I might actually miss them when they’re gone
Tue, 4/01/11 – 13:03 | Comments Off
I might actually miss them when they’re gone

I’m doing a little better at this work-at-home/parent-at-home gig now. This year, it took me until Day 17 of their 18-day Christmas break to cross over to losing-it loony.
That point came this morning, as I …

The guys mark one off their bucket lists
Mon, 3/01/11 – 10:56 | One Comment
The guys mark one off their bucket lists

Big Guy had been looking for a do-over for two years, ever since his last winter wonderland adventure ended in tears.
Boots yearned with all the passion a 5-year-old can muster to again experience the heavenly …

Egg-free lemon loaf
Sat, 1/01/11 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Egg-free lemon loaf

Boots adores the lemon loaf at Starbucks – he fell in love when he and I used to sneak off for coffee and pastries before Big Guy got home from school, back when Boots was …

I can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring
Fri, 31/12/10 – 9:53 | 2 Comments
I can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring

I’ve had friends in my life who have done pretty interesting things – feats that make the guys roll their eyes and think “why can’t I have a cool mom like that” when I tell …

A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that
Thu, 30/12/10 – 17:51 | One Comment
A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that

So it turns out that the number of people going to emergency rooms as the result of food allergies might have been dramatically underestimated, according to new research.
Reuters reported this week that an article in …

The sleepover that almost wasn’t
Thu, 30/12/10 – 13:53 | 3 Comments
The sleepover that almost wasn’t

From the second a friend called to suggest it, I’d fully expected the sleepover to end in a wee-hours run to their house.
Boots is just too young and too clingy, I thought. Facing a night …

Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.
Wed, 29/12/10 – 18:00 | One Comment
Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.

Note to Sara Palin: Michelle Obama is free to stop by my house any evening and tell my kids they can’t have dessert. After seven-plus years of this war, I’m battle fatigued. Michelle would probably …

A boy’s knees
Wed, 29/12/10 – 11:51 | One Comment
A boy’s knees

Just look at those knees, an older man proclaimed the other day at the barbershop as we waited for the guys’ semi-annual shearing. You can tell he’s active, he nodded approvingly. Those are a boy’s …

Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever
Tue, 28/12/10 – 11:54 | One Comment
Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever

Mommy I want Santa to bring me that, Boots said as an Easy Bake oven commercial aired.
I ignored him, because Boots wanted virtually everything he saw on TV or in an ad this year. But …

Never get in the middle of a fight with a chihuahua
Mon, 27/12/10 – 10:51 | 3 Comments
Never get in the middle of a fight with a chihuahua

Did you ever do something totally stupid but think that for some reason you were going to get away with it?
Yeah, me, too. All the time. You’d think by now I would have learned that …

Merry Christmas, Dad
Fri, 24/12/10 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Merry Christmas, Dad

My heart goes out to anyone who I think is going to have a less than spectacular Christmas.
I hate it for the soldiers I still see using the WiFi in Starbucks on post. I fear …

A SWAT for hooping it up on a holiday
Thu, 23/12/10 – 17:34 | Comments Off
A SWAT for hooping it up on a holiday

Having logged more office hours on holidays than I care to count, I get  Phil Jackson and LeBron James when they complain about working on Christmas Day.  Even the Grinchiest of us get a bit …

The Christmas … pizza?
Thu, 23/12/10 – 11:22 | One Comment
The Christmas … pizza?

I managed to corner a neighbor for a hushed conversation this morning as half the households on our street rushed to get garbage cans out to the curb in time. Without the kids in school, …

A tricky conversation that went well
Wed, 22/12/10 – 10:16 | Comments Off
A tricky conversation that went well

Big Guy was looking over my shoulder last night as I was writing a post about 13-year-old Katelyn Carlson, the peanut-allergic Chicago girl who died from anaphylaxis after a party at school.
He often does that, …

Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere
Tue, 21/12/10 – 18:34 | One Comment
Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere

There’s egg-free, and then there’s the kind of egg-free that led Big Guy to puke up his pastries despite a donut shop owner’s assurances that he didn’t use egg. It was true as far as …

Big Guy’s big goal
Tue, 21/12/10 – 13:21 | Comments Off
Big Guy’s big goal

Mommy I have a goal, Big Guy announced last week.
What is it, I asked, fearing the answer would involve violence and mayhem performed upon his brother.
I want to be a brown belt by this time …

Another egg-free gingerbread cookie
Sat, 18/12/10 – 5:42 | 4 Comments
Another egg-free gingerbread cookie

It’s funny how Boots always kicks off gingerbread season.
Last year, it was because he’d seen an episode of something – “Max and Ruby,” I think – in which they built a gingerbread house. We had …

Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework
Thu, 16/12/10 – 10:07 | 3 Comments
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework

Like most of my instances of parenting genius, this one was pure dumb luck, too. Not to mention laziness.
It was a Sunday night at the end of a hectic weekend, and I just did not …

If you send a kid a Christmas card …
Wed, 15/12/10 – 12:35 | Comments Off
If you send a kid a Christmas card …

(In the style of “If You Give a Mouse A …,” with apologies to Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.)
If you send a kid a Christmas card, he’ll oooh and aaah over the cute and cuddly …

Hey, you. I have a kid up there, too.
Tue, 14/12/10 – 12:31 | 2 Comments
Hey, you. I have a kid up there, too.

I have a preschool graduation video in which a woman’s rear plays a prominent role. Camouflage is not a flattering pattern for her.
I have footage from a karate demo that shows more of a mom’s …

The Hickory Farms pizza gift pack
Mon, 13/12/10 – 14:44 | Comments Off
The Hickory Farms pizza gift pack

You’ve just received a Hickory Farms holiday gift pack – three weeks before the holiday, thanks to the stunning efficiency of both Hickory Farm and of the U.S. Postal Service.
Do you stash it under your …

The kids are gonna be all right
Fri, 10/12/10 – 14:02 | One Comment
The kids are gonna be all right

I was grumpy and sleep-deprived after “The Sleeping Doll,” a book that was supposed to help me get to sleep at 9,  kept me awake until 1 when I couldn’t put it down.
I was a …

Feeling the magic – for at least one more year
Thu, 9/12/10 – 13:11 | One Comment
Feeling the magic – for at least one more year

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no …

An open letter to a bully
Wed, 8/12/10 – 13:07 | One Comment
An open letter to a bully

Dear Punk:
Did you know that’s what the little kids in the neighborhood call you? I bet that doesn’t sit well with your tough-guy self-image, with the you who takes pride in running children out of …

A boy and his dog – or is that the other way around
Tue, 7/12/10 – 14:08 | 3 Comments
A boy and his dog – or is that the other way around

Some boys just need to have a dog. You can tell which ones by the way their faces light up the second they’re around a pup, they way they’ll play together for hours without a …

Deadlines put others first at Christmas
Mon, 6/12/10 – 14:00 | Comments Off
Deadlines put others first at Christmas

We’d bought the Christmas tree just days after Halloween – a two-footer that took some bending to fit in a box that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship, but we did it. …

Thanksgiving
Wed, 24/11/10 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Thanksgiving

I am thankful for my family. We are getting a turkey. I am also thanking for after this is Christmas. Thanksgiving is my third favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is the most thankful holiday.

It turns out there was a reason to buy a turkey
Wed, 24/11/10 – 11:30 | One Comment
It turns out there was a reason to buy a turkey

I bought a turkey two weeks ago, and at the time I had no idea why. It was a 13 pounder, because the commissary didn’t have anything smaller, and I had to cram it into …