How I Learned Bravery From My Five Year Old

How I Learned Bravery From My Five Year Old

I am constantly amazed by my kids.  Aren’t all parent, I guess?  Every time they experience something new or learn something or are randomly nice to each other, my heart just explodes with pride. “Look at my sweet son!  He chose not to tackle his sister when she stepped on his Lego car.  What a sweetheart!” If parenthood had a suit of armor, pride would be the visor on our helmets.  It’s what blinds us to their imperfections.  It’s what we look through and out of when we look at…

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Things I Do That Will Make You Feel Like a Better Parent

Things I Do That Will Make You Feel Like a Better Parent

It has come to my attention that I may have already done some irreversible damage to my son.  At sixteen months old, I may have already ruined him. EXAMPLES TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A BETTER PARENT THAN ME: Every time we pass a McDonald’s, Bean yells out, “Fench fyyyy!!  Fench fyyy!!” Bean can identify the following movies and television shows:  Cars, Finding Nemo, Sid the Science Kid, and Dinosaur Train Bean’s favorite food is chicken fingers. I use the vacuum cleaner so infrequently that Bean screams hysterically whenever I…

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Like Being Pecked to Death By Ducks

Like Being Pecked to Death By Ducks

My parents are famous for saying that raising two girls is like being pecked to death by ducks.  They just nibble and nibble and nibble away at you.  “Mom, can I have money for this?”  “Dad, can I break my curfew for that?”  “Mom, can you take me here?”  “Dad, can you buy me that?”  Nibble, nibble, nibble. Lately, I’ve begun to experience that same feeling.  Only, instead of being pecked to death by duck daughters, I am being pecked to death by duck dependents.  Namely my two legged dependent…

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15 Months Old

15 Months Old

Today Bean has his 15-month-old doctor’s appointment.  When I called to schedule it, I had to think twice about if he was really that old.  How could that be?  Wasn’t he just a newborn, like, yesterday?  And now, here he is riding around in golf carts and playing on putting greens with me and Chris.  Time flies, I tell you. Bean’s age right now is just a hoot and a half. He is so much fun. He even has a little sense of humor. He likes to hide from you…

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Granddads and Beans

Granddads and Beans

Since we have been staying with my parents, I have noticed certain characteristics in Bean that are becoming more pronounced.  Basically, I think he’s turning into my dad. But no where has this been more certain to me than last week when I walked in to find Beaner sitting in his granddad’s recliner. Big tummy. Laid back. Watching the Golf Channel. Yes.  Yes, I do believe that is a very short version of my father sitting right there.  Heaven help us all.

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Vacationing with Nana and Granddad

Vacationing with Nana and Granddad

First, I should start by telling you that the meanies who broke into our house stole my camera cable, so I haven’t been able to download any pictures.  To compensate for this, I will DESCRIBE the picture I’d like you to image.  Should be fun.  Hope you’re all wearing your Make Believe Hats today. Since we are staying with my parents for a couple weeks, Bean thinks he is on vacation.  And why wouldn’t he?  Being at Nana and Granddad’s is a lot like staying at a five star resort…

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Our Family is Growing!

Our Family is Growing!

Yes, it’s true. Our family of three just became a family of four. I’m so happy to announce the arrival of our slimy, scaly bundle of joy. I bought Bean a fish yesterday. Which caused an argument between me and Chris over the necessity of another living being in our house at the moment. But I insisted. Bean loves fish. Ergo, Bean NEEDS a fish. And now, Bean HAS a fish. Chris doesn’t think I can keep this fish alive, but I beg to differ. My track record with fish…

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It’s Not Worth It, Mr. Bear!

It’s Not Worth It, Mr. Bear!

DON’T DO IT, MR. BEAR! IT’S NOT WORTH IT! WE LOVE YOU! BEAN LOVES YOU! WHATEVER HAPPENED, WE’LL WORK THROUGH IT TOGETHER! JUST STEP AWAY FROM THE TRASH CAN! WHAT’S THAT, MR. BEAR? YOU SAY YOU CAN’T HANDLE BEING DUNKED IN THE TOILET ANYMORE? AND THAT IF BEAN DOESN’T STOP THROWING YOU IN THERE, THEN YOUR LIFE ISN’T WORTH LIVING? Actually, I don’t think I can help you with that. Jump on.

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Book Worms and Book Ends

Book Worms and Book Ends

One of the things that I am most proud of as a parent is Bean’s love of books and reading. I started reading to him before he was even born. I’d read things out loud to him while I was pregnant at night when I laid in bed. When he was a newborn, I’d get him all snuggled up in his PJs after his bath and we’d read a little story even though he mostly slept through it. And as Bean grew, that continued to be part of our nightly…

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The Sweetest Reason for Divorce

The Sweetest Reason for Divorce

The other morning at 7:30, Bean came toddling into my bedroom.  He had his two golf clubs with him, as always, and he used them to poke me awake.  Then he broke into his big ol’ giggle and started holding his arms (and golf clubs) out to be picked up.  I pulled him into bed with me and we snuggled and laughed and I hid from him while Bean swatted around with his clubs. Super sweet, right? WRONG. Absolutely not sweet. In fact, this is grounds for divorce in my…

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