Mermaid Party: Tesla’s 3rd Birthday Celebration

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Tesla is still young enough that I can choose the theme of her birthday party (but I think this was the last time). I wanted to do something at our home, with her sweet friends from daycare. I also wanted to keep the party simple (as I am prone to go a little overboard on Pinterest and I have to reign myself in), so I focused on just a few fun decorations, some snacks, and a couple of … [Read more...]

Step Up White People

Hi. When you were a kid, hearing stories about genocides like the Holocaust, did you ever wonder what you would have done? Would you have been someone who stood up to the hate groups? Would you have be someone who didn't worry about it because it wasn't impacting your life? Or, would you have been someone who saw what was happening and, while you were shocked by it, didn't do anything to stop it? … [Read more...]

How Many Boxes Hold Your Life

I used to keep a lot of stuff. Boxes and boxes of stuff. Then I began culling, donating, sharing stuff with friends. I still have boxes of stuff, sentimental things from childhood, items from our wedding, special outfits from when the kids were babies. The usual stuff. But I also had boxes of stuff from my first husband, Mark. After he died, I had so many containers filled with the things I … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned: Listen To Your Mother Essay

The amazing women of the 2017 Austin Listen To Your Mother cast!

There is a wonderful show called Listen To Your Mother that the fabulous Ann Imig created about a decade ago. The show is all about supporting motherhood in all its forms. I have been planning to submit an essay to participate in a show for years, and have put it off for years. Then Ann announced that 2017 was going to be the last year of the show. Since this year is my year to move, I pushed … [Read more...]

Most Middle-Child Conversation, Ever

While Tobin loves his little sister, he's pretty "meh" about her most of the time. Not hostile or anything, but generally he ignores her. This week, he had a project due where he had to create a timeline of his life. He had to choose 6 events from his life to talk about. He decided he would do his birth, his first birthday, getting his first dog, and then he was stuck. This is the conversation … [Read more...]