I decided to take a month off of drinking in January. There wasn’t a single experience or some sort of event that made me want to become a teetotaler. Rather, I’d noticed over the course of the last year that I was having a drink (or two…or three) every night. This habit caused me to […]
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So often I enter a new year with high hopes that it will be the “best ever.” I’ll leave the drama behind, cut out negativity, good things will manifest and all my worries will fade away. I imagine I’ll spontaneously drop to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’ll find the money for a stellar beach vacation, and […]
As it turns out, the incident in question was deemed to be an accident. Just as I suspected after I asked my child about it. Our childcare provider became involved and asked several other children what they witnessed. It was not a vindictive or intentional act.
My heart broke. I was not prepared for this conversation. Didn’t we have at least one more season of holiday cheer and magic ahead?! I quickly came up with a plan to minimize the damage. I told him that he was now part of a very exclusive and secret club.
As we settle back into the routine of the school-year, our family is busier than ever. There are after-school obligations and after-work obligations. With all the rushing around and varying schedules, it can seem impossible to get a healthy meal on the table, let alone find time to shop for healthy foods! Luckily, I have […]
Have I mentioned that Pecos, NM, has the lousiest cell coverage ever? I attempted to get my husband on phone, which was like the old cell phone commercial – “Can you hear me now?” NO. This is where I would normally lose my cool and breakdown. I might get snarky and rude. I might cry. […]
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a mouth like a sailor. I had always thought that I’d tone down my choice of words when I had children, but it’s become quite the opposite.
Every year as the days get longer and the temperature rises, I begin to feel the mountains pull at my heartstrings. At our house, we say “the mountains soothe the soul.” In the summer (and even into the fall) our family spends many weekends camping throughout the state. It’s one of the things I love […]
I’m often asked how I can stand to leave my kids when I travel for business. “Don’t you miss them?” Yep! “Who takes care of them?” Um, my husband. “Do you feel guilty?” Nope! I’ve been traveling for work since before I had children. Sometimes, internationally and for weeks at a time. Once our family […]
Four years ago our family decided to embrace the backyard chicken movement and become, what I like to call Urban Homesteaders. My husband grew up in the Old North End of Colorado Springs and had fond memories of the fresh eggs his family gathered. It also seemed that raising backyard chickens was becoming popular. We […]