Category: Family Life

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 […]

Just Catching Up

Just Catching Up

Well!  It’s been a hot minute since I posted here, hasn’t it?  Life with kids is always a wild ride, but November and December seem to make things just a little more extra-special crazy. So, just to keep myself accountable and you in the loop, […]

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

To paraphrase the brilliant Jane Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a modern child in possession of everything (s)he could possibly need, must be in want of more.” This is true whenever grandparents come to town, when their birthdays roll around, and most […]

Oops! Pardon me, but my Grinch is showing.

Oops! Pardon me, but my Grinch is showing.

So, heyyyyyyy…it’s still November, yes? I thought so. And, yeah, I get it that I only have about 4 more days to stand on that particular leg of my argument.  But hear me out, OK? IT’S STILL NOVEMBER AND IT’S NOT EVEN ADVENT YET AND […]

I Hate Halloween (but don’t tell my kids)

I Hate Halloween (but don’t tell my kids)

Oh, Halloween, you cooky crazy holiday, you!  I really can’t stand your guts. Or your gore… or your gluttonous amounts of candy… your freaking expensive costumes…  But each year, you come back around with your Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins and your insanely cute kiddos and […]

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

My oldest son has been a licensed driver for four months now.  I am almost over the shock of it. Believe me, it will still occasionally take me by surprise when he suggests that he run an errand for me or something.  For instance, I’ll […]

Like Riding a Bike

Like Riding a Bike

We have successfully taught 3 children to ride a bike.  And one learned by accident. Well, I guess I can’t say that she learned entirely by accident.  She 100% knew what she was doing!  The rest of us, though, were completely gobsmacked when our youngest […]