From the Mind of Addie J

“Dad is like the Hulk. He’s very strong and he can get really mad, but most of the time he’s not mad. And he never gets mad at little kids. I mean, he never gets Hulk-mad.” -the J


    I blame the shoes.

    Don’t be fooled: it looks all neat and pretty, but the feet inside these shoes are nightmares.

    Last night I was innocently doing a little repair job on Gabby’s Irish dance buckles. Sitting at the kitchen table, feet up on another chair, hurting no one.

    Let’s back up: we all know that I’m […]


      Cam’s Dad, the Coach.

      I know I’ve told you that Dave was drafted to be one of the coaches on Cam’s lacrosse team. I don’t know if I’ve told you how amazing he was? Dave was originally slated to be the assistant coach. Shakeups in the league meant that our head coach spent most of his time handling […]


        Amusement Park Craziness

        We took the kids to an amusement park yesterday. I looked at the weather and said, “Slight chance of scattered rain, no big.” Then we spent about thirty minutes chilling under a canopy, while a furious thunderstorm swept through:

        Don’t be fooled by these smiles. There was actual hail coming down fifteen feet […]


          Hero’s Journey

          When did THIS happen?

          One of Cam’s final projects as an eighth grader is called Hero’s Journey. He was required to write about his life, his goals, include photos and items that represent important moments, and also get a letter from his parents. I wrote mine a couple of weeks ago; here’s an […]


            Mother’s Day Madness

            Here are some moments from my Mother’s Day weekend, for your amusement:

            Earlier in the week, Dave found what appeared to be my Mother’s Day gift from Gabby. Turns out, it was going to be my gift in 2013– when she hid it, and then forgot about it. So in addition to this year’s Gabby […]


              Teamwork, Baby.

              I feel strongly that team sports are wonderful character-builders for kids. They learn so much about team-building, about reaching goals as a group, about working together– and as I tell my college students when they’re all, “GROUP PROJECT!! We hate group projects!!”– you will be working in teams, on group projects, for the rest […]


                In Which Dave Saves the Day.

                Addie J lost her tooth at school yesterday! She was so excited and happy. She told me all about asking the nurse to pull it. The nurse wisely provided her with a tissue instead, and suggested she try to pull it herself– which she gamely did. “There was blood from here to here, Mom,” she […]


                  Friday Bullet Blog

                  Since the Winterpocalypse of 2015 is now over (and since I abandoned my former gym, because it moved to a new location and the layout is terrible), I am absolutely dying to get outside and run. So Dave– because, as my friend Jimmy was kind enough to point out, he is the best husband […]


                    Gratitude Tuesday

                    Sort of like Taco Tuesday, only with fewer tacos.

                    Gabby is still reading the seemingly-endless Warrior Cats books, and she frequently stops reading to tell me something about the plotline. I can never follow which cats are which– they all seem to have the same damn name, Shadowpelt or Fireclaw or whatever– and I […]


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