Category: Family Life

Birthday Party Not Included

Birthday Party Not Included

Our youngest daughter turned 8 a few days ago.  And we didn’t throw her a birthday party. (Cue the shock and awe here!) Now, I’m pretty sure that by today’s parenting standards, we are big fat losers.  I mean, it seems like every time I […]

Colorado and the California Zephyr

Colorado and the California Zephyr

Imagine it with me, friends.  Exploring the city on foot, taking train tunnels straight to Narnia.  Beer tastings and amazing breakfasts.  Fabulous hotels, excellent coffees, and views to die for.  Does that sound like a good time to you? Almost two weeks ago now, Greg […]

Popular Opinion Made Us a Couple, Love Kept Us One

Popular Opinion Made Us a Couple, Love Kept Us One

It was a usual Thursday morning, earlier this month.  Greg was getting ready to head to work.  The kids were making their lunches and being reminded to brush their teeth.  It was pretty darn normal (i.e., typically crazy) in our kitchen.  But it wasn’t just […]

The Anniversary I Forgot, But He Remembered

The Anniversary I Forgot, But He Remembered

When was the last time you felt really appreciated?  Like knocked off your feet, blown away, seen, known, and loved by another human being kind of appreciated? For me, it was this morning. Today, Greg celebrates his 15th anniversary working for J&J.  And, by default, […]

Stay-at-Home-Mom is a Misnomer…and other lessons from 15 years as a SAHM

Stay-at-Home-Mom is a Misnomer…and other lessons from 15 years as a SAHM

Fifteen years.  I’ve been at this SAHM gig for 15 whole years now.  How is that even possible? Well, I’ll tell you how.  Time flies, man.  Time flies. I became a mom, and therefore a working mom, while I was an elementary school teacher in […]

Adios, Winter Break!

Adios, Winter Break!

It is official, winter break is over.  The kids went back to school this morning and my house is finally quiet again. Cue Andy Williams and sing with me now, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Don’t get me wrong, though!  I love […]

2018 – The Good Parts Version

2018 – The Good Parts Version

In an effort to not end the year in a total buzzkill of a hormonal funk (see previous post), I’ve decided that my last blog post for 2018 should be nothing but good stuff.  It’s time to shake off the grinchy green and feel a […]

The Mantra that Saved My Christmas

The Mantra that Saved My Christmas

Yes, friends.  I had a mantra on repeat inside my head this year.  And it had nothing to do with sugar plum fairies, Santa, or cookies.  It wasn’t anything along the lines of “I’m just so happy!” or “It’s the most wonderful time of the […]

AWG Christmas Movie Compendium

AWG Christmas Movie Compendium

Well, this sure was a fun post to put together!  A better list of fun and festive, heartwarming and hilarious holiday flicks, I never did see. I asked readers and followers on both Facebook and Instagram this week about their favorite Christmas movies.  Y’all have […]

Wait. I’m supposed to WHAT in joyful hope?

Wait. I’m supposed to WHAT in joyful hope?

This is it, kids.  We are in the final countdown and Christmas will be here one week from today.  Baby Jesus will be in the manger.  Santa will have visited.  And your family room will be strewn with all manner of wrappings and trappings and […]