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Monday Morning Moment

Monday mornings. Do we really need ’em? Grumpy kids, cranky mama, rushing around realizing we’re out of bread right before I start making the lunches, damn dog pissed on the rug again (and why again did we decide to rescue that dog?), lost shoes, dirty uniforms, girls screaming while we try and brush through their eternally tangled hair, clock ticking, rifling through backpacks filled with last week’s schoolwork and then…. ….I see this in Phoebe’s stack of school papers. And in the middle of it all, I am filled with that awesome...
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Conversations with My Kid – The What I Want for My Birthday Edition

Conversations with My Kid – The Wh

It’s been quite a week. I’ve been working too many hours towards an insane deadline and being away from my kids  – A LOT. But it’s been easier this time around because my man is on hiatus from his job and is currently kicking some serious booty playing the role of Mr. Mom.  For the first time in a looooooong time, I have been able to immerse myself in a creative project I was hired to do.  And I gotta be honest, it’s been fun.  I did not suffer from the usual working mama guilt because whenever I thought of the kids, I thought...
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White girls CAN jump!

Have you ever had one of those moments where you see your kid doing something and all of a sudden you’re hit with a feeling of everything is all right in the world? Yesterday, I took the kids over to a little homespun “Unity Festival” in Santa Monica. I only knew about it because I had received an email from CR’s jump rope teacher telling us she would be jumping rope in the “fun zone” so why don’t we stop by.   You see, CR’s school has this after-school enrichment program where the kids can sign up (and pay) to take a...
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Starting Over – AGAIN!

Hey peeps.  I’ve got a serious case of all kinds of mood-dipping going on due to the fact that one, I’m feeling crappy.  I’m sick.   And two, I’m battling a bit of the blog-blah-blues which I understand is going around.  I’m actually in the middle of a blog “rescue plan” (sound familiar?) so I may be calling on a few of you to step in and bail me out. And it won’t even cost you billions of dollars. So while I take a dip in my pool of moods, I decided to do my own part in my rescue plan – by calling up a post...
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Stranded Soul

On my way home from picking up CR and her two neighbor friends from school today, I stared out into the Friday afternoon Los Angeles hazy sunshine thinking about everything and nothing all at the same time. As I exited my new-used mini-van off the Santa Monica Freeway, the light at the end of the freeway ramp turned red just as I approached delaying my arrival home for a few more minutes. I noticed them standing there but I didn’t pay any attention. Actually, I made a point not to pay any attention. I have seen them for many years on many street corners, at the...
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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words –

So yesterday I was going through a stack of papers in our little office/den/art room/whatever and I found this: So I go over to CR (’cause it’s obvious it’s her style), kneel down beside her and I ask in my sweet mellow mama voice (which is too rare obviously): “Hey CR, what’s this?” “It’s you.” “What am I doing?”  (And I already know the friggin’ answer – I’m just hoping here.  I mean, my eyes are closed and well, it does say “Haaaaaa” – I could be...
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Oh, the Draaammmaaa!

Computers.  Damn ’em all to hell.   Me?  Well yeah, I know.  I seem to be living, eating and breathing via the computer these recent blogging days but my kids?  Why do they need so much computer time?   Sure, Littlest Pet Shop (aka LPS),  My Noggin, Playhouse Disney, Nick Jr. and now this newest obsession, the magical Pixie Hollow (a place I’d like to be cruising around right about now) all seem rather fabulous and quite necessary to a modern-day kid, but for this modern-day mom, all I seem to be getting is a lot of headaches from my girls’...