Archive for August 2016

Hershey with 4 kids vs. Hershey with 1

Our semi-vacation week continues. We spent Monday and Tuesday at Hershey, the amusement park. Frequent readers will recall that this is where I took my 4-year-old and 6-year-old for their official "Mommy days" at the start of the summer. I enjoyed myself quite a bit on those two days. Taking all four (plus my husband) was a different experience. To be sure, we… read more »

Surviving Chuck E Cheese’s

We are on semi-vacation this week, doing a lot of day trips and trips that involve being gone one night. We started this weekend by visiting my brother-in-law's family in Maryland. We had planned to leave relatively early Saturday morning. At some point in there, I found all this water on the kitchen floor, and assumed the toddler had spilled something. So I wi… read more »

Running with the kid

The 9-year-old had stayed up with me to watch the Olympics. We watched the women race the 5000 meters. He asked when he could run. I said he could try running with me. We would just go for a short run, not 5000 meters, but I would be happy to try the next morning. He agreed. Then morning came and he snuggled with me on the couch. “I don’t want to go, mom.” Why not? H… read more »

The closet clean-out, and sundry updates

I spent a large quantity of time over the weekend trying on most of the clothes in my closet and figuring out what to donate, throw away, or keep. The upside is that I have chosen a few outfits for upcoming events, and my closet, though far from Instagram minimalist, feels lighter without this giant pile of stuff (pictured below — it’s off to the charity bin).… read more »

Eating well, or trying to

We all have skills we don't realize are skills until later. I love to travel, and while I don't have the ability to fall asleep in any place (oh, would that be useful on planes!) I have learned over the years that international travel is much easier if you can eat anything put in front of you. Who knows what the menu says? Who cares! I love food. It is not that I have a st… read more »