The kitchen was full of angels, the library was full of snowmen, and the living room was Santa-themed. To say she loved Christmas is to put it mildly.
In some ways I think it’s only fitting that the very last thing I ever did with my mom was help decorate her tree.
While tears sometimes flow, the first week of December in my family is spent decorating our tree, enjoying traditions both old and new, and remembering my mom through it all.
First up is always the Christmas tree. With its varied style and no real theme, our tree may never grace the cover of a magazine, but it tells a story. With each ornament added to the tree, I share a bit of history with my little girl. Oh, and because of that, it does take quite a while to decorate. More >
Is it really December already? Just hearing a date beginning in the 12th month conjures up those familiar holiday sights, sounds, and smells. December is snow, white lights, evergreens, candy canes, jingling bells, plaid pants, and oodles of fun family rituals. In our large family of 5 children we have several different family traditions around the holidays.
My favorite tradition is one that started quite by accident by my grandfather many years ago. You see my grandfather, Poppops to us, had this pair of plaid dress pants he wore faithfully each Christmas. He was a dapper but thrifty sort of guy and I’m certain these trousers were a very high quality fashionable purchase when he originally bought them. Only worn once or twice a year these pants remained in perfect condition year after year. However after a good decade or more of More >
It’s officially the beginning of the holiday season! And what better way to celebrate than to do some fun and crafty activities with your little ones? Do they like to finger paint? Listen to music? Or just giggle in cute outfits? We’ve rounded up some adorable undertakings for you to introduce to your babies in the name of Thanksgiving fun!
Sing the Songs of Thanksgiving:
Albuquerque Turkey (sung to the tune of “My Darlin’ Clementine”)
Albuquerque is a turkey And he’s feathered and he’s fine And he wobbles and he gobbles And he’s absolutely mine! He’s the best pet you can get yet Better than a dog or cat He’s my Albuquerque turkey And I’m awfully proud of that! And my Albuquerque turkey Is so happy in his bed ‘Cause for our Thanksgiving Dinner We have spaghetti instead!
- Original Author Unknown
Hello Mr. Turkey (sung to the tune of: More >
If you’ve seen the movie or read the book, I Don’t Know How She Does It, or read Perfect Madness, you know what is meant by the perfection obsession. It’s not a new concept. Its origins are from the 1950’s, when most married and employed mothers left the workplace to become full-time homemakers with children. The marketing of new appliances had a significant role in creating the perfection obsession. (more…)
Most new parents expect to share the process of child rearing. Maybe they have a written plan and schedule that can be renegotiated as the rhythm of baby’s life changes. Or they wing it, like I did, and hold on to the magical belief that the shared parental love will make it happen. Either way, the “plan” is likely to evaporate within the first month. (more…)
In May of this year, headlines were made when the Pew Research Center issued a report that revealed 40% of American families with children under age 18 had mothers who were the primary or sole source of income for their family. Fifty years ago only 11% of families had female “breadwinners.” Immediately, the news wires were on fire with discussions, commentary, and analysis on what this meant for the country. Were we really that close to “equality” in jobs, salaries, and roles?? (more…)