This, evidently, is how Gabby sees herself.

I just discovered that, if I want Gabby to administer her daily dose of Flonase without our typical 5-minute argument, I simply have to refer to it as her “kennel cough medicine” and she will take it without protest.

These children are complex creatures.



    You Probably Don’t Want to See This Chart.

    With the exception of the year when we were living in the city and I accidentally dumped Cameron’s entire trick-or-treat haul into the wet gutter, we wind up with ridiculous amounts of Halloween candy each year. And then my willpower ebbs slowly away as I face legions of Snickers and Kit Kats in […]

      This is How We Spend Our Mornings.

      DAVE: Hey, bud.

      JULIE: Hey, buddy. What’s going on?

      DAVE: I’m off to the store to pick up lawn bag stickers.

      JULIE: Nothing but nonstop glamour and excitement, huh?

      DAVE: You know it.


        Playing the Game

        JULIE: Addie J, please hurry up and get dressed. You only have twenty minutes.

        ADDIE J: Okay, Mom.

        JULIE: I made your lunch for you this morning. You’re lucky- you wouldn’t have had time to make it and finish getting ready.

        ADDIE J: Thank you, Mom!

        JULIE: You’re welcome.

        ADDIE J: I bet another […]

          I Have Two Totally Different Girls.

          Fortunately, they do like each other.

          Gabby (or “GABZ” as she likes to tag herself), for all of her graceful and beautiful Irish dancing, could not be less interested in such typically feminine pursuits as style and fashion. The soundtrack of every morning includes Gabby’s refrain, “I’m hot. Can I change?” … A refrain […]


            Twenty-seven is a special number in my family. It’s the number from my dad’s race car, and to those of us who loved my dad, and live with his loss, 27 symbolizes that he is here with us, still. It is the number of honoring and celebrating his memory. My nephews, both football players, […]

              Spider Update: All is Well.

              JULIE: Oh, hey! I wrote you a haiku. It’s about your bringing me a surprise Burrito Bowl, and also about your new work car. Want to hear it?

              DAVE: ……..No.

              JULIE: Okay, here it is:

              Chipotle? Thank you, Dave!

              And also, FYI:

              I’ll pick out the car.

              DAVE [pauses, then shakes his head […]

                Good News and Bad News

                Lots of you are wondering what happened with Spider Car 2014. The short, terrifying story is that the spider has not yet been found. However, karma has decided to reward me for that time I let the kids eat my Chipotle, because Dave got a notification that it’s almost New Work Car Time […]

                  Little Miss Muffet

                  That’s what Gabby was calling me this morning. You see, I had a near-death experience last night while driving to work. A spider– A SPIDER– suddenly crawled across the inside of the windshield right in front of me. I was on the freeway at the time, and I briefly considered heading straight off the road […]

                    Look at This Kid.

                    This is the five-year-old who sat on the sidelines and poured dirt onto his head during tee-ball games.

                    This is the seven-year-old who who came over for water during halftime at basketball, and asked me when the game would be over.

                    This is the nine-year-old who ran out of steam halfway through his […]

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