As my rough band of renegades and I strode into Snappy Tomato, all seven heads in the place turned, a mixture of fear and awe plainly visible on their faces. I paused for a moment, lowered my aviators, and took a quick look around the room. “It’s in the back, gang,” I muttered to the […]


June 8, 2011

Crane Day, 2011

It was one of those perfect fall days when I took the kids to the zoo on Friday, and if I’ve learned anything as an amateur photographer, it is to take my camera with me everywhere I go this time of year. Those of you who love taking pictures know that in late afternoon when […]


November 15, 2010

See How They Grow

Yesterday morning, my husband and I hauled ourselves and our little ones out of bed and drove three hours up to Santa Claus, Indiana, for a visit to… HOLIDAY WORLD!! It was our second visit and I have to say we’re completely hooked. I know the place sounds completely kitschy- and it is- but Holiday […]


October 11, 2010

Baby’s First Roller Coaster Ride

I really wanted to write a blog post on Friday. But after weeks of 90+ degree weather, fall finally arrived, the temperature cooled, the leaves barely began to turn colors, and I decided instead to join my daughter’s first grade class here…       On Saturday, I was totally planning on writing a post. […]


September 27, 2010

Now Showing: FALL!

The dreaded day of the swim party arrived… And, just as I had suspected, none of the other parents standing around the pool had any plans whatsoever to go in the water. I initially decided to handle the situation by ripping off my cover-up, quickly getting in the water up to my chin, and staying […]


September 21, 2010

One Hour of Girl Power

I haven’t been writing on this blog quite as often as I’d like. But you should know that things are going really, really well. For the first time in my life, I absolutely love all of my freelance jobs. I’m working a lot, but the work is really fun. And while entertaining two small children […]


July 2, 2010

Summer Update

  These are days you’ll remember.   Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.    And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true…   …that you are blessed and lucky. It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you. Happy […]


April 4, 2010

These are Days

After a long, cold winter filled with slippery ice and sharp winds and endless, endless snow, after months of plaintive mewling from children wondering yet again why they couldn’t go outside, after countless lost mittens and frozen toes, after arctic treks to school each morning and pitch black darkness at five in the afternoon… Spring […]


March 23, 2010

Hope Returns

>Everywhere I go with Bruiser, people stop me and say, “He looks JUST LIKE YOUR HUSBAND.” In fact, I could swear that even the doctor said that when she delivered him. Well, people, I’ve got news for you. I’m the one who went through a very uncomfortable pregnancy and umpteen hours of labor to bring […]


December 29, 2009

>And They Say He Doesn’t Look Like Me, Round 2