Being Mom

Why I Gave Up On Potty Training

When little A was born there was a distance in her eyes, as if she were too wise for this mortal world.  At the time I literally thought she was judging me and my commonplace stupidity in my humble and boring day to day life. When A was 9 months old I found her to… Continue reading Why I Gave Up On Potty Training

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Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

7 Ways I am Coping With My PTSD As A Mom

The first time I was diagnosed with PTSD I was in my early twenties, over a decade after the very sudden loss of my father just a few days before my 11th birthday. The treatments for this were a blend of anti-anxiety medicines, antidepressants, mild forms of hypnotism, and months (well in reality years) of… Continue reading 7 Ways I am Coping With My PTSD As A Mom

Being Mom, Toddler Tendencies

My Kids–>My Karma

"My mommy hits me." We stood in the middle of a busy DFW airport, I had just been making the dramatic juggle of car seats, toddlers, and luggage from the rental car terminal to the airplane terminal post hurricane evacuation.  My shoulders hunched from an exhausting and anxiety filled week as I looked back in… Continue reading My Kids–>My Karma

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective, Orlando Adventures, Step-Parenting To Do's

Wrapping Up The Magic of Christmas

I don't really remember the day mom finally confirmed the dreaded rumors that Santa was merely a figment of the imagination because it never really made a difference.  Even as I took my turn as a teenager playing Santa for my younger brothers I never stopped believing in the magic of him. As a child… Continue reading Wrapping Up The Magic of Christmas

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

The Lies My Mother Told Me

My cousins and I would try to bide the time while at our granny's small one room shack by the river.  With no television, no toys, and no other sources of entertainment in the tight quarters our options came down to playing cards, fishing, and quietly using our imagination.  I'd often bide much of my… Continue reading The Lies My Mother Told Me

Being Mom, Orlando Adventures

Please Do Not Feed The Locals

Lil A has recently decided she has an opinion on the tunes we play in the van.  "No, go back!  I want the girl song." Her favorite station I have titled Pop and Brimstone which is a general pop station that consistently runs interference with a Gospel frequency.  So she jams along as I grit… Continue reading Please Do Not Feed The Locals

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

Big Spring: Death And All Revisited

Originally Pondered May 2013 "My grandfather is dying tomorrow, he's holding on to meet baby A" I had told her. I stood outside my psychiatrist's office staring out over the giant Lockheed Martin and the serene ravine that seemed to glisten off the sun's beaming glare.  Mr. R turned the corner, the framework of the… Continue reading Big Spring: Death And All Revisited

Being Mom, Communicating Love, My Personal Perspective, Step-Parenting To Do's

We Could Seem So Dull

It all starts with small black marbles meticulously crammed into a simple cardboard tube.  It was perhaps my favorite of science experiments, though still far too over my head to comprehend the point it was supposed to be conveying: Something about reactions Something about combustions I recall a chemistry teacher standing before a world map… Continue reading We Could Seem So Dull

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective, Orlando Adventures

What A Difference My Barnes and Nobles Makes

"They really need to cut that hedge," I complained as I tried to bolt across the small side street that runs just in front of our Barnes and Nobles.  "Oh my gosh, the parking here," as I turn the corner.  "Of Course, any spots close to the entrance are taken," I offer to drop off… Continue reading What A Difference My Barnes and Nobles Makes

Being Mom, homeschool, Orlando Adventures

The Lesson That Went So Incredibly Wrong, And Then So Incredibly Right!

It was difficult to wake myself up this morning, each morning has become more and more difficult.  The House of R was hit with a terrible cold over the past week, and I was now a nurse turned patient.  My head was groggy and my body craved rest after a weekend of concerts and late… Continue reading The Lesson That Went So Incredibly Wrong, And Then So Incredibly Right!

Being Mom, My Personal Perspective

My 4 Year Old Can Outwit Your Honors Student

"My child is intelligent," played over and over again in my head last week, like a repetitive affirmation as I watched the dorsum of my daughter's tongue leave a lingering three foot trail of saliva along the window of the NBC Bar and Grill. I smiled so not to lose my mind, as a mom… Continue reading My 4 Year Old Can Outwit Your Honors Student

Being Mom

Seasons of Insanity

It comes in seasons the crazy, and now it's times two.   It is strange, almost eerie really, the cycle our lives seem to fall in.   I wonder sometimes if there is perhaps some celestial being in Heaven who pulls on gravity, and shoves Saturn in just a way to make us periodically out of… Continue reading Seasons of Insanity