Joyful Noises and Head Colds

I smell like swimming pools and Marc Jacobs perfume. I have a horrible cold in August and a roll on perfume thing. So I'd roll it on and think, "I don't smell anything. Is it broken?" and then roll again just for good measure. Ten minutes later my nose started working again and I was overpowered … Continue reading Joyful Noises and Head Colds

Phase Two: Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival

to read Phase One: The Drive click hereFor the third year in a row we went to the Fishing Festival, a magical place where the ponds overflow with trout and other people will clean your fish for you. It was a glorious morning, and we had Papa to help us with the hooks, bait, and the child wrangling. We … Continue reading Phase Two: Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival

Hamster Hurricanes

original artwork entitled "IT'S BEDTIME ALREADY GEESH!"I love my people, I really do, but tonight they stayed up until 10 p.m. giggling and sneaking out of bed to "blow on the hamster so it falls out of it's wheel". I remember sneaking out of my bed to party and eat bean burritos I had hidden under … Continue reading Hamster Hurricanes

Green Ponds, Golden Mornings, GOOSE POOP

I sleep with my window open so I can smell the jasmine and the roses that live outside my bedroom window. Sometimes I hear a dog howl. Sometimes I wake to the sound of ducks, quacking their brains out and splashing in our pool.It's not a bad way to start the morning, but seriously, keep … Continue reading Green Ponds, Golden Mornings, GOOSE POOP

What Shel Wore: It’s Udderly Awesome

I used to have Instagram but then I lost my phone and so here I am, taking photos with a camera like it's 2006.I haven't replaced my phone yet. Let's not talk about it, it's too boring to recount. The point is, instead of continuing my #whatshelwore series in the cool way, I'm back in … Continue reading What Shel Wore: It’s Udderly Awesome

Talk At Ya! What I’d Be Saying Today If I Could Say It

 Just when I think I'm developing a sensory disorder in my old age, what with all the screaming and running around and jumping off of things that comes with three boys, the weather gets a bit sunnier and Outside becomes part of our world again.  I can see them swinging and playing in the dirt … Continue reading Talk At Ya! What I’d Be Saying Today If I Could Say It

I’m Not Always The Bluebird of Happiness, But When I Am I Use Exclamation Marks Excessively

I didn't want to take my son to school today. It's dreary outside and I have a head cold and hair to match. I dragged myself out of bed and threw the other two children in the car without shoes. They were still wearing their pajamas. I loaded children, arguing with the three year old … Continue reading I’m Not Always The Bluebird of Happiness, But When I Am I Use Exclamation Marks Excessively

1920’s Murder Mystery Party Part 1: The Making of A Speakeasy

This past year I decided to throw a Halloween party, and here we are, in January, talking about it.I'm nothing if not prompt.How to throw an epic and ridiculously fun Murder Mystery Party for your friends (you know you want to):I bought my game from Dinner and a Murder. I purchased the PDF version for download … Continue reading 1920’s Murder Mystery Party Part 1: The Making of A Speakeasy

Pancakes With A Side Of Christmas Joy

December makes me giddy and bouncy and tired and excited. I'm a whirlwind of Christmas sprinkles and sometimes the Christmas sprinkles get on the floor, spilling everywhere, and I want to scream at people. Generally though, everything is sweet.Tonight we wandered off IHOP.I miss the days when it was called The International House of Pancakes. It … Continue reading Pancakes With A Side Of Christmas Joy

Picking Sides

Sean Connery. Where you expecting someone else?On Saturday we cuddled on the couch, eating store bought cookies and hugging fluffy bunnies with ironic names. We watched movies and had a dance party and ate pizza and we went home full. Next morning someone woke up with an amazing rash. We fretted and worried and waited for … Continue reading Picking Sides