Presidents Day!

I freaking love a Monday off. I mean: who likes Mondays anyway? They’re like the end of the fun. I think we should have every Monday off, am I right?

The girls tried to go outside in the snow, but there’s not enough snow to play in. (I invited them to go to a cardio […]


    Best Day Ever

    Addie J said to me this afternoon,

    “Mom, this has been THE MOST EPIC DAY of all time. I mean:

    We didn’t have school. We slept downstairs. We bought Valentine’s Day presents. You let Gabby and me pick out new essential oils for the oil diffuser. There were chocolate samples in the store. I saw […]


      Every morning…

      Our ladder seat, in heavy rotation last year.

      The following things happen without fail each school morning. It’s like Groundhog Day over here:

      Cam showers and then gets back in bed. I then have to wake him up, about five minutes before his bus arrives. Every morning. (I also say, “Cam, why do […]


        Us Versus Super Bowl Snacks: an Unprecedented Win

        This year, we watched the Super Bowl with friends who had an absolutely massive spread. Sliders. Sloppy joes. Chicken pot pie. Brownies. Just unbelievable amounts of food; so, quite naturally, we all ate unbelievable amounts of food.

        You know how I live in a house full of easy pukers? With the exception of Dave, […]


          Reminder to myself:

          Early this week, I accidentally discovered something pretty appalling. (Sorry to vague it up, but I’m not interested in sticking my hand into this particular bucket of crazy. If you know me personally, though, hit me up and I’ll tell you all about it.) And it’s really been throwing me off all week: I […]


            Sometimes, the simplest explanation is the correct one.

            GABBY: Mom, what’s a domestic battery?

            JULIE: Why do you ask?

            GABBY: Well, I’m looking for something for my argumentative essay, and I read that this person was arrested. And it says “domestic battery.”

            JULIE: Okay… well: sometimes, people who live in the same house get in fights. And when they become physical, then […]


              Reasons Dave is Awesome

              While we were visiting Jill over Christmas break, she bought new picture frames for her living room shelves. One morning before Jill woke up, Dave and I replaced the stock photos that came with the frames with a series of these black-and-white selfies. 

              Right now there are two reasons Dave is awesome:

              He does […]


                Thursday happenings

                -Cammy has begun getting up earlier than necessary, taking a shower and getting ready for school– then going back to sleep so that he almost misses his bus every morning. Today I calmly explained the ineffectiveness of this model, expecting  his usual early-morning, surly-teenager response. Cam surprised me by saying cheerfully, “Hmmm….. I hear […]


                  This is going to work out, no problem.

                  Ummm…..

                  Addie J told me this morning that, for Halloween this year, she’d like to be an ostrich. (Last year she brought up the ostrich, and when I encouraged her to think of something else, she said maybe a ferret. This is what I’m dealing with here.) “The ostrich is my spirit animal,” […]


                    Hmmm.

                    GABBY: Mom, is your mixtape fuego?

                    JULIE: ……Yes. My mixtape is totally fuego.

                    GABBY: Awesome!!

                    -So I might have just agreed to do something I don’t want to do? Or signed a confession because I didn’t understand the language? Help me out here.


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