The Seasonal Slump

cal leaves

Seasons in Maine are not surprising, and I’ve always had affection for them all. From new school notebooks in the fall, the snow forts in winter, the first puffy-coatless day in spring, to the freedom of summer. As an adult, winter certainly presented the most challenges, with workdays meaning that sunlight is just a memory, […]

Now They Are Two


Well not quite, but in a few days, when we “celebrate” when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, my nuggets are inexplicably turning two. I am just trying it out now, as I am currently that mom who says my children are “twenty-three months” to the many Hannaford shoppers who inquire.  I used to think that […]

That Time I Stumped a Gallup Pollster


I recently answered a call from someone conducting a poll for Gallup. After ignoring their first couple attempts at calling, I eventually picked up while walking the dogs, an activity that passes for my “free” time.  Anticipating simple “who will you vote for” questioning, I was surprised to find myself engaged in a detailed questionnaire […]

“Hookable” Moments


Don’t worry; this is still a family blog. I’m referring to a technique that my husband taught me to help you remember those fleeting thoughts…the ones that often get lost when your attention is pulled elsewhere, a phenomenon that is all too common when your primary occupation is Toddler Wrangler. He explained that when you […]

1,000 Ways to Anger Your Toddler

It's all fun and games until I try to take those precious sticks away

Okay, maybe not that many. However, my children would like the general public to be aware of the many transgressions I commit every day that make their lives exceedingly difficult. Note: the last one just happened and it may be one of my favorite things ever. Replacing a yogurt-spackled blanket with a clean fluffy one […]

Things (That Should Be) Left Unsaid

Not impressed with my "no"

The other day, while checking if Clorox Wipes were safe to use on my new countertops, I learned that they should not be used for “personal” cleansing. It’s just one of those statements that make you wonder why it even had to be said. I had a similar feeling while explaining to Abel while the […]

My Two (Favorite) Dads


I’m not talking about the quirky late-eighties show with a pre-Mad About You Paul Reiser. (Does anyone remember why both guys thought they were her dad?  And also, with no USA Network in the nineties, what would we have done on sick days?) I’m talking about the two favorite dads in my life.  The one […]

Under Attack

under attack

These past couple of weeks I have felt like our house has been under attack. First to be under siege was my poor Abel, who all of a sudden had some odd bumps on his legs.  After going back and forth from Googling “Chicken Pox”, to thinking “but they were vaccinated” to Googling “Chicken Pox […]