Month: February 2014

We Are the Red Olympic Ring

This has been the sort of week when I’m feeling like my family is that red Olympic ring. You know, the one in the Sochi opening ceremonies that didn’t open. The one that is already on a clever t-shirt available for purchase online. But our ring fail has taken the form of an epic church meltdown, a corresponding mom meltdown for…

Shabby Sweet

Part of my ongoing project of coming to terms with my family’s limitations is to embrace our beat-up house. My home once lacked carpet poop stains, shredded furniture, and literal holes in the walls. In days past it felt pretty clean and fairly attractive. But my children came in like a wrecking ball. I told Dutch that we should re-envision…

Pool Protocol

Flyer I Should Have (in Hindsight) Prepared in Advance to Hand Out to Everyone at the Rec Center Pool During My Kids’ Swim Lesson: Good evening fellow pool patrons, swim instructors, life guards, and pool manager!  You’ve probably figured out that I am with the lanky boy in the short-shorts wetsuit-type swimsuit–the one with scary looking red spots all over…

Recipes

So I am totally NOT a food blogger. Sadly. That would be cool if I were Pioneer Woman-ish, but alas, we mainly eat tacos, spaghetti, French toast, and oven fries. And sometimes soup. Particularly on snowy days like this one when I yearn for something warm simmering on the stove all afternoon. But after reading my article on casseroles and…