10 in 10, Round 2

10 in 10, Round 2

7 a.m. It’s 6:55, and Sophia, Jonathan, Ollie, and I walk out the door like clockwork to meet the bus at the top of our cul-de-sac. We usually get up there, Ollie sniffs around the stop sign and fire hydrant, marks his territory, and the kids and I have about 10...
Recalibrating

Recalibrating

As soon as things appear to be dull at our place, we shake them up. What started as “let’s do the kitchen counters” has ended up with us putting an offer in on a house instead, a house that needs an incredible amount of TLC that will occupy us for at...
If you give a mom some remodeling money

If you give a mom some remodeling money

The kids sometimes bring home that book series like “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” and “If you give a Cat a Cupcake,” where the basic premise is you give on one thing and it leads to another and then another and everything spirals out of...

No hard feelings

This song has me undone. In case you’re not a raving fan, the Avett Brothers released their new album last Friday, on Jonathan’s sixth birthday, to be exact, and being a raving fan myself, I immediately plunked down $10 for my digital version. I already...
Best practices for vacationing at Gulf Shores

Best practices for vacationing at Gulf Shores

Immediately upon arriving, do not pass Go, do not bring belongings up to the condo, but head directly to the beach. You will not be sorry. Don’t forget that the change to Central time will result, for the first few days, in hangry kids who think you’re eating meals...