’s Heart

I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight that greeted me in our living room recently. While I took our daughter to gymnastics, The Hubster surprised me by taking down the Christmas tree, packing away all the decorations (even carefully boxing up our miniature Christmas village!) and....wait for it.....vacuuming the fake pine needles …

I Swear I Will Do Better

Here’s something you don’t want to hear from another mother: “Hey, your daughter taught my son how to say the F-word.” Yep. There it is. A proud parenting moment indeed. “Did you know you’re not supposed to say the word ‘duck’ with an ‘f’?” says my seven-year-old daughter chattily to her pal in the backseat …

Why I Run…….

The Hubster asked me to write a guest post for his wonderful running blog.....Racking Up the K's. He asked several running friends to write about why they run. Turns out, his running friends have lots of inspirational stories to tell. Below is my post. You can read the others here:  http://barrettkevin.wordpress.com/ Why I Run I …