Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

A Time of Reflection

This time of year is always a time of reflection for me. I don't know about you, but there's something about the snow falling and hearing Elvis sing, "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas" that makes me stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and remember. And there's so much I remember. And lately… Continue reading A Time of Reflection

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

We picked out our annual Christmas tree this year. As the tradition goes, we pile in the car, usually late afternoon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and drive to the same tree lot we've been going to since my husband and I first started dating. After looking at just about every tree in the lot,… Continue reading That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

Back to School & Such Tragedies, Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

The Vacation – Prequel

Within 24 hours I'll be in a car, with three kids, a dog and a husband - heading out for our end of Summer-before school starts, vacation. It's been a while since I've gone on vacation. Like, years. Many, many years. I should be looking forward to it. The beach, the rest & relaxation. The unplugged… Continue reading The Vacation – Prequel

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Why February Hates Me

So I've been trying to lose weight. What else is new. Bad enough there are five birthdays in February to celebrate...mine included, but Valentine's Day too? February sucks for losing weight. And once you've opened the door to a piece of cake, the others want to enter. Bring on the cupcakes, chocolates, and all things sweet… Continue reading Why February Hates Me

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Telling the Truth…About Santa

A few years back, we told our oldest about Santa. He was eleven at the time. And by 'we' I mean my husband, because in all actuality, I was a coward, and just couldn't bring myself to destroy my son's childhood. And guess what? It did not go well. So when my middle turned eleven… Continue reading Telling the Truth…About Santa

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

It’s That Time of Year Again…

I’ll admit it. I love this time of year. When the days grow shorter, and the air becomes crisp, and the smell of a wood burning stove permeates from house to house, I revert to a child-like state. It’s the beginning of the holiday season. From November to January, I am in a perpetual good… Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again…

Back to School & Such Tragedies, Holidays & All Things Chaotic

Why Back to School is Better than Christmas

This day has finally arrived. I mean, I knew it was coming. Like, in my head, I knew it. I mean, it just made sense, right? It comes eventually, right? I just didn't believe it. I couldn't. The possibility of all three of my kids leaving the house for 6 whole hours...I just couldn't imagine.… Continue reading Why Back to School is Better than Christmas

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

The Birth of a Miracle

My baby girl turns 9 years old tomorrow. The youngest of my children. The 3rd. The miracle. As I prepare for her party, baking strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting, and her, right beside me stirring and mixing...I'm reminded. I remember hearing the words 'trans-location' and 'fused chromosomes.' I remember being genetically tested for the first… Continue reading The Birth of a Miracle

Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

Over the Top…Birthdays & Such

My daughter's birthday is this week. But for the past, oh I don't know, 3 months, she's been talking about what she'll want to do for her 9th birthday. Should it be a mermaid theme? Oh wait, no Unicorn! Yes, Unicorns are the best. On the other hand, Winnie the Pooh...yes, a Tigger pinata. A… Continue reading Over the Top…Birthdays & Such