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Posted on Jun 6, 2015 | 3 comments

Things I Learned at the Mall

Things I Learned at the Mall

It’s a good idea to visit your city’s biggest mall more than a couple times a decade if, for nothing else, than to miss out on that feeling that you’ve been missing out. I used to love to shop. In particular, I wanted to be in the center of the action, where the biggest stores with the most delectable selection were located. Don’t give me a rinky-dink suburban branch; I want the flagship store or nada. I want choices! Then, I had babies, they never stopped crying – ever, the world shuddered on its axis, and never settled down the same way again. My mall days were over. I was forced back to my former stomping ground today because, well, I stomped on my sunglasses. I cannot exist without sunglasses. I, however, do not have a sunglasses face: It takes several professionals with hundreds of styles at their fingertips to match one pair to my oddly-shaped head. Thus, no internet, no tiny store with ten styles would do. It was off to...

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Posted on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Protected: Bad Patient!

Protected: Bad Patient!

My children are sick. My male children are sick. My male, boyish, childish children are sick. Heaven help me. One of these boy children is particularly unskilled at enduring sickness with any shred of grace or tolerance. He spends his entire illness in a mild state of panic with a sneaking suspicion that the world is ending. As any spouse of a grown up male can tell you, practicing illness-induced panic throughout childhood generally makes perfect. Men are not usually the best patients. Oddly, my own male husband, Cute Banker, is pretty good at it. But he’s in the minority, and his genes did not get passed down. Heaven help us. My darling boy woke me up four times last night to tell me he was going to throw up. Wasn’t that thoughtful of him to include me in his plans? When I finally got back into a deep sleep, just as the sky was beginning to lighten, he engaged me in an argument! His thoughtfulness knows no bounds! I was in the top bunk (don’t ask) and...

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Posted on Mar 1, 2015 | 0 comments

March Homeschool Themes

March Homeschool Themes

This month in kindergarten, we are learning about spring, St. Patrick, shamrocks, the number three, green, emeralds and gold, rainbows, the letters P, R, S and T, sheep/wool, potatoes, Ireland, and the wind. Here’s a drawing of all our themes of the month. (See if you can spot all the 3s and the letters!) This month’s yoga pose is Cloud pose. We lie on our backs, imagining a puffy cloud bed. As the days go by, we add components: Breathe in and out and become the “wind.” Tense our muscles as hard as we can, one by one, then relax, becoming soft as a cloud. Carrying over last month’s “water/rain” theme, imagining our cloud is dropping raindrops down to earth. We talk about the part clouds and air play in the water cycle. We continue to do art, sing songs, go on nature hikes looking for things in the shapes of the letters of the week, tell stories (leprechauns, luck, and spring time), cook (Irish Soda Bread, green tea shamrock shakes, potato...

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Posted on Jan 26, 2014 | 4 comments

Happy Anniversary, Cute Banker!

Happy Anniversary, Cute Banker!

In reviewing our anniversary pictures, one thing is clear: we have to celebrate them a little more regularly! We have a picture of our first, second and third. Then, it kinda stops.   Granted, baby number two was born six days before our Fourth Anniversary. I honestly cannot recall even the shadiest memory of that one.   This isn’t as lame as it may look: you will remember it was my exuberant take-down of three hot dogs at one party that got Cute Banker’s attention in the first place. And we did pair them with martinis!   We did go out this year (although we forgot to take pictures!), to one of our favorite spots in life, and also discovered a new favorite. We kept it low-key, on budget, and simple. It was one of the best evenings we’ve had in a long, long time. It makes a difference to your life in general when you date your spouse. Keep dating, people!   Cute Banker is just as fun (and cute!) as he...

