Category Archives: motherhood

My Tribe

A lot has happened in the last six months (obviously) but there’s one thing that changed drastically and has made a huge difference in my life.

I’m an introvert (tell us something we don’t know, Greta), and I’ve always had close girl friends that I can pick up right where we left off, no matter how long it’s been between visits (you know who you are). I cherish those friendships that will likely last a lifetime, and I miss those girls when I don’t get to see them. That’s a given. But I don’t go out to parties or social things that involve people I don’t know very well, it makes me super uncomfortable. I’d rather go to a coffee shop and talk over a latte for two hours with one or two people. In the last few months, though, a friendship has developed with two local moms (local, as in, ten minutes away and local, as in, unheard of in my adult life). I don’t even really know how it started, but we’ve become a trio of gals that chat every single day, at least a little bit, even just to check in on those super busy days we all have, go to each other first when we need to vent, get ideas, or just talk to someone over four feet tall. We also have gone out several times on days when we really, really needed a night away from momming. Those have been planned and completely spontaneous, both. Adult beverages or not, that time away is so good for the soul (the weary, overwhelmed, mom-first, woman-second soul).

I’ve always known that adult friendships are important, and getting time away from the family is super important, but I didn’t really have that before. I’m really, really thankful for them. You know who you are.

my tribe

Five. Already. For Real This Time.

The baby. My Boo. Today he turns five. FIVE! He’s been saying for the last year (or two) that he was five years old, but today, he really is. He’s been at home with me for five solid years, and in a few short months, he’ll be off to kindergarten. He’s obsessed with Louise “Waweese”Continue Reading

I Had To Help Her Move.

I never wanted an elf in our house, but the kids have them in their classrooms and kept asking when we’ll have one in our house. So last year, I got one that didn’t look like that skinny little Elf on the Shelf and tried to remember to move her occasionally. We named her Snowflake.Continue Reading

The Pups

Randy (Randall, Randall J. Simpson Funk, Rando) is the newest member of the family, coming to us a few months ago because he had a chicken-killing problem on the farm where he lived. He is passive as can be, definitely not the Alpha…more like the Delta. If he is confronted by the Big Dog, heContinue Reading

Have Yourself a Dino Little Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, John Hammond gave to me… Henry made up the 12 Days of Christmas: Jurassic Park Edition yesterday. Just try not to sing along. On the twelfth day of Christmas, John Hammond gave to me: Twelve pteranadons Eleven mosasaurs Ten ACU* Nine tyranosaurs Eight dino fights Seven saurapods Six DNAContinue Reading

Back To Bed.

He came downstairs this morning with his most perfect pouty face. “I was trying to take a nap, but you guys waked me up.” So he went back upstairs to his bed. I heard him singing to himself for a bit, but then got quiet. After awhile, he came back downstairs, and he was aContinue Reading

The Cutest Little Gamer

“Ervin, if you do that, you’ll regenerate. That means come back.” Essie is such a gamer, like her brothers. She comes by it naturally, although I’m more like Ivy and will only play if I’m in the exact right mood (I loved to play the fighting games with my guy friends because I was anContinue Reading

Bubble, Popped.

For someone that highly values her personal space, I’m not often without someone in it. This is my lap, always. It’s not terrible. And that’s a wrap on NaBloPoMoSorta, folks. Thanks for bearing with me.

The Beginning of the End

Four years ago, my whole family (parents, siblings, nieces and nephews) took two giant passenger vans down to San Antonio for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a long trip (we got stuck in Austin traffic for a really long time), but we did a lot of fun stuff and all of the cousins had aContinue Reading

So Very Thankful for…..

1. Name a color you are thankful for. I’m thankful for blue skies, blue eyes. I’m thankful for brown hair, brown dirt. White wine, white clouds. Yellow cheese, yellow sunshine. 2. Something your spouse does that you are thankful for. This is a very specific example, and thankfully does not happen regularly, but last nightContinue Reading