A Whole New World, A Whole New Light

So… I cried during the new release of Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. This did not come as much of a surprise to my kids (and truthfully, not much to me, either). We’ve all rather come to expect this type of behavior from me as par for the course. There’s not a sports ceremony, dance recital, […]

We Are Done

  With the recent and abrupt self-weaning of my 2-year-old comes yet another stark realization: I think the growing of my family is done. There’s no “think”, actually. Rob would most certainly state that we are done. I suppose I say think because it’s only just recently that I have slowly and finally come to […]

A Trio of Tradition

A few days ago I shared a trip down memory lane of our gingerbread houses over the years, only to just now realize that I haven’t added any updates for the past three years. *Shrugs* What can I say? Children zap brain cells and memory space, and that’s a fact. But, to state my same […]

A Kindness Remembered

  Today, my heart is heavy. A back story: Ten years ago a complete stranger showed me a random act of kindness that to this day still leaves me in awe whenever I reflect upon it. I was your typical broke college student who found myself in a situation where my current lease was ending […]

To My Baby Boy/Big Boy On His 5th Birthday

Dear Mattykinz, It seems ridiculous to think of it now but when I first learned you were going to be a boy, I was filled with worry and apprehension. I’m not really into cars, dirt, sports, bugs, or pretty much anything that is typically associated with raising a boy. And even though I know those […]

More Like Divorced at First Sight…

Well that went downhill quickly! After finally catching up on all episodes of Married At First Sight Season 2, I’m surprised ( and yet, not so surprised) to learn that 0 for 3 couples have remained together. And that not only did they merely separate, but some of them ended badly. I’m a few weeks behind […]

Our Weekend #2

Dear Babes, We started our weekend off with our usual Friday family movie night and watched Night at the Museum. You enjoyed the movie, requesting already to know if there was a “next one” that we could also get, and for us to go on a trip to a museum like the one in the […]

The Family Dinner Round Table

I did not grow up in a family that sat at the table and ate dinner together daily. I don’t know that there was any particular reason; it just wasn’t something that we did. And yet we are still very close with only the same reasonable level of dysfunction as any other family. So I’ll be […]

Our Weekend

Dear Lila and Matthew, You Babes had a full and fun-filled weekend, starting with our regular Friday night ritual of popcorn and a family movie (this time it was The Muppet Christmas Carol.) Early Saturday morning we had breakfast with Daddy and then you hit the road with Mommy to ride to her hometown an […]

To My Baby Girl/Big Girl on Her 5th Birthday

Dear Lilabeans (aka My Lil’ Puddn Pop) It was this exact time 5 years ago, at 7:04 pm, that you came into the world and made me into a mother. Barely six pounds, so tiny and scrawny, and a terrible feeder and sleeper, you were just so unbelievably clingy and…needy, as I suppose all babies […]

Catching (Up With) the Gingerbread Man

It started the year I left for college, when I was homesick and missing my family, particularly The Babies: my oldest niece and nephew who were 4 and 5 at the time and my youngest nephew, only 6 months old when I moved away and whom I felt I had barely gotten to know yet. […]

Why I’m Happy There Will (Maybe) Be a 3rd SATC Movie

So, word on E 73rd St is that there will be a third installment of the Sex and the City movie franchise after all. And I, for one, am really excited to hear this news and would pre-order my ticket right now if I could. The naysayers and critics of the show and the movies […]

A Preschool Crush

My 3-year-old flashes me a mega-watt smile every morning when I wake him up and he still squeals with delight every afternoon when I walk into his class at daycare to pick him. At night he cuddles with me in the recliner clutching his race car cup of milk.  I squeeze him tight and stroke his […]

The Two-Year Itch

Since our wedding three years ago, eight marriages have taken place within our social circles. Five of them are already over. I don’t purport to know anything about what goes on in anyone’s marriage. You can never know what is happening behind closed doors. All I can speak on is simply the melancholy I felt […]

In love at First View with “Married at First Sight”

I’m not sure just how radical an idea FYI network’s “social experiment” Married at First Sight truly is. Haven’t there been arranged marriages since the beginning of time? Which, to me, doesn’t even sound like all that crazy of an idea. This “experiment” should be even better than a traditional betrothal as it’s not simply a […]

Because I Can

It is the anniversary-eve of the Sandy Hook tragedy and here I sit, reading in disbelief the news of today’s latest school shooting. I am taken back to the moments one year ago tomorrow, as I grieved with the nation over the insensible loss of  innocent children, all-the-while fighting a rather encompassing and most urgent […]