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Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Kids Playhouse / The Great Hope

Kids Playhouse / The Great Hope

  So, my kids got this.   It’s kind of awesome. And, it was practically free at an estate sale. Okay, it was totally free to us (thanks, family!).   And, we got a little help setting it up (thanks, family!).   Let’s pause now and remember why we call him Cute Banker. Ahh.   Now, where was I? Oh, yes. The kids helped, too.   Naturally, I took 167 pictures. (This would be the day I never changed them out of jammies. Not even matching ones). The kids call it “the cabin.” I call it Sweet Hope. I hope this playhouse can entertain my little be-jammied friends and help me with my daily goals like “Wash Clothes So Some of Them Match Once In a While.” Sweet Hope Cabin has been up a week and my kids are certainly playing outside – without me – more than ever before (which is to say, a little bit). I may soon be able to post all the things I want to tell...

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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 | 1 comment

To DO List

To DO List

What I Did Today: 1) Made a list of things to do this summer. 2) Wrote “watercolor.” 3) Put list down. 4) Watercolored.   As usual, my child’s talent surpasses mine by quantum leaps. This is his “Sitting Man.”   And, from his father’s work, you can see where my son gets his artistic talent.   Either way, watercoloring is fun. It’s relaxing. It’s zen. And it’s crossed off my To Do List, so I’m happy. An activity to please Type As and Type Bs alike! Ommmmm. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk

Me, while watching The Kardashians: Do you want to do something that’s, like, you know, productive? Cute Banker, while creating a cool, yet probably un-framable cartoon of our boys in iPhoto: Like watching The Kardashians? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Posted on Mar 4, 2013 | 3 comments

Superwoman in the Digital Age

Superwoman in the Digital Age

I’m a wife. I’m a mother. I’m Superwoman! Well, no, I am decidedly not that. But I am attempting to sculpt this nice little blog out of a mountain of granite, four minutes at a time. Most days, I gleefully chip away at it, while simultaneously performing my more important role as a climbing apparatus. Here and there, throughout the day, I set the kids up with some engrossing activity and slink off to the office. If I actually get there before a dirty diaper is flung off by one baby, and loudly announced by the other, I consider it a good sign. I sit down at the computer. Once I finish reading all my reader stats (AKA the MOST addictive thing in the WORLD), I get to work.   Soon, these people decide I could use some help. (So considerate!) I focus mainly on content: recipes, kids crafts, and random musings about whatever happens to be important that day. The fun stuff! But the reality is, this isn’t...

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Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | 0 comments

Guest Blogger: Cute Banker Speaks! He Grills! He Makes Suggestive Comments about Giada De La La!

Guest Blogger: Cute Banker Speaks! He Grills! He Makes Suggestive Comments about Giada De La La!

Here is Cute Banker’s first guest post. Given how much he likes to grill, this probably won’t be his last. Excuse me, I’ve got a few thousand grill tongs and marinating pans to wash. Enjoy! Michelle —- So, this is my first time blogging and I don’t really know what to do. Is it a journal, an editorial about something I am supposed to know something about, or perhaps I am here to entertain you, what am I a clown? (Just kidding). So, why am I doing this, you ask? We’ll get to that.   I had a pretty fun day today and I just finished barbecuing and having a couple of drinks… do friends let friends blog drunk? Well, I’m not drunk but after four years with two kids, a couple of beers is a party.   I had a weekday off today and, after the kids miraculously went down for a nap, I decided, rather late in the day, that I would barbecue. My latest barbecuing venture,...

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Posted on Jan 7, 2013 | 0 comments

My Favorite Things (Today)

My Favorite Things (Today)

There is nothing in life more fun than a new cookbook!   Add a comfy place to sit, a blankie, and someone to entertain my vermin so I can read the thing in peace, and it’s Heaven. While I’m at it, this also makes me happy: the fact that our weed patch has suddenly gone from scary, prickly brown to lush green (green weeds, but…still) without so much as one new seed of grass introduced by us, the terminally too-busy-to-bother-with-lanscaping people. Except that gaping dirt hole. My kids are never too busy to contribute a gaping dirt hole.   This little crew is also one of my very, most favorite things. Especially while engaged in home improvement activities. (Is it too much to hope that unassuming little avocado pit will evolve into a great, shady, fruit producing tree? Well, it’s a start to our landscaping efforts.)   These rusty old chairs are suddenly an inviting place to be, thanks to their new, green surroundings.   This pinot grigio kind...

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