• Family,  Homeschool,  Motherhood

    How is Homeschooling Going?

    First, I need to be honest and tell you that I didn’t even think I could cut it as a homeschool mom. I had pinned homeschool ideas for years before we took the plunge in preparation for possibly/maybe homeschooling Ella. Rather, I took the plunge. Because let’s face it, Ella had no idea what was involved. As long as she didn’t go to public school anymore, she was happy no matter what. I, however, was really worried. Worried I wouldn’t be teaching her enough. Worried about socialization. Worried about her falling behind. So how are we doing after four solid months of homeschooling? Am I teaching her enough? That is a great question that I…

  • Family,  Life,  Motherhood

    These Will Be The Good Old Days

    There’s this catchy song by Macklemore and Kesha (I know, I am just as surprised as you) that has been humming in my head all summer; playing on the car radio in between destinations; on the Apple Music account when Ella is dancing or when Anna is getting ready for the day. I wish somebody would have told me, babe Someday, these will be the good old days All the love you won’t forget And all these reckless nights you won’t regret Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change You’ll miss the magic of these good old days At first, I thought it so true of my teenage years. Man,…

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    Humor,  Motherhood,  Travel

    California….On a Kari and Anna Budget

    A few years ago, Anna and I talked about going on a girls trip after she graduated high school. Kind of a Gilmore Girls-ish style getaway before Anna went away to college. I don’t remember exactly when we started talking about it but over the past two years, it became less talk and more action. Because when your teenager ASKS to vacation ALONE with you, you take it seriously. We also had free airfare thanks to my husband’s airline miles through work travel, which made the decision even easier. We settled on California for a couple of reasons: the weather is amazing, there are lots of fun things to do, and…

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    Anxiety,  Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood

    I’m In Therapy

    I feel so Seinfeld, so Mad About You, so oh I don’t know, Diane Keaton movie about living in New York City and having a mysterious and very interesting life, right now. Remember when going to therapy meant you were rich? Or lived in the big city? Or were a nutjob? It doesn’t anymore. Oh, it still means you have some money because therapy is a gift in our country. A gift to those who have money, have health insurance. It shouldn’t be, but it still is. I went to therapy twice before in my life. Once when I was in my mid-twenties and married to my ex-husband. I was told…

  • teenagers, family, children, motherhood
    Motherhood,  Parenting

    Eighteen Years Ago

    Seems like a lifetime ago and really, it was. My oldest daughter turns 18 tomorrow. Eighteen years ago this week, I was getting ready to have my first child. I was watching a movie a couple of weeks ago (OKAY IT WAS PRETTY IN PINK) and in it, Duckie was rewinding a tape deck in Andie’s car and that simple action got me to thinking about all the changes I have seen in my lifetime. Then I started thinking about all the changes I’ve seen just since Anna (and Ella) were born. I didn’t have a pause, play or DVR button when I was feeding my newborn babies. Meaning I…

  • Family,  Life,  Motherhood

    What ADHD Really Looks Like

    October is ADHD Awareness Month. Educate yourselves and others by sharing accurate information, giving support to your loved ones and teaching your children compassion for others.    Our daughter has ADHD. I mentioned it years ago on the blog, so for regular readers, this information isn’t new. ADHD is different in every child: some have trouble retaining information, others struggle with anger, many have trouble focusing on a task, and making friends during all of this can be really tough. Last year, a friend on Facebook shared a meme about ADHD that bothered me. It was a brown leather belt and the text said, ” The Original ADHD Medicine”. It…

  • Family,  Motherhood,  Netflix

    Ella and Her Horses #StreamTeam

      Our Ella loves horses. Loves is an understatement. Lives is a better description. Ella lives for horses or her horses, as she says. To be clear, she doesn’t have any horses but in her mind, they are hers. Every horse she has ever met, hugged, ridden, said hello to from afar; they are all hers. Horses are Ella’s literal spirit animal. I hear people using the phrase “spirit animal” daily. That person is my spirit animal (which makes absolutely no sense). Pizza is my spirit animal (which makes much more sense).     Horses are pretty spectacular, but for Ella, horses carry her to a place where there is…

  • Childhood,  Life,  Motherhood

    When Did The Trees Get So Big?

    I was driving through my neighborhood this morning and noticed the trees that line the streets. When did these trees get so big? I said out loud to no one. A lot of my life is spent looking straight ahead; at the road while I am driving in my car, at the soccer field where my youngest daughter plays, through the camera lens while documenting important events. But on this day, I veered my gaze to the right of my well-traveled neighborhood streets. Then to the left. Good God when did they get so large?  My oldest daughter just finished the last day of her junior year in high school…

  • Life,  Marriage,  Motherhood

    BREATHE

      After the holidays, I started listening to my Lionel Richie Pandora channel because something about winter and Lionel Richie connects with me. I have a point with this but if you know me, there is a tangent involved. Here is the tangent: Lionel Richie is underrated. Maybe it’s a shit ton of 80’s celebrities dying last year at a young age that got me to thinking about it but it is how I feel.     The man can SING. And he is helping me get through the winter of 2017.   He is helping me to BREATHE   Recently, I told you about having to wear an event…

  • Childhood,  Motherhood,  Sponsored Post

    Why Radio Flyer Makes Me Misty

    Whenever I hear the name Radio Flyer, I relate it to little red wagons. Oh sure, they make much more than just little red wagons but for me, Radio Flyer will always be synonymous with a wagon. My first little red wagon was given to me by my grandma for my first birthday. I would pull my dolls around in it, pile toys in it, carry people inside of it. In fact, there is a memory of my brother and I fly down the hill of our childhood backyard in it over and above the weight limit, I am sure, as to recreate a roller coaster experience. It is a miracle…