Dear Mom – You Could Have Done Better

Dear Mom, I was sitting here during naptime today thinking of all the ways that I have already failed as a mother… Like the time that I somehow missed the marker on the floor and Simon ate it. Or how I posted pictures online of Alice sitting on the potty. Or how when Alice isn’t…

My mom

My new profession

When my brother left the house for college, my mom replaced him with a dog. Ella was the sweetest Cocker Spaniel puppy on earth. So much better than my brother! My mom would heat towels in the dryer and rock Ella to sleep at night. Ella would go to school with my mom every day…

Helping mom drink at Biggby Coffee

My Mom (Still) Loves My Brother More Than Me

When we bought our house three years ago, Miles was 2, Alice was 1, and I immediately became pregnant with Simon. The house that we bought had been vacant for two years. Prior to that, a woman had smoked in it for 20 years. There was wallpaper everywhere. In the kitchen, in the dining room,…

My Mom in Bed with Coffee

My Mom is Spoiled – and I Am Not

It’s often the case that my mom and my daughter FaceTime eachother in the mornings before Alice goes to preschool. It’s also often the case that my mom is still in bed during their morning conversation. Sometimes I listen in, but most of the time I’m busy getting the 2-year-old dressed or the 6-year-old on…

Bridge

A Letter from my Mother – About Camping

Dear Daughter, The next time you suggest a camping trip for the entire family – and you pick the place – the answer is no! Not maybe. Or, Oh that sounds like fun. Just. NO. Don’t get me wrong, we had a wonderful time in the woods with the kids – once my heart recovered…

My Mom is in Town

I Drive My Mother Nuts

I’m still recovering from my last week of camping and a stomach bug – not at the same time thankfully. I’m behind on the blog, but I thought this would be a good post to share with you today. I mean – seriously – the woman had Crisco in her camper! My mom is visiting…

Flaming Jesus

At the ripe old age of 21, I had my bachelorette party. My mom – never one to miss out on anything – volunteered to be our designated driver. Things were going well – there were matching T-shirts, lots of singing, lots of drinking… And then a pregnant bartender brought me a special shot. In…

Nick Whitney Sharknado

Me VS Him – Why My Mom Likes My Brother the Best

I always joke that my mom likes my brother the best, but I think it’s time to show you why. A comparison of our lives last week should give you a better idea of why my mom thinks he’s so great. Me versus My Brother Last week, I went to the grocery store and was…

My Mom at Biggby Coffee in Jackson Michigan

Our Return Visit to the Coffee Shop

And the Winner is: KATE BARTEE! Send me an email at [email protected] with your mailing address, and that 100 ounce coffee mug is all yours! Congratulations! I was in Michigan visiting my family last week, and my sister-in-law (the trashy one) and I decided it was time to get mom back to that coffee shop.…