Ginny vs. The Birthing Ball

So, my sister and I were talking this week and she told me a story that made me wet my pants.  Seriously.  I laughed so hard that I peed my pants.  I figured if that wasn’t blog-worthy, then what was? Ginny is currently eight months pregnant.  I think.  Maybe.  I’m not really sure because I’m a terrible sister.  But she is due in early January, so I think that’s probably about right. Anyway, for the birth of her sweet Baby Faith (is that not the sweetest name?!?!  We’ll have a…

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Hi. I’m Married to a Five-Year-Old.

Chris has two jobs on school-day mornings. He fixes the kids breakfast while I get dressed, and he takes Bean to school after Gracie and I leave at an earlier time. Easy peasey. No big deal. A few weeks ago, Bean randomly throws out at the dinner table, “I was late for school AGAIN.” “LATE?!” I screeched. “AGAIN?!?” And Bean, being the five-year-old boy that he is, sneered and pointed his finger at Chris. “It’s his fault, Mom.” “CHRIS!” I screeched. “It’s not that big of a deal…” Chris laughed.…

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Weddings + @Instagram = #truelove

Chris and I went to a wedding this past weekend that rocked my socks.  First of all, it had a crucial element to all successful weddings:  A happy couple.  Ashlyn and Josh are the sweetest, kindest, nicest, down-right-perfect couple. Example:  Last year when I was going through a rough time after my dad had died, the two of them decided they wanted to do something to give our family a day of pure happiness.  So, they showed up at Chris’s office one morning and gave him four tickets to Sea…

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Marriage, Money, and Mario

On Friday night, we had a movie night with our kids, which has become our weekly tradition.  We had a lot of fun with them, but both Chris and I were ready when they went down for the night.  We each had long work weeks full of stress and all the unpleasantness that makes work life annoying and frustrating, and we were looking forward to unwinding this week. Which was why it was his most brilliant moment as my husband when Chris dug out his old Nintendo from the guest…

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Rainy Summer Afternoons

We have entered that time of summer in Florida when afternoon thunderstorms are part of the daily routine. Every afternoon around 3:00, the heavens open up and rain down on us. I actually love this time of year. Our yard does, too. After weeks of brutal heat, the water refreshes all of us. Even Big Molly loves the afternoon showers. Last weekend, Chris and the kids hung out in the garage during the afternoon downpour. I poked my head out there a few times to see what was going on,…

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Learning Through Listening

One of the areas I have been trying to work on in my marriage has been truly listening to Chris and then reacting to his needs.  You’d think that would come naturally in a marriage, but it has taken surprising focus on my part.  The listening part I have really been working on and that is becoming much more natural to me.  But the second part that I have discovered our marriage needs is for me to react to Chris’s needs when I hear them. I had gotten in this…

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Closing My Mouth and Opening My Ears

I’m trying something new lately.  It’s pretty radical.  I’m almost embarrassed to say it because it’s just so OUT THERE. I’ve been listening to my husband. I know!  Crazy, right? I am a talker.  And, this might surprise you, but I’m also a bit of a type A personality.  SHOCKING, RIGHT?!?!?!  These qualities make me an excellent mother, blogger, and teacher.  I know how to take the reins and I can communicate really well.  Oddly enough, these qualities can make it very difficult to be married to me.  I KNOW!!!…

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The Grammar of Marriage

I’m never more reminded of how lucky I am to have Chris than when we face a challenge together.  Over the years, we have learned that the only way to make it through the ugly parts of life is to lean on each other for support.  I think that’s a pretty good lesson to have learned. I love Chris when he is there for me.  He has this calming presence that just puts me at ease.  He doesn’t have to be near me or touching me or talking to me.…

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I.O.U.

Sunday afternoon, Bean had a birthday party to attend at Nickelodeon Studios (another perk of Orlando life – awesome birthday party locations!).  Normally, I attend the birthday parties with the kids because… well, Chris’s patience with children other than our own is pretty slim.  Which I find ironic because he works in CHILDREN’S THEATER.  But, that’s a different issue which probably requires professional therapy, so we’ll just move past that one… On the day of this particular birthday party, though, I had a lot of things I had to take…

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Annoying Spouses

Chris has been driving me crazy lately.  Here is the latest in a long line of annoyances: He called me while I was out today and said he wanted to order a pizza for lunch.  It was 2:30pm and he was the only one who was hungry.  So, I suggested that he fix something quick for lunch and that we all go out to a sports bar and grill for an early dinner to watch the Gator basketball game at 5:30 instead. “Fine!” he snapped and then HE HUNG UP…

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