It Starts With Me

It Starts With Me

My mood is deeply and intrinsically tied to the atmosphere of my household. I never saw the truth in "Happy Wife, Happy Life," until I became a mom. The impact my emotions have on my family is immense. If I'm cranky, short-tempered, anxious, sad-I quite literally see it mirrored in the faces of my family [...]

Worth It

Worth It

Last week, I was in the process of scheduling an imaging appointment after seeing my doctor. The office called to discuss financial responsibility in advance and to ask me demographic questions. The typical string of questions were asked, but one in particular surprisingly stumped me. "Are you employed?" she asks, nonchalantly. "Oh, uh..." I stuttered. [...]

The Enemy is a Liar

The Enemy is a Liar

Tuesday morning was rough. Long story short-John has been hating diapers lately. He goes potty once and then begs to be changed. He was displaying many signs of potty-training readiness, so I decided I'd start a little potty-training introduction beginning Monday. Well, Monday was a disaster to say the least. But most of the potty [...]

Eventually

Eventually

“Wow, I’m amazed you can get them to keep their hats on,” said a mom beside me. I was pushing the boys on the swings and she was swinging with a little girl much younger than my boys. “It’s been a long time comin’,” I laughed. And then I was immediately transported back to the [...]

Grateful

Grateful

In our room, there’s a little collection of things that belong to the boys. I keep it on the dresser by the door to remind myself to return them to the nursery or to their play area where they belong. Little socks that find their way into our laundry. Toy cars left behind by constant [...]

Renovations by Storm: Drinks are on Me

Renovations by Storm: Drinks are on Me

During this renovation journey, our patience, our parenting skills and our marriage was tested. It was a never-ending juggling act between Jimmy and me. We were constantly trading and adjusting our roles and responsibilities as husband&wife, mom&dad, shared homeowners, working spouse & stay-at-home mom. But, as is life’s constant reminder, the universe does not operate [...]