My Life

Reflections on Motherhood

Everyone has those days. You know. The ones where so many things go wrong it’s almost comical? Yeah. Today was one of those days for me. Or maybe it wasn’t so much that everything went wrong, as much as I had a really bad attitude and so all the little things that went wrong seemed like big things and I just couldn’t deal.

I knew motherhood would be hard. Or rather, I “knew” motherhood would be “hard.” It’s difficult to really know how something will affect your life before it actually happens. I had this notion that once I became a stay-at-home-mom, I’d have time for all the crafting and baking that I never had time for before. I had visions of myself sewing or crafting or baking as my sweet offspring played nearby, occasionally showing me what he or she had made, and my praising him or her for what a smart child he or she is.

Ok, I knew it would be harder than that. But I didn’t fathom that most evenings would be me, in the kitchen, desperately trying to make something like mac & cheese with a toddler clinging to my leg and shrieking if I didn’t pick him up. I didn’t dream that I’d have a child who wouldn’t nap more than half an hour for the first 6 months of his life. And I don’t even have a particularly difficult child. (more…)

Black Friday and The Right Way to Decorate a Christmas Tree

Hello, friends.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I did.

I know it’s Cyber Monday now, and not Black Friday. I’m far more partial to Cyber Monday. It means I can sit at home in my pj’s and get deals on Christmas gifts. Some days I think that I might never get out of my pajamas if I didn’t have to. They’re just so comfy.

I’m not a big fan of the whole Black Friday thing. Maybe it’s because where I grew up there was no Black Friday. We knew of Black Saturday, but that’s a whole different thing. I remember when I was a kid, when we were here in the U.S., there were always after Thanksgiving sales, but I kind of feel like the whole thing has gotten out of hand. I mean, I really love shopping. And I love getting a good deal. But am I willing to risk life & limb over it? No thanks.

Plus, to me, Thanksgiving weekend is a time to celebrate our blessings and spend time with our loved ones. The Black Friday craze takes away from time with our families and friends, and drives us more and more to materialism, on the day after we’ve just given thanks for the things in life that really matter. (more…)

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Little Man & me!

I had jack o’ lantern cookies I’d planned on making, but I ran out of time. I’m disappointed because they were going to be super easy and cute and you all would have loved them. And I was going to make sure to take in-process pictures to describe the process. But, alas. It was not meant to be.

I’m hoping to still have time today to do a simple Halloween craft, and if I do, I’ll post it later today. But if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know it just didn’t happen. In the meantime, check out my craft from last year!

Because I’m an Overachiever

The Missing Tupperware Lid

If you’re a parent of a small child, this story will probably sound a lot like your daily life. If you’re a parent of an older child, you might vaguely remember days like this. If you’re not a parent, this might help explain why your friends who are parents seem, well, crazy most of the time.

On Sunday, I made these, a homemade twix bar of sorts. They’re pretty good, but I overcooked the caramel a little, and I think the base could have been cooked longer. Anyhow, that’s not important. The important part was that, Sunday night before bed, I went to put them away in a tupperware container. I found the perfect sized one and lined up the bars nice and evenly. Then I went to get the lid. (more…)

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